Saturday, 10 March 2012

Biblical Creation / Creationism

Biblical Creation / Creationism

Very recently, I watched a short video clip of an interview with a fellow who identifies himself simply as a "creationist" (that is NOT to say "creationist, as opposed to Christian", rather that "as a Christian, he is a creationist / or has a creationist view, of the Biblical writings).  His name is Ken Ham, President/CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis-U.S., and according to the interview he read a book called the "Genesis Flood" by Dr. Henry M. Morris some 30 ish years ago.

What a good friend said earlier on this subject, "...if the Bible doesn't mean what it says, how do you know what it means???" is just such a BANG ON question! 

Either the Bible is God's (Christ's) HOLY WORD (and its accurate N' true) or, it becomes a veritable 'free-for-all' in terms of what we accept today, vs. reject tomorrow...

What Mr. Ham proclaims, and essentially what "creationists" believe / preach, in simplest terms is the accuracy, authenticity and literal aspect of the Bible and Biblical stories.  He postulates that all scripture be taken as 'literal', that is unless the clear contextual meaning of a series of passages indicate that the writings are:

Figurative, or a parable, or metaphorical, or an allegory, or symbolic, or a fable, or... well you get the point.  And he further argues that Genesis IS an historical account or record, thus best NOT to be taken 'figuratively'.

Earth – created in SIX DAYS
Age of the earth – six-thousand (perhaps eight to ten THOUSAND) years old (a YOUNG earth)
Noah's Flood – literal full on, all encompassing GLOBAL flood

I have long considered myself a 'creationist', although I am no where near smart enough (personally) to argue or debate physicists, biologists or chemists etc., who 'teach' millions N' billions of years, I do believe that Mr. Ham and others in his field make very compelling arguments for WHY we Christians should not kowtow to evolutionary notions of millions / billions of years.

As a sidebar note he (Mr. Ham) also stated very clearly, when asked “if belief in a young earth was vital to one being a Christian?” that "...NO, belief in a young earth is NOT vital / required or necessary for salvation.  One can be a Christian (saved by Grace, through Faith in Christ) and believe in billions upon billions of years..."  He said more on this subject, but I see that my intended "quick" comment has turned into a "mini-Epistle"...

Know Jesus, know peace whereas no Jesus, no peace” 

How does one get to “know” Jesus?  Simple, invite Him into your heart, as Jesus says: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” [Revelations 3:20 NIV]  How can we be assured that this Jesus stuff means anything, well because the Bible tells us so, as the Apostle Paul wrote:

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” [Romans 10:9-10 NIV]

And for those of you who say to me, I can’t be bothered reading the Bible, “it’s confusing” or “it’s a waste of my time”, may I draw your attention to what the Bible says about wisdom: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” [Proverbs 9:10 NIV]

If nothing else, PLEASE read two chapters from the Bible – (don’t own one, sorry NO excuse, if you’re reading this, you can access this: John 3 and John 14!

John 3:16 says:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

And John 14:6 says: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Well that’s it, that’s Da Bauz’s take on, “Creationism” – this 10th day of March 2012 © 2012, All Rights Reserved. wr (Da Bauz, Christian Zionist “creationist” too)

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