Monday Musings for June 05, 2017

Good morning, Musers,

I have a great question today… and I get to talk about creation! (Yeah!) But at least a few of you will go, boo! … because I’m an old-earth creationist. But what makes this interesting from an administrative perspective is, in addition to Mainsail Ministries (which is my own organization), I serve at Got Questions Ministries… and they are Young-Earthers! There is a lesson here: What people think about the age of the earth has nothing to do with their salvation. What they think of Jesus does… and most of what we argue about is non-Jesus stuff.

But one of the things that I love about serving at Got Questions Ministries is that it will let a guy like me run with a question even when the answer is guaranteed to assault some of their beliefs. When this happens, I issue a disclaimer (because I won’t be speaking for the ministry on that issue).

There are many of us who serve as question responders at Got Questions Ministries (~ 250) … but many of us hold different beliefs on secondary issues. The ministry is used to this variety. The way they handle it is a lesson in grace. Most of the time I strip any Got Questions identifiers from my personal postings because it is unnecessary information. But not today. Our differences are an important part of this discussion; the comparison between our positions highlights the explanatory power of the old-earth paradigm.

Now, I know that I’m not always right about things. But I don’t pull my punches. I always have reasons for taking a position. But the reasons are not always positive; sometimes I’m just avoiding the alternative. There’s nothing wrong with avoiding an untenable conclusion, and the pressure to avoid a young-earth stand is strong in today’s teaching.

What’s funny, though, is that today’s questioner didn’t even ask about the age of the earth. He asked if the Bible taught that the earth was created before light. He had the wrong idea about the language in Genesis 1:1-5. But nothing in the creation narrative can be isolated from the age-of-the-earth topic with the information we have on hand today. So, I unwound his problem for him — but from an old-earth perspective… because the old-earth paradigm has tremendous explanatory power.

Despite assertions to the contrary, we who subscribe to an old-earth creation have no problem holding on to biblical inerrancy. What we have trouble holding onto is hillbilly science. There is no credible debate on the age of the earth. The earth is old… it’s 4.5 billion years old… but what is that to the Ancient of Days!

“but test them all; hold on to what is good,” (1 Thessalonians 5:21, NIV)

The Bible tells us to hold on to what’s good… but this requires discernment. Falsehood is never good… even if it’s innocent or well-intentioned. So, I’m calling on thinking Christians everywhere to give today’s teaching a hearing. If you find that the lesson is good, hold on to it.

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