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Creation 41(2):6, April 2019

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Recently, a friend invited me to his farm in an area where hundreds of volcanoes once erupted. We visited a quarry, looked at some ash and lava, drove to the top of a volcanic cone, and surveyed the vast, rich farmlands across the volcanic-soil landscape.

For a long time, he had been fascinated and puzzled by the rocks on his property. “From what I have learned there is no way this world formed in six days just six thousand years ago.” As we looked around his farm, we discussed questions that had bothered him for years. I explained how the landscape was formed by the events of Noah’s Flood, and how the volcanoes had erupted after the Flood finished. The questions kept coming, “But the earth can’t be that young because … .”

Eventually I said, “We need to look at the bigger picture. That will help us ask the right questions.” Then I explained, “It’s a radically different way of looking at the world. The wrong approach is to treat each problem in isolation and say, ‘The Bible can’t be right because of xyz.’ Rather, we need to consider the broad view and ask, ‘How do we explain xyz from a biblical perspective?’ When we do that, it gives us clues as to the sorts of areas we need to investigate.” As we chatted about how this approach helps answer questions, he seemed quite encouraged.

Some will think this is being biased, but everyone works this way, whether they realize it or not. Those who believe in evolution over millions of years do not abandon their belief because of contradictory evidence. They just ask the question, “How does this problem fit into the evolution story?” They will shelve a problem for years believing that one day someone will find a solution.

For example, the article about dwarf galaxies (p. 40) reports a discovery that contradicts the long-age big-bang cosmology. These galaxies should have random orbits, but they don’t. But the researchers do not speak about abandoning belief in the big bang. They just keep working on ways of explaining the contradiction, within the big bang.

When we use the biblical perspective, we work the same way. For example, if animals and people were created at the beginning as the Bible says, then dinosaurs and people would have lived at the same time. We would expect to find evidence of this, but such evidence is not widely known. However, we don’t dismiss the Bible. We look, and we find there is lots of evidence. Vance Nelson (pp. 12–15) has been documenting how, for years, ancient people have been depicting dinosaurs, e.g. in carvings, etchings, pottery, and embroidery.

As another example, what are we to think, when we see displays in museums and textbooks detailing human evolution? To think people were created fully human six thousand years ago would seem absurd. But, when we do our own investigations, as Peter Line has done (pp. 22–25), we find that the evidence supports Adam and Eve as our ancestors, not apes.

The message is clear. Don’t accept something because the TV says so, or because you read it on an official sign somewhere. Do your own investigation. Creation magazine will greatly help. Learn how every aspect of your world makes sense when viewed through the lens of biblical history—rocks, fossils, genes, animals, people, culture, plants, stars, geography—and you. Enjoy this, your latest issue, and, when you have finished, share it with someone you know, and care about.

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Readers’ comments

Gian Carlo B.
That’s also how I view and engage evidence that I never heard of and look for ways that the biblical framework can explain. Sometimes I first need to study the arguments and the facts first in the midst of evolutionary assumptions before I look ways to explain the data.
MICHAEL S.
There are references to other works and page numbers, where are those sources (or links)?
Don Batten
This is the editorial for the upcoming Creation magazine. The page numbers refer that issue. Subscribers will see these when the magazine is delivered. Others will have to wait at least 12 months. Anyone can subscribe: Creation magazine. Sharing a beautiful Creation magazine is a great way of impacting the lives of others with life-changing truths.
David N.
What writings are the editor referring to by Vance Nelson?
Appreciative Reader
Don Batten
Look at the "Helpful resources" that are listed on the page. :-)
Egil W.
Hi, thanks! Many good points here. A thing I’ve encountered again and again in discussing/debating the Flood, is that uniformitarianists have little ability to envision the size of catastrophism at global scale, and at the most extreme rates, and also an inability to think about catastrophism outside the school-categories that education has separated the topics into.
Comparing with the quickest earthquake land-movement speeds recorded, 18 - 50 meters in time-frames of 10 seconds to 10 minutes, and envisioning the plate-boundaries to have lost hold, the distance plates could have traveled in a year, would be have been enormous. And, of course, the plates didn’t stop completely; they have continued slow movement for 4400 years post-Flood. I’m not estranged to the idea the speed slowed down gradually, meaning that I’m open to think the rates of plate-movement was much higher for 1000 years after the Flood with steadily decreasing speed. A little slab somewhere outside NZ moves at 24 cm a year today. That’s ca 1 meter in 4 years. I believe similar (and higher) speeds were common post-Flood. And of course, that would produce high to super-high rates of volcanism, including production of volcanic islands at rates which would make Hunga-Tonga- and Surtsey-formation appear undramatic, even boring.
And with the mass of Flood waters resettling into these new ocean basins, and also being sucked down into plates - in subduction-zones but also into their natural cavities and pores (volcanic rock creates plumbing systems and tunnels)-, I believe these waters would help cool off magmas at fast rates. Actually, lava meeting sea-waters cools very rapidly. It is sea-waves that keeps islands from gaining height; with greater tectonic-driven volcanism Islands would form and rise rapidly
Richard F.
The 'presuppositional' approach will work with evolutionist Christians and it will strengthen their faith and they can in turn strengthen the faith of other Christians. But it will not work with non-Christians who won't start with the bible because they have already discarded it - and not necessarily because they are evolutionists and the bible is not

Although I was indeed a Christian at the time, it only took one incredible talk to 'convert' me to YEC. I know it is a big ask (of the Holy Spirit!) that one talk might convert a non-Christian but your magazine does report such events

I am glad that the majority of your online articles are not presuppositional and so are accessible to Christian and non-Christian, but I could not easily bring a non-Christian to a conference because too much is presuppositional

Keep up the good work!
Lassi Petteri P.
Evolutionists are almost "natural" in pretending that you have to first assume evolution and then try and fit all the evidence, no matter how contradictory to evolutionism, somehow to the holy story of Evolution the Great, in order to do an unbiased research.

Assuming first evolution in order to do an unbiased research shouldn't sound that logical to a Christian. However, most of us slip into the thinking of Tas's friend every now and then. Wordmagic is a powerful weapon.
Joe K.
Excellent article! Each individual has a presuppositional basis on which to begin formulating their ideas. Tas is absolutely correct that as a Young Earth Creationist, I must begin with the Biblical perspective.

In debating evolutionists, I don't begin with the idea of mutations or so-called vestigial organs, I go back to the very beginning. I'll ask to please explain where the matter in the universe came from and what was the cause of the supposed big bang to occur, especially since Scripture states God created everything that exists.

I also discuss the contradictions of evolutionary origins theory to the actual laws of nature, which God placed into effect after He created everything. All an evolutionist can offer in response is "it must have happened in the past". Meaning, all elements must have been formed from hydrogen-heavy stars, or matter neither is created nor destroyed, but had to have had a "material" origin at some time in the past. If not, their theory falls into the metaphysical realm. This, of course, causes evolutionary theory to absolutely fall apart immediately.

So whatever more "recent" ideas or theories they purport as they completely ignore the very basic and fundamental origins questions, makes no common sense or are irrelevant to the discussion and debate overall.

Here is another point: We think; therefore, we are spirit beings. Evolutionists are only focused on the material and not the immaterial. Evolution cannot refute this fact.

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