~ Agathos Church is a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio. This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Peter DeWitt. You can hear the whole sermon, Valuing what God Values (Part 3: The Truth about Creation) by clicking here.
We need to be solid enough in these truths to be transformative for others. If we are shaky with these truths, we will be fine with them in our closet but you will balk at speaking plainly in the streets. But God is saying “what I speak to you in secret, get ready to declare it from the rooftops!”
God is not so concerned with His word being destroyed. He is concerned about people being destroyed. This sermon series is not about trying to defend God’s word.“All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” (1 Pe. 1:24-25) God’s word cannot be destroyed. He is not worried about us defending His word. Jesus came to: preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound …” Many, many people have been bound in modern times and it is Jesus’ ministry to set them free! What have they been bound by? By a lie that God’s word is a lie!
But God can never lie! Hebrews 6:18 says “it is impossible for God to lie.” God does not want people perishing and many people are perishing because they are bound by a lie that His word is not true. But believers are called to know the truth and set others free with it! In John 5:46-47 Jesus says, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his (Moses’) writings, how will you believe My words?” What did Moses write? The first 5 books of the Bible – including the account of creation. Jesus said that if Moses’ words were called into question then you would not be able to believe the words of Christ. This is why we talk about the truth of creation!
Peter has an honor’s diploma with a bachelor’s in science in Evolution and Ecology. He did research in Nevada for an evolutionary study on cutthroat trout! He taught evolution for 5 years as a science teacher. Peter struggled for 5 years to try to reconciled evolution and the word of God. He has since concluded that the Word of God and evolution are completely, totally, 100%, entirely irreconcilable as it relates to explanations of origins.
Micro evolution is different from macro evolution. Micro evolution is the change in the allelic frequency of a population over time. Micro evolution is observable science. Evolution as it relates to origins, however, is not science; it is a religion called naturalism.
There are many pieces of evidence that call into question the veracity of an evolutionary explanations of origins. For instance, Mount St. Helen’s erupted in 1986 and ten years later, scientists measured some lava for Argon-40 content which clearly showed that 10 year old lava was actually 350,000 years old! Radioactive dating is flawed by assumptions.
Similarly when we look at layers of rocks, we often notice that the layers of rock are perfectly parallel. This is surprising if the earth is as old as many scientists believe it to be because there should be millions of years worth or erosion on the top of each layer prior to the next layer being deposited.
What about the Grand Canyon? First of all, if the Grand Canyon formed by simple erosion over million of years, how is the canyon so many times wider than the actual river? Secondly, how are the canyon walls so vertical? Typical erosion produces sloping – not vertical – walls. Third, cliffs produce falling rocks over time (this is why rock climbers wear helmets). So, if the Grand Canyon was millions of years old, it’s age should be evidenced by major talus slopes – which it does not have. Finally, in recent times the North Fork of the Toutle River rapidly formed a “little grand canyon” (1/40th scale) in only a 2 month period!
We also see evidence in the fossil record that does not support old earth theories. We see fossils of fish in the middle of eating another fish and fossils of other organisms in the middle of giving birth! The flood provides an easy explanation to those rapid fossilization events. Similarly, we observe how one vertical tree can travel through multiple rock layers. What would cause many layers of rock to form at ONE time? A global flood!
2 Peter 3:3-4 says “that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”
Scoffers will come in the last day. Now, why do some people scoff about the Word of God? Because they want to walk “according to their own lusts.” They are scoffing the Word of God because they don’t want to believe in God, and they don’t want to believe in God because if they did they would be accountable to Him and His law! They want to have a world-view that allows them to think that there is not a God. Verse 4 tells us what the scoffers will be saying “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” Uniformitarianism is right there in 2 Peter 3:4! “all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”
Charles Lyell conceived of uniformitarianism in 1824-25 and thought if he could get this concept out to the public he could get rid of Moses from science! Lyell came up with uniformitarianism and then all of evolutionary thought was based on Lyell. Charles Darwin (the father of evolution)Darwin based the theory of evolution as it relates to the origin of man on Lyell’s uniformitarianism theory.
In the 1820’s Lyell knew that rejecting the Biblical account of creation and the flood would be awkward for the clergy. Now, nearly 200 years later it is awkward for clergy to teach the Biblical account of creation and the flood! How sad! Lyell’s goal was to “free the science from Moses!” This exact scientific theory is prophesied in 2 Peter 3:4 – 1775 years before Lyell wrote it!
Interestingly, even scientists that espouse evolutionary theory have critique for the uniformitarian foundation of evolutionary theory – saying it was propagated primarily “by strength of rhetoric” and that it has lead to “the rejection of sudden or catastrophic events in the face of positive evidence for them, for no reason other than that they were not gradual.”
This is NOT about defending God’s Word; it about people not perishing. Peter gave us his history. There is evidence that casts doubt on the evolutionary theories. And there is prophesied motive for what is behind evolutionary theory: “For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:5-7)
Do they forget this by accident? No they forget it on purpose – willfully! “Don’t bring that up!” What do they willfully forget? Three things:
- That God created the world “that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water …”
- The Flood “by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.”
- The coming judgment “But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”
So what does 2 Peter 3 tell us? That scoffers do not want to believe in God because if they did they would have to be accountable to Him – instead walk according to their own lusts. So, they deliberately block the coming judgment from their mind. In order to do that they must willfully ignore the evidence of God in creation and the evidence of the Global flood. In other words, they want to rid the science of Moses … and do you remember what Jesus said? “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”