As I mentioned in my previous post, I went to a Bible study training on Friday. I am reflecting on some of the discussions.
I heard this argument by the young earth creationists repeatedly.
“It is a compromise on the teaching of God’s Word.”
“Believing in a relatively “young Earth” (i.e., only a few thousands of years old, which we accept) is a consequence of accepting the authority of the Word of God as an infallible revelation from our omniscient Creator.”
“If I don’t believe in six literal days of creation, how can I believe in Jesus’ resurrection in three days?”
I can list many more. I am not going to use my blog space for their arguments. One can just search on the Internet “young earth creationist” and investigate.
I have no problem listening to their belief. I live in a country where freedom of religion is guaranteed. They have their rights to believe in what they deem correct.
It is the nexus of the consequence of the six-day creation doctrine that I have objection. Since they believe the literal interpretation of every single word in the Bible, these are some of the consequences from Genesis chapter one and two.
- God created Adam before Eve. Therefore, man is ahead of woman. Man is ordained to be the leader in the household, church and society.
- God created Eve as the helpmate for Adam. Therefore, the helpmate can never be the decision maker.
- God created the institution of marriage between a man and a woman. Divorce is not permissible.
- God ordered Adam and Eve to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth. Continuous and unrestricted growth was God’s plan for the human race.
- God rested on the seventh day. We have to cease all work on the Sabbath if we have to follow God’s example.
- God gave Adam authority to name all living creatures. Therefore humans have authority over all animals and nature as a whole. Nature and the environment should be under the control (dominion) of the human race. Nature is here for our disposal.
One can see the fallouts of such logic.
The Chinese character for sin (罪) is a symbol for four wrongs or alienations. I can see all four alienations as outcomes of this interpretation.
- Alienation from self – When man views himself as he is the first being, he is separated from reality that he is only a small part of a much bigger cooperative.
- Alienation from others – When man views himself as the head of another gender, he puts half of the human race as subordinates.
- Alienation from nature – When man views himself as the master of nature, he starts to abuse the environment and everything living in it.
- Alienation from God – When man views his ideas and interpretation of the Bible as the ultimate truth, he lost the real message that God wants to teach them.
What a shame.