Review by Greg Neyman
In an article on the Creation, Dinosaurs
and the Flood website, young earth creation science advocate Charlie Liebert
explains a scenario concerning how to witness to a person who believes
Most of the article does not need comment, but it contains one nugget of truth I would like to highlight. Liebert makes the statement...
"Science changes constantly but God's word does not. You must take him to his presuppositions."
This statement is misleading. It is very true that science changes. As new discoveries are made, as new experiments are conducted, theories change. This is the beauty of science.
Liebert says the Word of God does not change. I agree, however this is too simplistic. While the Word of God does not change, our interpretations of His Word can, and do change. Thus, where Liebert sees creation days in Genesis as being 24 hours long, I see them as being millions of years long. The Word is the same, it is our interpretations that are different. Both of us believe in an inerrant, infallible Word of God, and we both believe we are right.
Young earth creationists claim that old earth creationists "compromise" the Word of God. We "change the meaning" of the Word. No, we don't. We believe in the exact same Word as they do, interpreted differently.
When science changes, we are free to interpret the Word of God, based on these new scientific evidences. This is not changing the Word of God...it is changing the interpretation of the Word of God.
Concerning "presuppositions," young earth creationists are far more affected by these than old earth believers. A young earth believer looks at the Word, decides that the earth is young, and then looks at the scientific evidence. He decides what the evidence should say, even before examining it. However, an old earth believer looks at the evidence first, and then makes conclusions about its age. Who has the presupposition...the young or old earth believer? Clearly, the young earth believer is presupposing a young earth before turning to science.
1 Textbook Non-Science Nonsense, published on the web at www.sixdaycreation.com/facts/creation/science/jan2002.html
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