While this is not part of the case exactly, it is important to understand WHY the YEC is superior to the OEC position for reasons non textual or scientific. Like I always say in my videos- WHY is this conversation worth having? Merely so I can claim to be right about Genesis 1?
And not merely because I think this position is actually TRUE and defensible. I think the earth is round, but I have no desire to debate flat earthers on it, because I don’t think it matters at all.
So why does THIS matter?
First, because the compromise on Genesis has driven countless people away from the church in the west. I know you might feel that MY position sends them away because it makes them choose between the Bible and Science (I hope I have shown that this is not the case) but the stats show the opposite. People who leave the church or who reject Christianity do so BECAUSE they accept evolution and deep time and see that it is not compatible with the Bible. Liberal, compromising churches who take the OEC position do not do better in keeping people in the church. They do much worse. The case for the OEC interpretation of Genesis is not convincing, and it has not stopped the Church from hemorrhaging. The stats show that embracing that scientific compromise kills churches and drives people away from faith.
Consider why, beyond the text. Not only do you have a Bible which SAYS what it DOES NOT MEAN, but think about what it WOULD mean if evolution were true. Evolution is billions of years of death, disease, bloodshed and struggle. And THAT is what God looks at when it says “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”
Animals killing other animals.
Starvation, extinctions, ice ages, cancers, and for every member of every species, even our own, literal Adam and Eve or not… DEATH.
Inevitable death as PART of this “very good” design.
What does this make of verses like 1 Corinthians 15,
“25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”
HOW can it say DEATH is an enemy when GOD MADE IT and declared it to be GOOD? And what comfort is it when Revelation 21: 5 says
“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.””
The OEC view tells us that when the world was new, it had disease, death, cancers, struggles, blood shed. Would instead this mean he was FIXING the world? Correcting the evils He built into Creation the first time?
Fixing His mistakes?
The same problems come with the flood.
If you reject the flood as actually written, as a global event, then what do you make of verses like Matthew 24 which says,
“37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”
Is Jesus saying his return will be a small, local event which has no lasting effect on the rest of the world, or is he saying that, like the flood, it will show up suddenly to a world which is carrying on as if everything is normal and take them ALL? If the flood is REALLY intended to be a small local event, not only is it nonsensical (WHY bring two of every animal on a boat and stay put? Why not move?) then The Watchtower may have been right. Maybe Jesus came back in 1916 and most of us just didn’t notice.
But worse are the sociological ramifications of the Evolutionary story.
Find a picture of the March of Progress- that image of monkeys standing behind apes standing behind a man. It is intended to show the evolution of mankind. But here is something which is intended by the image and taught VERY clearly by Darwin himself which your high school textbook may have left out of the main body of the chapter (Although older textbooks taught boldly). The guy at the head of the line- the MOST evolved, is NOT representative of all humankind. He is the white European. Evolutionary articles, textbooks, and other publications for a century after Darwin all agreed that Africans are not the brothers of “civilized white men”- they are the missing link between White men and the African Ape. If Evolution is TRUE, white supremacy is not evil racism- it is science. But yet again this is a place where the Bible and REAL science agree- Racism is stupid and defenseless.
But if that is true, then evolution MUST be false.
Let me be clear- I am not saying that if you claim to believe evolution that YOU must be a racist, but like a man claiming to be a Nazi or a Muslim or a Mormon, either you are, or you are making a claim you do not understand. For most people, I suspect they do not know the racist nature of evolutionism, but that does not mean it is not part of the theory. Most Muslims don’t know they are commanded to murder Christians and Jews, but that doesn’t mean that Islam does not call for our deaths. To them I would say, a good God- the TRUE God- would not call you to murder your neighbors, but to love them. If you believe that, then you are not a Muslim. Go find the true God. To you I would say, all people are FULLY HUMAN and made in the image of God- equal in value. If you believe that, then you are already rejecting evolution.
Go and find our true origins. Begin with Genesis 1.