God told Moses he was a Young Earth Creationist- Confessions of a YEC part 6

Once upon a time, I thought science had well proven the ancient ages of the universe and earth, and I personally had followed the popular culture into wedding Genesis 1 with Big Bang cosmology. Turns out it was one of those short lived Hollywood marriages.

Since then I have become a science teacher and a Young Earth Creationist. Also, according to FaceBook, Genesis 1 and the Big bang have split up (Relationship Status: “It’s Complicated”). I suspect the marriage was never legitimate in the first place. Big Bang was merely looking for a green card. I think he needs to move out of the church.

One of the big questions everyone has about the Creation account as given in Genesis 1 is

“How long were those “days” of Creation?”

On the surface this seems like a very silly question. They were a day long. That’s why they were called a DAY. Seriously, go read Genesis 1. It’s really redundant about making this point. And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day...And there was evening, and there was morning—the second dayAnd there was evening, and there was morning—the third day. Over and over with this same language. Why would anyone question the fact that creation week was a week long?

It all started in the 1700’s. Continue reading

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Looking NOT in Genesis- Confessions of a YEC part 5

I know what some of you must be wondering: “Even if you take the Creation WEEK as literal, what makes you think it was only 6,000 years ago?” A perfectly valid question. Of course, we should look to the Bible for our answer. What does the Genesis account say?

Well, in Genesis 1: 7, right after the description of the Creation Week, it says,

“And it was thus that The Lord created the Heavens and the Earth, approximately 6,000 years ago.”

I mean, it’s right there in black and white people. 6,000 years ago. That’s where we get the date for creation as happening 6,000 years ago. Case closed. Continue reading

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Moses Didn’t Write Genesis- Confessions of a YEC part 4

Yes, what you have heard is true! I am a Young Earth Creationist (YEC). And I don’t mean that I am an Earth Creationist under the age of 40. I mean, I believe the earth to be around 6,000 years old. I used to be an Old earth Creationist, trying to duck tape Genesis 1 to the Big Bang, but you would not believe how hard it is to get anything to stick to the Big Bang! It’s like nailing Jell-O to a wall. In a few years, once I pass that middle age, I suppose I shall begin referring to myself as an old young earth creationist (OYEC), but I digress.

One of the best reasons to be a Young Earth Creationist is because God, who made the heavens and the earth, the seas, and all that is in them, is Himself a Young Earth Creationist. I don’t think I am straining logic to suggest that, if anyone would know how long it took to make the heavens and the earth and how long ago it was done, God would know.

But the question is, does God actually tell us?

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Jesus Vs the Bloggosphere- Confessions of a YEC part 3

Jesus, his disciples, and the authors of the New Testament believed in the Biblical account of Creation, with a literal Adam and Eve, and a literal Noah living through a literal global flood. Literally. Most people do not deny these as facts about Jesus and his disciples. Jesus and the New testament authors do refer to the creation, garden of Eden, and flood of Noah as actual events of history (even including Noah and Adam as names in the Genealogy of Jesus).

There are only three ways to turn once you acknowledge these facts-
1. Jesus and his disciples are right about their view of recent, six day creation.
2. Jesus was wrong when he made statements like these (As were the other New Testament writers).
3. Jesus knew better, but he PRETENDED to be a YEC because he knew his audience were YEC. Continue reading

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Jesus was a Young Earth Creationist- Confessions of a YEC part 2

As soon as you read the title to this post (“Jesus was a Young Earth Creationist”) some of you immediately went into conniptions and started screaming

JESUS WAS NOT A REPUBLICAN!!!”

and then you went to have a beer and listen to some “secular” rock music while wearing your Obama/CHANGE t-shirt, because those are things Billy Graham and your Baptist grandmother would NEVER DO. From what I have read on social media, this makes you relevant or hip or something the kids are into these days. Whipper Snappers. Always snapping the whipper…

The title is an attention getter, but it is not sarcasm nor mere click-bait. If you read what Jesus said, it’s easy to deduce that he actually was a young earth creationist. While there are many other reasons which will be discussed in future posts, the fact that JESUS holds a certain position has always been, for me, a good enough reason to do the same. I can buy a beer swilling Obama voter being a Christian but when your position about Jesus is, “He was wrong,” then, no, you are not a Christian. You, my fine feathered fellow, are a fruit loop. Continue reading

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How OLD is YOUNG?- Confessions of a YEC part 1.5

In the confessions series I am going to go through all of the core reasons I am a YEC (Young Earth Creationist), but before I get into part 2 I want to explain the term “Young Earth Creationist.” Specifically, I want to address the fact that I actually reject the word “young” as being factual.

The Earth is NOT Young. It’s REALLY old.

It’s important to understand that “young” and “old” are words which are relative to their context. When I pick up my daughter from preschool, I am VERY old, but when I go visit my grandmother, I am quite young. It depends on the context, much like short or tall, big or little, fast or slow. So when we call the earth “Young” what are we saying?

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Very simply we are referring to our rejection of deep time/evolutionary timescales. That word is only a response to the popular dogma of Billions of years- but when you actually look at the history of the universe as we propose it (according to the Bible, Historians and science), it is FAR from “young” as we would ever experience or think of Youngness. Take a look at the following timelines: This is the past 300 years or so. That big arrow is pointing to the 1776 declaration of Independence. Since then, 45 men have served as president of the United States. Where were you born on this timeline? If you’re under a century old, you were born AFTER the third blue line. If you are still in school, you were probably born after the big white line on the far right side (just before the little white line which indicates 2017AD).  Included here is every computer ever made, every iPhone, every web site, every movie, radio, TV, tank, plane, car, and train. Almost everything we take for granted, from YouTube to the electric light is found on this timeline, along with the ENTIRE history of the United States as a nation. The last century has seen FIVE generations of my family be born. As of this writing, my grandmother has seen her son’s, son’s, son’s daughter be born. Think about how many generations lived across the centuries before in this timeline.

And that is only 300 years.

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This is the past thousand years. That arrow is still showing you the birth of America, but now we can see the invention of eye glasses, the microscope, the telescope, and the compass. We see the birth of the Protestant Church just after the midway point, which means every church other than Catholic and Greek Orthodox fit on the back half of this timeline. We see the lives of Shakespeare, Genghis Khan, Marco Polo, and all of those guys the Teen Age Mutant Ninja Turtles are named after. Had america been founded at the start of the millennium, we could easily have already had more then 200 presidents. Where is the entire span of YOUR life on this timeline? How far back can you trace your family? I can trace mine to the first settlers here on the Mayflower, and that doesn’t even go back to the halfway mark at 1500 AD.

And this is only a thousand years.

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Here is the entire timeline of world history/Biblical history. 6,000 years and change. The dark arrow on the far right is still pointing to the birth of America, but now we see how much has happened before this nation was born. On this timeline is every empire, dynasty, city, government, and major work of architecture ever created.

Let me make the point: Even according to secular dating methodsmethods which assume at the start that the human race as we know it has existed for 100,000 yearsALL of the known nations, governments, cities, empires, and dynasties exist on this timeline AFTER the first dark arrow on the left *.

This is a HUGE amount of history, with more events, people, generations, inventions, constructions, cities, songs and stories than we can possibly imagine. Look at how LITTLE of this timeline America takes up and then try to imagine how little of this timeline YOUR life takes up. Then remember the last time you complained about waiting in line at the DMV. The time it takes to get through the DMV would BARELY show up on this scale.

What I want you to see here are two things.

  1. The Biblical model is called “Young” earth creation, but it still involves a HUGE amount of time- time enough to account for everything we see on earth, under the earth, or above it.
  2. The only evidence of human civilization that exists shows up AFTER the flood, which is what that arrow on the right is pointing to**. On the evolutionary time frame, this means the human race did none of those things for 95% of its history, and then within 1-2% of our time on earth we founded civilizations, governments, dynasties, nations and cities all over the world- a fact which is easily explained by the Genesis accounts of the flood and the tower of Babel incident.

So when I use the phrase “Young” Earth Creation, just know that I am merely using this name to distinguish my position from the popular billions of years, but the history I am proposing really is very deep and wide.

Below is the full six thousand years in more detail. Check it out and think about it, won’t you? And remember, #JesusLovesYou

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* Egypt has different proposed dates for its founding, the oldest of which falls before the flood by around 500 years, but the earliest dynasties have left no direct evidence, and thus dating them is based on the fragments of evidence left by much later dynasties recalling their own historical past and the assumptions of historians working five thousand years later. 

**except for a small handful of instances of speculative dating with no direct evidence or historical links to KNOWN history. 

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WHY am I a YOUNG Earth Creationist?- Confessions of a YEC part1

6,000 years of Earth History

Did you know there is a large, secret subculture in America who reject Darwinian Evolution? A large part of this shadowy underground community is Christians and Jews who look at the Bible and say, “There’s not a lot of room for Evolution in there.” But it goes beyond that! Scientists even Non-religious ones, reject Darwinism in larger numbers than you would guess. Intelligent design proponents look at DNA and molecular machines in living cells and say, “There is no way in the name of science that these things came about without a brilliant designer guiding the process.” And some people just look at the mechanisms of evolution and realize that they would fail to cause anything but extinctions.

There is, however, some disagreement within the “evolution deniers” as to the age of the earth. People like me say the earth is about 6,000 years old, but many people who would call themselves “Old Earth Creationists” (OEC) would claim the earth/universe to be anywhere from tens of thousands of years old to billions of years old. It depends on who you ask. I have heard some who refer to themselves as “Middle Age Earthers” and I am not making that up. Continue reading

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