Many Christians believe that the only way to prove that the Bible is the Word of God is by proving that the story of creation in Genesis is literally true. This means proving that the seven days of creation were literally twenty-four hour days and that creation occurred 6,000 years ago.
To prove that creation happened 6,000 years ago is the purpose of a new museum to be open next spring in Kentucky. This museum is sponsored by a group called Answers in Genesis. This organization promotes a young-earth view of creation, that the earth is 6,000 years old, and that the dinosaurs lived at the same time human beings were on the earth. All this information and more appear in an article published today in the Chicago Tribune. Here is an excerpt of that article:
Genesis of a museum
Creationists, saying all the answers are in the Bible, put their beliefs on display in $25 million facility
By Lisa Anderson
Tribune national correspondent
April 25, 2006
PETERSBURG, Ky. — The recent fossil discovery of a 375-million-year-old fish that could lurch ashore on bony transitional fins–apparently a long-sought missing link between sea creatures and land animals–made a spectacular splash in evolutionary science circles. But it created nary a ripple on the placid American campus of Answers in Genesis, where an enormous museum chronicling the biblical six days of creation is rising fast amid rolling fields.
Ken Ham, co-founder and president of Answers in Genesis, believed to be the world’s largest creationist organization, and most “young-Earth” creationists are as unimpressed by science’s finding another piece in the evolutionary puzzle as they are with science’s finding the Earth to be 4.5 billion years old.
Using biblical calculations, young-Earth creationists believe the planet is about 6,000 years old; old-Earth creationists believe it could be older. Both, however, take the Bible literally and reject Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory that all life, including human, shares common ancestry and developed through random mutation and natural selection. Evolution enjoys near-universal support among scientists.
Not so among the American public, about half of which endorses creationism, according to polls. While new concepts such as intelligent design, which posits that life is so complicated that an intelligence must have devised it, recently have suffered setbacks from court rulings and scientific findings, creationism thrives, and Answers in Genesis is a strong sign of that.
Just hours after the fossil fish, called Tiktaalik roseae, landed on the front pages of many newspapers earlier this month, it also surfaced on the Answers in Genesis Web site. In a posting titled “Gone fishin’ for a missing link?” the organization, in effect, threw Tiktaalik roseae back.
“Because evolutionists want to discover transitional forms, when they find a very old fish with leg-bone-like bones in its fins, they want to interpret this as evidence that it is some sort of transitional creature. . . . It may be just another example of the wonderful design of our Creator God,” the posting said.
For creationists, there are no transitional creatures and no doubts. In the Book of Genesis, the biblical calendar of creation is as clear and simple as it is sacred: God created creatures of the sea and the air on Day 5. Land animals and man appeared on Day 6. And all of this, including the creation of Earth, happened about 6,000 years ago.
I do not agree with the views presented by Answer in Genesis. The Book of Genesis is not a scientific description of how the world was created. God has given human beings a special role in creation and that role includes the exploration of the world in which we live.
The reason I introduce this article to you is because the article is a good example of good and believing Christians trying to defend the truth of Scriptures. However, the fear that scientific discoveries may weaken or destroy the teachings of the Bible is unfounded.
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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