In the wake of the Ken Ham – Bill Nye debate, Pat Robertson came out and said that young earth creationism is a “joke” and criticized Ham for it. Ham was unhappy about it, of course. But Rev. Mark Creech of the Christian Action League is really upset and says that Robertson committed blasphemy over it.
One can appreciate Robertson’s acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty in the earth’s beginnings. But as I once contended in an interview with Seed Magazine, “Clergy…those that have given away a portion of the truth in order to defend the rest of it – are no real friends to true religion or the Bible.”  Robertson’s remarks represent a concession to evolution that has profound negative ramifications for sound theology.
First, the concession indicts the goodness of God. Modern science asserts that the geological ages are predicated on the fossil record, and these fossils speak to us of suffering and death millions of years before Adam and Eve – before the creation of man. That’s a direction contradiction of the Bible’s teaching that pain, anguish; travail, death and the dysfunctions of nature are a direct result of divine judgment because of man’s sin. If there was a primeval prevalence of these things before the fall of man, then that would leave only God himself responsible for such menace and mayhem. The very notion a God of love and order would work arbitrarily and brutally as suggested in evolution’s old earth hypothesis – a way so contrary to his own nature – carries with it an implication blasphemy.
Second, the concession assails the authority of the Word of God. The Scriptures claim to be “God breathed,” (2 Timothy 3:16), meaning they are without error and infallible. The biblical record is of divine authority and instructs concerning man’s origins, his fall into sin, his need for redemption, and the end of all things. Ultimately, we all must give an account of our lives based on the way we have ordered them in accordance with this revelation.
Welcome to the ranks of blasphemers, Pat. But you still suck.
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