According to the Bible, Young-Earth Creationists Are Doomed to Hell

Revelation 21:8 says:

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liarsthey will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

Revelation 21:27 adds in reference to the New Jerusalem:

Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Given that the claims of young-earth creationism about both the Bible and science have been shown to be lies, falsehoods, half-truths, and deceptions time and time again, it seems to me fairly clear what the Book of Revelation says awaits young-earth creationists.

Obviously you can choose to reject the Bible’s teaching on hell/the lake of fire, and/or the Bible’s teaching about lies and falsehood. But you cannot accept both, and also be a young-earth creationist, without also accepting that you are destined for Hell.

  • http://twitter.com/mwestramke Megan Westra

    I think I understand the point behind this , but one of the biggest problems within the church is the pointing of fingers condemning our brothers and sisters to hell. While I agree that the selective literalism of young-earth creationists and others in fundamentalist camps is a poor reading of the text, I don’t think being facetious and trying to “beat” the fundamentalists at their own game is the best response. A post like this will likely not convince any young-earth creationists of the errors in their theology. It will, however, confirm and continue to breed less-than-loving feelings within the hearts of people on the opposing side of the issue.

    • LorenHaas

      Megan, I do appreciate your sensitivity, but I do not know if you can convince a young earth creationist of anything by evidence, being so much of it is based on belief. But there are those that are honestly seeking for themselves that could be influenced by the irony illustrated by this post.

  • ashleyhr

    But lying is UNAVOIDABLE if the literal, scientific, historical accuracy of the Bible is to be successfully ‘defended’. So God seems to be giving Christians a stark choice – ‘compromise’ my word or lie to defend it (and either end up in hell, or maybe end up in heaven because lying for the Bible is not according to God, in fact, lying at all).

    So is the Bible the infallible word of God – or just some moral and spiritual guidance from God?

    The third choice is that the Bible is the (ancient) word of Man. I speak as an ex evangelical Christian, who was never aware of creationism and understood little about the scientific method whilst being an active church member.

    I’m not being deliberately provocative. I’m merely puzzled about God’s motives.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      I think the third choice really ought to be listed first. If there is any perception of God on the part of the human authors of the works which eventually came to be collected into the Jewish and Christian canons, it is not something that overrides or eliminates their human limitations and perspectives. The evidence within the Bible is more than adequate to demonstrate that. That a significant number of Christians try to claim otherwise is unfortunate and, in my view, does much more harm than good.

      Here’s a post I wrote some years ago about how conservative Christians could reconcile themselves to what the Bible actually shows itself to be, even without denying its divine origin, if they were so inclined:
      http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2010/03/from-the-archive-thank-god-for-blessing-us-with-a-fallible-bible.html

      • sheila0405

        That was a wonderful post; thanks for redirecting it for those of us who missed it the first time around. I read through the Bible on my own when my daughter was a toddler. I saw things in context for the first time. I realized that I had been kept inside of a box of theology my entire life. The Bible was so much bigger and more complex than it had been presented to me. My appreciation for the messages of the Bible is bigger because I was challenged. I continue to be challenged. Kindergarten is fun, but it is very shallow, and at some point it is desirable to move on to the upper grades. Sure, it’s not always fun and games, but it is very satisfying to wrestle with great truths. It’s especially satisfying to wrestle with opposing viewpoints. How can I claim to “know” the Bible if important information is left out of my education? Opposing points of view help me to re-evaluate and then to feel a bit more confident in what I believe. Or, on some occasions, to jettison what is definitely untrue in my life.


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