Re: appearance of age and the goodness of God

From: Dick Fischer (
Date: Sat Mar 29 2003 - 19:09:34 EST

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    Jason Alley wrote:

    >Therefore, if God did create with an appearance of age, that action is not
    >deceptive or wrong, as it is an action of the perfectly righteous
    >God. Even if it is deceptive, that deception is not wrong; it is righteous.
    > What are your thoughts?

    The notion that the universe was brought about with an apparent age, or
    that it looks old but is really young, crumbles under its own weight. How
    ironic it would have been for God to have commanded the Israelites, "Thou
    shalt not bear false witness," and have expected us to adhere to a
    criterion that He would have violated from the very beginning.

     From Romans we find we are held accountable by the evidence of
    nature. "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world
    are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his
    eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse" (Rom.
    1:1:20). Had an artificially-dated planet been palmed off on us by a
    clever sleight-of-hand artist we would not be without excuse, we'd have a
    great excuse!

    Inherent with the appearance of age argument is a classic "Catch-22." If
    the world is old in complete agreement with the way it looks, then why
    would God give us a book telling us it is young? And if the world is
    young, then it had to be manufactured deliberately and cleverly to look old.

    Thus, the orthodoxy of young-earth creationism poses an insane dilemma; if
    the world is old, God would be a fibber, and if young, He would be a
    counterfeiter! Taking young-earth dogma to its conclusion, if we could not
    trust God to give us a true history of the world we live in, how could we
    trust Him to give us true history and true prophecy in His Book? A god who
    could falsify nature might falsify a resurrection!

    Ironically, these implied allegations raised by those who profess to be
    believers call God's very credibility into question. True words demand
    true works. "For the word of the Lord is right and all his works are done
    in truth" (Psa. 33:4).

    Dick Fischer - Genesis Proclaimed Association
    Finding Harmony in Bible, Science, and History

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