The morning sessions on the third day of the Answers Mega Conference continued our week of solid, biblical teaching. The speakers presented practical applications of building our thinking around the truth of God’s Word rather than man’s fallible ideas. If you have not had a chance to watch any of the sessions, you can still purchase access to watch all of the talks (available until September 1).
Dr. Terry Mortenson, AiG–U.S.Dr. Mortenson spoke on “Intelligent Design and the ID Movement.” Focusing on intelligent design for the first part of his talk and using Scripture as the starting point, he showed many examples of intelligent design and how things did not happen by chance random processes. As Romans 1:20 states, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” And that is exactly what we do see—evidence of a Creator.
In the second part of the presentation, Dr. Mortenson then talked about the strengths and weaknesses of the ID movement. He identified a key flaw in the ID movement: “The Intelligent Design movement does not point to the God of the Bible.” On the contrary, Dr. Mortenson stated that, “Nature reveals God Himself,” as the Scripture stated in Romans 1:20. For more information on this topic, see the article “The Intelligent Design Movement.”
Watch this short video of Dr. Terry Mortenson outlining his talk for us:
Dr. Georgia Purdom, AiG–U.S.Dr. Purdom presented a talk on “the Genetics of Adam and Eve.” She showed the audience that genetics is “absolutely consistent” with God’s Word—that we all came from one man and one woman (Adam and Eve). This is just one of many things we can understand about the world around us when we build our thinking on the authority of God’s Word.
There are people, however, who compromise on God’s Word and claim that Adam was not real. In light of those claims, Dr. Purdom affirmed, “A real, historical Adam is necessary for the doctrine of salvation.” She went on to explain, “Jesus is the promised seed” that God would provide to Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:15), and “last time I checked, allegories and metaphors do not have children.” Of course, she also reminded attendees that “you do not have to believe in a real Adam and Eve to be a Christian.” This is not a salvation issue, but it does lie at the heart of the gospel.
Dr. Georgia Purdom gave us a quick summary of her presentation in the following video:
Dr. Andrew Snelling, AiG–U.S.Dr. Snelling’s talk, “Fossilization, Fossil Beds, and the Flood,” demonstrated from God’s Word how we can interpret the fossils and rock layers. For example, he stated, “Don’t be afraid of these [fossil] diagrams in text books.” He said that people are using their faulty starting point of evolution to interpret the rock layers, but when you start from Scripture, you can see these “rock layers represent the record of the Flood.” See the article series “Geologic Evidences for the Genesis Flood” by Dr. Snelling for more information on this subject.
In the following video, Dr. Andrew Snelling gives a brief review of his presentation: