A reader writes, “As a Scientist I am concerned that your exhibit, however well intentioned, will teach a false version of our history.” Bodie Hodge responds to this comment.
I cannot believe that you can erect a monument to commemorate such falsehoods. If the Bible is the word of God, is it not possible that the length of time it took create heaven and earth and the universe has been incorrectly transcribed or misinterpreted. As a Scientist I am concerned that your exhibit, however well intentioned, will teach a false version of our history. You also state that "Americans would not be so gullible as to believe they evolved from fish", well for once that is something they should believe, after all they were gullible enough to believe in Iraqi WMD’s!
Good Luck in your endeavours!
Thank you for contacting Answers in Genesis. I am inserting some comments below to help explain why we believe what we believe. They are said with respect and kindness.
I cannot believe that you can erect a monument to commemorate such falsehoods.
What falsehoods? We are erecting a museum to teach the history of the world based on God’s Word and using science to support that view. 2 Samuel 22:31 says: “
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.”
So really the issue you have is that you don’t believe that God’s eyewitness account of history is perfect and flawless. That is an issue between you and God.
Do you support the many secular museums that teach falsehoods? For example, I was in a Swedish museum last August and hanging on a large wall was a tapestry promoting Haeckel’s concept of embryonic recapitulation (photo, right).
Haeckel’s embryos have long since been discarded as frauds, even by the secular scientists. The museum also has a model of Australopithecus afarensis (e.g., “Lucy”) that has human feet and hands, even though the fossil evidence shows that Australopithecus afarensis was a knuckle walker. In museums, Australopithecus feet are commonly misrepresented as human-like to deceive people into thinking it was some sort of “missing link.”
Falsehoods such as these supporting goo-to-you evolution are commonly found in textbooks and museums throughout the world.
If the Bible is the word of God, is it not possible that the length of time it took create heaven and earth and the universe has been incorrectly transcribed or misinterpreted.
If the Bible is the Word of God, then why not trust what it says? When we allow Scripture to interpret Scripture, we understand that the account in Genesis refers to creation in six literal days.
Exodus 20:11:For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Exodus 31:17:It will be a sign between me and the Israelites for ever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he abstained from work and rested.
Please see our sections regarding the days of creation, inerrancy and historical accuracy of Scripture.
The only reason someone wouldn’t think everything was created in six days by God is because they trust someone else over God. Who can be trusted over a perfect, all-knowing God?
As a Scientist I am concerned that your exhibit, however well intentioned, will teach a false version of our history.
Thank you for giving us the benefit of the doubt on our intentions—something many feedback submitters don’t do. But again, what statements in God’s Word are false? The history being taught in the Creation Museum is the same history that has been taught for thousands of years—even Solomon, Jesus, Paul, Isaac Newton, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Michael Faraday, etc., were taught it. Just because the world has been teaching a different history more and more prominently for about 200 years, doesn’t mean it is the truth.
You also state that "Americans would not be so gullible as to believe they evolved from fish", well for once that is something they should believe, after all they were gullible enough to believe in Iraqi WMD’s!
But if a public school/college tells you to believe goo-to-evolution, do you question it? Why “should” people believe it as you state? How does it benefit them to do so—especially if there is any question as to its veracity?
If people came from pond scum and nothing matters after you die, then why would anyone keep his or her behavior within morally acceptable ranges (let alone biblical standards)? Why not steal, why not lie, why not murder your fellow students, why not put falsehoods in museums—especially if it benefits you in some way? The current generation put this together and that is why they aren’t afraid to put on pro-evolution shirts with “Natural Selection” written on them and kill their fellow students.
Since we believe the Bible, we still see you and everyone else as a person with purpose—worthy of our respect—not as another animal getting in our way.
Because of this we believe in truth and morality, and therefore try to lead truthful, moral lives.
Good Luck in your endeavours!
Thanks, but God will accomplish what He wants done. I want to encourage you to study the claims against pondscum-to-people evolution. I suggest starting with Creation: Facts of Life (available for anyone to read on our website, free of charge) by biologist Dr. Gary Parker, a former evolutionist who became a Christian. May God bless you as you begin to investigate science from another—i.e., biblical—point of view (instead of the view presented unopposed to impressionable students in schools).
Kind regards in Christ,
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