I am sometimes amazed by the different reactions I get from people when I share some of the Scientific and Theological arguments against the theories of long ages, Big Bang and Darwinism.
Atheists (that wilfully reject the idea of a God) are the easy one. It is obvious why they don't even dare to entertain these arguments. It challenges the very foundation of their world view and belief system. If they do dare to actually watch some of the videos or read some of the books and articles on the topics around Young Earth Creation, they will do so with the same attitude and watchfulness that I read material of Richard Dawkins, Dan Brown, etc.
Through some very harsh words on some forums, I realized how emotional an aspect this is for Atheists. One of their moral highgrounds and confirmation for their beliefs is infact Science. Thus the moment I dare challange them on that part, they do not hold back any bit at the name calling and redicule.
This is my actual topic. Why are so many Christians so hesitant to accept the messages from Young Earth Creationists? Initially it did not make any sense to me. I was first introduced to this topic by a relative that gave me Dr. Hennie Mouton's book "Evolusie, die onwetenskaplike leuen" (Evolution, the unscientific lie). This was way back in 2000. I immediately accepted these messages with open arms. I did not realize however just how much this will change may world view and the view of God and His Creation. So many aspects thereof, so called overpopulation, sickness, evil, generational effects of sin, the wonder of life, racism and many many other aspects of my beliefs.
I do find many Christians that do accept this message with open arms, like I did. Many see it as a welcome confirmation of their faith and just wants to learn more. Eager to get answers to questions like, "What about the Dinosaurs?", "What about galaxies millions of light years away?", etc.
I also found some more Conspiracy Theory Christians, quoting Kent Hovind and many other creation messages, but not really making it real. Such an example was a Geologist that was very vocal about Kent Hovind's sayings, but when he spoke about his work, he still referred to million years old layers of rock, etc. Until one day when he faced the practical effect of Young Earth Creation on his work. He grew awfully silent.
The Christians that intrigues me, are the ones saying things like "It is not important", "For God 1 day is like 1000 years...", "God could have created using Evolution", etc. And even more interesting is how they start reacting when you start sharing more and more Theological and Scientific arguments.
The other day I was actually blown away by someone saying my focusing on "these matter" are actually causing unbelief. I was quite shocked and had to start thinking about may methods and ways of communicating this message. I had to take a deep and honest look at how I was behaving myself.
I don't know if I have been honest enough, but here are some of the reasons I suspect Christians may reject the message of Young Earth Creation.
Why do Christians reject Young Earth Creation?
- Style / Method
I realize a few years back, my Know-it-all attitude (Beterweterigheid) did not help at all. I still strive to improve that aspect, but my passion for this message also makes it hard to do it as some other people I look up to, like Dr. Johan Kruger and other CMI Speakers.
- Fear of fallibility
I hope I'll get some honest answers with regards to this possibility, because that will require some serious introspection.
- More comfortable
It came as a shock to realize that hardly any militant Atheist that I know are actually clients of Teazers and the like. I started suspecting that Christians not at all striving after the life of Jesus Christ may be more guilty of moral sins than what I was wiling to admit.
Perhaps some Christians still sort of belief there is a God and that Jesus saved them, but they hardly, if ever go to church and even if they do, it is out of pure tradition.
I now wonder what the message of Young Earth Creation does for them. Do they start to feel a whole lot more guilty or convicted once they start realizing the possible effect of accepting a God that created the Universe (enormous beyond comprehension and wonderful down to the smallest piece of living organism)?
What do you think? Why is it that some Christians are very hesitant to accept the message of Young Earth Creation? If you're one of those, I beg you to do some serious introspection and give me an honest as possible answer as to why you would rather believe God created the Earth and the Universe over long periods of time and through Evolution, than in 6000 years through super natural (Special) Creation.