ETHICS and the BIBLE
Young Earthers claim that the earth (the entire universe, in fact) is only about 6000 years old, a claim made on the strength of the Bible—specifically, the Book of Genesis. This of course conflicts with massive geologic (and other) evidence showing the earth to be hundreds of millions of years old (with the universe at about 13.7 BILLION years).
Young earthers cite creation of the earth (and universe) on the basis of the account as recorded in Genesis according to which the earth was created in seven days, days as we know them today. They do not believe that their seven ‘days’ may have been much longer periods of time as measured by another criterion. They further explain the geologic record as observed in the earth’s lithosphere as being the record since Noah’s flood.
The first inconsistency in the Young Earth theory is found in the first words of Genesis itself, with light being created in the first day—before the earth’s (and sun’s) creation. This of course means that the seven ‘days’ could not have been days as we know them (which are the result of the earth’s rotating on its axis in 24-hour periods). Read on…
Genesis has the sun created in the fourth ‘day’ (one ‘day’ AFTER the creation of the earth), along with the stars, which are described as lights placed in a ‘firmament’ separating heaven from earth rather than the myriad suns known to exist today. In other words, the earth is thought (in Genesis) to be the center of the universe. This of course is not the case. There are numerous other inconsistencies in Genesis as well that need not be discussed here.
The Young Earthers ignore geology claiming that science is founded on assumption (which of course it is), then found their own theory-as-fact upon the assumption that the Bible is correctly the word of God as recorded, of course, by others. This may indeed be true, but the interpretation(s) certainly are suspect. While they do honor the concept of sedimentation, they do not understand today’s sedimentary rocks as having been indurated not by desiccation but by the tremendous pressure of thousands of feet of overlying sediments that have since been eroded over periods of time far longer than 6000 (even 600,000)-years. They do not take into consideration the phenomenon of faulting, which in many cases is accompanied by great releases of energy (causing earthquakes). The faults evident in the geologic record simply could not have been caused in a mere 6000-years, even with never-ending earthquakes. Nor can they resolve the existence of overturned beds evident in many geological terranes.
There is NO QUESTION that the earth is far older than 6000-years. There is NO QUESTION that the earth was not formed prior to the sun (and moon) in seven calendar days as we know them, because there were no calendar days until the earth rotated on its axis and revolved around the sun. The ‘days’ mentioned in the Bible had to be epochal, many millions of years in the making.
All right then—since Genesis is clearly in error, and ethics is indeed founded in truth, is the Bible then, along with the religions based in it, unethical?
Of course not. The Bible was written at a time when the earth was ‘known’ to be both flat and the center of the Universe. The more knowledgeable sought to explain reality in the context of the times. They did not seek to mislead the less-educated, but instead to educate them in the’ knowledge’ of the times.
This simply illustrates the admonition: DON’T (necessarily) BELIEVE WHAT YOU THINK. Get the facts, or at least the best information available, before you seek to inform. And if you’re in error, admit it. It is expounding what clearly is untrue that is unethical.
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