The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

February 25, 2014

Your View: Vote goes to Ham

ASBURY, Mo. — How sad and disheartening that the Rev. Craig Tally, in his recent Joplin Globe column, has decided that Ken Ham’s stance against “evolution” recently on DebateLive needs apology.  

Tally meant well, but contrary to what he thinks, the evolutionary time frame, even the “gap” theory espoused by many Christians that allows for millions of years, reflects badly on the viability of God as omnipotent creator.

Tally’s theory leaves no room for the Hebrew word “yom,” used in the Bible to describe a 24-hour time period for creation. But his theory leaves room for the “from goo to you by way of the zoo” idea. In light of the wonderful way each of us is constructed, the idea is ludicrous.

Early in the 17th century, Francis Bacon instituted the current, viable scientific method, by which information is judged according to “observation, repetition and demonstration.” The viable, observable system is micro-evolution, adaptation and variation within the set limits of created kinds. Micro-evolution does not produce a buildup of new DNA information and thus disproves “evolution” (macro-evolution). Macro-evolutionists, those who insert the time factor of millions or billions of years in their dating methods, use circular reasoning in trying to validate their theory. Fossils are dated by strata, and strata are dated by fossils.

The evolution issue is not unimportant to Christians for several reasons.

One is the social implication of evolutionist dogma. The full title of Charles Darwin’s famous book is “On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.” Hitler was an evolutionist who tried to obliterate the Jews with his idea of “survival of the fittest.” The Bible teaches that God “has made from one blood every nation of men.” (Acts 17:26)

Another negative social implication is in regard to our children. After children are taught evolution in our schools, they can believe they are nothing but animals and can act accordingly. The Bible teaches that humans are made in the image of God. The Bible also teaches in the Book of Job that dinosaurs and humans co-existed, a truth that has been propelled under the radar throughout history in many cultural legends such as St. George and the dragon. Dinosaur remains found in Montana in recent years contain red blood cells that could not have survived in the evolutionary time frame.

I suggest Globe readers pick up books by Henry Morris or Rick Deighton (Deighton’s “Ready to Give an Answer” is more recently written), or they can log on to www.answersingenesis.org. I say unapologetically to Bill Nye and the Rev. Tally that my vote in the evolution debate goes to Ken Ham.

Virginia Hill Bendure

Asbury

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