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A Young Earth and God’s Alleged Deception

Before I took the turn in my life into Christian ministry as a pastor and seminary educator, I was an aerospace engineer.  I worked on the space shuttle briefly as an intern as a senior in college (back before they built it).  I did most of my work on missile defense systems and especially the F-16 jet fighter.  I have a largely intellectual approach to my faith and have never relinquished my love for scientific method and the field of the sciences in particular.  Early on in my Christian life I became convinced of the young earth approach to harmonizing the Bible and so-called scientific discoveries and teachings.  I have always believed that I can do that with a clear conscience and without surrendering my mind and rational thought.

While I was a seminary student at Liberty Baptist Seminary in the late 1970s, I had a conversation with Dr. Lane Lester, who had come to teach at Liberty Baptist College (now Liberty University) about the problem of God’s deception.  If God made the universe with apparent age (stretched out the light rays, etc.), then the things that we discover through our telescopes right now bring a dilemma to our attention.  The mechanics of the universe (speed of light, etc.) point to what we are seeing as having happened billions of years ago.  The young earth position says that what we are seeing did not exist billions of years ago since the earth is only 6000 to 10,000 years old.  Thus, God actually is deceiving us by the way that he designed things and perhaps the deception is ongoing.  Dr. Lester raised this question to me.  I am not sure that I had ever thought about it seriously before that time.  My initial thought was that God did not have to reveal all of his “mechanics” to us naturally.  He has communicated to us in other ways of special revelation.  If we accept the other ways God is communcating to us, we should not have a problem of God creating the universe with apparent age.

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USAirways and Genesis

I am a Dividend Miles member of USAirways’ frequent flyer program.  I currently have around 50,000 miles.  So I travel often, usually on USAirways.  Last week I was flying to West Virginia to do a lectureship at Appalachian Bible College.  The USAirways magazine in the seat pocket in front of me (for January 2011) had a published excerpt from John Coates’ book Original Sinners.  That particular book trashes the literal approach to Genesis and the excerpt which was published was fairly clear.  The view itself is not surprising in light of the unbelieving culture in which we live.  The author has a right to express his views.  But what is surprising is that USAirways decided to step into the arena of religious views to trash the literal understanding of creation and the story of Adam and Eve.  Beyond that, how should I (a Bible-believing Christian) respond to the article presented in USAirways Magazine?  I am considering changing my airline allegiance.