You know, I got to thinking about the non-negotiable beliefs a Bible believing Christian must hold, and young earth Creation seems more and more like it should be included. It’s touched on lightly in the 1689 LBC but it doesn’t really go deep enough in my opinion.
“In the beginning it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness, to create or make the world, and all things therein, whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good.”
Personaly I wouldn’t have put “or make” in there, it’s pretty clear it was created (bara), a miraculous event from nothing. That’s just my take, but the LBC’s statement doesn’t exactly make a strong argument for YEC (young earth creation) as “non-negotiable.” Here’s a few reasons why I think YEC is infact non-negotiable.
- OEC (old earth creation) would make Christ out to either be a liar or just not sure of what He’s talking about. Mark 10:6 says “But from the beginning of the creation, God ’MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE.’ that, of course, is in reference to Adam and Eve back in Genesis. Now whether evolution occurred with or without God is moot at this point because the problem lies in the time line. And with Hugh Ross’ Adam and Eve “date” of 10 to 60 thousand years ago, it’s even more to the end. They can’t be made at the beginning of creation in a 13.7 billion year old universe. YEC is supported with Christs on words.
- The first point was just to emphasize why I feel YEC is non-negotiable. This one is to show that belief in creation, not evolution, is a must. It’s a simple process of “elimination.” You eliminate God, you eliminate Adam and Eve, you eliminate original sin, you eliminate the need of a Savior, you eliminate Christ. Some may say “Ah, but God was the one that used evolution as His tool for creating!” Well, I restate point number 1. Mark 10:6 makes it clear from what Christ said that the universe cannot be 13.7 billion years old. Evolution, whether God driven or not, needs time to be successful. Any stance on origins that is not founded on a short time line or rooted in God creating “ex nihilo” has to compromise with Scripture. Compromising isn’t an option for Christians. God’s entire Word is truth. There’s no wiggle room (2 Timothy 3:16). That’s why I believe that Young Earth Creation is a non-negotiable belief for the Bible believing Christian.