A colleague who tried to convert me told me that Jonah was a historical figure, who had gone to Assyria, via the stomach of a sea creature. A friend told me that in a certain University, there was a fossilised tree which stood vertically through many strata, so that the theory that strata in rock represented millions of years was refuted, but this conclusive evidence was hushed up. But I was not prepared for the insanities of CreationWiki.
The Flood, for example. Before the Flood, the continents were united in Pangaea, which enabled the kangaroos to leave the Ark and migrate to Australia. This does not solve the problem of how Noah got 5490 different species of mammals, leave alone 100,000 different species of spider, onto the ark, and fodder for them. They can explain, however, where all the water came from, and how it covered the Earth: it is ground-water, and all the mountains were flattened. Afterwards, God raised up Mount Everest: the power in earthquakes could raise it in five days. Not, I think, what Isaiah 40:4 had in mind:
Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
Methuselah really did live 960 years. One of God’s purposes in causing the Flood was to reduce the lifespan of humanity, though how the flood achieved this is not explained.
Ooh, ooh, what do they have to say about Evolution? “Evolution is not merely a biological theory of little significance. It is a world view—the world view diametrically opposing the Christian world view. Therefore Christians ignore it or compromise with it at great peril!” Nonsense, I say, the increase of knowledge of the world has no threat for followers of the Way. “That populations change through time is a demonstrable, repeatable, observable fact acknowledged by both creationists and evolutionists. However, the ability of mutations to generate new genetic information is unsubstantiated.” Mmm. “The theory of evolution is a violation of well established scientific and natural laws, such as the law of biogenesis and the second law of thermodynamics.” The Law of Biogenesis states that life comes from life. Well, yes, but Pasteur was refuting Spontaneous generation, the idea that mice came from hay, bees from flowers, or aphids from the dew on plants.
Why does the Universe look as if it is 13.7 billion years old, when it was created less than ten thousand years ago? Because the speed of light has slowed down, and because, using Relativity theory, the Earth has been travelling fast enough so that time has only gone six thousand years or so on Earth.
Have a look at the article on “Progressive Creationism“. This is the idea that because for God “A thousand years is as a day” the “Days” in Genesis 1 were not 24 hours, but were much longer periods, perhaps even adding up to 4.7 billion years. However, this is not true. The verses reading “The evening and the morning the first day” show that each was a “day” as we would understand it.
In a site so casual about truth, I was still shocked to read that “All Christians agree that the Bible is history, not mythology or allegory”- neatly denying that I am a Christian.
Fully-formed galaxies have been found eleven billion light-years away, that is, we see them as they were two billion years after the Big Bang. This is taken as evidence for creationism, because it means galaxies form faster than previously thought.
Creation Wiki does not hold to strict Geocentrism. The Earth is not the centre of the solar system, or the Milky Way, but they believe that the Milky Way is the centre of the Universe. I understand the Universe has no edge, and you could travel in a straight line infinitely- space is curved. They admit that the Earth goes round the Sun, and that it rotates, even though the Bible says “The World is firmly established: it will not be moved” at I Chronicles 16:30, Psalms 93:1 and 96:10.
So, we end with an acceptance that not absolutely all the Bible is literally true. Even they do not believe the World is flat. But if a figurative interpretation of I Chronicles 16:30 is possible, why on Earth not of Genesis chapters 1-10?
Creation science? There is no such thing.