Matt Stopera of Buzzfeed wrote an interesting photo-blog, Messages from Creationists to People Who Believe in Evolution. Creationists who attended the recent debate between Bill Nye, the Science Guy (television show) and Ken Ham, head of the Creation Museum (in Kentucky) were photographed with messages they wrote on a notepad.
In Ken Ham’s opening statement, he said, “The word ‘science’ has been hijacked by secularists in teaching evolution to force the religion of naturalism on generations of kids… Public school textbooks are using the same word ‘science’ for observational science and historical science. They arbitrarily define ‘science’ as naturalism and outlaw the supernatural.”
In Bill Nye’s opening statement, he said, “Natural laws that applied in the past apply now… Billions of people [creationists] do not embrace Ken Ham’s model.”
As tempting as it is to dive into the meat and potatoes of this debate, the purpose of this blog is not to analyze or provide commentary on the debate. Perhaps one day I will write that blog. For today, I’d like to analyze some of the messages that the creationists who attended the event wrote. In particular, my comments are directed toward those creationists who believe in the doctrine of eternal torment, creationists, like Stuart Burgess, a scientist cited in Ken Ham’s opening statement, who tell children they will go to hell if they believe the theory of evolution (Burgess admitted to doing just that during an interviewed on BBC regional TV).
Bill Nye, are you influencing the minds of children in a positive way?
Are you influencing children in a positive way when you tell them many of their family and friends will spend eternity in torment in hell?
Are you scared of a Divine Creator?
Are you scared of a divine creator who created a place of eternal torment for the majority of humanity?
Is it completely illogical that the earth was created mature? i.e. trees with rings… Adam created as an adult…
Why would God create a world that seems to be extremely old but isn’t? If the eternal destiny of the human race depends on believing in a literal young earth creation, why would God confuse people with conflicting evidence about the age of the earth?
Does not the second law of thermodynamics disprove evolution?
Does not the second law of thermodynamics disprove the concept of a literal eternal burning hell? Suppose you answer no. Then doesn’t this mean that God subverts the laws of nature in order to ensure hell keeps burning? What does this tell you about God?
If God did not create everything, how did the first single-celled organism originate? By chance?
If God did create everything, why did he create the first single-celled organism, or anything at all for that matter? Wouldn’t it have been better to create nothing at all than to create the potential for billions upon billions of people to experience an eternity of torment?
How can you look at the world and not believe someone created/thought of it? It’s Amazing!!!
How can you look at the amazing world and believe someone created/thought of it with the premeditated purpose of destroying it and subjecting the majority of its sentient life forms to eternal torment in hell? In addition, how can you look at the doctrine of eternal torment in hell and believe that a loving, righteous God created/thought of it? Amazing, indeed.
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