To The Daily Sun,
I would like to take a moment to comment on a recent letter posted from Mr. James Veverka concerning "creationists" and the belief that the earth is only thousands of years old. I understand completely where Mr. Veverka is coming from.
There are two very devious lies at the root of this confusing issue. The first lie is that there is no God and all life forms evolved, by chance, from random particle interaction. This lie is promoted by people who don't believe in God and have a very poor understanding of "true science". The second lie is that the Bible says God created the earth and the universe approximately 6,000 years ago. This lie is promoted by people who believe in God and have a very poor understanding of "true theology".
My explanations will be extremely brief considering the complexity of the subject matter but hopefully they will persuade people who read this letter to look more deeply into these two matters. I'm an engineer and scientist and for most of my life I tried to mix God with science because I believe in God but I also know that the earth and universe are more than 6,000 years old. I struggled with this and tried to mix evolution with the big bang with God, etc.
In March of 2010, my life was a disaster and I turned to God for help and became a Christian. God impressed upon me the truth that Jesus Christ is real and he gave his life for all of us so that we can be "saved" and go to heaven ... all we need to do is believe in Him! After being saved, I started reading the bible over and over from cover to cover. I studied Hebrew and Greek and realized that everything in the Bible is truth, but to fully understand the meaning of certain passages you must research them in their original scriptural language.
God created the universe and everything in it including physics, chemistry, and all of the physical sciences that support and explain the functioning of the universe. It's impossible for "true science" to disagree with "true theology.
So, here's my understanding ... in the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1). This occurred approximately 14.5 billion years ago with a "big bang". The original earth was smaller, very swampy, the land masses were connected together, and the dinosaurs, that were created by God, lived upon it. Genesis (1:2) tells us that the earth was "formless and void". We know there was a gap of time between Genesis (1:1) and (1:2) because the book of Isaiah (45:18) tells us that God did not create the earth "formless" but that he created it to be inhabited. It's believed that the fall of Satan is what caused the earth to become "formless and void". God then "fixed" the formless and void earth approximately 6,000 years ago in six 24 hour days starting at Genesis (1:3). This included "creating" all current living creatures and plant life.
As for the theory of evolution ... it was proven to be impossible decades ago with the discovery of DNA as well as a rudimentary understanding of the incredibly complex inner workings of the living cell. The DNA code is more complex and elegant than anything known in the universe. DNA has been indexed but its true inner workings are not yet understood. The living cell contains dozens of totally interrelated and interdependent "micro-machines" that perform miraculous tasks at a microscopic level. If any one part of the living cell is taken away, it will cease to function. This is called "irreducible complexity" and alone negates the possibility of evolution.
I hope and pray that everyone who reads this will ask God for help in finding the truth. My wife and I have a free website (Christian Resource Center of New Hampshire) that has topical commentaries and videos that explain these issues thoroughly (www.crcnh.org).
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