Is most of the promotion of creationism, not just that by the WT, charlatanism?

by Disillusioned JW 38 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • JoenB75
    JoenB75

    Funny thing about creationism is that creation in the Bible if taking literally, does not explain how God created. A man named Dick Fischer wrote a nice paper on the unbiblical nature of young earth creationism "Young-Earth Creationism: A Literal Mistake". The whole thing smells fishy to me, it is all about power and control over the congregations.

  • Sea Breeze
    Sea Breeze

    JB 75:

    the Bible if taking literally, does not explain how God created

    Sure it does. The bible records exactly how God did it in several places; this is just one:

    By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. - Ps. 33:6

    We are made in God's image. When we speak, information comes out. (for most of us ) Scientists are beginning to understand that not only is the fundamental nature of life information, but matter itself is best explained as mathematical information. Real science is a young earth creationists' and a literal Biblicists' best friend.

    Perhaps you are familiar with the 200 year old two-slit experiment where probability waves collapse into physical photon particles upon observation?

    Well, scientists have now done the same thing with matter - atoms (up to a 2000 bundle so far).

    Protons are identical to each other in as much as they really are not little ‘balls’ at all. They are a set of quantum numbers such as spin, isospin, charge, mass and so on.

    They do not change regardless if they are part of a helium molecule, argon, gold etc. Likewise, numbers do not change nor wear out either. For instance, you could be using a number 3 and then I could use it later, or even at the same time without diminishment of function. It won't wear out.

    It is looking more and more like the fundamental nature of everything (as with genomes for life) is information.

    And, information always comes from a mind.

    Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. - Ps. 33: 8-9


  • JoenB75
    JoenB75

    Sea Breeze,

    God speaking does not explain how God created. The obvious point is the Bible contains no science. There is no point in trying to make up some science in the Bible. It would also be one huge book or rather library if that was the case.

    Another point is that selem in Genesis 1:26 refers to physical form/appearence regardless of tradition. As even some young earth ministries are beginning to recognise, the Bible implies we are made in the image of someones looking like us, the angels and God appearing in visible form like in Genesis 18.

  • Sea Breeze
    Sea Breeze
    God speaking does not explain how God created. The obvious point is the Bible contains no science. There is no point in trying to make up some science in the Bible. It would also be one huge book or rather library if that was the case.

    Well, I would partly agree that we certainly don't know a lot about the what the information was that was spoken. (That is changing however) But, the fact that scientists are beginning to view life processes (genome code) and now physical matter as information goes a long way in supporting the biblical contention that the information needed to form the universe was simply spoken into existence from the mind of God.

    I'm just speaking my mind here.

  • Disillusioned JW
    Disillusioned JW

    jhine (Jan), if I recall correctly you live the United Kingdom. I am correct? The percentage of Christians in the USA who consider evolution (specifically that which is called macroevolution) to be a fact is far lower than that in the U.K. (the kingdom in which Charles Darwin lived in). In the USA it is much more than just the LDS, JWs, and and deep south Baptists which reject evolution. It is also the SDA, and theologically conservative baptists in other states of the USA besides those in the deep south, and it is theologically conservative Lutherans and theologically conservative Presbyterians.

    Furthermore, in my area a number of the congregations identify as nondenominational and it seems that all of those churches make extensive use of the Bible in their Sunday sermons and in Bible study classes taught in their congregations. A number of those congregations also identify as Bible churches - even the word "Bible" is included in the name of those congregations. Such churches tend to read the Bible literally and thus teach that evolution is false.

    I meet a number of Christians who identify their religion as simply Christian - namely people who claim to have no denominational name for their church (and often times they are people who classify the Catholic church as not Christian) [many times they don't even known the name of the specific congregation of which they attend]. When I ask them if they believe in evolution they say 'no, I believe in the Bible'. Sometimes they will also say 'I have no religion, I have a personal relationship with Christ'. To some of those who say such, Christianity is not a religion. In regards to saying that Christianity is not a religion, to me they sound like the JWs from the Rutherford area.

  • Disillusioned JW
    Disillusioned JW

    jhine (Jan), regarding what I posted previously about Bible Churches notice for example that Sea Breeze in his so-called "List of Not So Old Things" included a link to https://kgov.com/list-of-shocked-evolutionists . [By the way, most all of the links in that list are to sections of the kgov.com website, which is a very conservative religious website. The other links are to sections of the rsr.org website and those automatically redirect to sections of the kgov.com website.] The about page of kgov.com site (which is at https://store.kgov.com/about-bob-enyart-live/ ) says its website creator is Bob and it says that "Bob trusted in Jesus Christ as his Savior in 1973 and since January 2000 pastors Denver Bible Church." Notice that the web site's author is the pastor of what is called a "Bible Church".

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible_church says "Bible church is a type of Christian church which emphasizes the Bible as its standard, and focuses on the original inerrancy of scripture. It is typically a type of evangelical Protestant church.[1] Bible Churches can be non-denominational or affiliated with a denomination, such as the Bible Methodist Connection of Churches, Bible Missionary Church or International Fellowship of Bible Churches. This dictates whether a particular Bible church would be committed to a certain catechism, Statement of Faith and theology. The International Fellowship of Bible Churches, for example, adheres to Wesleyan-Arminian theology.[2] Nevertheless, many Bible Churches hold to a few commonalities."

  • vienne
    vienne

    I've read Ronald Numbers' book on the subject, and I recommend it in this context. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Creationists

  • Harvey
    Harvey

    Creationism came about by human ignorance, accepted evolution of the universe including are own biological evolution came about by human intelligence and examining physical evidence.

  • jhine
    jhine

    Thanks Disillusioned. Yes l am in the UK . I am an Anglican and again l find all this quite bemusing. The Anglican church is very Bible based. I am doing the readings and prayers for the evensong service tonight and l have 2 OT passages to read.

    All sermons, who ever gives them, are Bible based . I attend a Bible study group in which we read a passage from the Bible and discuss it .

    As l said l don't know any young earth creationists . I still think that all Christians are creationists as in we believe in a creator.

    Also there are lots of scientists, l have named 3 of many who are Christians.

    I agree with Sea Breeze that this is not a salvation issue and l won't argue about it . I am just surprised at the figures .

    Jan

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