The ICR’s Acts and ‘Facts’ – May 2012

Jayme Durant | pg. 3 | link

When God Says ‘Good’

Jayme Durant, Associate Editor, is the author of this month’s Editor’s column. She writes about the word “good” in the Bible:

When I was in elementary school, my teachers regularly put smiley faces or gold stars on homework papers and finished them off with bright red stamps saying “Good Job!” Restaurant-goers say the food is good if it pleases their palate. Reviewers claim a book is good when it keeps readers turning pages. My teenager frequently says “it’s all good” when no feelings are hurt and no one is mad. Trainers assert that a horse is good if it doesn’t buck, bite, or dart under low tree limbs. A good dog sits at your feet when you feel blue.

Conversely, in my experience the word ‘good’ tends to be a non-committal statement, similar to ‘fine’, that hopes to give a vaguely positive impression without being in any way specific. The automatic response of myself or any other school student to the question “how was your day?” is ‘good’, for example, no matter how many times I got drenched between classes or mistakes I made in the test.

So I get a rather different impression from the Biblical situation:

God is the speaker in Genesis 1, surveying His creation and declaring His own handiwork to be good. The Bible tells us that God Himself is good (Mark 10:18). God also has good plans for us, evidenced from the beginning of creation (Ephesians 1:3-6). The gospel—the “good news” of Christ—demonstrates God’s perfect plan for sinful man to be reconciled to our holy God (Ephesians 1:7-14).

So yeah, you get the impression. Like any good Editors column, Durant segues into discussing the articles in this edition:

As Dr. Henry Morris III points out in our feature article this month, “Genesis and the Character of God,” God’s original good plan for us is evident even in an evil world. We also see God’s display of His good design in creation, discussed in Dr. Jeff Tomkins’ research article about genetic diversity and Frank Sherwin’s article “An Amazing Tract Record.” Dr. John Morris’ article “Flat Gaps Between Strata” and Dr. Larry Vardiman’s “Tracking Those Incredible Hypercanes” validate the evidence of God’s complex design in our physical environment.

We’ll get to those in the pages that follow.

The ad for this month, by the way, was for their “new” Henry Morris Study Bible. Exactly what the difference between this and their New Defenders’ Study Bible is unclear. They describe it:

This 2,215-page study Bible uses a 10-point font and a two-column format, making it easy to read. Inside you will also find the Words of Christ in red, 22 total appendices, full-color maps, and a concordance. The hardcover edition offers a noble and gentle design, and the professional smyth-sewn binding gives this reference tool a life that will span generations.

Whether the YEC apologetics contained within will last as long is another matter entirely.

One thought on “The ICR’s Acts and ‘Facts’ – May 2012

  1. I’m enjoying this post. I particularly like your discussion on page 3. The fact is that, as you say, “good isn’t the same thing as perfect.” Too often, YECs hold that “very good” means the universe had been made as some kind of cosmic playground for humans. I don’t see this in the text at all. The theology of YEC is very skewed in that they hold God’s purposes are all about making things great and wonderful for us. It’s very anthropocentric, and it doesn’t seem to reflect Biblical teaching.

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