Henry Morris III | pgs. 4-6 | link
Genesis and the Character of God
Morris III’s feature article is a mixture of young Earth creationist theology with a bit of ‘creation science’ talking points thrown in. He opens:
The message of Genesis is not confusing. The repetitive information throughout the rest of Scripture is consistent. The universe was created by an omnipotent, omniscient, and transcendent Being. The words of Scripture insist that God’s work was recent, complete, and “good.” Our struggle with that message is that everything we observe is tainted by evil and death.
Keep telling yourselves that, maybe it will come true… Skipping around a little in what is a fairly lengthy article:
There is absolutely no indication anywhere in the Scriptures that the living God—the God of life—created death. Nothing in the Bible suggests that death was a part of the good that God designed into His creation. Death in Scripture is separation from God. Death stops life. Death intrudes into and destroys everything. Death is not normal.
Is that so? Consider Genesis 3:3:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Or, from the horse’s mouth (Gen. 2:17):
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
In other words, death is clearly God’s idea. He made the tree, He said that you’ll die once you eat of it (though He was mistaken as to when this would take place). And He has also been directly responsible for quite a number of deaths over the course of the Bible, as it happens. So I call bullshit on that paragraph, and the next one:
When God completed His work, He pronounced “it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). If words mean anything at all, “good” must include the flawless functioning of every molecule and all systems and all life. “Good” demands that nothing be out of order or in rebellion to His nature. No sin or death existed in all of creation—until the third chapter of Genesis.
“If words mean anything at all”? ‘Good’ isn’t the same thing as ‘perfect’, Mr Morris.
In addition to all this, Morris discusses how long Adam and Eve were in the garden, pointing out that the latter did not give birth until after they left – he concludes that the time span was likely less than 9 months, as they had been told to “be fruitful and multiply” and “it is unlikely that either Adam or Eve delayed attempting to fulfill this mandate.” He also says:
If death is not the judgment for sin as the Bible insists, then the whole of the gospel message is foolishness. What would salvation rescue us from? If death is not the judgment for sin, then the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross at Calvary is nothing more than a foolish end to an idealist—a martyrdom for an illusionary cause.
I’m fairly certain that your average non-BL Christian would vehemently disagree, as they should. I have a feeling that Morris is actually missing the point of the whole crucifiction thing – YEC theology has often been called flawed.