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PNG radio for today's culture and timeless truths come together it's reasoned relevant content apologetics worldview and answers to the questions that you need to know from Alex McFarlane ministries. This is true for a new generation radio and now the man who preached in 50 states and 50 days beaker writer, and advocate for Christian apologetics Dr. Alex McFarlane how old is the earth.
How did the earth get here. How was the universe created and was there a creator order did we all evolve just spontaneously randomly something coming from nothing hi Alex McFarlane here truth for a new generation radio and were talking today about some questions that for some people are problematic, especially as it relates to believing the Bible and accepting Christianity.
I was just speaking in a youth event this past week and a mother came up and she was a chaperone for a number of teenagers at the particular event and she said that her son had once profess Christianity but now rejected it because quote everybody knows the world is billions of years old." It was my privilege just last week to interview my friend and brother, Ken Hamm, who famously is led answers in Genesis and created the ark encounter, which by the way, I would recommend that everybody got a visit even if you're not a Christian. Even if you don't believe in creation even if you are not a young earth biblical age, creationist, and maybe you believe in the millions of years. Listen, you need to go see the ark in northern Kentucky and it just simply is amazing. It's like the eighth wonder of the world really built to scale and I interviewed Ken on the radio last week and Ken was talking about how evolution had dissuaded so many people from believing Christianity Darwinian evolution 1859, Darwin published on the origin of species, and since then so many people have turned away from belief in God and creation regional quote here and I do want to talk about the age of the earth. There was a very famous chemist in the Richard Kerwin.
He lives 1733 to 1812 and he was a chemist in the 18th and 19th centuries and very renowned. Not perfect. He had some beliefs that were a little bit reflective of his times but all in all a good scientist and and a believer in God in creation and Richard Kerwin had said, quote how fatal the suspicion of the high antiquity of the globe has been to the credit of Mosaic history and consequently to religion and morality.
Kerwin says how fatal the suspicion of the high antiquity of the globe. The high antiquity quote" the belief that the earth is millions of years old. To quote the Mosaic history. What is that the first five books of the Bible, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus numbers Deuteronomy, the Pentateuch, and especially Genesis 1 and two, now Bishop James Usher who are in 1658. He was an Irish Archbishop of the town call on Mogg and Usher added that the biblical chronologies and believe that creation began in 4004 BC and and there were others that came up with similar numbers but how fatal the belief in the old age of the universe has been to Mosaic history and I would agree said current and consequently to religion and morality because look, here are the implication of the Darwinian theory. If there is no God in our pastors.
The judge in our future.
If God was. Not part of our creation. God will not be part of our eschatology the end times, and if there is not a literal creator and God the foundation of morality, then there really is no transcendent purpose to life. One of the biggest obstacles to belief in Christianity belief in God. In general, certainly trust in the Bible has been Darwinian evolution and the philosophy that really goes along with it which we would call methodological naturalism now methodology is the way that you look at the world and whether you know it or not you have a methodology for looking at life may be the methodology that you approach life through is the lens of Scripture God's word and I hope it would be a biblical world view, knowing that we are accountable to God and that we are stewards. That's a biblical worldview knowing that Christ is the son of God, who died for our sins and we must turn from sin to faith in Christ and be born again.
As Jesus said, unless were born again we can't go to heaven when we die. So I would hope that what you have is a biblical worldview, but a naturalistic worldview or an empiricist worldview says look this physical world is all there is. There's no God. Beyond that, there is no transcendent purpose in this world is all there is now methodological naturalism is really where much of academia is in America and the West that there is no God your beliefs about values right and wrong.
True thoughts are really just your own personal opinions and because there is no God and there is no creator we only evolved right and wrong is fluid and changing and right and wrong is more subjective than object. If the naturalist would say no. One of the key presuppositions of naturalism. Darwinian evolution is that the earth is billions of years old. The dinosaurs died 65 million years ago how surprising in the news this week that there is a dinosaur skull being discussed in the news with some soft tissue in it moist marrow cell walls and DNA. This is amazing because of fossilized dinosaur skull are presumptively dead for millions of years should not still have soft tissue and yet there's been human remains and animal remains that have soft tissue and recoverable DNA. What does that mean it really points to a young earth, and more. The biblical model of creation and the implications for this are huge estates and when we come back were going to continue talking about the age of the earth.
The reality of the creator and the question.
The bigger question has science disproven God stated true for new generation radios back after this from. I am a watchman ministries. Here's today's I am a watchman minute God spoke these words to Jeremiah Israel, can I not do to you as the potter has done to his clay as the clay is in the potter's hand, so you are in my hand, is that the mindset you have in Christ. Do you see yourself as clay, whereas the potter do you allow yourself to be stretched molded into something, the master desires or do you resist watchman do you know that you have been called, chosen and shaped by the master for such a time as this. Do you hear the Masters call to be vigilant in these last days are you as Scripture commands waiting and watching and warning and witnessing until he comes.
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Well, it's even more interesting to know the origin of the universe. The origin of our world. The purpose of life and even the origins of some of the belief systems that have clouded people's understanding of God. Let me say in the 19th century there were many many attempts to talk about the age of the earth because Darwinian evolution that presupposes things just evolved. We don't see it happening. It's not observable. In fact, the creation event is not a repeatable observable phenomenon is my friend Ken Hamm says we need to trust what God says about creation because he was the only eyewitness to it. And so God, who cannot lie what God says about creation is by definition true because God can't lie. But in the 19th century because Darwinian evolution is not seem to be happening. It's a a presupposition inferred and imposed relief from the evidence. Big part of the worldview of Darwinism is uniformity. Arianism there were going to talk about in a minute courtesy of a man named James Hutton but let me say this about belief about the age of the earth, and Hinduism Hindu sages from time past have theorized that the earth is is nearly 2 billion years old and that they said that for a long time. Plato and Aristotle. The Greek philosophers really believed in an eternal universe and for a time some evolutionist believed in an eternal universe as well.
Of course, Darwin's theory of of general relativity in 1917 and equations following prove the universe had a beginning, but in the Christian world. Time is not infinitely past the universe is not millions of years, so there was some a Bishop of Antioch. Around 169. Theophilus, the Bishop of Antioch lived 183 to 185 A.D. and he postulated that the war was 5600 years old.
He added up biblical chronologies. Now if that were correct.
2000 years later Theophilus is dating of the earth. The Bishop of Antioch would make the earth about 7600 years element that in itself would be considered as a young earth but for Christianity history is linear. There was creation that was the call of Abraham. History is moving along and there will ultimately be our last judgment. We are in a time period of history, not right now called the church age and Christ rose in the spirit came in the church was birthed and Peter preached at Pentecost and and here we are. We are the current link in a long chain serving Christ, proclaiming the good news the gospel till Christ returns and fill out every generation. There have been obstacles to the gospel whether it work was Roman persecutions or Islamic persecutions of Muslim invasions of Europe. Now we are in a battle of worldviews we really are. There was in the 17th century, a Chancellor of Cambridge University John Lightfoot and he dated the the creation at what we would consider a young date. On another colleague around that same time period was James Usher who said that the earth was created about 4004 BC. Now listen to this. Book title. This is a great book title. Lightfoot of Cambridge wrote a book about the origin of the universe and the age of the earth and and the title is this a few and new observations upon the book of Genesis, the most of them certain the rest probable all harmless, strange, and rarely heard before and in that book with that rather illustrious title.
He came up of about a 4000 BC creation date not let me say this folks, I believe with the word of God says about creation and salvation. It really doesn't make any sense and certainly not consistent to accept what God says about creation but reject what God says about salvation or vice versa.
There have been people throughout history that have tried to really bifurcate what they believe about Scripture.
Maybe God is right about faith and values, but wrong about science. There was a Jewish scholar in the Middle Ages, Maimonides who argued against taking the Bible literally on Genesis and creation.
He basically said as many today Dave and I think wrongly that you can believe what the Bible says about Jesus and salvation, but not what it says about creation Baroque Spinoza who was a Dutch philosopher basically said the same thing.
Spinoza said, quote the knowledge of nearly everything contained in Scripture must be sought only from Scripture itself just as the knowledge of nature is sought from nature itself.
In other words, what the Bible says can be one thing and what nature and the world tells us, can be something else and you know what, in the very famous Scopes monkey trial in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee, William Jennings Bryan, the Christian against Clarence Darrow that was Darrow's position and end it was very condescending and frankly very dangerous since the results of this have not been good for Christian academia. Certainly not good for belief in God and creation in the marketplace. Darrow pressed a Bryan in the sweltering heat of the un-air-conditioned courtroom and civil maybe what the Bible says about God and in faith is all right, but what it says about science, we have to look to writers like Darwin, couldn't it be that the Bible is right on safe but wrong on science and Brian very weary from a week of trial and unrelenting media said yes okay.
A week later he died of a heart attack, but many assume Brian understood he had sort of philosophically thrown Christianity under the bus because if we can't trust what God says about creation then pray tell, why would we trust what God says about eternity and when we come back were going to talk more about the Darwinian philosophy, and some of the ripple effect that is had in the classroom on the world. Maybe even on the heart and soul of people you care about stating truthfully generation radio is back after this. Alex is written many books to help you defend your faith.
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You're listening to the truth for a new generation radio buckle back to TMG radio Alex McFarland here were going to continue talking about creation, evolution, and really the implications of both views, but I want to tell you that something so exciting Saturday night June 6 and I know that's a little bit of a ways away but in Orlando Florida. I will be with James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family family taught best-selling author is an amazingly brilliant godly man.
Dr. James Dobson is going to bring an impassioned message about why this nation needs a revival and we do Saturday night June 6 at the holy land experience theater.
This is happening in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist convention. We want to encourage them to stand strong for the gospel stand strong for the authority of God's word. Also, let me just say this, we need some help. We need some financial support to put all this together but it's going to be a wonderful night you can go to my website Alex McFarland.com were going to be posting information, but please be in prayer as we are doing what God called us today to evangelize the lost and equip the saved while were talking about creation and evolution.
And you know one of the big battles of the 19th century was in in 1860.
There was a debate between a man named Thomas Huxley they called him Darwin's bulldog.
He lived 1825 to 1895 and he was fearless proponent of evolution and then there was Samuel Wilberforce, now Bishop Samuel Wilberforce was was a Bishop of the Church of England. He lived 1805 to 1873 he was the third son of William Wilberforce and he was a defender of God in creation and Huxley made fun of him as many the evolutionists did an end. By the way, let me just say, having debated a number of atheists and evolutionists myself. It's so sad to see the proto-Darwinians and the atheists that there very often very smog and absolutely self-assured, but I think about when they leave this world and they stand before the God they rejected, they face the Savior they mocked and not only their own souls. I hang in the balance, but the souls of those that they led astray, I think of that the thousands of young people that I've talked with over the last 25 years plus, many of whom, at one time were in youth group or church, but in college became an agnostic because of professors that were so pro-evolution Pro relativism Pro gender fluidity, homosexuality, hedonism and pleasure is the meaning of life, and I think about the God reject her's who have their own soul to answer for, but also those that they led astray. But Wilberforce and Huxley were debating June 30 of 1860 there were at the Oxford University's new museum, library, and now Bishop Samuel Wilberforce said there's nothing to the idea of evolution we've never seen rocks turn into pigeons and that's true, and he turned aside to Thomas Huxley and he smiled and he said tell me I had have you come from a monkey on your grandfather's side or on your grandmother's side and not to be outdone, Huxley got up and and said to Wilberforce. He said that quote he was not ashamed to claim a monkey for his ancestor, but the he would be ashamed to be connected with a man who used his great communication gifts to obscure the truth." Well, let me say this and and I've been accused of.
This also by evolutionists and atheists of of misleading people. But when we proclaim what the word of God says that in the beginning God created and this creation could not have been millions of years for billions of years ago. The Hindus are wrong. The Darwinists are wrong when we find fossils with soft tissue, indicating a recent death and refined marine fossils on the mountaintops as we do as as have been found that that does indicate what the Bible says about creation and catastrophic sum it is true. Now there was in the 19th century. Those men named James Hutton. He was very influential in the writings of people like Charles Lyal, and later Darwin and he believed in what is call uniformity Arianism that the present is the key to the past. Now Lyal and Hutton believed that the forces that made the earth as we see it were were erosion of sedimentation and volcanic activity.
That's how you understand the world volcanoes that erupted sedimentation that gathered and erosion the Grand Canyon eroded they would set but yet when we look at the the world.
We see evidence of a flood. There are marine fossils on the mountaintops. There is great evidence that the world was at one time covered in water and catastrophic sum is really the key to understanding the topography of the world, not uniformity. Arianism, but do not even Kelvin, who was just one of the great scientists of his day.
Kelvin who was critical of of naturalism and evolutionary theory said quote. There were overpowering really strong proofs of intelligent and benevolent design all around us. Intelligent design yes and benevolent design.
Very often we we hear tell of the anthropic principle that the world seems intentionally designed to support life. Human life and so what were trying to do with truth for new generation is give the other side of the story, the evidence not the presuppositions and philosophy born out of the assumption that something came from nothing. Chaos is the mother of order that design came from chaos and that information the encryption of the DNA. The complex encrypted data of the DNA could have come about from inanimate non-intelligent sources that consciousness evolved from out of the primordial soup impossible know the world claims that the creation had a creator design had a designer. The moral law came from a lawgiver, the laws of nature.
Also, from a lawgiver, and life has purpose. That purpose is found in a relationship with Christ. Everything that scientists discover reveals incredible structure, organization and purpose, and you'll find that purpose in a relationship with Jesus Christ stated TMG radio and help us tell the world about not only the creator God the Savior's TMG radio is made possible by the friends of Alex McFarland ministry, PO Box 10231 is borough NC 27404.
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