Continuing our series of incredibly ridiculous things Ken Ham believes about space (subtitled: he doesn’t get the gospel either), today we will discuss how the universe is dying and it’s all humanity’s fault.
Well, one particular human.
It is all because of — shockingly — every young-earth creationist’s favorite scapegoat: Adam.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning. First of all, a question must be asked.
And the answer is, yes, yes it is. Kind of. Thing is, a universe can’t actually “die” — you know, not being technically alive and all that. But scientists do believe, from the unimaginably huge infusion of energy from which it was created, the cosmos is slowly wearing itself down like some lame old person.
Which means, if things continue as they are for a very, very, very, very long time, the universe will one day be nothing but a cold, black, barren, bleak, empty place devoid of even the faintest glimmer of hope that you might be saved from soul-crushing despair.
That’s sort of a downer, I guess, but the bright side is that long before that happens, you will have been dead and forgotten for so long it will be basically as if you had never existed. Feel better?
I’m kidding. I just had to get all my angstiness out of the way up-front so we can end on a hopeful note.
At about this point, you may be asking, “Why are you telling us all this, Francke?” or “Why the heck am I reading this guy when I could be staring at a blank wall or getting a root canal?”
Allow me to answer the first question.
I knew this research would reach the desk of our friend Ken Ham (pretty sure the guy has a Google Alert set for the word “billion”), and I strongly suspected it would upset him.
Now, Ken Ham’s primary point is that Christians do not need to worry about what has got to be the most boring conception of the apocalypse ever…
…because God has promised us resurrection and eternal life with him in a new heavens and earth after the old has passed away. I actually agree with Ham (you’ll never know how long it took my brain to convince my fingers to type those five words) about that.
And, though the Bible is pretty TBD about exactly when that will all go down, it does strongly imply there will still be some living humans around at the time.
Now, Hambone could have ended his article there, with the two of us in agreement (which presumably would have immediately sparked the very End of Days that we are discussing), but he didn’t. (Phew.)
No, apparently the man is incapable of reading about any scientists’ work without exhaustively and painfully pointing out every tiny little detail he thinks they got wrong. He’s like the world’s worst “Star Trek” nerd.
We’ll start about four paragraphs in, after Ham has already dispatched with the research and the feeble-minded conclusions he thinks the secularists and their puny, unenlightened minds drew from them.
If you start with a different starting point [Oh, is that what you do with a starting point, Hammy? You start with it? Wow, OK, got it. Thanks!], however, where God’s Word is the truth, you get a very different view of the universe. According to Scripture, everything God created was originally “very good” (Genesis 1:31), free from any death and suffering, and the universe worked perfectly.
Let’s stop there. Do you see what Ham just did? Look closely, because this is important, and he does it all. The. Time.
You see, Ham believes that in God’s original creation, there was no death or suffering, and also evidently, no such thing as the second law of thermodynamics (which is ironic considering that most young-earthers think that thing is a pure, God-given talisman used to ward off evolution).
Problem is, the Bible says nothing like that. So he takes what the Bible does say (“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”), superimposes his own definition of “very good” onto it, and then uses that as a basis for serving up his own freaking opinion as Holy Writ.
But Ham needs all of those things to be bad so they fit his preconceived notions of universal history. And since that’s what he needs, that’s what they are.
Let’s continue, but, hey — drinking game why not? It will be fun! So, from now on, take a shot every time Ham says something that’s not in the Bible.
Here’s the next sentence.
But sin changed everything resulting in death intruding into creation.
Drink! Uh, actually, don’t. Otherwise we’ll all be smashed before we finish this paragraph.
Also, God no longer upholds the universe in a perfect state, giving us a taste of what life is like without Him—it falls apart.
Hebrews 1:3 says Christ is “the exact imprint” of God’s nature, and “upholds the universe by the word of his power.”
But, according to Ham, the exact imprint of a completely perfect God upholds the universe, um, imperfectly … because that makes perfect sense, you know.
Hence, the book of Romans tells us that all of creation is groaning because of sin and is eagerly waiting for deliverance (Romans 8:21–22).
Romans 8:21-22: “that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.”
(The “because of sin” part is brought to you by the magic of eisegesis.)
I think you get the point. More evidence — as if you needed it — that the de facto leader of a movement whose ostensible, sole reason for existing is to be more accurate to the Bible actually tells the Bible to politely suck it whenever it does not line up with his presupposed beliefs.