To the moderators. The author’s of the article answered my comment and I’m responding. I’m hopeful that I’m doing so in an appropriate manner related to comment guidelines. If not, I apologize.
To the authors; thank you for the response I appreciate it. No need to further respond after this I won’t take any more of your time.
I read your response and I’m puzzled by it in numerous ways. I’ll attempt to respectfully respond.
The authors say that they never intended to discuss evolution because (a) there is no certain evidence that macro-evolution ever occurred and (b) the Bible’s clear statements are TRUTH.
Seems there is evidence regarding the age of plants and animals, evidence (such as various dating methods) that the author’s dismiss without providing solid basis for that dismissal). My real issue is that regarding the author’s contention that the age of the earth is not what YEC says it is, is that the author’s base their belief on evidence outside of the Bible - i.e. ice core samples. They then decide that they are correct and interpret scripture in Genesis different than YEC do. If I understand your argument correctly, you have decided that Gen. 1:1-2 represent an entirely different time frame than the rest of the chapter. That’s not necessarily clear from the text and the Scriptures do not say that. You are inferring it based upon other evidence you have obtained from your scientific analysis; i.e. you interpreted Scripture based upon your scientific studies.
You suggest I doubt creation and seek evidence. That’s not quite correct. What I attempted to say is that you base your assertion on the age of the earth and that YEC are wrong is based on outside evidence. But that the rest of the Genesis story is as written and commonly interpreted and any outside evidence is irrelevant. I simply suggested that if so, you should also be willing to provide evidence to support the rest of the creation story with outside evidence and be prepared to refute other scientists evidence which supports plants and animals being alive longer than 10,000 years ago. (for example, what do you have to show that the Cambrian Explosion of over 500 million years ago and all the fossils records like Trilobites are in error), You do not do so and I find that troubling from a logical standpoint. Evidence which you deem to be accurate you accept, evidence you do not you ignore. That is really no different from Young Earth Creationist’s proponents in my view, you’re just arguing against one slice of their belief.
I certainly do not doubt that there is a God. I’m sorry if you misunderstood my sentence. Regarding the creation story, I do consider this to be of doubtful importance - to my salvation. My salvation is based upon Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection on my behalf through no value or works of my own and my willingness to repent from my sins and ask Jesus to forgive me and that He will come again. And THAT is the Adventist Message.
Thank you for the dialog. I wish you continued success in your inquiries, both scientific and spiritual.