In the mid 1700’s, a Scottish farmer began observing the geology of his beloved Scotland. He watched as the wind and rain slowly eroded some of the landscape around him. Small streams carried tiny amounts of silt and sediment away as they ever so slowly cut deeper into the earth. This farmer also noticed how the sea waves washed away sand and cut away at the cliffs along the shores.
In 1785, this Scottish farmer presented a paper in two parts to the newly formed Royal Society of Edinburgh. In his paper titled, Investigation of the Laws Observable in the Composition, Dissolution, and Restoration of Land upon the Globe, he stated, The result, therefore, of this physical enquiry is that we find no vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end. He theorized that the geology of the earth was the result of what must have taken millions of years of slow and gradual processes to create. This became the precursor of what later became known as uniformitarian geology and earned James Hutton the honor of being called the Father of Modern Geology.
John Playfair, another Scotsman published a book in 1802 titled Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth, in which he summarized the work James Hutton. The concept of slow gradual geological processes became more formulated and popularized in 1830 when another Scotsman, Charles Lyell, published the first volume of his classic work, Principles of Geology. Writing a review of Lyell’s Principles of Geology, William Whewell coined the term uniformitarianism to describe Lyell’s theory and the term catastrophism to describe the opposing viewpoint.
However, did you know that the idea of uniformitarian geology was written about over 1700 years before Hutton?
In the first century A.D., a simple fisherman by the name of Simon Peter wrote a letter to the early church. He opened that letter with, Simon Peter a servant and an Apostle of Jesus Christ, to you which have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. Grace and peace be multiplied to you, through the acknowledging of God, and of Jesus Christ our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the acknowledging of him that hath called us unto glory and virtue. (2 Peter 1:1-3).
The Apostle Peter goes on to write a great letter on apologetics of the Christian faith. He warns against false prophets and teachers. Then in the third chapter he writes, This first understand, that there shall come in the last days, mockers, which will walk after their lusts, And say, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the Fathers died, all things continue alike from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly know not, that the heavens were of old, and the earth that was of the water, and by the water, by the word of God. Wherefore the world that then was, perished, overflowed with the water. But the heavens and earth, which are now, are kept by the same word in store, and reserved unto fire against the day of condemnation, and of the destruction of ungodly men. (2 Peter 3:3-7)
What exactly did Peter mean when he wrote those words? Let’s take a careful look at what Peter wrote and just how prophetic he was.
Mockers, which will walk after their lusts
Sure there were mockers in Peter’s day, but not quite like the ones that he wrote about. As we shall see, these mockers rejected God’s authority and turned to their own lusts. What we see today are those that reject the Bible, God and Jesus Christ and consequently they also set up their own set of morals and values. They justify such sinful behaviors such as sexual promiscuity, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, greed, lust, lying and other traits we see today in our society. More and more, these sinful behaviors are not only taking place, but as Paul wrote in Romans 1:18-31, they approve of those who do these things. By rejecting God’s Word and biblical authority, they establish their own morality based only on what they believe to be right and wrong, which is always subject to change based on their ever changing views.
Where is the promise of his coming?
These mockers would reject the first appearance of the promised Messiah and since the first coming is rejected, the second coming is also rejected. These mockers do their best to undermine and destroy the Bible and deity of Jesus Christ. Since they reject the deity of Christ, they set up man and nature as being the supreme authority for all knowledge and wisdom.
All things continue alike from the beginning of the creation.
The vast majority of geologists today will tell you that the idea of everything continuing like they had from the beginning known today as uniformitarianism originated with James Hutton. However, we see here that the Apostle Peter predicted that men would be making this claim over 1700 years before Hutton presented his first paper on the subject.
For this they willingly know not that…The earth that was of the water, and by the water, by the word of God. Wherefore the world that then was, perished, overflowed with the water.
Peter tells us that these men willingly or knowingly reject the overwhelming evidence around them. There is no denying that the vast majority of the earth’s surface is covered with hundreds to thousands of feet of sedimentary rock layers. Some of these sedimentary layers extend for several thousand miles from one continent to another. They even find marine fossils at the peaks of some of the tallest mountains on the earth. Yet regardless of the facts, they choose to reject the historic account of their formation and interpret them based upon their personal presuppositions of millions of years.
Many theistic evolutionists also reject the biblical account of the Flood and accept the uniformitarian philosophy of geology. To these people, I have to ask the following question: If you don’t believe the biblical account of the Flood, then how can you believe the Gospel account of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection?
I don’t think theistic evolutionists logically think through their position. If you can’t accept God at his Word on one small item, how can you accept His Word on any larger item? When is God lying and when is He telling the truth? Who would want to worship a God that lied or mislead His people? You can’t pick and chose what you want and don’t want to believe in the Bible. It is all or nothing. There can’t be any in between when it comes to God and Bible.
But the heavens and earth, which are now, are kept by the same word in store, and reserved unto fire against the day of condemnation, and of the destruction of ungodly men.
Lastly, Peter warns that these mockers also reject the concept that God once judged the world with water and has promised to do so again with fire. If they don’t fear God’s judgment and they reject His Word and authority, then they believe that they are free to make their own rules and set their own moral codes.
Nearly 2000 years ago, the Apostle Peter gave us a prophecy concerning the last days. There is no doubt that we are witnesses to the fulfillment of his prophecy of uniformitarian geology and the rejection of God’s general and special revelation.