Editorial

A major function of our ministry is showing that the Bible can be trusted in all areas. This is not only in its theology and morality, but also in the real history of the world that largely underpins this. We show (on p.18) of this issue, how some vital doctrines were taught by appeal to this real history. This also shows that a surprising amount of chronological information can be logically deduced from the explicit biblical statements. In particular, the Bible teaches:

Some vital doctrines were taught by appeal to this real biblical history. A surprising amount of chronological information can be logically deduced from the explicit biblical statements.

  • The heavens, Earth and everything in them were created in six consecutive normal days, the same as those of our working week (Exodus 20:8–11).
  • Earth is about 6,000 years old, since Jesus said mankind was there from the ‘beginning of creation’, not billions of years later (Mark 10:6).
  • Adam sinned and brought physical death to mankind (Romans 5:12–19; 1 Corinthians 15:21–22).
  • Since man was the federal head of creation, the whole creation was cursed (Romans 8:20–22), which included death to animals, with the end of the original vegetarian diet for both humans and animals (Genesis 1:29–30).
  • God judged the world by a globe-covering Flood, which Jesus and Peter compared with the coming Judgment (Luke 17:26–27; 2 Peter 3:3–7). This destroyed all land vertebrate animals and people not on the ocean-liner-sized Ark.
  • God then judged the people by confusing their language at Babel—after they had refused to spread out and repopulate the Earth after the Flood (Genesis 10:25; 11:1–9).

But some would ask, “What’s the point of science if we have the Bible?” or “Aren’t many of our problems due to placing science above God’s Word?” And a common corollary, “Why should our church host CMI ministry?”

1. Elaborating, elucidating, and explaining Scripture

The solution is understanding the difference between the ‘ministerial’ and ‘magisterial’ uses of science.1The ‘problems’ are due to the latter approach, where ‘science’ is placed as a ‘master’ (Latin magister) over Scripture. So where there is a conflict between (alleged) science and the biblical facts above, the Bible suffers from ‘re-interpretation’….

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