EXCERPT This article was originally published as an editorial in the Creation Research Society Quarterly. CRSQ has been published since 1964. This article is being republished on the ABR website with the gracious permission of CRSQ and its editor, Dr. Kevin Anderson. The staff of ABR deeply appreciate the work being done by our brethren at CRSQ defending the historicity of the early chapters of Genesis.
The deadliest contagion is majority opinion. –Unknown
Members of the Creation Research Society [and supporters of ABR] readily recognize that neither their Biblical nor their scientific position represents a majority view—not even close to a majority view. Nonetheless, holding a popular opinion about anything should never be a quest for Christians. While not all majority-held ideas are wrong, Christ warned that many are clearly wrong (Matt 7:12–15).
The popular perspective today is that galaxies, stars, and planets naturally formed over the course of billions of years. On some of these planets (e.g., earth), life spontaneously arose and transformed to its present state of complexity and diversity. Apparently, many Christians assume the popularity of this view makes it true. Thus, they work to accommodate this non-creation perspective into some fabric of their Christian worldview (so-called). What they have failed to understand is that the Biblical teaching of creation could never be popular in a lost and fallen world.
Sadly, this accommodation extends to much of the widely read Christian literature as well. This, in turn, influences countless additional Christians to think they too should somehow accommodate this “truth by majority opinion” into their own Biblical understanding. Rarely, if ever, is the young-earth biblical creation (YEC) position mentioned, except in a derogatory manner.
On occasion, I (or the Creation Research Society) have been invited by a major Christian publication to submit a short article supporting the YEC position. It is almost as if somehow the occasional token invitation will balance the ledger sheet. But as rare as these invitations are, actual publication of any YEC article is even rarer—virtually nonexistent….
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