What’s Wrong With That?
Christian comedian Tim Hawkins discusses a skit where he describes his mom spanking him for something he didn’t do. Wondering why she doesn’t seem remorseful after discovering he wasn’t at fault she says “That’s for something you’ll do later!” He quips; “You mean I have a spank account?”
Although many parents might relate to this amusing situation, this form of punishment is what some long-age compromisers have suggested as an answer to the powerful ‘no death before sin’ argument that biblical creationists have used for years.
Millions of Years Required
Since all compromise positions regarding Genesis (Gap Theory, Progressive Creation, Theistic Evolution, etc.) require a time-frame of millions of years (Ma = mega-annum), long-agers have to believe that the fossil record (a record of death, suffering and disease) must have occurred before Adam sinned. (Almost no-one argues for Ma after Adam because of the chronogenealogies listed in Genesis.) In the standard ‘deep time’ view, mankind came near the end of this time, so hundreds of millions of years of death occurred before people supposedly appeared. However, this view that death came before people makes it impossible to take verses like Romans 5:12 (“ … as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin … ”) as plainly written, because death—even human death— preceded the biblical date of the creation of the first man and his sin by millions of years….
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