The secular world is no doubt titillated with Pat Robertson’s latest remarks that level a rebuke at creationist Ken Ham in a Christian Post article penned by Christian Post reporter Morgan Lee.
Robertson seems to think that Ham may be making a mockery of Christians by holding to the young earth idea that so many Christians believe.
“Let’s be real, let’s not make a joke of ourselves” Robertson said and added, “Anyone who is in the oil business knows he’s drilling down 2 miles, 3 miles underground, you’re coming into all these layers that were laid down by the dinosaurs,” said Robertson. “And we have skeletons of dinosaurs that go back like 65 million years. And to say that it all came around 6 thousand years ago is nonsense.”
Robertson has overlooked the fact that new materials are also found at very great depths which puts a cog in the old earth theory as well. Robertson seems woefully unaware of the myriads of new evidence creation science has uncovered and may have spoken from whereof he knows not.
Forget the Earth – How Old is Robertson
Robertson is a well-seasoned 83 years old and is no stranger to making incongruous and controversial statements that have drawn attention worldwide. This writer holds a genuine respect for the ministry and accomplishments of the gentleman televangelist, but I must take exception to his conclusions on this one. Certainly he has both overstepped and disregarded some pertinent scriptural truths that defy his argument.
Overstepping his bounds and perhaps overestimating his sphere of influence is also something Robertson will be remembered for. His bid for the Presidency in 1988 could not make it out of the primaries and he told his followers to cast their votes for the incumbent Vice President George H. W. Bush – the rest is history.
Many leaders and Christian notables have come to Robertson’s defense including me in a 2010 article entitled “Dawkins on Haiti – Robertson True to Christian Theology?” Robertson thought the Haitian earthquake could have been a judgment of God due to a pact with the devil, the Haitians made to rid themselves of French rule. Famed atheist Richard Dawkins made light of both Robertson and his conclusions.
Dawkins said that the earthquake was caused by the bumping of tectonic plates and nothing more. Since Dawkins only addressed how the quake originated and Robertson was addressing why the quake came about, my conclusions were that perhaps both were right, but neither could be said to be conclusively wrong.
It is far too difficult to take Robertson’s side this time – here is why.
Really! – Exactly how old is the earth according to the Bible?
For the theologically weak and scripturally deprived it may come as a shock to learn that, the age of the earth is never stated anywhere in the pages of writ. Other than the six days of creation in Genesis, no age is ever ascribed to the earth.
Many ideas, theories and speculations have been birthed by the absence of the age of earth being clearly stated in scripture. Some are wild, others more plausible, but none of them can skirt the obvious conclusions that a New Testament theology speaks to, in the words of Jesus Christ.