JIM CREES: Stop the press: Crees agrees with Pat Robertson!

Break out the band!

Sound the horns!

Strike the drum!

Ring church bells in vale and from the hilltops!

It has happened!

“Gloria in excelsis Deo.”

Jim Crees agrees with Pat Robertson.

Yes!

Allow me to repeat slowly.

Inhale. Jim Crees. Agrees with. Pat Robertson. Exhale.

Recently, Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham, director of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, had a much publicized debate.

Bill Nye is ...well ...Bill Nye. He’s a hyper-well known explainer of all things scientific and technological to generations of kids through his TV program, (on PBS), and in fun lectures, talks, and presentations all around the county.

Ken Ham is a creationist who has focused his life on explaining to young and old why the Creation story as recorded in the Bible is completely accurate, and the world is somewhere in the area of 6,000 years old.

After a lifetime of passive disagreement, (never face to face), the two decided to verbally duke it out in a debate.

Nye didn’t once argue Ham’s right to a personal opinion. He did call into question the long-term results of Creationism teaching.

“If you want to deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine,” he said. “But don’t make your kids do it. Because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.”Ham, for his part, consistently defended the accuracy of the Bible in the telling of the Creation story ...but takes it a step further.

In an earlier discussion Ham pointed out:

“Only Christianity and its teachings can explain the purpose and meaning of this world - and also gives the basis for right and wrong, good and evil, etc.”

Now, it’s NOT the inerrancy of the Bible in question, (and the Genesis account might be better placed in the Torah), but rather ONLY the truths in Christianity can explain both the historic and present-day function of the world.

Ham warned that even ‘fallen’ and ‘misled’ Christians were in danger of turning from the truth while not wholly and solely embracing the Bible’s account of Creation - and then, as if to strengthen his position, headed off into politics.

“Many Christians have been duped into accepting a false idea: that there is a “neutral” position they can take in regard to social issues,” he said. “Some Christians even accept the myth that the U.S. Constitution declares that there should be a separation of church and state, and, thus, they don’t want their Christian beliefs to influence politics.”

But don’t worry. Disbelievers such as Nye will get their comeuppance.

“For all their raving, ranting, and name-calling, these atheists will stand before God one day - and they will exist for eternity, though sadly they will be separated from God unless they repent and receive the free gift of salvation.”

Hellfire and damnation, and all because many disagree with Ham’s version of Bible truth.

Kind of ...odd. Especially when faced with empirical scientific evidence.

And then, (with a muted rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus booming in the background), Pat Robertson steps in.

The Voice of Reason!

There. I said it.

In short, Pat Robertson, (and a whole slew of other Christians), believe that Ham’s insistence on a specific version of Creation is a joke. A sad, dilusional, and misleading joke.

Actually, Robertson has taken this stand for a good number of years now. Then following the debate, he simply couldn’t contain himself.

Roberson called Ham’s version of Creation as “destructive teaching.”

He said Ham and others like him “...gives more fodder to the secularists.”

“Let’s face it, there was a bishop, (James Ussher), who added up the dates listed in Genesis and he came up with the world had been around for 6,000 years,” Robertson continued. “There ain’t no way that’s possible. To say that it all came about in 6,000 years is just nonsense and I think it’s time we come off of that stuff and say this isn’t possible.”

James Ussher, the guy on whose work Ham bases much of his belief, was a Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland in the mid-17th century. Through a review of the Bible and history as he knew it, Ussher calculated the time and date of Creation as taking place on the evening before Sunday, October 23, 4004 BCE.

So ...despite every scientific evidence, the world is 6021 years old - according to a 17th century bishop, and a 21st century flim-flam man.

Robertson continued, “We’ve got to be realistic that the dating of Bishop Ussher just doesn’t comport with anything that is found in science and you can’t just totally deny the geological formations that are out there.”

Pat finally begged those Creationists like Ham: “Let’s be real, let’s not make a joke of ourselves.”

Amen, Brother Pat. Amen