What Ted Cabal fails to clarify is that all the information in the Universe is more or less subject to interpretation. The “devil” is in the “more or less”.
In Science, an observor may have to draw out conclusions based on the exact temperature readings he or she has obtained from a test.
In Scripture, a reader may want to draw out conclusions based on a specific text … then he has to find the right meaning in the original language, then he has to make a case for why one example should be used over another, and so on and so on.
Mike, I would hate to say that you are following a rather cliched path - - the one worn deeply into the debating turf, where a quote is used to prove that Science is somehow not as certain as Scripture.
But while nobody here challenges the idea that Gravity is a foregone conclusion, it is quite rare indeed when someone goes so far as to question the historical existence of Newton!
In contrast, the Bible suffers under a constant chain of questions?:
- Is there really a Yahweh?
- If there is, is the Bible really his work?
- Was there really a Moses?
- If there was a Moses, was there really an Exodus?
- If there was an Exodus, was it really a migration of half a million people or even more?
And so on…
I don’t want to become a lightning rod of castigation - - or a literal lightning rod for the displeasure of the Great Divine. But I have to state unequivocably, there are Truths of Nature which are much more certain than the Truths of the Bible.
Here on these boards, the question is how much of the premises of Evolution can be considered a part of these Natural Truths? If we stay away from the biology of mutation for now … and focus on the oldest forms of the Old Earth investiation (i.e., Geology & Physics) … Rocks represent a Constant kind of Truth in Facts.
Some tests are rather obscure and nuanced, but there are plenty of tests that are not. Forgive the pun, but Geology is on terrifically solid ground compared to what Christians typically dispute!
- Jesus says bread and wine become flesh and blood. But most Evangelicals reject this.
- Jesus says the Bible says we are gods. But most Evangelicals reject this.
- Jesus says (or makes clear) that Adulterers shall not be stoned, except by those who are sinless. Most Evangelicals, even when they agree that Adulterers should not be stone (which could lead to a lot of empty time slots in the evangelical Sunday hours) - - still reject that Jesus was rejecting some of the Old Testament.
So why should YEC’s be at all surprised when Christian Evolutionists say: more obvious than the mercy shown to an adulterer is how rocks on Earth were formed, and how long ago it happened?
Compared to Geologists, YECs know virtually nothing certain.