This is what a commentator had to say about belief in Young Earth Creationism:
My choice of words is exact since both atheism and YEC are beliefs that reject science and reason.
That is because there is so much evidence and just down right, rock solid proof that the universe is billions of years old and that God exists.
Also, from the very first words of Genesis, the nature of God and man is reason and the nature of the universe is such that it can be known through reason.
YEC cripples the Christian doctrine of faith because it rejects the very reason that grounds faith to reality.
The person who declared these words claims to follow Christ, which I don’t intend to dispute. What I do intend to dispute is his assumption that faith in a young earth overthrows reason. First and foremost his assertion is deficient since what we know about the universe, it origins and age, is not based upon science nor reason but on divine revelation found only in the Holy Bible. This brings us to our first critical choice, who we are going to put our confident trust in, as the redeemed of the Lord through faith in Jesus Christ, are we going to believe men or God? God has declared to us the origins of the earth and the universe. He has declared to us the truth of the worldwide flood. Since only God was present at both events, (we know Noah and his family were present and remained alive during the flood) who are we going to believe, God or man? What we answer here says volumes about our confident trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and His veracity, since He confirmed the reality of both events.
4 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ 5 “and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? Matthew 19:4-5
26 “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.” Luke 17:26-27
Another problem with his comments is that he forgets, or neglects the biblical doctrine, that the best man is depraved in his thinking and heart, and so is at enmity with God and the truth of God. Those who approach origins by means of reasoning will always come up with a scenario that is at odds with what God has told us in His Word because they are sinners who willfully reject the revelation of God.
1 Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones? Do you judge uprightly, you sons of men? 2 No, in heart your work wickedness; You weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth. 3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies. 4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; They are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear. 5 Which will not heed the voice of charmers, Charming ever so skillfully. Psalm 58:1-5
10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understand; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” 13 “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”, The poison of asps is under their lips”;… Romans 3:10-13
The best that fallen man can do is spread lies against our glorious Creator and despise His Holy Word the Bible. Reason that is anointed by the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ will bring the former sinner to see the glory of God’s creation and agree with the revelation given to us in His Word the Bible. Here are the testimonies of scientists who repented of their sin, put their faith in Jesus Christ, and believed God’s revelation given to us in the Scriptures. These scientists have rejected evolution and believe in the YEC. I am using a resource from Brother David Cloud, and will be copying verbatim from his free e-book which I will reference at the end of this post.
John Baumgardner: Ph.D. in geophysics and space physics from UCLA, technical staff member in the theoretical division of Los Alamos National Laboratory, chief developer of the TERRA code, a 3-D finite element program for modeling the earth’s mantle and lithosphere.
“Despite all the millions of pages of evolutionist publications–from journal articles to textbooks to popular magazine stories–which assume and imply that material processes are entirely adequate to accomplish macro-evolutionary miracles, there is in reality no rational basis for such belief. It is utter fantasy. Coded language structures are non-material in nature and absolutely require a non-material explanation. Just as there has been glaring scientific fraud in things biological for the past century, there has been a similar fraud in things geological. The error, in a word, is uniformitarianism. … Just as materialist biologists have erroneously assumed that material processes can give rise to life in all its diversity, materialist geologists have assumed that the present can fully account for the earth’s past. In so doing, they have been forced to ignore and suppress abundant contrary evidence that the planet has suffered major catastrophe on a global scale. … As a Christian who is also a professional scientist, I exult in the reality that ‘in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth’ (Exod. 20:11). May He forever be praised” (In Six Days, edited by John Ashton, pp. 230, 231, 239).
Jerry Bergman: Ph.D. in human biology from Columbia Pacific University and Ph.D. in measurement and evaluation from Wayne State University, with a 4.0 grade average in both doctorates; has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at Northwest State College.
“I became involved in the atheism movement and soon knew (and counted as friends) many of the leading atheists of the day, including Gordon Stein, PhD; Gary DeYoung, PhD; and of course, Madalyn Murray O’Hair. I have also published scores of articles in their various magazines. …“I reviewed many books on Darwinism and from them outlined the chief evidence for evolution, which included vestigial organs, homology, ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny, beneficial mutations, evidence of poor design, the fossil record, atavisms, nascent organs, the argument from imperfect, natural selection, microevolution versus macroevolution, shared genetic errors, the backward retina, junk DNA, and other topics. … Slowly, but surely, I was able to eliminate all of the main arguments used to support evolutionism by researching secular literature only. At some point I crossed the line, realizing the case against evolutionism was overwhelming and conversely, so was the case in favor of the alternative, creationism. “Another factor that moved me to the creationist side was the underhanded, often totally unethical techniques that evolutionists typically used to suppress dissonant ideas, primarily creationism. Rarely did they carefully and objectively examine the facts, but usually focused on suppression of creationists, denial of their degrees, denial of their tenure, ad hominem attacks, and in general, irrational attacks on their person. In short, their response in general was totally unscientific and one that reeks of intolerance, even hatred” (Persuaded by the Evidence, edited by Doug Sharp and Jerry Bergman, chapter 4).
Walt Brown: Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); he is a graduate of West Point, a former Army Ranger and paratrooper, and a retired Air Force colonel; he directed the Benet Laboratories, a 450-person research and development laboratory, was Chief of Science and Technology Studies at the Air War College, and was a tenured professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
“Walt Brown received Christ as a teenager, but like many Christians, accepted evolution simply because it permeated secular and educated society. To harmonize evolution with the Bible, he assumed (like many others) that evolution was merely God’s way of creating. One day Walt heard claims that Noah’s ark might be on Mount Ararat in Turkey. That piqued his curiosity; was it possible the Genesis flood really was a worldwide event, not just a legend? If so, where did the water come from? Where did it go? Through long and careful study, Walt learned that the scientific evidence for creation and the Flood was overwhelming. He also began to conclude that the Genesis flood explained most of the characteristics of the earth, including the fossil record that he had earlier supposed supported evolution. Creation science became the passion of his life. … “Walt’s research is encapsulated in a book that has gone through multiple revisions and expansions since its fledgling edition: In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood. [It] begins with 135 categories of evidence that support creation and oppose evolution. … “When Walt was an evolutionist, among the hindrances to his acceptance of the Genesis global flood were two questions: Where did the water come from, and where did it go? For years, Walt studied many disciplines as he pondered these questions. The result was a global model of the Flood, faithful to the biblical record, involving physics, math, geology, biology, and astronomy, which Walt believes convincingly answers these two questions. … Walt was also the first to propose … that the Grant Canyon was formed from a specific dam breach in a large post-Flood lake that he identified via a number of techniques. … “Walt has made a standing offer to evolutionists. He invites a qualified evolutionist to join him in a written, strictly scientific debate on the scientific case for creation versus evolution. The debate must be restricted to scientific evidence alone–no religious arguments are allowed. Each side would have the opportunity to read the other’s arguments and respond with a written rebuttal. All the results would be published … For more than 25 years no one has taken Walt up on his debate challenge” (Persuaded by the Evidence, p. 181, 182,183, 184, 186). In regard to his debate challenge, Dr. Brown says: “The best way, I believe, to clarify the creation-evolution controversy is to have a thorough, written, publishable, strictly scientific debate. Both sides would lay out their case, much as I have in The Scientific Case for Creation on pages 5-101 [of his book In the Beginning]. Then each side would respond, point-by-point, to the case for the other side. Both sides would have the right to publish the finished exchange. I have sought such an exchange since 1980, but have not had a serious, qualified taker. When I speak at universities and colleges, I offer students a $200 finder’s fee if they can find an evolutionist professor who will complete such a debate” (In the Beginning, p. 406).
As to the historical authenticity of Genesis 1-11, Dr. Brown testifies: “Hundreds of topics and scientific discoveries supporting creation and the flood fascinate most people and are easy to discuss, even with strangers. In effect, this becomes a powerful pre-evangelistic tool. While no one has all the answers concerning our origins, be assured that the scientific evidence is overwhelmingly consistent with Genesis 1-11. … What better way to establish the accuracy and authority of Scripture than by showing that Genesis 1-11 (the most discredited portion of the Bible to the secular world) is remarkably accurate? Understanding Genesis helps the Bible come alive” (In the Beginning, pp. 316, 317).
Don DeYoung: Ph.D. in physics Dr. DeYoung is a member of ICR’s RATE team of scientists (Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth).
In the book Thousands… Not Billions, DeYoung argues for a young earth. He shows, for example, that carbon-14 actually supports a young earth rather than an ancient one. “Rocks and fossils containing carbon occur in abundance throughout the earth’s strata. Once living organisms now buried in these strata incorporated some carbon-14 within themselves while they were alive. For earth materials classified as ancient, all of this original C-14 content should be completely decayed away. … any carbon-containing materials that are truly older than 100,000 years should be ‘carbon-14 dead’ with C-14 levels below detection limits. This fact gives rise to a major challenge to the long age assumption for rocks and fossils. In recent years, readily detectable amounts of carbon-14 have been the rule rather than the exception. This is true for samples from throughout the fossil-bearing parts of the geologic record with presumed ages extending to hundreds of millions of years. The unexpected carbon-14 was initially assumed to be a result of contamination, most likely from the experimental counting procedures, but as this problem was aggressively explored, it was realized that most of the carbon-14 was inherent to the samples being measured” (Thousands … Not Billions, pp. 48, 49).
Geoff Downes: Ph.D. in tree physiology from the University of Melbourne, senior research scientist with the commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.
“In 1984 I commenced a Ph.D. degree in tree physiology. Increasingly, I wonder at how anyone can look at the complexity of a living organism and believe that it arose by natural processes. The whole of the biological sciences leads to the conclusion that a Creator was necessary. … The complexity of not just living organisms but the communities within which they exist cannot be explained satisfactorily without the conclusion that there is a Creator. … Over the past 15 years of research experience, my views have only become stronger. I have come to realize that evolution is a religious view founded on the assumption that we can discern truth by using the abilities of our mind to reason and think logically through the evidence perceived by our five senses. However, if we pursue that reasoning, we ultimately arrive at the conclusion that we have no logical basis for believing that we can reason logically. We cannot prove that our thought processes are not just random chemical reactions occurring without our brains” (In Six Days, edited by John Ashton, p. 332, 333).
Here are five testimonies from scientists who believe in the YEC. Of course, there are more testimonies to be found in this free e-book, but these are the ones that I believe best refute the declaration given at the beginning of this post. If origins are researched with enlightened reasoning then the veracity of the opening chapters of Genesis becomes starkly apparent. The testimony of God’s Word is that the wonder of this earth and our solar system declare His glory and underline His truth that He has declared for us in the Holy Word of God, the Bible. May God bless us as we strive for His truth!
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament show His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race. 6 Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul, The testimony of the Lord is sure making wise the simple; Psalm 19:1-7
David W. Cloud, Testimonies of Scientists Who Believe the Bible, (Way of Life Literature, Port Huron, MI 2011)