Ankerberg Monthly Letter June 2014 - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Ankerberg Monthly Letter June 2014

The greatest objection to Christianity in today’s world is the alleged contradiction between science and the Bible. Modern evolutionary theory has long taught as fact that all forms of life evolved over long periods of time through random selection. However, the Bible speaks of six creation days during which all creative activity took place.

But do both Scripture and science complement one another? In my recent series called “Step By Step Through Creation” astronomer Dr. Hugh Ross offers ample evidence to show today’s scientific evidence accurately reflects Genesis 1 and 2.

First, he explains how astronomy provides strong evidence to support the creation of all space, time, matter, and energy from an outside, powerful source. This clearly reflects the opening words of the Bible that, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Second, you will hear how astronomy shows the universe is relatively young. Instead of the quadrillions of years required for evolutionary theory to take place, science has discovered that the universe came into existence no more than approximately 13.7 billion years ago. This finding is causing scientists to admit evolution is not a sufficient answer for life on earth.

Third, one of our guests, Hebrew scholar Dr. Walter Kaiser, informs us that the Hebrew word yom must be studied carefully in the biblical text. According to the Englishman’s Hebrew Concordance there are over 58 different ways yom has been translated in the King James Bible. It can refer to a variety of time periods ranging from “forever” (Psalm 23:6), “age” (Genesis 18:11),“years” (I Kings 1:1),“always” (Deuteronomy 5:29), and “season” (Joshua 24:7). From the context of Genesis 1 and 2, there are three different ways Moses used this word. The word yom refers to day as in “daylight” (12 hours) in Genesis 1:5, to 24-hour days in Genesis 1:14, and to a long period of time (“in the day” referring to all six of the preceding creation days) in Genesis 2:4. So which definition should we give to the other uses of yom in Genesis 1 and 2?

Certain details in the biblical account reveal that the six “days” of creation could support time periods longer than 24 hours. For example, the first three days did not include the known seasons of the sun, moon, and stars. So, the first three days may have been much longer periods of time.

Day” six also appears to have taken longer than 24 hours. Adam was created, then God placed Adam in the garden. Next God gave Adam the job of working the garden and taking care of it. Then he was told to name every animal (an estimated 4,500 bird and mammal species). Then we are told Adam got lonely. Consequently, God put Adam to sleep while He created Eve. Finally, God brought Eve to Adam and they were married. These events seem to have taken more time than 24-hours.

In addition, “day” seven is still in progress. It did not include a beginning and end like the other days. Hebrews 4:4-11 tells us this seventh “day” is still taking place.

If “days” one, two, three, six, and seven could have been longer than one 24-hour period, it is certainly possible that “days” four and five were as well. Since humans did not witness creation, our own concept of a 24-hour day does not apply. What matters is God’s concept of time. The only other evidence we have to accurately assess the age of creation is the creation itself. Since the rocks and stars record a universe that is 13.7 billions of years old, we can consider this the true age of the universe. This fits perfectly with a literal interpretation of Genesis and an inerrant Bible, and does not impact or diminish any other biblical doctrines.

God provided us an account that clearly notes the Lord’s supernatural creation of the universe. This includes our planet, all plants, animals, and human life—including a literal Adam and Eve.

Increasingly, the latest scientific findings support a universe that reflects this understanding of Scripture. I understand many Christians disagree on the age of the universe and the time God took to create all forms of life. However, I hope you’ll agree that Scripture affirms God’s supernatural creation of all things and that properly understood, both Scripture and science complement one another.

Our New Resources for You

This month, I’m making available an exclusive package of resources available only at the John Ankerberg Show. It includesour two series, “Step by Step Through Creation” and “Science Discovers the Universe Had a Beginning” on DVD for $49 each. Then, I’m including two new study guides that parallel our two television series.Each study guide contains four sessions for your personal study or Bible study groupand is available for a gift of $8 each, or for five or more copies, $5 each.

Further, we are making available the documentary movie Journey Toward Creation which will transport you by state-of-the-art computer animation out into space and back in time through the solar system, past stars, galaxies, and quasars—all the way back to the moment the universe came into existence—and show you how God meticulously created and designed the universe. This updated second edition documentary movie is available on DVD for $30.

All 5 of these new resources are available together in a special package for your gift of $120 or more this month. See the enclosed card for details.

And if you are interested in comparing the young earth interpretation of creation with the day age interpretation you may wish to order “The Great Debate on Science and the Bible.” These 10 programs featureKen Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, and astronomer Dr. Jason Lisle representing Young Earth creationism debating astronomer Dr. Hugh Ross and Hebrew scholar Dr. Walter Kaiser representing the Day Age view. This seriesis available on DVD for a gift of $49.

Reaching the World with the Good News

It seems like yesterday we were praying for God to open doors for our ministry to broadcast into the languages of the world. Today it is a reality. We are now literally taking the good news of Jesus to the ends of the earth. Through our website and mobile apps, you can now watch the John Ankerberg Show in the world’s top 12 languages—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

These 12 languages are spoken by 78% of the world’s population. Through your prayers and generosity, we are now taking our Bible-teaching programs to those in the least reached parts of the planet.

In addition, our global online Bible outreach continues to grow. Through our partnership with Faith Comes By Hearing, we are now offering the Bible online and in audio in 817 languages representing more than 5.7 billion people.

Until Every Person Hears

We are blessed that God uses us to reach so many, but we’re not done yet. As we continue to pray and hear from others, we realize many more need our help.

Our next phase of global outreach includes two parts. First, we are working to provide television programs in 20 languages to reach 83% of the world through television. This goal includes translating a total of 150 programs into 20 languages to offer a three-year weekly rotation of television and radio programs.

Second, we hope to expand our international television broadcasts to more people in more languages. God has recently opened a door for us to broadcast on God TV, offering an audience of 900 million potential new viewers. We also continue to develop partnerships with television networks in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Spanish, and other languages to broadcast into the homes of people we have yet to reach.

Your Part in the Great Commission

In the Great Commission Jesus calls us to reach every person with the good news. We’re taking this command seriously and know you do as well. It takes the prayers and gifts of many people to extend this global outreach. Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support. Without you, these exciting reports would not be possible. But I need your help this month.

I encourage you to take a moment to check out our response card to see how God would lead you to help. Thank you in advance for your kind generosity.

Sincerely,

Dr. John Ankerberg