February 10, 2013

WWAJD About Teaching Creationism?

The Creator of Intelligent
Science Teaching in Missouri
On January 23, 2013, House Bill 291 was introduced in the Missouri legislature. The Bill requires "the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design." Missouri therefore joins Montana, Colorado, Oklahoma and Indiana to have bills pending in their legislatures to require the teaching of creationism as a scientific alternative to evolution. Tennessee adopted such a law last year.

Creationism is the view that the Biblical account of creation in Genesis 1 is a literal and historical description of the creation of the universe. Textbooks provided by Accelerated Christian Education, such as Scientific Creationism ("to show students the fallacies of evolution"), are now available for teaching to students in Louisiana schools. Many true Christian Americans believe that the Bible is literally true, and not merely symbolic.

So, What Would American Jesus Do About Teaching Creationism in Public Schools?

It is well known that historical Jesus believed the Old Testament to be literally true. For example, Jesus made references to Abel (Matt. 23:25) and to Noah (Matt. 24: 37-39), who are both mentioned in the Old Testament; ergo, he must have believed the Old Testament to be literally true. And certainly he believed that a Christian nation like ours should adhere to Old Testament pronouncements, such as that troublesome children should be stoned (Deuteronomy 21:18-21), women are worth 30 shekels (Leviticus 27:1-7), newly married men cannot be soldiers (Deut. 24:5), and adulterers must be put to death (Deut. 22:22).

Jesus Created
Dinosaurs, Not
The heretic Sir Isaac Newton would have us "acquaint ourselves with the figurative language of the prophets; which is taken from the analogy between the world natural, and an empire or kingdom considered as a world politic." That, of course, is ludicrous. The prophets of the Old Testament did not write so that people and cultures could understand God's Word as mankind progressed and new discoveries about God's universe were made. Their intent was to record history and memorialize permanent scientific knowledge.

Of course, the Song of Songs is not to be read literally. That homage to sex acts must be an analogy or a poem or something. But everything else in the Old Testament is real and should be taught in public schools as literal truth. And let us not forget there are 76 scripture verses proving the earth is flat. This should be added to the curriculum in schools, too.

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