Six Days: The Age of the Earth and the Decline of the Churchby Ken Ham
Today, most Bible colleges, seminaries, K-12 Christian schools, and even parts of the homeschool movement do not accept the first eleven chapters of Genesis as literal history. They try to fit the supposed billions of years into Genesis, and some even teach evolution as fact. More and more pastors, church leaders, and Bible scholars are choosing either not to take
Today, most Bible colleges, seminaries, K-12 Christian schools, and even parts of the homeschool movement do not accept the first eleven chapters of Genesis as literal history. They try to fit the supposed billions of years into Genesis, and some even teach evolution as fact. More and more pastors, church leaders, and Bible scholars are choosing either not to take a stand on Genesis or to teach some form of evolution or millions of years in their churches, Sunday schools, or college courses. Many will discount biblical creationism or try to convince those who sit under their teachings that Genesis is symbolic, or that somehow millions of years can be fit in, or that God really did use evolution to create the universe. Discover how many evangelical leaders, wittingly or unwittingly, undermine the authority of God's Word by compromising the clear meaning of the Bible in Genesis. Learn how accepting that the earth or universe is billions of years old unlocks a door of compromise. Heed the wake-up call to the Church to return to the authority of God's Word, from the first page.
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I have to say this book has surprised me. I expected it to be full of information that I already know. I was wrong. Ham (as usual) has done an excellent job of researching and compounding a large quantity of information. He brings together the proof and science of God's creation of the Earth in 6 days. In doing so he also brings to light the movement of some preachers and churches that are trying to change the Bible to align with Big Bang science and/ or the age of the Earth being millions of years old. I've personally heard preachers say things like, "We don't know that each of those first 6 days were thousands or millions of years long." Honestly I didn't give it much thought. That's how our minds our infiltrated and indoctrinated into ideas that aren't Biblical. Here he gives us the facts and reasoning behind belief in a literal 6 days. In his typical fashion he presents his information clearly using pictures and other visual effects when needed. Ham also spends a good deal of time explaining why we need to make sure our children understand our belief and our reasoning behind those beliefs. He's right when he says that in general churches spend too much time teaching Bible stories and not enough time teaching apologetics. However I am one that is a strong believer in parents taking the time to teach their children Biblical truths and then attending a church that supports those teachings, not expecting the church to do all the teaching. In this busy world it is important that we take time to show our children our beliefs every day, not just on Sunday. It is no wonder that so many that are raised in Christian homes grow up to abandon those Christian beliefs because they were only modeled on Sunday mornings. So from this book let's take away a strong belief in the Bible. The whole Bible. Including those first 6 days. Let's also take away the importance of talking with our children about our beliefs and how to defend them. And let's look forward to this debate and pray that God uses it as a time to strengthen believers, open the eyes and ears of the unbelievers, and spread His message. I received a free copy of this book as a member of the Book Reviewers for New Leaf Publishing group. All opinions are my own.
In Ken Ham’s latest book, Six Days (The Age of the Earth and the Decline of the Church), he posits the idea that belief in the theory of evolution causes many to doubt the trustworthiness of the biblical record. This doubt causes some to question their faith and to turn away from Christ. Mr. Ham says that, if it were not for the influence of the naturalistic theory of evolution, a straightforward reading of Genesis would result in no other interpretation of the Creation event than that everything was created in six literal days. Too many scientists believe that the world we see in our present day is the same as God created it. They neglect to take into consideration the effects that the fall of humanity into sin has had, and continues to have, on the natural world on which research is conducted (Romans 8:22). Also, much research is conducted following the presupposition that all natural processes we see working now have always worked this same way and at this same speed. This is how evolutionist scientists believe they are able to determine the age of the earth. However, the Bible tells us that there was a cataclysmic event, Noah’s worldwide flood, which altered the face of the entire planet. Ken Ham, a leader among those who hold to a Young-Earth (biblical creation) view of Creation. He has documented the relationship between evolutionary teaching and a diminishing view of the trustworthiness of Scripture. His view, and mine, is that when we call into question the validity of the record of Creation found in Genesis, we also foster doubt and suspicion about other miraculous events recorded within the pages of the Bible. The concern being that, if we say we cannot trust the clear reading of the Creation record because so-called science has told us that it could not have happened that way, we place science in authority over the Bible. This is bad enough when it concerns the Creation event, but it is even worse when it comes to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. What are we going to say when scientists tell us that resurrections do not happen? Too many have already decided to let science tell us what really happened in Genesis; will we also let science tell us that the resurrection, without which there is no Gospel, never happened because it is scientifically impossible for anyone to come back from the dead? Sunday schools teach the Bible as stories instead of teaching the Bible as history. Mr. Ham says that the way we typically teach young children in church has to change. We teach them the Bible as if the biblical record were merely a collection of fairy tales. We teach in a way that encourages children to place God, Jesus Christ, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny in the same categories. Then, when these children learn the truth about Santa and the Bunny, they also doubt the reality of God and Jesus Christ. Mr. Ham believes that the church must start teaching apologetics, tools to defend one’s faith, instead of merely telling “Bible stories”. This book is one of the best, clearest, calls to recover the clear biblical teaching of the Creation week. It tackles most of the arguments for naturalistic evolution, theistic evolution, progressive creation, and any other attempt to compromise the Word of God with humanity’s fallible theories. Reading this book will strengthen the faith of the believer in the literal record of God’s creative act and it will challenge the presuppositions of those who refuse to take the Bible in its clear, literal sense. Ham, Ken. In Six Days, The Age of the Earth and the Decline of the Church. Master Books, 2013
Ken Ham takes a strong stance on the literal 24-hour 6-day creation week which tends to rub some people the wrong way. He believes (as most people do) that his belief system is correct, so he goes on to defend it using the Bible. He then shows how not believing in the literal 6-day, 24-hour creation week can weaken some peoples faith. If you understand this, you’ll be prepared for the type of book you’ll be reading when you pick up Six Days: The Age of the Earth and the Decline of the Church. In Six Days, Ken Ham begins with going over the importance of believing in a literal interpretation of Genesis and why having this foundation is important for all aspects of the Christian walk including salvation. (Without sin entering the world, there would be no need for a Savior.) He also talks about how evolution – man’s worldview – has permeated every area of our society – including the church. He then goes on to define science and talk about the difference between observational and historical science. He explains how historical science is not based upon observations but rather faith in either the Biblical worldview or man’s worldview. He also talks about how Christianity and science are not mutually exclusive, and believers can indeed believe in a literal interpretation of Genesis. These ideas are the foundation of the book while the rest of the book goes more in-depth into the ideas and gives more explanation and proof for the belief in the literal 24-hour, 6-day creation week. If you’re familiar with Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis, you will see that this book takes all of those teachings and wraps them up all in one place. He shows the importance of believing in a literal translation, why adding evolution to the equation is hurting the church, and why we need to rebuild the foundation of our belief system for the church (and society) to turn away from its current downward spiral. Six Days is a lot to digest, so it’s not a quick read. It’s going to rub certain individuals the wrong way, and it’s geared, in my opinion, towards Christians. If you do not like Ken Ham’s teachings, this book is not for you. If you want to learn more about the literal 24-hour, 6-day creation week and why it’s important, this is a wonderful book as it covers everything. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to help facilitate the writing of a frank and honest review. A positive review is not expected nor guaranteed. All opinions are my own.