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Creationism And Catastrophism

QUESTION: Creationism and Catastrophism – What does Catastrophism have to do with Creationism?


Bible believers think Creationism and catastrophism go together like “a horse and carriage.” Like the song says, “you can’t have one without the other.” Alternatively, evolutionists hold to a similar duo. They hold to the fact that evolution and uniformitarianism go together. Evolutionists that are not Theists trying to reconcile evolution with their theology will never mix evolution with catastrophism. However, Theistic Evolution proponents believe that God put things in motion so evolution could do the creating. As indicated, this is an attempt to reconcile evolution and their theology once they incorrectly accept that evolution is a fact.

The Bible tells a Creation story where all life on earth was created over a very short time period in recent history. The Bible also tells us that God caused a worldwide flood to destroy His animal and human creation except for those saved on the ark. The cataclysm was described in Genesis 7:11-12, which says, “When Noah was 600 years old, on the seventeenth day of the second month, the underground waters burst forth on the earth, and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky. The rain continued to fall for forty days and forty nights.”

Consequently, if we believe in the Bible, we must believe that Creationism and catastrophism go together. Otherwise, we don’t really believe in the Bible. However, if we pick and choose which part of the Bible we believe and choose to make other areas allegorical, or don’t believe the Bible at all, then we can separate catastrophism from Creationism and believe in Theistic Evolution or just evolution. When we pick and choose what is true in the Bible, we make up our own Theology and make the Bible irrelevant.

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