Dr. Geraty’s assertion that the Genesis account of creation does …

Comment on Dr. Geraty clarifies his “Challenge” to literal 6-day creationism by Kenneth Christman, M.D..

Dr. Geraty’s assertion that the Genesis account of creation does not provide for 6 contiguous 24-hour days is a serious error. Does not the Genesis account, following each day, clearly specify that it was the “morning and evening” of that particular day? There is no way to come up with any other time span but a 6-day (7-day) creation week. This is clearly spelled out in Genesis, and one would hope that this distinguished university President will return to serious Bible study, and experience a true conversion. After all, if the Genesis account is not true, what else in the Bible is also not true?

The conversions and baptisms Dr. Geraty refers to must be called into question, if those same students are adhering to evolutionary theories taught in the classrooms. Why would students follow Christ, if He was not truly God, and did not create us and redeem us in the first place.

I can agree that this is a “fundamental” teaching, and those adhering to a Genesis creation should proudly wear the label of “fundamentalists”. What it has to do with the Tea Party movement should not be under consideration. Although there are many good people in the Tea Party movement, many do not adhere to a Creator God, much less a soon-coming God. Apparently, Dr. Geraty does not either, since he is critical of the decision of the Michigan Conference, along with other “fundamentalists”.

In sharp contrast to Dr. Geraty’s insistence on conversions and baptisms at LSU, I know a student who was a 5th generation SDA, and graduated during Dr. Geraty’s tenure. He now adheres to Darwinian evolution as fact, not just theory. He does not consider himself a Christian, and is even more critical of true Christians than Dr. Geraty now is.

My advice to Christians is: DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO LSU.

My advice to Dr. Geraty is: Please re-read Genesis. Accept Jesus as your Saviour.

Recent Comments by Kenneth Christman, M.D.

Most Species the “Same Age” with No “In-Between” Species
Decay is perfectly natural in a sinful world. There was NO decay prior to the Fall. Non-decay does not require active maintenance on the part of God. His creation was perfect and did not require maintenance like human creations require. Model T’s require active maintenance as they are human creations. The human body God created would have lasted an eternity if sin (disobedience) had not interrupted such perfection. That is when decay started. That is when the genomic code started to deteriorate. It ultimately led to disease and death. God cannot be compared to a mechanic in heaven, as His perfect creation does not require repairs. While the price of sin (disobedience) has been fully paid for, the restoration to perfection has not happened yet. Once it occurs (which I believe will be soon), there will be a complete restoration that will not require a “mechanic” for active maintenance, as decay, degeneration, decay, death (all those ugly D’s) will no longer exist.

As for assuming that genetic mutations have occurred at a constant rate since the fall of Adam and Eve, we should consider the fallacies of assuming constant degradation of Carbon-14 and the problems such assumptions have created. As Creationists, we should exercise caution in making assertions we cannot prove.

As for God being bound by His own laws, let us consider Jesus bringing perfect peace and tranquility just by commanding the elements to be still during a raging storm. We cannot understand such divine power over EVERYTHING, including the power to breath life into a lump of clay which was instantly transformed into a perfectly fine human body with over 5 billion base pairs (the human genome) and able to perfectly replicate without decay or deterioration of the system. Satan also has supernatural power, but God’s power is infinitely greater. Whenever there is supernatural activity, it can come from only of two sources. We do know for a fact that postdiluvian human life spans rapidly contracted from ca. 900 years to circa 70 years in just a few generations. I’m sure most Creationists would agree that God had a hand in this, and that this was not “natural”. Whether He did this by altering the mutation rate, we have no way of knowing, as mutation rates were not measured at that time and there is no way for us to reconstruct those past mutation rates.

As for Einstein, Newton, and others, I would exercise restraint in following any of their religious or theological assumptions.

Most Species the “Same Age” with No “In-Between” Species
We may have observed mutation rates in the recent past, but how do we know what mutation rates were 100 years ago, 1,000 years ago, or 6,000 years ago? Prior to roughly 6,000 years ago, we can safely say mutation rates were ZERO, as God’s creation was perfect, and there was no sin, death, or deterioration in the genomic code!

Most Species the “Same Age” with No “In-Between” Species
While data suggesting the hand of the Creator God in the creation of all living things is always welcome, one should exercise great caution in assuming the constancy of mutation rates. After all, God shortened human lifespans from ca. 900 years to ca. 70 years in only a few generations. Do you suppose He might have done that by altering mutation rates? Do you suppose that a powerful God who breathed life into a lump of clay could easily tinker with mutation rates? Furthermore, mutation rates would have highly variable effects on life forms in different species based upon average lifespans. Let us hope and pray that more scientists will be troubled by uncovering data that will lead them to trust the Genesis creation account as the only scientifically logical explanation of how we got here.

The Sabbath and the Covenants (Old vs. New)
Your concern about mysticism within Adventism is well founded. Pastor Bill Loveless identified Ellen White in the pages of the Adventist Review as a “true mystic.” “Mysticism” is defined in the dictionary as a euphemism for the occult. Look it up.

The Sabbath and the Covenants (Old vs. New)
You are right. I am totally confused as to what distinguishes “Historical Old Covenant” from “Old Covenant Thinking”. You and Chris White maintain that Sabbath observance is not necessary for salvation. Ellen White clearly states that it is necessary. Chris and Ellen CANNOT both be correct.