This past year I have read some unbelievers posts depicting their tiredness of being asked this question when it comes to creation. I am tired of their tiredness because this is an important question to ask unbelievers when they trumpet their supposed evidenced for an alternative origin of the universe and life.
In Job 38:4 we find that God is the first one to ask this question
Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundations?’ (NIV 1984)
Another form of that question is: ‘Were you there…?’ and both questions expose the ridiculousness of the arguments made by unbelievers. Despite the arguments of the unbelieving part of society, God can look around and see who was there and who was absent at the time he created all things.
Strangely enough the unbelieving scientist were markedly absent. In fact a lot of time had to elapse before modern scientists could even arrive on the scene. What makes their arguments ridiculous is the fact that archaeologists have a very difficult time in recovering any evidence from 2,000 years ago while other scientists claim that evidence for their origin theory is in pristine condition after hundreds of million years (or hundreds of thousands of years or for billions of years).
If true, that is an extraordinary feat. Also if true, then archaeologists should find all the evidence they seek for the past 10,000 complete and untouched; which would make finding Noah’s Ark intact a very great possibility.
That’s how ridiculous secular scientists’ claims are. They are relying upon their own ideas based upon supposed evidence that has gone undetected, unmoved, unaltered, and just laid here waiting to be discovered for thousands, millions and billions of years. That assumption alone makes their conclusions untenable.
The reality of the supposed evidence produced by secular scientists is that their arguments are more ridiculous and requires far more faith than the unbeliever claims the creationist argument is or requires. If people stopped long enough to view the whole picture instead of being blinded by the word ‘science, , they two would see the ridiculousness of the secular position.
We also need to ask why take some stranger’s word for something over the eye-witness account when the stranger was nowhere near the incident in question when it took place? This of course brings up the argument that eye-witness accounts are untrustworthy but that argument only works for events that are traumatic to the eye-witness.
It does not work for events of celebration, construction or some other non-traumatic experience. professors are great at using traumatic events in their classrooms to undermine the argument that eye-witnesses are the most reliable account we can obtain. Yet that is only a manipulation as they do not attempt the same experiment under more appealing conditions.
What also helps eye-witness accounts is that interviews are made when the eye-witness is still very upset and not thinking correctly. Sometimes, people need to be given time to calm down and space to think the event over before providing the information law enforcement officials need.
How does this apply to creation? God is the only eye-witness and he would not be influenced by any traumatic event and creation was not a traumatic event. It was a joyful, willful one which means that there was no undue influence present and to alter God’s perception of what he did.
It was a willful and enjoyable event that would leave a very clear picture of what took place. This means that there would be nothing interfering with God’s recollection of events when he revealed it all to Moses. Moses would be able to understand what God said, because God made ancient man as intelligent and understanding as modern man and there would be no need for God to lie to Moses and give him one set of details when he did something else.
That last sentence is a referral to the evolutionists’ (any variety) argument that ancient people would not be able to understand the evolutionary process. It is a dumb argument which we won’t get into right now but suffice it to say it is a weak attempt to explain the difference between the biblical account and secular science’s.
An eye-witness account, even at a traumatic event, is far more accurate than the account made by someone who studies the scene at a very long distance. The latter has to try to discover evidence for the chain of events even though that chain has links that will not survive past the moment the experience took place.
This lack of information renders useless any conclusion the long distance analyst may come to because they have no hope in discovering all the evidence they need to construct their theory. It is gone.
But that is only part of their problem. Their other major concern would be to prove that any event actually took place as they claim. With no ability for real-time observation, the long distance analyst has no clue on how the event transpired and no hope of showing that their alternative was the correct sequence.
This is what makes eye-witness accounts so valuable. they provide real-time observation on how the event actually occurred. They were there and they saw it take place. Now of course humans are fallible and make mistakes for a variety of reasons when they describe what took place BUT Moses wasn’t an eye-witness, he got his information from the eye-witness who wasn’t human, fallible or able to make mistakes.
This is why we can trust the Bible. It is a revelation by the one person who was there at all of the events recorded and who is not influenced by traumatic events, is not human and he also does not make mistakes.
Thus the question, ‘where were you…’ is a vital question posed by the believer for it puts the alternative arguments in perspective and allows the believers to see where the fallible humans error in their theories. Modern dating techniques, modern scientific equipment and other modern scientific tools are all included in this exposure for they are constructed by long distance analysts influenced by their lack of belief in the biblical eye-witness and are very limited in their ability to gather all the data needed to reconstruct past events.
Just because the unbeliever is tired of the question doesn’t mean that the believer stops asking it. They just need to learn follow-up questions to help guide them to the truth and see the lies of the alternatives.