Old-Earth belief directly undercuts the biblical defence against objections posed by death and suffering.
The secular paradigm is built upon ‘dating’ methods and assumptions which place death, suffering, disease, cancer and carnivorous activity long before the Fall of man.
Sooner or later, anyone involved in the subject of Christian apologetics will be asked about the existence of death and suffering. Historically, the Christian response to this question has been to explain that the original creation, which was declared by God to be “very good” (Genesis ), did not contain such aberrations as death and suffering.
The question can take many forms: Why is there so much suffering in the world? Apologists then typically point to the historical event of the Fall as that which allowed sin and death to enter and corrupt the created order (Romans –22).
How is all that equated for if the Fall is responsible for it?
” The point which this caller had so astutely noticed, and was trying to get the host to acknowledge, was that you cannot use the Fall as a response to why we have death and suffering if you also accept the evolutionary time scale, because they contradict each other!
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Paul responded by first referencing Scripture passages which he said hinted at the food chain being the way God has ordered the world.
However, citing basically poetic references to the animal kingdom as seen by someone living long after the Fall did nothing to answer the caller’s question.
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