Three questions that have perplexed mankind
everywhere are "Where did I come from?" "Why am I here?" and "Where
am I going?"
Answers to these questions have resulted in a
battle line being drawn. On one side is the rationalism of man and
on the other side is the revelation of God. Rationalism says the
answers to those questions are to be found in the theory of
evolution. Revelation says the answers are found in the direct
creation of man and the universe by God. In light of this on-going
controversy the apostle Peter made some amazing statements in his
prophecy recorded in the third chapter of his second epistle.
An Intellectual Confrontation
". . .I think it is right…to stir you up your
by reminding you...." 2nd Peter 1:13. Peter is saying that he is
writing about a controversy in which God’s people are going to have
to engage their brains.
The Time will Be in the Last Days of the Church
"Know this first: that scoffer will come in the last days,
walking according to their own
lusts." 2 Peter 3:3. Peter is apparently speaking of the last
days of the church age. He exhorts those he writes to "remember the
words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of
the Lord and Savior…" Verse 2
A Conflict With Uniformitarianism
Peter gives a concise and astoundingly correct
description of the argument hurled in mockery at Christians in the
last days of the church age. They will be taunting, "Where is the
promise of His coming for ever since the fathers fell asleep, all
continues just as it was from the beginning of creation." Place this
statement before any scientist secular or Christian, and chances are
they will recognize it immediately as a definition of
uniformitarianism. This is the foundational believe for all forms of
A man by the name of James Hutton (1726-1797)
began to teach on the theme, "The Present Is The Key To The Past."
By this he meant that what is going on in the present is what has
gone on from the beginning of time.
In the 19th century Sir Charles Lyell
(1797-1875) popularized and championed the teachings of James
Hutton. He labeled this teaching "The Principle of Uniformitarianism".
This principle states that present processes, acting essentially at
the same rates as they do now, can explain the origin and
development of all the earth’s physical and biological developments.
Therefore, there is no need to believe in a supernatural creation by
God or a catastrophic intervention by God in nature such as the
flood in the days of Noah. The time required to accomplish the
geologic ages required by the theory of uniformitarianism was
arbitrarily estimated to be billions of years.
Charles Darwin was profoundly influenced by the
theories of uniformitarianism. In turn, he developed the theory of
evolution by natural selection based upon arbitrarily selected
The geologic ages of evolutionary
uniformitarianism are a tribute to the creativity of the human mind.
Beginning with the Azoic age we are brought to the present through
the Archaeozoic, Proterozoic, Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic ages.
(We spare you the neat subdivisions). We are told that fossils in
the sediment layers of the earth are the proof of these geologic
ages. The big problem with this whole theory is that it only exists
on the charts and in the museums of evolutionist uniformitarians.
Dr. Henry Morris wrote,
"One should recognize, too, that nowhere in the
world does the so-called ‘geological column’ actually occur. It is
quite possible for any vertical sequence of the ages to exist
in any given locality. Any age may be on the bottom, any on the top,
and any combination in between." (From Science, Scripture, and
Salvation, published by Baptist Publications, Inc., pg 65)
So why does most of the world accept the theory
of evolutionary uniformitarianism as virtually scientific fact? The
apostle Peter gives this reason, "…following after their own
lusts…" 2 Peter 3:3b. We note that Peter did not include
everybody who accepts uniformitarianism as walking after their own
lusts, but those who mock Christians for believing what they believe
has been disproved by science. Some have been honest and candid
enough to admit it.
Hugh Hefner, founder of the Playboy empire has
been quite vocal. Perhaps you have heard or read statements by him
that he has no concerns about answering to God for his lifestyle
because evolution has made the teaching of religion invalid.
Three Worlds – The Key to the Ages
The apostle Peter revealed that the key to the
ages is that God has divided mankind’s history into three worlds:
- The World That Was
- The World This Is
- The World That Is To Come
The World That Was
"For this they
willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old,
and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the
world that then existed perished, being flooded with water." 2nd
God revealed in Genesis 1:6,7 that on the second
day of creation He separated water above the sky or atmosphere from
the water on the earth. This has been described as a "vapor canopy"
or "hydrosphere". We are also told that in "The World That Was"
there was no rain, "...But a mist went up from the earth and
watered the whole face of the ground." Genesis 2:6.
We are also informed that in the days of Noah "
...On that day, all
the fountains of the great deep were broken up , and the
windows of heaven were opened, and the rain was on the earth for forty days
and forty nights." Genesis 7:11b, 12.
We need make no mistake about it, the Genesis
record teaches a worldwide flood that covered the face of the entire
earth. Expressions emphasizing a worldwide flood occur over thirty
times in Genesis 6 through 9
The Lord Jesus authenticated the Genesis account
of the flood and used it as a picture of worldwide judgment when He
returns. "…and did not know until the flood came and took
them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." (Matthew
Those who accept the scriptural account as the
revelation of God believe that the flood of Noah’s day and its
aftermath account for the layers of sediment rock and rock
formations formed from molten material from within the earth. They
also believe that glacial deposits, coal bearing formations,
petroleum reservoirs, mountain ranges and other structural features
of the earth required far greater forces than any forces known to
exist in the current world system. The geologic record of fossils
testify to rapid, catastrophic burial otherwise they would have
decayed or have been eaten by scavengers.. This is exactly what the
"The world that was" came to a sudden,
catastrophic end in the days of Noah. Peter plainly states that the
reality of the cataclysmic world wide flood negates the theory of
Uniformitarianism. He did this some 1700 years before the theory of
Uniformitarianism was conceived.
The World That is
"But the present heavens and
the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for
fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men."
2nd Peter 3:7
There has been a significant change in the
world meteorologically. The earth is no longer like a huge terrarium
with uniform tropical climate from the north pole to the south pole
watered by a mist that rose from the earth. Weather patterns formed
from the earth’s rotation, temperature differences, humidity, etc.
bring constant changes in the weather. There are four recognizable
seasons but the rainbow following each rain is God’s covenant that
there will never again be a world wide flood.
There are differences geologically. On the East
coast of the U.S. we live in the midst of where the earth’s surface
was buckled. From a great fissure out in the Atlantic running from
North to South the ocean and the hot magma in the earth’s core
undoubtedly came in contact and buckled the earth like an old
fashioned washboard. Chains of hills and mountains were pushed up as
far west as the Allegheny and Appalachian mountains. "The
fountains of the deep" were truly "broken up."
Culturally, mankind has spread to the ends of
the earth and formed ethnic groups that are often at variance with
one another. It is well to remember that from Shem, Ham, and
Japheth, the three sons of Noah, that the whole earth was populated.
Genesis 9:18, 19. We have a traceable record in the scripture of the
line from Shem that brought the promised Christ into the world.
There are also five distinct ethnic groups that preserved the record
of their genealogy from Japheth.
Morally and spiritually man has not changed. Man
still possesses the fallen sin nature that, left unchecked, brought
about the flood of Noah’s day.
"The Lord looks down from heaven upon the
children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek
God. They have all turned aside; They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good, no not one." Psalms 14:2,3. The
apostle Paul referred to these verses in Romans 3:10-12 and
confirmed that they continue to be true of all mankind.
But God remains compassionate to all sinners,
even the very worst. Peter reveals that even though God has
sentenced the present world to a judgment of fire His seeming delay
in doing so is because He "is longsuffering towards us, not willing
for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance." 2nd
Peter 3:9. God
still loves sinners just as much as He did the day His Son died as a
sacrifice for man’s sins on Calvary's cross. The risen and ascended Christ sits at
the Father’s right hand waiting for lost men, women, and children to
call out to Him in faith for the salvation that only He can give.
They can do so in confidence for "…He is able to save to the
those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make
intercession for them." Hebrews 7:25. However, their opportunity to
do so is open for an unknown indefinite time.
The World To Come
"But the day of the Lord will come
thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great
noise and the
elements will melt with fervent heat, both the earth and the works
in it will be burned up…Nevertheless, we, according to His promise,
look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells."
2nd Peter 3:10, 13.
"The World That Was" came to a sudden,
catastrophic end by the flood. Peter tells us that "The World That
Is" will do the same by fire. "The Day of the Lord" begins with the
coming of Jesus for His bride, the church (1st
Thessalonians 4:15-18). For the unprepared it will come unexpectedly
like a thief in the night. (1st Thessalonians 5:2) It
will continue through the time of judgment by fire. When the
present world is cleansed by fire from all sinful defilement we are
told there will be a new heavens and a new earth in which
righteousness dwells. (3:13).
In the light of all this Peter puts this question
to Christians, "Since all these things are to be dissolved, what
manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, ..." 2nd
Peter 3:11, 12a.
In like manner, how important it must be for
those who are unsaved to settle their relationship with Jesus Christ
by receiving Him by faith as their Savior before "the day of the
Copyright © 2002 Thomas E Berry
All Scripture quoted from NKJV unless otherwise noted
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