Critical Review by:

Mike Bull, The Last Days

"A couple of guys have written a book called Beyond Creation Science. As preterists, they understand there was a symbolic 'flood' across the Land of Israel under both Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon and Nero/Vespasian's Rome. Problem is, they read this back into Noah's flood and try to say that this was only a local flood, which then allows them to compromise with old-earth Creationism.

It was 'long-age' geological assumptions that provided a 'foundation' for Darwin's long-age biological fantasy. I would recommend Tas Walker's site, Biblical Geology, for someone who really knows his stuff.

The position of these fellows causes more problems than it fixes. It makes the Bible's very detailed chronology a joke, and forces a gap of millions of years into Genesis 1.

Here's the solution:

Adamís failure brought physical de-Creation. Cain founded a corrupt civilisation whose evil influence triumphed and was destroyed in a literal flood. Just like Cain, Ham was cursed, and his son Canaanís influence led to social de-Creation. As God raised new land out of the waters after the flood, God would now perform another Creation miracle. In calling Abram, God was socially dividing the waters of the nations into the Land and the Sea. The era of the patriarchs, ruling fathers, began. God called Abram, and tore the world in two.

The land and sea division was a literal, physical land and sea in early Genesis. The ark of Noah was a literal 'world-in-a-box', a safehouse and doorway to a new world. But when God called Abram, the 'Land and Sea' division was purely social, and the Tabernacle and Temple were a symbolic 'world-in-a-box.' These guys have confused these two and unwittingly undermined the authority of Scripture."

(Editor's Note: Those who have actually read Beyond Creation Science might find this feedback humorous. Clearly, Mike has not read our presentation of the biblical case for a flood in the days of Noah which took place within a covenant-world context. Genesis 5 sets the context of the flood account with the line of Seth; the flood account was inserted into the genealogical record of Seth to Noah.

Also notice that Mike makes no mention of the Babel connection to the flood and the problems a universal flood forces on the story of Genesis, given the "Bible's own detailed chronology!" The irony here is remarkable.

Last but not least, Mike does not understand the Covenant Creation view since he believes we force "a gap of millions of years into Genesis 1." Perhaps it is easier to present a false caricature of Beyond Creation Science and then go on to offer bare assertion and arbitrary reasoning to refute the book?)

...Coupled with Covenant Creationism, hyperpreterism kicks the ends off the Bible. This turns the grave of human history into a rut. For hypers, AD70 is a handbrake and we are just spinning our wheels...
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