Major Derailment of the Subject
Starting on page 78 and ending on page 95, Ham goes totally out of his mind by shoehorning morality into the dinosaur issue it don't belong, throwing away the dinosaur subject so he can get on with his psychotic, demagogic rants. The rest of his book only comes to show just how Ken Ham won't care about dinosaurs, being no different than any abusive, destructive, bigoted church pastor who uses video games, Jewish people, Rock n' Roll and other types of cultural icons, people of different races, and certain movements as scapegoats for all the bad things going on in the world and for people being turned off from church and religion, while being blind and ignorant to their own actions, rants, and dogma that are the real culprits and factors behind the complete rejection of the Christian church, Christianity in general, and all atrocities committed against society.
A Word of Note: Any dinosaur book that contains more of slander, lies, idiocy, threats, demagogic, religious-style rants, and moral issues rather than focusing on the subject of dinosaurs and their world according to fossil evidence only is not, repeat, is not a true dinosaur book.
Ham doesn't care about dinosaurs. He only uses them as a pawn to take advantage of children loving dinosaurs and use them to proselytize them into believing all his stupid lies.
It don't matter
In my opinion, religious fanaticism and extremism is the real reason why there are atheists in the world. Anyone who promotes Christianity, yet don't practice what they preached, is a sure fire way to turn people off from the Church and Christianity as a whole. Especially when one hears some malicious rants like what Ham displays on page 78 in the next segment entitled, Why Does It Matter? (Answer: It don't) where Ham twaddles away about how immorality came about,
“Although dinosaurs are fascinating, some readers may say, 'Why are dinosaurs such a big deal? Surely there are many more important issues to deal with in today’s world, such as abortion, family breakdown, racism, promiscuity, dishonesty, homosexual behavior, euthanasia, suicide, lawlessness, pornography, and so on. In fact, we should be telling people about the gospel of Jesus Christ, not worrying about side issues like dinosaurs.'”
Dinosaurs have absolutely zero to do with moral and Biblical issues. That's way off the subject of dinosaurs and he knows it. I don't know why creationists have to shoehorn moral issues into the subject of dinosaurs that has no part of and no saying in any moral issue whatsoever.
Actually, the evolutionary teachings on dinosaurs that pervade society do have a great bearing on why many will not listen to the gospel, and thus why social problems abound today. If they don’t believe the history in the Bible, why would anyone trust its moral aspects and message of salvation?”
One doesn't need to believe what really translates to “My [Ham's] history of the Bible” to trust any moral aspects and the message of salvation. We don't need to believe and accept the 6,000 year lie to know the message of salvation and trust the moral aspects of the Bible. Ham's stupid lies and his abuse and distortion of the Bible does plenty to denigrate morality, the Bible, and Christianity as a whole. While being blind to his own flaws, what he teach leads people into committing such atrocities, thus setting them up for the fall from grace just as Ham will show to us how,
“If we accept the evolutionary teachings on dinosaurs, then we must accept that the Bible’s account of history is false. If the Bible is wrong in this area, then it is not the Word of God and we can ignore everything else it says that we find inconvenient.”
In other words, if what Ham teaches is found to be false, then kill, murder, rape, rebel, show no respect for parents and/or elders, steal, behave like mindless, savage animals, be like the people living in Pakistan who went berserk the moment after Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, etc, etc. Here, Ham is using the [sic] "evolutionary teachings" of dinosaurs as a scapegoat for all the bad things in the world while being blind to the fact that it is really his own teachings that encourages people to commit crimes the moment they find what evolutionists is saying about earth's long history, dinosaurs, and evolution is entirely true all along.
A False Image
Teaching evolution and morality the creationist way is the result of grossly misinterpreting and misrepresenting Darwin's writings and equating it with Social Darwinism, a term outside of Darwin's writings that teaches that "might makes right" and "only the strong survives." The reason creationists does this is because the phrase "Social Darwinism" just simply has the word "Darwin" in it.
That's no reason to oppose evolution and use it as a scapegoat for all of the world's atrocities and rely on empty, false promises of a good, happy life if everyone rejects evolution and "millions of years."
An example of how Ham is making false promises that won't come true comes from the lower left hand corner of the page, where a false image is shown depicting 2 stacks of stone blocks listing the supposed attributes that associates with both creation and evolution. The creation stack is alleged to have good quality attributes while evolution stack on the other side is allegedly shown to have only bad qualities.
There's nothing in all of evolution that says anything that will lead a person to commit atrocities like abortion, homosexuality, pornography, lawlessness, and engage in man's fallible opinion which is what creationism exactly is. Creationism is man's fallible opinion. One of many fallible opinions of man that does lead people into committing atrocities and so much more. The reason YECs blame evolution on the world's evils is to hide the crimes they brought on themselves.
In all of his worthless materials and his crackhouse, Ham promises that everyone will have the meaning of life, the answer to all life's problems and dilemmas, high standards, family unity, joy, and happiness if they reject evolution and "millions of years" and accept the 6,000 year lie. Thus, giving the reader a false impression that if we eliminate the teaching of evolution and "long ages" from all educational institutions, schools, and facilities, then life would be just picture perfect like what is shown on television in the 1950s' and 60s' in forms of Leave it to Beaver, The Donna Reed Show, I love Lucy and The Andy Griffith Show with no signs of abortion, family breakdowns, racism, promiscuity, dishonesty, homosexual behavior, euthanasia, suicide, lawlessness, pornography, and other forms of evils anywhere in the world. Sorry, Ham. It won't work.
His ideas of a picture perfect world will solve not a dang thing. What is shown in his crackhouse will still be prevalent all over the world even when evolution and "long ages" gets eliminated from schools. In fact such atrocities are largely prevalent in especially Christian nations and communities that reject Darwin's Theory of Evolution and "long ages." Every atrocity including lawlessness, divorce, mass murders, suicide, etc. has been going on and on ever since the Dawn of Man. Not in rare occurrences, but in huge, vast, widespread common occurrences all over the earth. Even before Darwin was born, there was abortion, homosexuality, pornography, lawlessness, and engagement of man's fallible opinions— all atrocities brought on by all sorts of reasons other than evolution.
Right and Wrong
Nothing is defensible about Ham and his falsehoods, not to mention the way he quote mine the Bible by taking certain verses out of context and twist them to fit his own views about it, just like what he does to these verses from Mathew 19:16-17, which, in full context, tells the story about the rich young man who wanted to follow Jesus. But his riches got in the way of having a full intimacy with Him.
This verse is found on Page 79, which asks "Why is there a right and a wrong?" Answer: Why are you asking him that? He doesn't know right from wrong when it comes to his mouth, thinking, delusions, and his own gullibility! Does he think he can get away with telling lies in God's name, slander, putting people down, insulting, slamming, falsely accusing them of wrong, being a hypocrite and intolerant, cutting them down, hurting them, bearing false witness, making threats (even of death), bibliolatry, segregating, and being prejudice towards towards certain people he himself doesn't like? He may think so, But I don't! What he thinks Christianity should be and what Christianity really should be is 2 different things. Christianity is all about accepting Christ as Lord and Savior, follow the greatest commandment of all (Mark 12:28-34), and have a personal relationship with Him. That's it! No other else, not even YECism will do.
Ham's Scare Tactic
Next Ham tries to scare the reader, saying that being taught about the natural process is the same as being taught that there is no God. Only an idiot would believe that! Such teachings blind people to the fact that even creationists teach evolution themselves only when it suites them. Only the teachings of creation is the same as teaching that there's no God. Ham claims,
“If everything made itself through natural processes—without God—then God does not own us and has no right to tell us how to live. “In fact, God does not really exist in this way of thinking, so there is no absolute basis for morality.”
If that’s the case, then how do you explain so many evolutionists who are highly devoted Christians, Ham or is this your way of showing hatred and contempt towards them by branding even the most devoted of Christians as “godless secularists” out of your contemptuous hatred towards them? Like all young earthers, Ham has been indoctrinated into hating anyone, even scientists, who oppose the 6,000 year lie, branding them all as godless secularists all because they reject young earth creationism all the way, stating without shame that these godless evolutionists have all fall under God’s judgment while being engross in ignorance of the teachings of young earth creationism being truly the one that’s leading people to say “There is no God, anything goes, and that we can behave like mindless savages whenever we like.” at the same time.
Even when God does own us and has the right to tell us how to live, that still doesn’t deny us the fact that God also gave us freewill along with the ability to reason, to question everything, to discern things we don’t agree with, and have free thought. If all these things are wrong, then why did He gave us such things to begin with? Why is there verses in the Bible that openly condone reason, condemn legalism, false teaching, and Church abuse? Why is there verses in the Bible that openly uphold wisdom and knowledge and condemn ignorance? Even with God, this doesn’t stop the religious, even Christians, especially pastors, clergymen who are all mentally sick, spiritual leaders from committing acts of atrocities while preaching peace and morality to their congregation on a Sunday bases. What Ham displays in the article is nothing more than a hypocritical scare tactic to keep his followers in line and prevent them from turning away from him so he can maintain his power and control over them and their wealth. Ham’s ministry is all about wealth and power, not God.
“Without God, anything goes—concepts of right and wrong are just a matter of opinion.”
Even with God, anything goes. Every concept of right and wrong are all the matters of everyone, including wayward Christians like the demagogue preachers who demand their followers to live by their ways and their rules regardless of what the Bible really say about right and wrong. All abusive and destructive churches should be held accountable for destroying the Christian Faith and ruining the lives of everyone attending their church. In such churches, pastors would shout out threats of death and Hell to anyone who dance, wear make-up, divorce, leave their church, commit suicide, question and challenge their authority, go to innocent places like the mall, and much more. They even would insinuate themselves into having sex with children, including toddlers and young adults, and even entice their husbands to beat their wives and children if they don’t meet up with their demands. They’re just as malicious and hateful towards women as Ham and his cronies are towards everyone who oppose their views (see Mojoey's Deep Thoughts for scores of the best examples of this). And it clearly shows whenever they go about slandering evolutionists and supporters of evolution from all walks of life just for kicks.
“And without a basis for morality, there is no such thing as sin. And no sin means that there is no need to fear God’s judgment and there is no need for the Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Really? If so, then things must have been really bad in the Garden of Eden where there was no basis for morality and no fear of God, who set them all up for the Fall, dishing out judgment on all because all animals and people at any moment because they were highly immoral before Adam sinned.
Not all Christians act badly, however. Anyone, including me, must always keep in mind that not all Christians, including church pastors, behave badly. Just because some Christians and pastors behave badly doesn’t mean all Christians and pastors behave the same way. There are great, many, countless multitudes of Christians, including pastors, out there who are among the most well behaved people in the world, knowing right from wrong, do their best to follow Christian Principles and stay out of trouble, and never allowing pathetically sick psychos like Ken Ham to rule over their lives with their demagogic rants and their abusive behavior. These people would rather shun radical, legalistic extremism than allowing themselves to be enslaved by them.
They’re not the only ones, though. There are also countless scores of Atheists, Muslims, Jews, Islam and all other types of non-wayward religious groups out there who are very high in morals, too. They know right from wrong, shun extremism, and do their best to follow the right principles and stay out of trouble. These non-wayward people, Christian and non-Christian alike, all live very happy lives and would much rather avoid living a miserable life under the influence of religious extremists than be indoctrinated by the likes of Osama Bin Laden, Ken Ham, Kent Hovind, and Bill Gothard who may have been the one responsible for leading 2 people into murdering children and several other people on Christmas Eve 2008 – and these 2 criminals came from strong Christian homes and were homeschooled! Not following the teachings of Christ is no good reason why do even the most strongly devoted Christians sin.
Sometimes, just because a person comes from a strong Christian family doesn’t mean he/she is a high moral person. I remembered when I was listening to a Christian radio station and hearing about James Dobson of Focus on the Family who is baffled by why some people who come from strong Christian homes turn to a life of crime while those who come from bad homes are well behaved with the intent to pursue a high moral, law abiding life. If he would’ve looked further, then he will find that the answer comes from those who came from strong Christian families that has been indoctrinated into embracing abusive, destructive doctrines taught by wayward pastors, like Ham himself and the pastor who heavily influenced the 2 people who killed several people on Christmas Eve 2008, and those who escape from their abusive parents and/or relatives and get proper help, justice, and rehabilitation to the point where they make a serious commitment to refuse to follow in their parents footsteps and live the same miserable life their parents lived (i.e. Refrain from alcohol, drugs, violence, and destructive churches, find peaceful ways to handle anger, write inspiring memoirs of their experience and how they fought back, etc.).
If a dinosaur book contains irrelevant subjects like marriage inside it, then it's not a true dinosaur book. For a true dinosaur book don't include subjects that are entirely irrelevant to the subject of dinosaurs. But leave it to Ham to stupidly shoehorn the subject of marriage into an issue it doesn't belong in! On pages 80 and 81, YECs, like all homophobics, Christian and non Christian, greatly opposes homosexuality. Here, Ham tells the reader about the biblical establishments by God, through the creation of Adam and Eve, of the concept of one man and one woman to go hand and hand in matrimony for life. Nothing wrong with that as long as he's not wrongly blaming evolution for homosexuality, divorces and break-ups.
Unfortunately he does. Out of pure stupidity and ignorance of the real reason why marriages end up in divorce, Ham claims that the teachings of evolution is what's causing families to breakdown and divorce to happen because to him it teaches (falsely) that humans aren't worth anything and are without any meaning or purpose in life since they came from the "lower animals" instead of God.
This is one of the claims I heard from his mouth when I first heard him on a Christian radio station many years ago. That claim Ham made is so stupid and downright false. It's all made up out of total ignorance of the real reason why divorces and family breakdowns happen that has absolutely zero to do with evolution and everything to do with abuse, adultery, alcoholism, financial problems, selfish behavior, drug addiction, desertion, gambling, and addiction. Plus, the reason why some people chose to be either gay or lesbian has not to do with evolution, but to fulfill a sexual void in their lives that are not being met in the usual way. Obviously, they are not satisfy with the usual way of love and wanted to fulfill love a different way they think would satisfy them and I guess that how the concept of gay and lesbian came about. Sickening it is in a Christian's eye, but it has nothing to do with evolution.
No Attack on Christianity
Now Ham on page 82, engages in emotion pleadings and brings on the falsehood that says the normal evolutionary teaching of dinosaurs is an attack on the foundations of Christianity. Wrong! The evolutionary teaching of dinosaurs only attacks Ham's own blatant ignorance and blind stupidity with hardcore factual evidence that destroys his fairyland stories about anything from plant-eating T.rex to Baryonyx as a dragon.
To Ham, Genesis is the foundation of Christianity, assuming that since Genesis is the first book of the bible that tells about the beginning of everything, then the foundation of Christianity must be the book of Genesis itself because it serves as the beginning of everything including the world. Wrong again, Ham! First, creationism has no foundation, no establishment, nothing! Secondly, the real foundations of Christianity is Our Lord Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone as told in John 1,
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Ham, in all of his ignorant glory however, would still like to make the reader think that the foundations of Christianity is his stupid distorted book of Genesis and tries to invoke Psalms 11:3 he rips out of context and twisted it around to fit his own views to justify his claim. Psalms 11 in full text tells of David acknowledging the Lord as a refuge as well as defense. It has nothing to do with Ham's faux-god Genesis book.
There are scores and scores of people, including myself, who without exception read and enjoyed great multitudes of dinosaur books and watched great multitudes of dinosaur TV shows without being lead away from God through them. There is no evidence or instances of dinosaur paraphernalia and natural history museums being responsible of leading people away from God.
He also brought along a non-sequitor remark about if one part of the Bible is undermined, then all of the Bible is undermined. No, Ham. What is really being undermined is the creationists' own distortions of the Bible, not the book itself. Ham thinks that all of the foundations of Christianity, of clothes (Which is entirely of society, not of evolution.), governments, marriage, nations, culture, life, death, and sin are found in the book of Genesis which he falsely called "God's Word" while ignoring the real foundations of Christianity who is God alone.
No Attack on The Gospel
More emotional pleadings is the theme on page 83, where in the next segment entitled Millions of Years and the Gospel, Ham claims,
“The teaching that dinosaurs lived and died millions of years before man directly attacks the foundations of the gospel in another way.”
It don't and Ham knows it. The only thing that is an attack on the foundations of the gospel is Ham's own young earth scheme and his ability to set gullible Christians up for the fall from grace.
“The fossil record, of which dinosaurs form a part, documents death, disease, suffering, cruelty, and brutality. It is a very ugly record. Allowing for millions of years in the fossil layers means accepting death, bloodshed, disease, and suffering before Adam’s sin.”
If what he claims to be the case than how does he explain the instances of animals dying of disease and while engaging in mortal combat being extremely rare in the fossil record? How is the fossil record an ugly record, Ham or is this your way of making the fossil record be what you want it to be while ignoring the real ugly record of Christian History? Only Christian History and the concept of thousands of years is both the real truly ugly record which documents death, disease, suffering, cruelty and brutality, and everything else Ham claims the fossil record documents while it in fact don't.
Even death, bloodshed, suffering, cruelty, and brutality happened before Adam sinned when the animals made the plants kingdom suffer by shedding plant blood, which is sap and leghemoglobin, and no decay ever occurred to cause animals and people to suffer problems from indigestion and maintain the lives of worms and plants that feed on decaying matter. If no death and disease occurred before the Fall then it would be useless to have the Tree of Life planted in the Garden and white blood cells inside the human body to fight off disease and illness. Ham has yet to explain logically why did God created parasites along with everything else He created without resorting to “they're degenerate beings that appeared after the Fall” crap. When God created everything in the beginning, He created things that caused people harm, suffering, and pain including predators, diseases, parasites, storms, venom, and sharp objects. You can't expect God to be a just doting god who only makes worlds one see in a fairy tale book where teddy bears frolic and prince and princesses lived happily ever after, you know.
This remark by Ham can give one a false impression that the evolutionary account in the fossil record documents an endless worldwide venatio (Latin word for “hunt”) where all life is constantly at each other's throat as seen in the Roman Colosseum during the time of the Roman Empire. It's obvious Ham and others have been getting ideas for their idiocy by watching too many sci-fi movies depicting savage dinosaurs, prehistoric life, and warring cavemen constantly at each others' throats in a venatio-style world, which the real fossil record completely depicts none of. The fossil record in reality is a fascinating account of life that spans billions (not millions) of years of life.
Throughout the long period of 3.8 billion years, all sorts of animal life have evolved, flourished, and died out only to be replaced by another form of animal life that have developed to fill in the niches previous extinct forms have left behind. And throughout all this 3.8 billion year history of life on Earth, no other animal can do acts of bloodshed, violence, cruelty, spread disease and brutality than humans. Humans are in fact the only beings in the world that tend to behave a trillion time more worse than all animals living and extinct put together. No other animal can shed blood, destroy environments, pollute water, air, and land, spread fear, brutality and terror the way humans do. When it comes to violence, immorality, and bloodshed, you can bet the humans race has truly mastered all three of them.