Note to Bonedigger: I acknowledge your comments about Humphreys and will get to them as soon as I have time. Right now, this response doesn't take a lot of time, so I'm addressing it first.
So you are comfortable standing with those who deny the existence of God, many of whom hate Christiantiy. Does that do your conscience good?
Disagreement on one issue does not mean we disagree on all. One thing I've learned is that it's much easier to get someone to change their position to agreement with yours if you are agreeable rather than confrontational.
As I see it, Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, was right when he wrote that even infidels have knowledge gained from experience and observation. It is damaging to the faith to demand, as a condition of salvation, they accept things they know to be false from their own experience. Briefly stated, it makes you, and your beliefs look foolish. In other words, I believe YEC does great harm to the propagation of the faith.
It does my conscience neither good nor harm.
Nonetheless, you are wrong. God did not 'guide evolution' because evolution does not exist on this planet and never did. The world was created exactly the way the Lord said He did it in Genesis and no compromise with modern 'science' theory needs to be appealed to. Furthermore, the Creator did not wait until Darwin (1859) to inform the world as to the real truth about what He did in His creation. Such a notion is ludicrous and an insult to Him as the Creator.
Moses was right and Darwin was wrong.
Can I take that as meaning: "The Bible says it, I believe it, end of discussion." If so, there is no point in continuing our conversation.
Those are your figures, not God's. Why do you think this is a problem for God?
Not if 99.999999999% of the universe is nothing but deception. The God I worship is not deceptive.
I don't agree with your math because you have no way of knowing just how much that expansion involved and at just what rate of velocity that expanision took place.
I thought you said you accept the distances. If you do, the math is quite easy and the velocity of expansion doesn't matter. If God stretched the space, the light in that space will also be stretched. How do you think it was determined that the universe is expanding? The stretching of the light would be easily observable and measurable. In fact, it would provide absolute proof of a 6,000 year old universe.
But apparently you have no problem expanding human history far beyond what the chronologies of scripture would allow
None at all. I reject the doctrine of sola scriptura. I believe God speaks to us through His creation as well as His word. Nor do I believe the Bible is a comprehensive, complete listing of everything that went on.
never mind all of the out-of-place fossils, footprints, and artifacts that are completely in the wrong location for evolution to even be considered to be a true theory. There are too many to list here but I can do so elsewhere.
When I make a claim about fossils, footprints, and artifacts, they would be a topic of discussion. It's one of the reasons I was unable to come to terms with Dr. Brown about a debate. He demanded I defend a lot of stuff that is completely irrelevant to my issues with his model.
But further than that, you deny the logic of the expansion with your arbitrary physics but you apparently also deny that the scriptures that teach that expansion. Am I right?
You couldn't be more wrong. We know the universe is expanding and we have measured the expansion. Unfortunately, there is far too little of it to support YEC. I apologize for my lack of clarity in my first response to you when I clearly said expansion of the universe (or stretching of the heavens, if you prefer) is not an issue.
If you answer 'yes' then why do you doubt He could have made the stars and galaxies seem much farther away now then they were in the early years of earth's history?
"Seem?" I thought you accept the distances as real. Stretching the heavens would leave clear evidence. The evidence is not there.... at least not to the extent needed to make YEC a viable alternative.
If 'no' then how can you claim to be a Christian since you don't believe in such teachings?
You want to know what I believe? OK. Here it is:
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.