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October 29, 2005 

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Q: Why did the late Carl Sagan, a very well-known anti-Christian and anti-creationist, see the world as cruel and why didn’t he understand the Christian God of love?

A: Carl Sagan said this:

If God is omnipotent and omniscient, why didn’t he start the universe out in the first place so it would come out the way he wants? Why is he constantly repairing and complaining? No, there’s one thing the Bible makes clear: The biblical God is a sloppy manufacturer. He’s not good at design, he’s not good at execution. He’d be out of business if there was any competition.

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“It is now recognized that smoking can be injurious to the physical health of non-smokers and consequently it is being eliminated in work areas. Religion should also be eliminated as it is injurious to the emotional and psychological health of persons who are not religious as well as to adherents of minority religions. The problem can be solved by the application of the strict standard of No Religion in the work place.

“Now that all polling reveals that 10 percent of the population is not religious, the right to their freedom from religion must be guarded by this regulatory agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.”

– American Atheists, press release, May 2, 1994.

You know why Carl Sagan saw the Christian God like this? Because he was looking at this fallen world. This is a world suffering the effects of sin and the Curse—it is a horrible world!

Sadly, Carl Sagan would have heard many Christians say, “Oh, you can believe in both millions of years and the Bible.” Thus Sagan realized this would mean that the death, disease and violence represented in the fossil record were described as very good by God. Thus God must be an ogre!

It is only when we accept a perfect creation—marred by sin—that we can understand this present cruel world. Millions of years makes God to be an ogre.

Sagan’s view of God is consistent with his belief in an old earth, which logically only destroys the gospel. To read more, see The god of an old earth.

Recommended resources:

The Genesis Solution
The Genesis Solution
Creation and the Christian Faith
Creation and the Christian Faith
Creation/Evolution: Does It Matter What We Believe?
Creation/Evolution: Does It Matter What We Believe?
Creation Scientists Answer Their Critics
Creation Scientists Answer Their Critics

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October 25: New England Journal of Medicine promotes anti-theism
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October 27: In Six Days: Don B. DeYoung, physics
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