In providing his feedback on Tuesday’s debate between Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and Bill Nye ‘the Science Guy,’ televangelist Pat Robertson went off on a two-minute monologue on Wednesday about why he holds to the opinion that Christians need to get over their young earth beliefs.
Speaking on his daily broadcast of the 700 Club, Robertson focused on the calculations and analysis of Bishop James Ussher, the Church of Ireland Archbishop and scholar who once dated the world as being 6,000 years old.
“Let’s face it,” he said. “There was a bishop in the Middle Ages there—1800’s or something—who added up the dates listed in Genesis and he came up with [a calculation that] the world had been around for 6,000 years. There ain’t no way that’s possible.”
“Anybody that’s in the oil business knows that he’s drilling down two miles, three miles, four miles underground. You’re cutting through all these layers laid down by the dinosaurs,” Robertson asserted. “And we have skeletons of dinosaurs that go back about about 65 million years.”
The televangelist then began to amp up his remarks by scoffing at those who believe in a young earth, calling for reformation among Christians.
“[T]o say that it all came about 6,000 years ago is just nonsense, and I think it’s time we come off of that stuff and say this isn’t possible,” he declared.
“So, there was a Big Bang. So? That doesn’t mean it came spontaneously. Nobody knows what caused the Big Bang, but I say God did it,” Robertson continued. “God’s in charge of all this. God’s in control. He is the author of all life, but we’ve got to be realistic that the dating of Biship Ussher just doesn’t comport with anything that is found in science.”
The 83-year-old show host again asserted that rock layers and dinosaur fossils provide proof for an old earth.
“You can’t just totally deny the geological formations that are out there—the rock formations and all the things all over the world, especially the bones,” he contended. “And we have found a Tyrannosaurus Rex out there in Oregon or some place—I mean, a full skeleton—and that layer was laid down about 65 million years ago.”
“So, let’s be real, and let’s not make a joke of ourselves,” he continued. “I don’t believe in so-called evolution as it is currently presented as non-theistic. I believe that God started it all and He’s in charge of it. But the fact that you have the progressive evolution under His control, that doesn’t hurt my faith at all. But this thing [with young earth teachings], we just can’t be playing this.”
But when Ken Ham learned of Robertson’s comments, he posted his own thoughts on Facebook, stating that he found it sad that Robertson was leading his viewers to believe man’s lies over God’s word.
“Pat Robertson is so misinformed and deceived,” he wrote. “Sad that so many will believe him (who is neither a scientist, nor a Bible scholar) rather than open their Bibles and see that evolution and millions of years are totally incompatible with the first 11 chapters of Genesis and rather than think for themselves and check out creationist web sites like Answers in Genesis.”
“He condemns Bishop Ussher (a brilliant Bible scholar and incredible student of history and ancient writings), but couldn’t even get the time of Ussher’s life correct,” Ham noted. “[It was] not the 1800’s, but 1581-1656.”
Ham said that he wished many Christians in the nation, like Robertson, would awaken to the truth about Creation and turn away from the deception.
“Oh, that God would convict and open the eyes of Christian leaders and Christian college and seminary professors, so many of whom are as uninformed and deceived as Pat Robertson,” he concluded. “God have mercy.”