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False Compromise Fallacy

 

False Compromise Fallacy

The False Compromise Fallacy occurs when a compromise is suggested as the best solution even though there is a right position and a wrong position.

Examples of the False Compromise Fallacy

Theistic Evolution is a compromise that was made when the Atheist lawyer, Lyell, used the magic word, "science," to convince many people that the Earth was very old, and then the theology student, Darwin, also used the magic word, "science," to convince many people that molecules turned into people over long periods of time. Some, who wanted to conform to the world, tried to insert long ages and evolutionism into the Bible--to make a compromise between Divine revelation and human assumptions and fallacies.

Note that there is no physical evidence of a billions-of-years-old Earth. There is no science that shows this--only made-up stories and circular reasoning. In fact, it is impossible to rationally put an age on the Earth from observation in the present. It is written in the Exodus 20:11 (in the Ten Commandments), "For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy." God has also revealed that the genealogies add up to about 6,000 years, and He has revealed this by speaking to us through Scripture.

On the other hand, there are many stories that imply that there is a way that billions of years might be compatible with the Biblical account of history. However all of these stories, the day-age theory, the gap theory, and any others, are pure speculation. God speaks to us through Scripture forbidding speculation. So there is no evidence, either in Scripture or in the Creation, for billions of years.

At the same time, it cannot be dogmatically stated that the Earth is about 6,000 years old. The reason for this is called the fallacy of the universal negative. You cannot possibly prove universal or absolute non-existence of anything unless God specifically reveals non-existence. God does reveal to us that "Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins." However, God has no such revelation that eliminates the possibility that there might be something that we don't know, that has no evidence that science can find, and that Scripture doesn't even hint at. This would include something that God has not told us about the age of the Earth. It is possible the God didn't tell us something. Though the Bible and, increasingly, scientific inquiry, seem to confirm a young Earth, it is possible that there is something that God chose not to reveal. Of course, this is kind of like the little man upon the stair who wasn't there. It's a bit of foolishness to consider such options.

So, the age of the Earth appears, from a straight-forward reading of Scripture, to be about 6,000 years. All age-guessing methods using science are based on made-up stories and arbitrary assumptions. Circular reasoning is the main method to cover up the irrationality of such age-of-the-Earth claims from science. Yet, we cannot dogmatically make claims about things that we cannot know. It is possible that God didn't tell us something, but why would we think about it then?

 



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