Ken Ham Says Atheists Should Fear Jesus Christ's Judgment, Not Hypothetical Apocalyptic Asteroid

Discovery Channel - Large Asteroid Impact Simulation, video posted in 2008.
Discovery Channel - Large Asteroid Impact Simulation, video posted in 2008. | (Photo: Discovery Channel video screenshot)

Creationist Ken Ham has spoken out against a video by the Discovery Channel that speculates about how the Earth might be destroyed if it's one day hit by a giant asteroid, and suggestes that unbelievers should be afraid of Jesus Christ's judgment instead.

"Those of us who have trusted in Christ as Savior have no fear of this coming judgment because our penalty for sin has already been paid by Jesus," Ham wrote in his Answers in Genesis blog.

"But instead of fearing some hypothetical asteroid apocalypse, those who refuse to acknowledge Christ as Lord should fear this coming judgment, and it should bring them to repent and put their faith in Christ."

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The comments are aimed at a Discovery Channel simulation video that illustrates what would happen if a 310-mile asteroid smashes into the Pacific Ocean. The video suggests that all life on the planet would be destroyed, bringing about a de facto Apocalypse.

Ham, who is the CEO and president of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, argued that such views are motivated by accepting evolution.

"Why is it that evolutionists are so concerned that humanity will someday be catastrophically destroyed? Well, according to man's ideas about the past, life arose naturalistically and the universe is governed completely by the merciless laws of physics. According to their worldview, evolutionists contend there isn't anyone upholding or sustaining the universe," he continued.

"We are simply at the mercy of naturalistic processes. Also, according to one evolutionary idea about the supposed dinosaur extinction event, a massive asteroid impact wiped out the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago. If such an event happened once before, what's to stop it from happening again and wiping out humanity this time?"

The creationist adds that God has created order in the universe, and that the universe is not governed strictly by "unfeeling natural laws." Ham insists that Christians should not fear "man's prediction about the future."

Ham has clashed on the topic of evolution with popular figures, such as Bill Nye "The Science Guy." Nye, who has warned that Creationism is anti-scientific and a harmful belief to teach children, participated in a debate with Ham at the Creation Museum in February 2014.

"This is deeply important to me," Nye has said about keeping Creationism away from classrooms. "And I hope that in the coming years, awareness will be raised and voters and taxpayers will not let these people with these extraordinary, wrong views about nature, not be allowed to try to get on school boards."

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