Rich is as close as a PM or EM! ASK him! Also, perhaps his post needs some clarity. All of the silly feigned offense, after years of these posts being linked to the site, seems rather ridiculous.
I will say that to assert YECs believe in a deceiving God is unhelpful and inaccurate. Really, it's not any different than YECs asserting that OECs don't care about truth or take Scripture as seriously as YECs do - fact is, both claims are not true. Neither camp believes God is a deceiver. But some in BOTH camps have painted others in the opposing camp in inaccurate ways. Sad, but it is often human nature to demonize those who don't agree with one's options, whatever the camps, whatever the subject.
But the issue at hand is NOT just the APPEARANCE of age. NO! It's that many, many PROCESSES are either observable or there is abundant evidence that they processes not only existed, but also operated for vast periods of time - which if they didn't happen at all, one must ask why they are SEEN at ALL, or are there so many evidences of processes that were carried out! Because if the countless processes that there are immense evidences all over that yet did not produce the END results as to what exists, then that means they SHOULDN'T exist. What you should see, instead, across all things tested, discovered, analyzed, etc., should be only END results with no evidence of traceable processes. But that is FAR from the case. And anyone who knows even a fair bit about the science of these things knows this.
And as GOD made scientific analysis possible, gave us the intelligence, tools, and immense curiosity to exhaustively study His OTHER testimony, given us great reason to trust the results of scientific analysis in which the same results are arrived at over and over, across a gazillion parameters, from a wide variety of fields of studies, ALL of which have been made possible by how God created a Creation that operates with great predictability and precision - well, I don't believe He would have us so casually dismiss what such a range and scale of studying His creation has revealed to us. And those so quick to casually dismiss such massively correlating conclusions have little credibility with me, because God gave us much more than JUST Scripture. THINK of how many things we know about the universe, our solar system and earth, and how many discoveries and inventions have been possible through - what, Scripture ALONE??!!! No, they came though study and research of God's OTHER testimony, and the abilities He has give us to study and learn from it. So to so casually dismiss unfathomably consistent results across so many fields doesn't seem to be a response I think God would have us make.
Not to mention the great consistency of scientific consensus on this issue makes no sense IF we are so wrong. Because IF we are so clueless, the results we've based our conclusions on should instead have immense conflict, confusion and contradictions - we should instead see a tangled mess of data and results that make no sense whatsoever. But that the studies and data across so many fields strongly suggest the same conclusion and supports each other, make no sense if we are that far wrong over this issue!
But the other issue of processes is very important. If the processes we can see and the massive evidences pointing to such processes having been at work for very long periods of time (millions upon millions of years) - and NOT just because of what exists, but because we also can see the PROCESS evidences THEMSELVES - well, WHY would God have created evidences of extremely long processes that He did NOT use to create things? That makes no sense.