Critics object to mature creation (or “apparent age”) on the grounds that this would implicate God in a web of deception. Deceptive appearances.
YECs typically counter by citing paradigm-cases of mature creation–such as Jesus turning the water into wine.
I’d like to consider a different kind of example. Consider the healings of Jesus. These healings tend to restore the sick to state of health such that you couldn’t tell by examining them that they were ever sick.
Take the case of Jesus healing the man born blind (John 9). The blind man had some congenital defect which left him blind all his life.
When Jesus restores his sight, this doesn’t merely affect the future. It also, or so it seems to me, erases any physical trace of his past affliction. An ophthalmologist, examining the man after Jesus cured him, would be unable to detect the fact that this man ever had that particular birth defect. So it doesn’t merely change the present. It also changes the evidence of the past.
In addition, many Christians believe that God continuous to miraculously heal people throughout church history. To the extent that this actually happens, you have many instances of miniature mature creation throughout the last 2000 years of world history.
I don’t cite this as a positive argument for YEC. I merely cite this to question a facile objection to YEC.