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Creation 101

Thank you for looking at our Creation series, my desire in these pages is to look at the literal days of creation and in greater detail quoting primarily from the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis.

Creationism and even the greater inerrancy and infallibility of the Biblical text have been attacked more and more in recent times. This is done often times by attacking the book of Genesis. In fact, the first 11 books of the bible are attacked more than any other part of the bible.

I am biased in the fact that personally I believe in a young earth, this means that I believe the earth is not any older than 10,000 years old. I believe that biological, scientific and observational science point towards this being correct.

The Bible and its foundation

Imagine the Bible as a house, any house I have lived in has always had a strong foundation. The Bible is no different, if you look at the text in Genesis as not correct, you will not have solid ground to make any claims of the reliability of the remainder of the word of God.

This is important as God has provided in his word of God a text showing how the universe (uni being one and verse being spoken sentence) came to being, God, being the triune God created it. It truly is that simple.

What will you cover in this section?

I plan to do a series of pages on creation with a microscope like focus on the texts in the first chapter of Genesis when we look at the seven literal days of creation. I aim to put forward the texts as verifiable evidence for a literal creation week.

I plan to split them into the following (hyperlinks will become active when pages are live)

Creation day 1 – In the beginning & let there be light (Genesis 1:1-5)
Creation day 2 – Separating the waters (Genesis 1:6-8)
Creation day 3 – Earth, vegetation and trees (Genesis 1:9-13)
Creation day 4 – The Sun, Moon and stars (Genesis 1:14-19)
Creation day 5 – Living creatures (Genesis 1:20-23)
Creation day 6 – Man in our own image (Genesis 1:24-31)
Creation day 7 – The first Sabbath (Genesis 2:1-3)

What about science?

Let us also deal with the proverbial “Elephant in the room” which is usually brought up at this point, the question usually asks “What about science/millions of years and the evidence that points towards this theory?”

I am careful how I word this as many are quoting from a theory written by Charles Darwin called “The origin of species by means of natural selection on the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life” (Due to the non-PC nature of the title, it is often shortened to “The origin of species or “The theory of evolution”)

Not going to spend too much time on this but since it’s publication in 1859, many have taken Darwin’s theory and made further theories upon this. Darwin supposed that man could have come from animals based on an observance of the variation between kinds of finches in the Galapagos’ islands.

This is also in line with the biblical view of variation within kinds, In Genesis chapter 6 God commanded Noah to build an Ark and bring two animals, a male and a female in order to preserve them.

In the case of dogs, the Dalmatian, the Labrador, the poodle, the husky and the Scottish terrier are all different, (but all kinds of dogs) but all common ancestors from the dogs of Noah’s day, we could use cats or many other examples.

Millions of years?

The other claim that is often made by scientists is that the Earth is millions of years old due to scientific evidence. The main issue with this claim is that they are looking at the evidence with the prejudice of “evolutionary thinking” and in many cases the same evidence is put forward by creationists and actually points towards a younger earth model.

In fact, many scientific and secular archaeologists are finding things in a regular basis that prove the infallibility, the reliability and the truth of God’s word in the Bible.

Does the bible prove God?

The Bible starts with the assumption that God is real, if you do not believe this then you will have issue with much that is written here. Skeptics often ask for proof for the existence of a “supreme God” I would point them to the evidence that we see in creation.

The Bible talks about creation in Exodus, Leviticus and Psalms to name a handful of places, an example of this would be in Psalm 19:1, which reads:

 

Psalm 19:1 (ESV) The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,

 

Six literal days, you must be mad!

Also when the Ten Commandments are documented in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5, we have it reiterated that God tells us and reconfirmed the timeline of the earth’s creation. Don’t you think God meant it as important doctrine if he wished it to be known? (In this case again and again)

The best argument that has been reported for the atheist/agnostic/evolution faith (it is a faith as it requires a certain amount of belief in a theory that has issues in the area it is championed) requires the addition of time in order to make it plausible. In the end it still offers no creator or order to which things that have accidently come together.

I say this of course with the upmost respect for those people and their faith. I am not attacking what they believe, but simply defending the faith that I hold dear and in an apologetic fashion giving answer to queries that they may have.

The Hebrew word for day “Yom” – sometimes written Yowm (Still used today in festivals such as “Yom Kippur” – Day of Atonement) is only regularly attacked in the first 11 chapters of Genesis. The same literal day is mentioned many other occasions. Translated as “day” 2008 times according to Strong’s concordance. (51 of these are contested as “literal days”)

Mind the Gap

The only theory that we have not touched upon is the “Gap” theory. This is the theory which places the assumption that the Bible is somewhat true and man’s theories are somewhat true. A compromise if you will.

Gap theorists will make the assumption that there was a gap in time (different gap theorists will have different time lapses) between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. It is thought there was another creation spanning the timescales that are talked about in scientific journals; some use it to explain things such as dinosaurs. Theologically I have an issue with this as it attempts to remove the infallibility and inerrant nature of the Bible.

Theological issues with the gap

You also have to open up the possibility that if you are willing to copulate to the created man’s ideas on creation, what else are you willing to bend on that is not stated in solid theological teaching.

Lastly, it then unravels the whole Bible as with this theory, if indeed we were the “second draft” then it puts the idea that death happened before sin, you would then have to reconcile the belief that “everything was good” but it was also bad because death suffering and sin was there. God who is truth would then not be true? Can you see the issues I would have with this?

My hope is that these pages will make you investigate the claims of the Bible as regards to the creation account. If you have any questions then please see below.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to, as always I love questions about this or any other article so please feel free to fill in the form below, all comments are moderated to avoid profanity.
TTE
TGBTG
SDG

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