EVOLUTION, FACT OR FAIRY TALE, PART II
CREATION IN SIX DAYS
In the last lesson we noted that evolution fails primarily because it explains nothing about the beginning. As we progress, we will note many other failures. The theory of evolution is blatantly preposterous and would be laughable if it did not have such grave and permanent consequences. For that reason we will proceed on the assumption that Special Creation is totally true and evolution is totally false.
In this lessonwe will briefly look at the six days of creation. We will see that God really" created" only on the first day, and "made" all the rest of the days until He came to the creation of man. Man is special because he is "created" in the image of God spiritually. He also made a body for man from the same material He made everything else. Ecclesiastes 12:7 (NKJV) Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.
On the first creation day God created light, the second the firmament, third vegetation, fourth sun, moon, stars, fifth, fouls and fishes, sixth land animals and man. We donít have enough room to go into much detail about all the creation days. That is a lengthy study within itself. Suffice it to say that God pronounced it to be "very good" when it was completed.
God created all things in six literal twenty-four hour days (evening and morning) according to The Bible. Although we cannot know the age of the earth with absolute certainty, we do know, based on the Genesis record, that it is not millions of years old. Bishop Ussher has dated the creation at 4004 BC. the basis for this date is the genealogies found in Genesis. While nothing is impossible about this date, some creationists say it could be more if there are gaps in the genealogical record. However most say that the creation of man could not be much more than ten thousand years ago based on the Biblical record and a variety of scientific evidence.
In order to accommodate the theory of evolution after Darwin, some well intentioned Christians have devised some theories to explain the supposed geological ages taught by the evolutionist geologists. The Day-Age, and Gap theory are two of these. Letís look at both of these briefly:
The Day-Age theory basically equates the six days of creation to the evolutionistís geological ages, with each day representing a geological epoch dating back 4.6 billion years. These epochs are not the same length. If this theory were true, there would be 766 million years, on average, between the each of the six days.
The Gap theory (also called the ruin and reconstruction theory) also does not have a set length of time. The proponents of this theory claim there is a "gap" between verses one and two in the first chapter of Genesis:
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Again there is no room for a detailed explanation of the gap theory and I recommend you read The Genesis Record by Henry Morris beginning on page 46, for a very good explanation of this theory, and my Special Creation slide show at my website (slide 23 and 24) at www.creationministriesofhuntsville.org
There are many problems with the Gap Theory, but the basic problem is a theological one, and I believe it is fatal to it . This theory asserts that death was present prior to Adamís sin. The Apostle Paul states in Romans 5:12 (NKJV) Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned--. The Gap Theory requires that death was present before Adam was created.
Further, a cataclysm of the magnitude required by the Gap Theory to destroy life would obliterate the very fossil record it claims to support. Fossils are caused by the rapid burial of dead plants and animals. A much better explanation for the fossil record is the Flood in Genesis the seventh chapter.
We can conclude, on the basis of the plain sense of the scriptures and the evidence of true science, that the Earth was created in six, literal twenty-four hour days.
In my hermeneutics class I learned that when reading a passage of scripture, if the plain sense makes common sense, donít look for any other sense, or else you will drift into nonsense. Iíve found that to be sound advice.
That six literal days is the preferred interpretation is born out in: Exodus 20:11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
God set the pattern for the seven day week in the very process of creation. There is no other basis for it, and it is observed by people essentially all over the world. The year is based on the solar cycle, (number of days it takes for the earth to revolve around the sun), and the month is based on the Lunar cycle (number of days it takes for the moon to revolve around the earth) . There is no such astronomical basis for the seven day week.
When I read the first two verses of Genesis they say, unambiguously in my opinion, that In verse one, God created all the material He used to make all the things, and verse two says at first the earth was unformed and uninhabited. In verse three the Holy Spirit began to move (energize) on the watery matrix and God began making things from the matter He had created.
In the next lesson we will look at the fossil record. We will see that all life appears suddenly and fully formed