For many years, people have tried to attack the first eleven chapters of the Bible - - saying that Genesis 1 – 11 is non-literal, non-historical drama or poetry.
There is a way, however, to measure the foundational importance of the book of Genesis - - especially the first eleven chapters. This is by looking at the fact that quotations from, or allusions to, Genesis occur so frequently in the New Testament - - as much, if not more, in fact, than any other Old Testament book.
Actually, there about 200 New Testament references to Genesis - - more than half of which (107) are to Genesis 1 thru 11. Every one of the first eleven chapters are referred to somewhere in the New Testament. Sixty-three (59%) of the references are to the first three chapters alone, and fourteen (13%) are from the Flood chapters (6,7 and 8).
Every one of the New Testament writers refer to Genesis, and Christ Jesus referred to each of the first seven chapters - - see Matthew 19:4,5 & 24:37; Mark 10:6; Luke 11:51; & John 8:44). In all of these references, Jesus presupposes the historical truth of the events referred to.
Not only does the New Testament build upon Genesis 1 thru 11, it may be interesting to note that the Old Testament also built upon the historical accuracy of those first eleven chapters. As the noted theologian Dr. John C. Whitcomb pointed out in his address at the 25th anniversary of the Institute for Creation Research: “Genesis 1 thru 11 merges directly into Genesis 12 thru 50 - - with no hint that mythology is changing into some other form of narration. All of Genesis is sober, straight-forward, matter-of-fact, continuous sequential history!”
Note also, that the Genesis chapter one time-block is confirmed precisely by God Himself in Exodus 20:11 and 31:17.
And - - Adam’s sin is mentioned by Job (31:33), the genealogies recorded in Genesis are repeated in 1 Chronicles; Noah’s righteousness is mentioned twice by Ezekiel (14:14, 20); the historic reality of Noah and the Flood are referred to in Psalm 29:10 & 104:6-9, and in Isaiah 54:9; and the dispersion from Babel is mentioned in Deuteronomy 32:8.
So, the 1,170 chapters of the Bible that follow Genesis 1 thru 11 not only build upon and pre- suppose the truth and historical accuracy of those first eleven chapters, but also illuminate them. Dr. Whitcomb probably said it best when he remarked “What God recorded in Genesis is absolutely perfect. But it is not all that God wants us to know about Him. Only the full collection of the 66 inspired books is both perfect and complete”.
Question: Would the all-powerful and loving God of the Bible use the cruel and extremely wasteful process of evolution to create the world and all that is in it ? Hard to imagine, isn’t it? - - especially when Genesis tells us that God called His creation “Good” and when He had finished He called His completed creation “Very Good” (or “Perfect”).
If He did create everything using the sadistic process of evolution over millions of years, it would mean that suffering and death are “Good” and consistent with the nature and character of God. But we know that this is not true.
Sadly, many have actually rejected the Genesis account of creation on what they mistakenly believe are “scientific grounds” - - believing that the current humanistic/naturalistic teaching of macro-evolution and alleged millions of years of earth history are accurate.
To make God a part of an evolutionary process of “creating” is a “Slippery Slope”, because it does not really defend creation - - but actually brings into question God’s very nature and character. By following man’s fallible opinions over God’s inerrant Word, theistic evolution and progressive creation proponents are actually making God the author of millions of years of death, suffering, bloodshed, disease, mutations, etc.
This is confusing our young people. They are being asked to accept the notion that it’s OK to believe that death and bloodshed are not the consequence of the Fall (Romans 5:12). This, of course, invalidates the reason why Jesus came to die and shed His blood on the Cross as our substitute, to save and redeem us.
Such naturalistic opinions would also suggest that there was not a global Flood - - but instead, the fossil record is just the result of millions of years of God’s “Creating”. No wonder so many young people today are confused! But remember, God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). He has spoken as plainly as possible regarding the Creation, the Fall, the Flood, and the future restoration. We can put our complete trust in the straight-forward presentation of the Genesis record.
“But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing; that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8)
Some have used this verse to promote the erroneous Day/Age Theory of Creation - - that each of the “days” mentioned in Genesis could have been 1,000 years long, instead of normal 24-hour days.
However, this verse says that one day is AS (or Like) a thousand years, in the eyes of the Lord. It is simply a figure of speech (a simile) where one thing is likened or compared to something of a different kind or quality. What Peter is teaching here is that God is outside of time, because He is the Creator of time. The verse is not defining a day, because it doesn’t say “a day IS a thousand years”. Actually, this figure of speech is very effective here in what Peter is stating - - precisely because the word “day” is literal, and contrasts strikingly with a literal 1,000 years.
In fact, Peter is referring to Psalm 90:4, which also says that 1,000 years is like “a watch in the night”. So, if those who suggest that the days could have been 1,000 years long were correct, then they would have to say that a night watch could last 1,000 years!
The point of this whole discussion is simply to point out that it is always extremely important to read Scripture passages “in context” - - that is, paying special attention to the verses surrounding the passage we are studying.
In context, what Peter is saying in 2 Peter 3:8 has nothing to do with the Creation week in Genesis. Instead, he is explaining that although it may seem like a long time to us until the Lord Jesus keeps His promise and comes again - - it is not very long at all to the Lord.
Reading verses 7 and 9 should actually make us very thankful that the Lord is on His own time schedule. Verse 7 reminds us that the heavens and earth that now exist are “reserved for fire until the day of judgement and destruction of ungodly men” But, verse 9 tells us that “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
So while we may look at the deplorable condition of this fallen would around us, and think “Lord come quickly and get us out of here”, we should thank Him for being long-suffering - - allowing time enough for our unsaved loved ones to “come to repentance” and accept His free gift of eternal life.
How much time is really left before that day of judgement (verse 7) we can’t know - - but what we can say is, we are closer to it today than we have ever been.
In recent years there has been a definite increase in the number of internet and social media sites devoted to anti-Christian opinions and the ridiculing any scientist who accepts the Genesis account of creation instead of the millions or billions of years of chance evolution.
One notable comment was supposedly placed on a website by an unnamed person claiming to be a Christian, stating that he was adamantly opposed to “young-earth creation science” as presented by the Institute For Creation Research and Answers In Genesis Researchers. He then engaged in a type of name-calling, accusing Creation Science as being pseudo-science, fundamentalist, radical, dogmatic, and theocratic - - a self-justifying religion.
Of course, young earth creationists would easily be silenced if anyone could list some actual proofs for Darwinian macroevolution. In the meantime, however, it might be interesting to apply that list of adjectives to the theory of evolution as viewed by some of the leading evolutionary thinkers - - in their own words.
Pseudo-science? Dr. Richard Lewontin, in The New York Review (January 1997) stated that “We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment to materialism. No matter how mystifying to the uninitiated, materialism is an absolute and we cannot allow a divine foot in the door.”
Fundamentalist? Theodosius Dobzhansky, in Science (Vol.155, Jan. 27, 1967) stated that “Evolution is a process which has produced life from non-life, which has brought forth man from animal, and which may continue doing remarkable things in the future. In giving rise to man, the evolutionary process has, apparently for the first and only time in the history of the cosmos, become conscious of itself”.
Radical? An anthropologist at Rutgers stated in Scientific American (Oct. 1995) that “Darwinian science inevitably will, and should have legal, political, and moral consequences”.
Dogmatic? Dr. Michael Ruse, in Darwinism Defended (1982, Pg. 82) proclaimed: “Evolution is fact, fact, FACT!”.
Theocratic? Dr. W.C. Brown, in Botany (1995) said: “like all important ideas, evolution attracts controversy. It has affected not only science but also philosophy, religion, and human attitudes”.
These are just a few of the thousands of statements made by evolutionists themselves, which demonstrate that the world-view of naturalistic evolution is not well based in science. Name- calling on the internet will not change this fact.
It was back in 1999 when the November issue of National Geographic Magazine presented, with much fanfare, a 10-page article on the claim that a “feathered dinosaur” fossil had been found in China.
In the rush to find some kind (any kind) of support for their evolutionary beliefs, the fossil was gladly accepted as evidence that birds had “evolved” from dinosaurs and it was displayed at the National Geographic Society in Washington. The display was seen by some 110,000 visitors, in addition to the thousands who read the magazine.
That fossil, of course, turned out to be a composite of the tail of a meat-eating dinosaur and the body of a true bird - - the tail actually being tacked on by a Chinese farmer, not evolution. This might be humorous if it were not so disturbing to see how much effort is being put forth to teach young people that things “evolve” through naturalistic processes and that belief in God as Creator is not necessary.
As happens far too often, when the hoax was discovered, a 10-line correction was published in March 2000, but it was buried in the non-indexed Forum section and was probably seen by very few.
Students, from grade school to graduate school, continue to be taught that dinosaurs lived “millions of years ago” and that some evolved into birds. But at the same time, the overwhelming evidence, from fossils and drawings in caves and in the Grand Canyon, that dinosaurs and man co-existed - - that birds were created on the fifth day (before dinosaurs) and land animals (including dinosaurs) were created on the sixth day (as Genesis describes) - - is ignored.
So then, what did the “experts” see as the next step up the evolutionary ladder? Well, just when we thought we had seen it all, the BBC in England produced a new evolutionary series as a follow-up to the popular “Walking With Dinosaurs” program. That series was to portray “life- forms which will evolve millions of years into the future” - - including flying squid, blood- sucking bees, and giant rats (The Sunday Telegraph, 6/4/2000). One of the alleged creatures is a “flamingo cat”, which will have long, pink, hairless “stick legs” for wading in the sea for prawns. Its moustache-like whiskers will filter the food out of the water.
A scientific advisor to the series actually claimed “We have devised about 40 computer- generated animals on evolutionary principles, so the series will not be a fantasy” (emphasis added).
And would you believe many scientists claim (with a straight face) that the Genesis account of Creation - - the Word of the only one who was there and who tells us that He created everything to reproduce “after its own kind” (not one kind changing into another) - - should be discarded as an unthinkable religious “fairy tale”.
Over the past 150 years or so, many theories regarding the “evolution” of the giraffe have been proposed. Even before Darwin’s time, Lamark taught that shorter ancestors of the giraffe had managed to stretch their necks to reach higher branches for food. This “stretched characteristic” was then somehow passed on to succeeding generations until giraffes reached their present height.
This idea is laughed at today, but it was actually accepted for many years. Later evolutionists, including Darwin, eventually rejected the theory and proposed instead that the changes occurred by slow and gradual mutations and natural selection.
Today, many are rejecting gradualism and propose the theory of “punctuated equilibrium” - - periods of massive mutations (accidents) and rapid evolutionary change, with very long periods of stability in between.
Creationists, of course, find obvious problems with all evolutionary explanations for giraffes. The characteristics seen in this animal are much too complex for any kind of random chance evolution.
The extremely long neck is definitely the giraffe’s most distinctive feature, and it does present some interesting physiological problems - - especially for evolution.
In order to get blood to the brain when standing erect, the giraffe needs an extremely strong heart - - which it has. However, when it lowers its head to drink, the forceful rush of blood to the head would cause a brain hemorrhage if it were not for the specially designed system which compensates for this problem. Fortunately for giraffes, they have a built-in package of features which, when functioning together, act to control the flow of blood to the brain.
A series of pressure sensors along the arteries of the neck detect the rise in pressure as the giraffe lowers its head and immediately activate other control systems. The thick-walled arteries automatically contract to control blood flow as needed, while special valves in the veins prevent back-flow to the brain.
Also, some arteries actually by-pass the brain while others disperse blood through a web of smaller arteries, called the rete mirabile, at the base of the brain.
These specialized features, and many more, not only make it possible for the giraffe to get a drink without “blowing its brains out”, but they also illustrate the Wisdom of our Creator God.
When we use the words day, week, month and year in every day conversation, we usually don’t give much thought as to how those words came to mean what they mean.
We automatically accept that a “day” is simply the 24-hour rotation of the earth on its axis. The moon cycle of shadow is, of course, our basis for a “month” - - the cycle of phases, full moon to full moon taking approximately 30 days. Likewise, it takes about 365 days for the earth to make one complete orbit of the sun - - the basis for our “year”.
Genesis tells us that God created the sun, moon and stars to be for man’s use - - not only to give light (direct or reflected) upon the earth, but to be signs for seasons, days, months, years, etc.
But what about a “week”? Glad you asked! The only basis for our seven-day week is the account in Genesis of God’s creating the heavens and the earth and all that is in them in six days - - and resting on the seventh.
The idea of man working for six days and resting for one, and the reasoning behind it, is explained in Exodus 20:8-11 (The Ten Commandments), and again in Exodus 31:17-18. Simply stated, man is to work for six days and rest for one because God did.
Actually, God could have created everything in an instant, or six minutes or six hours, but He took six days to finish His work so that it would be a model for mankind. God’s creation week was precisely the same duration and pattern for man’s regular week of work and rest.
So, in summary - - - While our measurements of time (days, months and years) are keyed to astronomical processes, the universal “week” has no such basis. We keep time in weeks simply because we are following the pattern established by our Creator - - in the beginning!
The Old Testament contains several hundred references and some 60 direct prophecies concerning the coming Messiah - - all of which, of course, were fulfilled in the Lord JesusChrist.
1)The Messiah was to come from the seed of Abraham; 2) He would come through the line of Isaac (Genesis 21:12) - - which eliminates one-half of the lineage of Abraham; 3) He would be of the line of Jacob (Num. 24:17) - - which eliminates one-half of the lineage of Isaac; 4) He would come from the tribe of Judah (Gen.49:10) - - which now eliminates eleven-twelfths of the tribes of Israel; 5) He would come from the family of Jesse, namely the house of David (Isa. 11:1) - - which eliminates all of Jesse’s sons except David; 6) He would be born in the town of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) - - which eliminates all the cities of the world except one; 7) and the “clincher”, He would be conceived and born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14).
Other prophetic statements concerning the Messiah include: He would receive gifts from the Magi; He would come out of Egypt; He would be known as a Nazarene; He would be preceded by a messenger (John The Baptist); He would receive special anointing of the Holy Spirit (Christ means Anointed One); He would begin His ministry in Galilee; He would enter Jerusalem on a donkey; He would be sold for 30 pieces of silver; He would be crucified between two thieves; He would be buried in a rich man’s grave; He would be resurrected on the third day and ascend into heaven; etc.
These and other Old Testament declarations establish a solid confirmation of Jesus’ credentials as Messiah, and that He alone could be that “Babe in the Manger”. In fact, scholars have determined that the probability of a single person fulfilling all of the Old Testament prophecies is only one chance in 10 to the 127th power! We can, therefore, be confident in the fact that Jesus is indeed exactly who He says He is!
As Dr. D. James Kennedy often remarked: “The Bible is not a scientific textbook; neither is it a textbook on “religion”. It is not a textbook at all - - it is a revelation from God”.
The Bible’s primary purpose most certainly concerns salvation, not scientific explanation - - but by agreeing that the Bible is not a “science textbook”, we are by no means suggesting that its Authority does not extend to matters related to science. As a matter of fact, the Bible is completely accurate scientifically without purposefully teaching science.
Some have suggested that scripture (especially the book of Genesis) is non-scientific because the account is too brief. But since when does brevity equal inaccuracy? The morning weather report is brief - - but we do expect it to be based on accurate scientific data, even if it’s brief ?
Actually, many (if not most) secular critics flatly state that the Bible makes “incorrect” statements about science. WRONG! In fact, the Bible is thousands of years ahead of man’s “discoveries”, and it is NEVER wrong.
For example, let’s look at just one field of science - - Astronomy. Somewhere around 400 BC, scientists determined that the earth is “suspended in space” - - but the book of Job, written around 2000 BC, had already explained that God “hangs the earth on nothing” (Job 26:7). The book of Job also tells us that the stars are a great distance from the earth (Job22:12), and that they produce sound (Job 38:7) - - details of which were not “substantiated” by science until the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Ancient astronomers guessed that there were about 6,000 stars, but the Bible recorded more than once (circa 1300 BC) that stars are so numerous they can’t be numbered (Genesis 15:5; 22:17; & Jeremiah 33:22) - - a fact “confirmed” by man some 3,000 years later.
And, the fact that stars differ in magnitude was seen by astronomers around 1600 AD - - but was recorded some 1,500 years earlier, in 1 Corinthians 15:41).
The question of whether the Bible is a science textbook evades the real issues. It makes no sense to claim that scriptural authority applies only to “religious” things, since the Gospel is all about real things - - real origins, real history, the real universe, and the real destiny of man. To remove the Bible’s claim to authority in the realm of science, actually removes it from any relevance to the real world. God’s word is truly accurate and reliable in ALL matters.
It seems like every time the subject of creation vs. evolution is discussed, the questions arise - - “What difference does it make whether one believes the world was created or evolved?”, or, “Can’t one embrace both Christianity and evolution?”
Amazingly, an outspoken evolutionist, writing in the American Atheist magazine in the spring of 1999, presented an excellent answer to these questions - - not intending, of course, to support the creationist world-view.
He wrote (quote): “Christianity is - - must be! - - totally committed to the special creation described in Genesis, and Christianity must fight with its full might against the theory of evolution. And here’s why. In Romans (5:12) we read that sin entered in the world through one man, and through sin, death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned”.
“The whole justification of Jesus’ life and death is predicated on the existence of Adam and the forbidden fruit he and Eve ate. Without the original sin, who needs to be redeemed? Without Adam’s fall into sin terminated by death, what purpose is there to Christianity? None. Even a High School student knows enough about evolution to know that nowhere in the evolutionary description of our origins does there appear an Adam or an Eve or a forbidden fruit. Evolution means a development from one form to the next to meet the ever-changing challenges from an ever-changing nature. There is no Fall from a previous state of sublime perfection.”
This opponent of Christianity actually saw through to the real issues, better than many Christians. How important it is, indeed, that we as Christians be consistent in our thinking. We must accept all of the Bible as God’s Word, given through inspiration of His Holy Spirit - - because in it, He says what He means and means what He says.
If Adam and Eve were not real historical figures, then who are our real ancestors? If the Fall was not real, then what is sin? If Adam and Eve were not created just as described in Genesis, then the doctrine of marriage is meaningless; and if the earth is billions of years old, and death, disease and bloodshed existed before sin entered the world, then the entire Gospel is weakened.
The following thoughts may go against what are considered the most common methods of evangelism because many, if not most, Christians feel that preaching the Gospel of Christ’s death for our sins, the need for repentance, the resurrection, and receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior is all that is needed.
Of course, it’s true that the Bible states that “.... If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). And, it’s the commission of all Christians to reach the lost for Jesus and see souls saved, because it’s God’s will that “not any should perish ...” (John 3:16).
But consider for a moment the condition of our society today, and that of the Middle Eastern society in the years following Jesus’ death and resurrection - - and how this relates to the importance of understanding the truth of the Genesis account of creation and accepting the fact that we are not just accidents of random chance, but are God’s special creation.
In the early church, when the Jews were approached by the disciples it was not with the creation message first, but with the message of Christ, the cross, and the resurrection. This was because the Jews already had the right foundation. They already believed in God as Creator and therefore had the right framework for thinking about the world – but they refused to accept Jesus for who He was.
The approach to the Greeks (Gentiles) was necessarily different because they believed in some sort of “evolution”, and in their eyes there was no one god who had authority over them. This gave them the wrong framework for a foundation of thinking about the world around them. The Greeks had erected many statues to all their gods - - and just in case they missed one, there was a statue erected to THE UNKNOWN GOD.
The Apostle Paul, seeing these statues as he went to Mars Hill at Athens, he told the court of the Areopagus: “The one whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you; God, who created the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands” (see Acts 17:23-24). Paul began with the creation message, because the Greeks had no creation basis to see the need for a Savior. He had to establish the fact of creation as a foundation upon which to build the rest of the Gospel (Good News).
It has become quite clear in recent decades that our society, which used to be like the Jews, has compromised its belief in God as creator and has become like the Greeks. The creation message as the foundation for our society has slowly eroded away and has been replaced with an evolutionary one.
Therefore, if we want to present the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world today, we must, in most cases, reestablish the Genesis account of creation and the Fall as the foundation upon which the rest of the Gospel can be built.
At the end of the 6th day of the Creation Week, God looked at all He had made and declared it “Very Good” (Genesis 1:31). But, by only the 10th generation from Adam the human race had become so evil, wicked, violent, and corrupt, that God had no choice but to judge His creation.
Genesis chapter 6, verses 5, 11 and 12, gives 4 reasons why God sent the worldwide Flood: 1) “The wickedness of man was great in the earth”; 2) “Every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”; 3) “The earth was filled with violence”; 4) “The earth ....was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth”. - - that is, taken in the context of the Hebrew writing, all the people had corrupted their way.
These four types of iniquity that were prevalent in Noah’s day, have become a way of life for many in today’s world. But we should not be surprised! After all, when people are taught from kindergarten to adulthood - - through every branch of the media and much of the education system - - that the world made itself (and therefore God is unnecessary or does not exist), and that they are nothing more than highly evolved animals, it is to be expected that they would give themselves over to these sorts of behavior.
As a result, the Ten Commandments have become just “ten suggestions”, abstinence is regarded as “neurotic inhibition”, perversion is “an alternative life style”, and the only absolute left in society is that there are no absolutes.
Jesus said: “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37). Therefore, the warnings given to Noah’s generation are very relevant for us.
However, there is one important thing to remember, and thank God for, about the Flood and Noah. God’s mercy regarding the Flood is just as evident as His judgement - - and is seen in the fact that God provided a way of escape for those who were prepared to believe what He had said, heed the warnings He gave, and take advantage of the means of salvation which He provided by instructing Noah to build an Ark.
Noah and his family were the only people in that day that believed God, and only those eight people boarded the Ark “in faith” and were saved.
Just as in the days of Noah, God has given us warning of the judgement to come (Isaiah 34:4; Micah 1:4; 1 Thess. 5:2; 2 Peter 3:10; Rev. 3:3); and He has provided the way of salvation (Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9, 10).
For Noah, the Ark was the only refuge from divine judgement, and it had to be entered by faith. For us, this speaks of the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Savior and Ark of refuge for fallen mankind - - whose sacrificial death on the Cross, for all, must be received and accepted by faith. When we believe in our heart that Jesus IS LORD and God has raised Him from the dead, we have assurance that we can enter into the rest and safety of our Ark, Jesus, when He returns to complete His work of redemption and reconciliation.
As we have mentioned
before, evolution is not a new concept and it certainly didn’t originate with
Darwin. Actually, various varieties of the evolutionary world-view were well
established in the Greco-Roman world of the first century A.D., and were even
influencing the early churches.
The Apostle Paul, seeing that the basis for these evolutionary views was a denial of the true Creator of the universe, earth, and all that is in them, was inspired to write to the church at Colossae to remind them of the real person and work of Jesus the Christ.
The first chapter of his Epistle to the Colossians (esp. verses 15-20) presents a wonderful explanation that Jesus is the Creator, Sustainer, and Reconciler of all things.
After affirming the deity of Jesus (v. 15), Paul then states “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him and for Him (v. 16).
Verse 17 declares “And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist”. The Greek word translated here as consist is “sunistano”, from which we get “sustain”. This shows that the things created by the Word (Jesus) are now being sustained, or conserved, or held together by Christ.
Then in verse 20 Paul states, “And having made peace through the blood of His cross; by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth or things in heaven”. Christ’s death on the cross not only paid the complete price for man’s redemption, once and for all, but also for the whole universe (see Romans 8:22).
So, in Colossians 1:15-20 we see the past, present, and future aspects of the work of Christ. First, all things were created by Him and for Him. This establishes the deity of Christ - - because only God can create (John 1:1-3; Ephesians 3:9; Hebrews 1:2).
Presently, He is conserving, or holding together, all that He created. This could be viewed as the principle of conservation of mass-energy (1st Law of Thermodynamics).
Finally, Christ’s blood on the cross restored the fellowship that once existed between God and His creation - - and Jesus will soon reconcile everything back to Himself.
Jesus is not only Lord and Savior, but is Creator, Sustainer, and soon coming King!
Back in the 1980’s, when the term “politically correct” became popular, it soon became obvious, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that any professing Christian - - and especially a creationist - - was quite “politically incorrect”.
Many had hoped that this trend would be rejected by the so-called “open-minded” advocates of academic freedom. Wrong! Almost overnight, political correctness was accepted and defended by many leaders in academics, politics, the media, and yes, even by some church leaders.
Today, many thought systems are labeled “politically incorrect”. But why does belief in the Genesis account of creation and the Flood seem to be at the top of the list? There are probably many reasons, but the primary reason is that evolution is the foundation for most thought systems now deemed “correct” - - from humanism, to new age, to post-modernism (a term I don’t even pretend to understand).
But evolution can’t stand the test of open scientific inquiry. Therefore, the Biblical account of special creation and a world-wide Flood must be ridiculed - - even censored. It follows then, that in the name of “tolerance”, the PC crowd belittles and maligns any person or thought that is not, in their view, “tolerant” - - that is, which does not value every viewpoint or action as being equally valid.
Christianity, through its foundational message of Special Creation, insists that absolute truth does exist, in faith and practice as well as science and history. The intolerant “Politically Correct” movement against the truth of God’s Word seems to gather momentum each year, especially in the schools and universities - - and unprepared Christian students often fall prey to the concepts of the evolutionary world-view.
If standing for what God is for, and against what God is against, is considered by some as being “intolerant” - - intolerant of those views and actions that exalt the words and thoughts of fallible man over those of the Creator God - - so be it!
Actually, I hate to say it, but we could be called something even beyond “intolerant” or “politically incorrect” About 20 years ago a survey conducted in the UK showed that only 26 % of those surveyed expressed belief in the God of the Bible. Even among the 103 British church Bishops surveyed, 25 percent no longer believe in the virgin birth and a few admitted they didn’t believe that Jesus rose from the dead.
After reviewing the survey results, a University of Aberdeen sociology professor concluded that “Britain is now a post-Christian society”, and Christians are “a Deviant Minority”. Just being politically incorrect doesn’t sound so bad.
“And so it is written, the first man Adam became a living being. The last Adam became a life- giving spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:45, NKJV). Here, as in Romans 5:12-19, the Apostle Paul shows Adam to be a contrasting type of Christ - - and the Holy Spirit instructs him to give Jesus the title “the Last Adam” (not the second Adam). Have you ever wondered what this title means?
First Adam, Last Adam - - we know that both are vital to the Gospel; but to understand exactly how, we should examine just a few similarities (and differences) between Adam and Jesus. Back in 2002, Dan Lietha of Answers in Genesis Ministries put it simply - - 1) Adam was created, Jesus is the Creator; 2) Man wanted to be like God, God became a man; 3) Adam believed a lie, Jesus is the truth; 4) Adam disobeyed, Jesus obeyed; 5) Adam brought death to the living, Jesus brought life to the dying; 6) Adam was sent away, Jesus was sent to pay.
But let’s look at it in a little more detail. At the beginning, Adam went through a period of testing (the forbidden fruit). At the beginning or His ministry, Jesus was tested (tempted) by Satan in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). Adam failed the test. Jesus was victorious over sin, the flesh and the devil.
It can also be said that both were rulers and givers of life - - Adam was given dominion over the created world, but gave it away. Jesus, after His resurrection, was elevated to sit at the right hand of God and given dominion over all things; which were put “under His feet” (Ephesians 1:20-22). While Adam gave life to his descendants, Jesus gives eternal life to those who will receive Him and believe on His name. He is the way, the truth and the life.
Adam was the head of the human race. Jesus is the head of redeemed humanity. Since Christ died once for all time, there will never be the need for any further “Adam” - - therefore, Jesus is the last Adam.
Remember, we are all connected with the first Adam as we were born with a sin nature - - and are therefore included in the sentence of death. But the Good News is that all who are connected with the Last Adam --Jesus -- through repentance and faith in His redeeming work, are forgiven and so “have passed from death unto life” (1 John 3:14; Romans 5:17; Colossians 1:14).
Just a note to those who have been fed the lie of evolution throughout your years in school - - you are indeed special in the eyes of the Creator.
In Matthew19:4 and Mark 10:6, Jesus said: “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female”. In this statement, referring to Genesis 1:27 as literal history, Jesus presents two important facts.
First, that He (Jesus) is a creationist - - after all, He is the Creator! (John 1:1-3 & 14 and Colossians 1:16). Second, it clearly establishes that Adam and Eve were created “at the beginning” (on the sixth day of the creation week) - - not after the earth had already existed for 4 or 5 billion years.
Humanism (a name that sounds like a system that really “cares” about humanity) is prevalent throughout our society these days - - but it is a belief system based entirely on a foundation of evolution and declares that there is no need for a God.
The Humanist Manifesto, formulated by the renowned educator John Dewey, was first printed in 1933 and expanded in 1973. It accepts evolution as a proven scientific fact and makes some amazing “affirmations” - - including: that, “the universe itself is self-existing and not created”, that “faith in God is outmoded and dangerous”, and that “no deity will save us, we must save ourselves”.
When people accept this doctrine and the belief in a process of evolution from the non-living primordial ooze, to living cells, to animals, to apes, to man - - that is, from goo to you by way of the zoo - - it’s no wonder so many tend to feel worthless; just an “accident” of random chance; without purpose or hope.
But this is not true! You were created as a spiritual being, “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:4), and very special to God. Men and women were made to not only have a body (formed from the “created” earth) and a soul (mind, will and emotions), but especially to possess an eternal spirit capable of communion and fellowship with the Creator.
The human body was specifically planned to be most suited for this divine fellowship (including an erect posture, and a brain and tongue designed for articulate speech - - none of which are shared by the animals). The human body was designed in the form in which God had planned from eternity that He Himself would one day assume (1 Peter 1:20).
You are indeed distinct from the rest of creation, and are worth so much to God the Father that He gave everything He had so that you could have everything you need (see Isaiah chapter 53 and John 3:16). Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, He made the way for each one of us to receive the gift of eternal life with Him (see Romans 10: 9-10).
There are over 270 verses in the Bible that mention birds. Although the woodpecker is not called by name in scripture, it is an excellent example of special creation and a major problem for evolution.
Many features of the woodpecker simply could not have evolved over time. If you look closely at a woodpecker on the trunk of a tree, you will see that it has been designed with two back-facing toes, sharp claws, and stiff tail feathers tipped with spines, to aid in vertical climbing. Unseen, is the associated arrangement of tendons and muscles in the legs - - more powerful than the spindly legs of most other birds.
As this bird hammers the bark of the tree at the rate of 15 to 16 times a second, you might wonder why its brains aren’t scrambled from the force of each sudden strike - - a force 1,000 times that of gravity. Well, God specially designed this bird’s head, beak, and neck. The skull is greatly reinforced with bone and, unlike other birds whose beak is joined to the cranium, the woodpecker’s beak and cranium are separated by a spongy, shock-absorbing material. For added protection, there are special muscles which pull the brain away from its beak with every blow.
Probably the most unique feature of this bird is its tongue. After drilling a hole in a tree trunk, the woodpecker inserts its long, sticky tongue (which is about four times longer than its beak) to search out and retrieve a meal. So, where does this bird keep such a long tongue? Well, instead of being anchored in the back of the beak, as in other birds, the woodpecker’s tongue is anchored in the right nostril.
Amazingly, after the tongue emerges from the nostril it splits into two halves - - each of which pass over one side of the skull underneath the skin, coming around and up through a hole in the beak, where the two halves combine. When not in use, the tongue is rolled up into the nostril.
Evolutionists would suggest that the woodpecker’s unique toes, stiff tail, strong head, beak, and neck muscles, the shock absorbers, and tongue, are the result of its evolving over millions of years. But think about it - - how could shock absorbers have “evolved”? If the birds started out without them, they would have beaten their brains out long ago. And, if there was ever a time woodpeckers didn’t drill holes in trees, they wouldn’t have needed them anyway.
Also, how could the tongue arrangement have evolved if in the beginning, it was anchored in the beak like in other birds? How did it manage to move to the nostril? If it did manage to move to the nostril, it would then be too short to reach a food source.
The answer is - - nothing works here until everything works - - together, at the same time - - just as God designed it!
The context of the Hebrew language used in Genesis 1 assures us that God created everything in six literal 24-hour days. The history of the genealogies recorded in Genesis 5 and 11 provide an accurate chronology showing that since the earth was created five days before Adam, the earth is only about 6,000 years old.
In addition, there is abundant scientific evidence that supports the six day creation world-view rather than the millions of years (from goo to you by way of the zoo) evolutionary world-view.
Why, then, do so many still insist that the earth and universe must be very old because they “look old”? Why, they ask, do they “look old” if they’re not old?
Well, in the beginning God did not use some form of “Theistic Evolution” in His creation plan. He would not have stirred up some pool of “primordial soup”, or just scattered some seeds or eggs then wait for something to develop and see if it (they) would survive.
The very first thing He did was to create ex nihilo (out of nothing) all the elements comprising the earth, universe, and all that is in them. Along with created matter, God created space and time as we know it (what scientists call the space – time – matter continuum). Then God spoke (created by Fiat) all the things recorded in Genesis 1:3-27.
By the end of the creation week, the heavens and the earth had to be a fully functioning entity - - complete, mature, and fully functional from the start.
When God formed the land by His hands (Day 3), the soil had to be mature - - containing all the elements necessary for plant growth. Trees were created as fully-grown mature trees. Fish, birds and land animals were created mature and ready to “multiply after their kind”. Finally, Adam and Eve, for whom everything had been made, were created as full-grown mature individuals - - capable of multiplying to fill the earth. (They probably didn’t have belly-buttons, though - - because they were not born of a woman as were all who came after them).
This complete and mature status is often referred to as creation “with an appearance of age”. Does this mean that God has fooled us with some sort of “divine deception”, making things look older than they are? Certainly not! Consider this - - We wouldn’t accuse Jesus of “deceiving” the ruler of the feast when He changed water into wine would we? Jesus’ first miracle was a miracle of creation. The “best wine” (John 2:10) was a brand new creation, with no time for aging or fermentation - - it was created fully aged and mature because it involved a sudden supernatural creation of a complex entity apart from “natural processes”.
Well, it’s that time of year again. Thousands of angers will soon be headed for the nearby lakes, streams, ponds and Owens River, armed with their best sure-fire ammunition - - flies, lures, or a variety of bait (eggs, cheese, power bait, etc.) Of course, many will learn from the guy catching the most fish, that they are really biting on the only thing you didn’t bring!
And then there are those of us who still try fishing the old-fashioned way - - by drowning worms. But did you every think of that humble earthworm on your hook as being a magnificent example of God’s creative handiwork?
Earthworms are actually highly specialized creatures. They are deaf and have no eyes - - but they can detect light, as well as vibrations. A worm cut in half will usually not survive, but if the tail is severed near the end a new tail can form.
Earthworms are obviously designed for their important task of burrowing through soil - - making a most important contribution to the fertilization, aeration, and drainage of the soil. In some orchard areas, it is estimated that 90 percent of the leaves that fall from the trees are dragged into the ground by earthworms. They also swallow large amounts of soil, digest the nutrients, then cast up the remains onto the surface of the ground or in their burrows. This is how they work their continuing system of plowing, which enriches and oxygenates the soil.
It is said that an average acre of land can house up to three million earthworms, most of which are found in the top five or six inches. And, they can move about 18 tons of soil per year.
The question is, however, can evolution explain the earthworm’s ability to loosen, stir up or plow, and aerate the soil to make it more fertile? Could this ability have come about through the supposedly evolutionary processes of mutations and “natural selection”? Did the earthworm choose to do this digging throughout its life, to pass countless tons of soil through its body over the centuries to help cultivate the soil for the benefit of plant life?
A far better explanation is that the Creator designed and planned the earthworm in the beginning, to be a willing, if humble, servant of the plant world. Therefore, by doing the work that God designed it to do, the earthworm helps sustain the balance of all other life on this earth.
The question is often asked: Why four Gospels? - - Why not one or two? Or even five or six? Consider the following (taken from The Chuck Missler Update, Nov. 2001):
The words of each Gospel were given, of course, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. However, they were given in a way that would be best understood by each writer - - from his perspective, according to his background. Therefore, each Gospel presents Jesus from a different point of reference.
MATTHEW: A Levite and Tax Collector - - writing to the Jew.
– emphasizes Jesus as Messiah; the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies.
– gives Jesus’ genealogy from Abraham through David to Joseph.
– concludes with the Resurrection.
– focuses on What Jesus Said (as an official, Matthew probably able to record words nearly verbatim).
– records first miracle as the cleansing of the leper (a Jewish metaphor for sin).
MARK: Served as a secretary for Peter - - writing to the Roman. – emphasizes Jesus as the Obedient Servant of God.
– the only Gospel not concerned with Jesus’ genealogy.
– concludes with the Ascension.
– focuses on What Jesus Did.
– records first miracle as casting unclean spirit out of man at synagogue.
LUKE: A Gentile and a doctor - - writing to the Greek.
– emphasizes Jesus as Son Of Man (His humanity).
– gives Jesus’ genealogy from Adam through Abraham to David same as Matthew, but Luke does not go through Solomon - - instead goes through Nathan, to Mary.
– concludes with the promise of the Holy Spirit (A bridge to the Book of Acts).
– focuses on What Jesus Felt.
– records first miracle same as Mark (casting out an unclean spirit).
JOHN: Writing to the Church.
– emphasizes Jesus as the Son Of God.
– gives Jesus’ genealogy as the “Preexistent One”.
– concludes with Jesus’ promise to come again (a bridge to the Book of Revelation).
– focuses on Who Jesus Was.
– records first miracle as the changing water into wine. (also records 7 miracles, 7 discourses, and 7 “I AM” statements).
It probably goes without saying, but the fact is - - the Christian life hinges on the reality of the resurrection of Jesus. If the resurrection is not a fact, then, as the Apostle Paul said; “our preaching is in vain and your faith is also in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14). “Vain” means, of course; empty, powerless, and of no effect.
But Jesus did rise from the dead, and as a fact of history, He appeared to hundreds of people in the 40 days following the crucifixion - - even to 500 at one time (1 Cor., Chapter 15). Jesus also appeared to John on the Isle of Patmos and proclaimed: “I am He that liveth, and was dead: and behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen, and have the keys of hell and of death” (Revelation 1:18 KJV).
Jesus’ death and resurrection, in a manner of speaking, “undid” what Adam’s sin did back in the Garden of Eden. Adam’s sin had caused separation from God. Jesus’ death and resurrection paid the penalty for sin (in full - - once and for all) and opened the door to fellowship with God.
Jesus’ suffering entailed more than being nailed to the cross. Around 700 B.C. the prophet Isaiah made known the purpose of the cross of the coming Messiah. “Surely He has borne our griefs, And carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God and afflicted. He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4,5).
Those words “sorrows” and “griefs” also mean “infirmities” and “sicknesses” (Matthew 8:17). Jesus’ sacrifice covered every area of man’s existence. Suffering in our place and being separated from the Father, Jesus suffered spiritual torment, mental distress and physical pain.
But Praise God! - - as a result, Jesus defeated Satan and gained victory over death, hell, and the grave. Then, when Divine justice was satisfied, God raised Him from the dead and He ascended into heaven - - where He is now seated at God’s right hand, making intercession for us.
Christ’s resurrection, then, was the final evidence that He had paid the price for our redemption - - that His sacrifice for us was accepted by God the Father, and that we could have eternal life and be forever reconciled to God as a result.
Because Jesus took on human form and became obedient unto death on a cross, and rose from the dead, we can have the free gift of eternal life with Him. But remember, a gift is only a gift if it is accepted. He gave all that He had so that we might have everything we need.
This is the Blessed Hope we have through our Risen Lord!
It is recorded in Mark 10:6 (and similarly in Matthew 19:4) that Jesus, when being questioned by the Pharisees regarding marriage and divorce, began His answer with “But from the beginning of the creation God made them (Adam and Eve) male and female”. Jesus was referring to the words in Genesis 1:27.
Here Jesus is stating as fact that Adam and Eve were created “in the beginning” - - not some 4 billion years after the beginning. This also confirms that God had prepared a world for them shortly beforehand - - that is, over the five previous days. Furthermore, the expression “beginning of the creation” rules out some second attempt or change of plans, which proponents of the ruin/reconstruction (or Gap) theory suggest.
What are the implications of an early and special creation of the human race? Because we were made “in the image of God” (that is, as spiritual beings) we can have fellowship with our Creator, through our acceptance of His offer of forgiveness in Jesus, and repenting of our sins. Of course, it goes without saying that “repent” doesn’t mean just saying “sorry about that” - - but it is a decision that results in a change of mind, which in turn leads to a change in purpose and action.
The Bible teaches throughout that of all the creatures, we alone can have that personal relationship with our Creator. Therefore, it would have no logical purpose for Him to ordain millions, or billions, of years with only rocks, algae, fish, reptiles, or even mammals, with whom He could have no spiritual communication.
God created us “for Himself”. If we were created after billions of years of other creative activity, this would send a strong message to us that mankind is really nothing special, and certainly not the focus of His intentions and love. The more we look at the speed with which He brought us into existence, the more it suggests that His original intention was to bring into being the human race, which He could love and nurture.
I know there are some who ask “Couldn’t God have used some slower evolutionary process to create everything?” Well, it’s not a question of what He “could have done” - - It’s what HE SAID HE DID!
The question is often asked: “Do creationists blame evolution for all the evils in society?” Well. The answer is actually “Yes and no”. We have to say “no” because it is not primarily evolution that is to blame, but it is the rejection of God as Creator. If society rejects God, they also reject God’s rules and abandon Christian ethics in favor of belief in their own opinions. On the other hand, we must say “yes” because belief in so-called “scientific” evolution is usually the justification for rejecting God as Creator.
In his book “The Lie : Evolution”, author Ken Ham presented a cartoon-like illustration that really describes an important problem. Picture This:
There are two castles that are at war with each other. On the left, the castle called “Humanism” is built on the foundation of evolution and above the castle are several balloons, labeled abortion, pornography, divorce, racism, etc. On the right is a castle called “Christianity”, built on its foundation of creation.
In the ongoing battle, the foundation of creation is shaking and is beginning to crack; because the humanists know exactly where to aim their big guns - - at the foundation only.
The Christians want to fight the war but they don’t seem to know where to aim their cannons. Some are taking potshots at the issues above the castle, others are aiming nowhere in particular, and some are actually shooting at each other - - but none are aimed at the foundation of evolution.
Psalm 11:3 says “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do ?”. If the foundation of anything is destroyed, the structure built upon that foundation will collapse. Is it any wonder that Satan is attacking Genesis more than any other book of the Bible ? If the church wants to be successful in changing society’s attitude toward abortion, pornography, divorce, racism; it’s going to have to fight at a foundational level - - and the foundation of creation must be restored to its rightful place of importance.
2 Peter 3:3-7 presents a perfect picture of what has been, and most obviously is today, happening in our world. It tells us that not only in these last days scoffers will come, but that men will be “Willingly ignorant of the truth” - - that is, they will deliberately reject the truth of God’s Word, no matter what the supporting evidence might be.
Specifically, these four verses say that men will “willingly” reject three things: (1) That at the very beginning the earth was covered with water, and the land was formed out of the water - - as described in Genesis. (modern geology insists that the earth was originally a molten blob and that water didn’t form until the earth had cooled over millions of years); (2) That the earth was completely covered by water during Noah’s Flood. (Again, most geologists, and even many in the Church, deny the fact of a world-wide Flood suggesting it instead could have been just a local event); and (3) That there will be a coming judgement by fire. (Many actually accept the idea that the earth and all life on it will eventually die of extreme cold, after the sun burns out).
But why do so many adamantly dispute the Bible’s description of these events? Well, consider this - - if the scoffers, or skeptics, accepted the evidence of a world-wide flood, they would be agreeing with the Bible. Then they would have to accept Jesus’ teaching that as the Creator once judged the world by water, so He will again judge the corrupt world - - but the next time it will be by fire.
It seems evident that the creation/evolution controversy is not really a fight about evidence (although all historical, archaeological, and scientific evidence definitely supports the Genesis account), but it is a fight over beliefs, or world-views.
The fundamental conflict we see in society today is the clash between the Christian faith with its creation foundation, hence its absolutes, and the religion of humanism with its evolution foundation and its relative morality that says we must be tolerant of all beliefs, behavior and practices. Of course the fallacy of the humanistic belief in so-called “tolerance” is first made evident by a zealous “intolerance” of absolutes.
It would follow, then, that someone who is intolerant of absolutes is also intolerant of Christ. Remember, Jesus said “I am THE WAY” (not one of many ways); “THE TRUTH” (not one of several different but equally acceptable approaches to the truth); and “THE LIFE” (John 14:6).
Hopefully, the more the Biblical Creation message is preached, people will come to realize that it gives us the understanding of what is happening to our society and the world - - and why there is increasing lawlessness and deviant behavior. But while creationists fervently proclaim the creation message to strengthen a firm foundation of Christian faith, and shine the light on the real differences between two opposing belief systems, we also know that our primary purpose is to glorify God and to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ - - as the Holy Spirit enables.
It’s been almost 50 years since Dr. Francis Crick (the co-discoverer of the double-helix structure of DNA) admitted that he had to recognize the impossibility of life arising on Earth by chance natural processes. But, since the only other explanation was Special Creation as documented in Genesis, he proposed the idea of “Directed Panspermia."
That new proposal suggested that life, in the form of bacteria spores, arose “by chance” on some other planet and was sent to Earth possibly by intelligent beings from “somewhere” in the universe. Crick surmised that such spores must have been like those of Bacillus subtilus, or similar bacteria, because of their extreme resistance to damage from radiation or desiccation.
A fellow researcher went even further, suggesting that if an extra-terrestrial civilization was responsible, they must have encoded some kind of message on the DNA of such an organism. If it were only possible, they thought, to decode this sequence of DNA, we could learn the secrets of the universe.
As was described in the Nov. 20, 1997 issue of Nature, the DNA of the bacteria Bacillus subtilis had been decoded. Some 151 scientists collaborated in this undertaking, but none discovered any “messages from space." They did, however, find much more than had been expected in the form of complex genetic information - - more than four million “letters” of the genetic code, equivalent to more than 1,000 typewritten pages.
This research, then, did not establish any extra-terrestrial connection, but did show us that even the “simplest” living cell is not so “simple”, and could not have arisen by chance; not even “out there, somewhere."
Speaking of supposed extra-terrestrial “life”, remember the highly-touted “Mars Rock” found in Antarctica, some 20 plus years ago? That rock, alleged to be the “proof” that a form of microscopic life came here from the red planet, was front-page news for a couple of years - - until one-by-one scientists recognized that the rock was not what it was reported to be.
Soon, very few, if any, scientists could agree that the rock could have even come from Mars - - let alone that a comet impact could have sent the rock into space, overcoming Mars’ gravitational pull; or that there was no contamination in the supposed 13,000 years the rock sat in Antarctica.
The Bible does not say whether or not life is found elsewhere in the universe. However, if, as the Genesis account of creation clearly says, the Earth was created first, and then the sun, moon and stars - - it seems reasonable that the Earth was center stage in the Creation, and everything else was prepared for the humans that would inhabit it.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). As we can see from this very first verse of the Bible, God created the earth “at the beginning”. This certainly can’t be construed, in any sense, to be an evolutionary statement.
The evolution world-view, however, demands that we believe that the earth didn’t appear at the beginning at all - - but instead, that it came into existence more than half-way down the track of time. The theory of evolution proposes that the universe has existed for billions of years, with a slow emergence of stars - - until our sun appeared.
The next hypothesized event in the alleged evolutionary progression is that a molten blob shot out from the sun, and after millions of years cooled down enough to become a habitable planet. Then the long story of evolution began. But, by this time we are already billions of years beyond the beginning!
Genesis, on the other hand, doesn’t say anything about a molten-hot earth, or a frozen one. Instead, it describes a cool, water-covered earth, ready for God to form the “solid stuff”, right at the start. By the first day (evening and morning) God had created time and what we call “matter” - - not to mention energy in the form of light.
The message of Genesis chapter 1 is clear - - God made the earth at the beginning - - even before some of the “solid parts” of the universe (Genesis 1:14-16). Be assured, God knew what He was doing, and He knew that it would be unreasonable to create things one by one over billions of years - - things which would depend on each other for survival.
Some seem to overlook the fact that many things on earth and in space “interlock together”. In living things, this connection is known as symbiosis - - but even in non-living matter, several of the “bits” can’t exist without other “bits”.
There was indeed a beginning. Not the beginning of God, but the beginning of time and of this world. The universe was no accident, although evolution and some Eastern religions suggest so. Even some who believe in God, and believe He was there in the beginning, attempt to fit Him into an evolutionary framework of millions or billions of years. Such a view, however, cannot be reconciled with the truth of Genesis.
Speaking as a wildlife biologist (retired) - - When we look at God’s creation (especially the various species of wildlife), we are “without excuse” (Romans 1:20) if we choose to deny that the genetic code in each created kind was programmed by their Creator complete, fully developed and functioning, right from the beginning.
Dr. Michael Behe, Professor of Biochemistry at Lehigh University (and not a supporter of creationism), has pointed out in his book Darwin’s Black Box that there are certain biochemical systems “so complex as to provide what appears to be an insurmountable problem for evolution”.
To see excellent examples of complex biochemical systems, we need to look no further than our own bodies - - the extremely complex pinnacle of God’s creation.
Take blood clotting for example. When we get a cut, we bleed - - until a blood clot forms to stop the bleeding (hopefully within seconds!). Blood clotting is a multi-step process involving numerous enzymes and proteins. If any one of the proteins were missing, the blood would not clot - - and, simply put, each protein depends upon an enzyme to activate it.
We all have heard the old question; “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” The answer is, of course, the chicken - - created fully mature and ready to lay an egg. But when considering the biochemical activity present in blood clotting, some might be tempted to ask; “which came first, the protein or the enzyme?”
Well, it couldn’t be the protein because the protein can’t function without the enzyme to “turn it on”. But then, why would nature “evolve” an activating enzyme before there was anything to activate?
Furthermore, if blood clotting had evolved step-by-step over any extended period of time, creatures would have bled to death long before it was perfected.
No biochemical system, especially as seen in the example of blood clotting, could be the result of some random evolutionary process. Such systems require every component to be working to be functional. If any one component were missing, it would be non-functional.
Therefore, logic and scientific data would tell us that the Genesis account of origins is the only true and acceptable explanation. God created all things mature and fully-functional - - in the beginning!
It’s been said before, but it deserves repeating, the truth of the entire Bible stands or falls with the historicity of Genesis. Ironically, the secular world recognizes this more than many in the church.
In fact, Thomas Huxley, one of the 19th century’s most ardent proponents of the theory of evolution, chided Christians in his essay on “Science and the Hebrew Tradition” when he wrote: “I am fairly at a loss to comprehend how anyone for a moment can doubt that Christian theology must stand or fall with the historical trustworthiness of the Jewish Scriptures. The identification of Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah rests upon the interpretation of the passages of Hebrew Scriptures, which have no evidential value unless they possess the historical character assigned to them”.
Some in the church today hold the view that the first eleven chapters of Genesis are merely allegorical and poetic expressions which are open to various interpretations - - even allowing for evolution as an explanation for the origin of the universe and man.
But, as a child once remarked “If God didn’t mean what He said, why didn’t He say what He meant?” Well, the good news is - - He did say what He meant!
We are not dealing with poetry in Genesis 1 through 11, but the blow by blow account of a series of major events which are entirely accurate and vital to the acceptance of the rest of Scripture, and of Jesus Christ as Creator, Savior and Lord.
So, why should we take Genesis 1 – 11 as literal history? First, and foremost, Jesus regarded the major characters and events as true history. He referred to Adam and Eve indirectly in Matthew 19:4; to Abel directly in Matthew 23:35 and Luke 11:51; and to Noah and the Flood directly in Matthew 24:37-39 and Luke 17:26-27.
The genealogy of Christ in Luke chapter 3 supports the genealogies of Genesis 5 and11, and also that of 1 Chronicles 1. Repetition like this should support the view that the genealogies represent an accurate history of the ancestry of man.
Also, the Apostles regarded the major characters and events of Genesis 1 – 11 as accurate history as well. Paul refers to Adam and Eve as real persons in Romans 5:14; 1 Cor.15:32, 35; 2 Cor. 11:3 and 1 Timothy 2:13, 14. If Genesis is not true history, then 1 Timothy 2 becomes nonsense.
Hebrews 11:4 and 12:24 refer to Cain and Abel as historical, and both John and Jude confirm this in John 3:12 and Jude 11. Jude 14 also speaks of the genealogy from Adam to Enoch as true history - - saying Enoch was “the seventh from Adam”.
Then, Peter refers to Noah historically in both Epistles (1 Peter 3:20 and 2 Peter 2:5). Peter also considered the Flood as a true historical event in 1 Peter 2:5 and especially in 2 Peter 3:4-7.
It’s probably safe to say that Christians believe without question that the words of Jesus and the Apostles are inspired and true. Then, from just these few examples we must conclude that the New Testament leaves no doubt that Adam and Eve were indeed historical, with their ensuing fall; that the genealogy from Adam to Noah is historical; and that the Flood was a worldwide historical event - - just as Genesis records.
When we think we’ve got problems confronting us - - consider the problems that Moses and the Israelites faced in their Exodus from Egypt. We received an e-mail a while back that described the Exodus something like this:
Moses led some 2 to 3 million people into the wilderness - - but what was he going to do with them? They were going to require a lot of food and supplies.
According to a former Army Quartermaster General, they would need about 1,500 tons of food each day. To bring that much food each day, two freight trains at least a mile long would be required (try to convert that to camels or donkeys if you wish).
Then, it should be remembered that they were in a desert, so firewood would be needed for cooking. This would take about 4,000 tons of wood and a few more freight trains (caravans), each a mile long, for just one day.
And don’t forget about water! A minimum of about 11 million gallons would be needed each day - - and a train of tank cars, hundreds of miles long, to deliver it.
Of course, we also know that a unique problem arose shortly after the people headed east - - they had to cross the Red Sea (actually a branch of the Red Sea known as the Gulf of Aqaba). If they went on a narrow path, double file, the line would be about 800 miles long and would require 35 days and nights to get through. So, there had to be a space about 3 miles wide to walk on so they could walk 5,000 abreast to get across in one night.
SIDE NOTE: skeptics usually attempt to downplay this miracle by saying that they crossed the edge of a “Red Sea” - - where the water was only a few inches deep. Well, even if this were true, it would be a great miracle to see the Egyptian Army, many on chariots, drown along with the horses and foot soldiers, in just a few inches of water!
Anyway, back to the facts - - where another problem arose. Each time they camped at the end of the day, a campsite two-thirds the size of Rhode Island was required.
Do you think Moses had this all figured out before he left Egypt? Probably not. Moses believed in God and trusted Him to take care of these things - - AND HE DID!
Some of the problems we face might seem insurmountable to us, but they pale in significance when compared to the Exodus - - so would God have any problem taking care of all our needs? No, nothing is too difficult for Him.
So when trials and troubles come our way (and they will) we can be confident that His promises are true and He will see us through. We are His special creation and He is our awesome God - - and He will work on our behalf, if we just trust and obey, humble ourselves and pray, and seek His face (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Racially motivated hate crimes seem to be making headlines far too often these days. But one point should be made clear, so there can be no misunderstanding - - the concept of “race” is not Biblical! There is no mention of races, as such, in Scripture - - nor is there any theological meaning to the term.
Therefore, it must be concluded that races are arbitrary entities invented by man for his own convenience and anthropological studies. Actually, as Dr. Henry M. Morris once wrote, the term “race” is strictly an evolutionary concept used by Darwin, Huxley, and others in the 19th century “to rationalize their white racism”.
So, then, what does the Bible say? The testimony of the Bible is that all men who have ever lived are descendants of Adam and are of essentially the same race - - the human race. While the Bible does not mention races, it does have a lot to say about nations and languages. “And God has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth…” (Acts 17:36). This distinction of “nations” is even in heaven, as Revelation 7:9 gives the vision of “a great multitude which no one could number; of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues …”.
After the “confounding of their language” at the tower of Babel, and the dispersion of people away from the area of Mesopotamia, miraculous physiological changes must have occurred in the centers of the peoples brains that control speech. The resulting confusion and incoherent arguments finally led each family to go its own way and establish its own national and linguistic identity.
A certain amount of isolation and national inbreeding was genetically essential for the development of national “traits”. National characteristics would have developed rapidly, because different innate genetic factors for skin color, stature, hair texture, etc., were originally created in Adam and Eve to permit development of different family characteristics as the human race would multiply and fill the earth (Gen.1:28; 9:1). These characteristics, however, are superficial and could never result in a new “kind” of man.
The bottom line is, all “nations” are alike before God in that they all need a Savior, and in that all can come to the Savior, Jesus Christ, if they will. (see Galatians 3:26-29; and, of course, John 3:16).