Creation vs. Evolution
The Genesis account of creation describes how God created the heavens and the earth and all the things contained therein. The creative account does not leave room for any form of evolution, both in terms of the time scale involved and the description of what was created:
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. (Genesis 1:11)
Here, the phrases "after his kind" and "seed is in itself" shows that a lifeform reproduces a replica of its own sort, thus removing the notion that God used evolution as a creative process. In addition to this 2 Peter 3:4 states that "...all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation".
The account of creation that God has given us takes place over six literal days. This time scale is often questioned in light of the following:
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (2 Peter 3:8)
The key, often missed, point about this verse is that it is one of comparison and not definition. The word "as" denotes the comparison of "one day" and a "thousand years". Those who insist this verse is somehow proof that the creative account in Genesis actually spans 6000 years, have the problem of explaining how the last part of the verse "a thousand years as one day", fits in with their idea. As an aside, this only "stretches" the creation account to cover 6000 years - evolution theory requires a time span of millions of years.
Genesis also records how God created things that were complete and mature, a fact derived from the instruction to be "fruitful and multiply" (Genesis 1:27).
Evolution, or the process of, is wholly absent from the Bible. The Bible does not use creation as an argument against evolution because evolution as a concept did not exist in Bible times. From Bible times right up until the day that evolution as a process first occurred to man, the concept of creation was not challenged in such a way.
For a Christian, the question is: Who do we believe? Man has come up with the theory that all things evolved. God, through the Bible, tells us that He created everything. We therefore have a choice as to whom we believe: God or man.
Peter makes it very clear for us where our allegiance should lie:
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29)
It essentially boils down to a question of faith and trust: whom do we trust - God or man?
The Bible describes the wisdom of man rather eloquently:
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1 Corinthians 1:25)
Ecclesiastes 8 tells us that it is futile to attempt to search out all the works of God:
Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it. (Ecclesiastes 8:17)
God has given us the account of creation, so why does man still feel the need to search out the origins of the universe when they are clearly set forth in Genesis?
Should we accept the Genesis account of creation? Yes. If we question the very first page of the Bible on the basis of "science", then using the same "science", we must also question whether God actually raised Christ from the dead:
Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) (Galatians 1:1)
Does the Bible comment on "science" - the thinking of man? Yes.
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:(1 Timothy 6:20)
So what about creation then? God has informed us through the scriptures that He created everything in six literal days (see Genesis 1). The rest of the scriptures frequently refer to God's creative work.:
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:11)
I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me. (Jeremiah 27:5)
Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: (Jeremiah 32:17)
Ultimately it is up to each one of us to "work out our own salvation" and to determine for ourselves whether we believe man's ideas and conjecture, or God's account that He has given:
"...he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave..." (1 John 5:10)
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