Genesis 1:14-18: “And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.”
At the end of each dayof the creation, we read the phrase “evening and morning, the first/second/third/fourth/fifth/or sixth day.” Today we think of day as being the full rotation of the earth. We measure it by the rising and setting of the sun. We know, of course, that the sun does not rise or set, but it appears to be doing so based on our view here from the earth. If there was no sun, we would still have the earth’s rotation. Rotation, not daylight, is the measure of a day. Moreover, before the sun was created on the 4th day, there was still a source of light. In Genesis 1:3, God said “Let there be light.” This was a physical light, not something metaphorical. There are many other forms of light such as ultraviolet and infrared, among others. We do not fully know where this source of light came from, but we do know light was there. Some say the source of light was from God himself because God is light (1 John 1:5). We do not need light to define the length of a day; we only need the earth’s rotation. More information can be found here.
At the end of each day of creation, God said that it was “good.” At the end of the creation week, God said that it was “very good.” If his creation was very good, then there was no suffering, no disease, no sin, and no death. It was paradise on earth and possibly a representation of our heavenly home.
After Adam and Eve rebelledagainst God’s commandment and ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, sin entered into the world. Death is a result of sin, and suffering, sickness, and disease are a form of death. We suffernow because of Adam’s rebellion. God’s world is not very good anymore, but our heavenly home will be.
God created everything in six literal days. On Day 1, the heavens and Earth were created. This includes light, matter, time, and energy. On Day 2, the atmosphere was created. Some of the waters covering the Earth were brought into the sky while the rest remained on the Earth as ocean. On Day 3, dry land appeared out of the ocean, and vegetation began to grow. The text implies that there was one super-continent at the time as opposed to the 7 continents we have today. Secular scientists also affirm that in the past there was only one continent. On Day 4, the sun, moon, and stars were created. On Day 5, fish and flying animals were created. This includes the dinosaursof the sea like the plesiosaur. On Day 6, land-dwelling animals (including dinosaurs) and man were created. On Day 7, God rested from His work.
There are some apologists that believe the universe, earth, plants, animals, and people were created with maturity. In other words, Adam and Eve were not created as babies but instead were adults. They may have had the appearance of someone in their twenties or thirties, for example, while only being a few days old. If they were already mature, then they would be able to fulfill God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply.” The same goes for the animals and the plants as well. People and animals would be eating plants, and this would be their only source of food. Therefore, the plants would have to be mature so they could produce fruit for consumption.
Evolutionists claim that the similarities in life forms are evidence that we all come from a common ancestor. For example, generally speaking, all land animals and humans have the following: one head, one pair of eyes, one pair of ears, one nose with two nostrils, one mouth, two arms/fore legs, two legs/hind legs, and fingers and toes, or paws (for animals). This would seem like good evidencefor evolution. But if we use the same observable evidence and look at it from the Creationist perspective, we would expect our God to make his creation using common attributes. Many life forms have similar strands of DNA, and these strands produce certain information, such as instructions for creating hair, eyes, or lungs. This doesn’t mean we are related but rather, God used the same method for creating various types of life.
Compare this to an artist. The artist may use the same types of paints, same colors, same brushes, same canvases, and same brush strokes, but the artist does not reproduce the same picture each time. Although the paintings may have similar characteristics and were made with the same products, this does not mean one came from the other but rather, they both came from one creative designer. Remember that the evidence is based on interpretations filtered through our worldview.
Everybody has a worldview. A worldview is a person’s view of the world, to put it short. It is how a person understands the world around them based on a multitude of factors. Person A may have the worldview that there is no God and that all things happen through natural processes. Person B may have the worldview that there is a God and He created everything. Person A sees a human being and understands that the human evolved from a common apelike ancestor millions of years ago. Person B sees a human being and understands that God created humans in His own image on the 6th day of creation. Person A sees how there are various species of dogs and understands this to be a form of evolution. Person B sees the same dogs, but understands that these are variations within the animal kind, which some refer to as micro-evolution. Both individuals will understand everything that happens in their life and around them based on their worldview.
Some may say that scientists are unbiased in their research and only respond to what the evidence shows, but all scientists have a worldview. For more information, please see the article about Evidence.
To keep with the topic of Creation and Evolution, check out the following two websites: “Talk origins” (a secular interpretation of the evidence, and “True Origins” (a rebuttal/creationist interpretation of the evidence). In addition, Talk Origins has a list of Creationist Claims that they have rebuttals for. Likewise, Creation Wiki has answers to those rebuttals here.
Regarding the Creation/Evolution debate: The argument is not about the evidence, it is about the interpretation of the evidence. When this concept can be understood by both parties, a simple truth is revealed: The argument is about the origin of the evidences. Are the evidences the product of natural selection and random mutation without any intelligent force behind it, or was the evidence a product of an Intelligent Creator? The arguments for evidences will be fruitless and time consuming because both evolutionists and creationists have an answer to explain the evidences. Instead, arguments for God or non-god get to the heart of the matter.
The Theory of Evolution and Atheism are too separate concepts, but often times an atheist is also a believer in the evolutionary theory, which states we all have a common ancestor and humans are advanced animals. Humans have no purpose in life except to survive and they have no destiny when life is over. As an animal, we can do whatever we want or need to do in order to survive. Animals are selfish by nature, and evolution requires that behavior.If there is a God, then we will one day be held accountable for our actions and therefore have a reason to do what is right. An offense to a Holy God requires and infinite punishment. God has revealed Himself through his creation (Romans 1) and through his Word. Rejection of God’s Word will lead to rejection of Him. Rejection of God will lead to an eternal punishment. God is loving, but he is also just. Otherwise, all of the Adolph Hitlers and Osama bin Ladens of the world would be in Heaven and not have to be accountable for their actions on earth. If that were true, we could all do whatever we wanted to and forget about being responsible. It’s not like that though. Eternity is a long time to think about where you went wrong.
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