The Bible teaches in Genesis chapter one that God
created the heavens and the earth in six days and rested on the seventh
day. One may also conclude, from a study of the genealogies in the book
of Genesis, that God created the universe about six thousand years ago.
Many people will tell you how stupid you are
if you believe what is stated in the above paragraph. They just can't
believe, that in this "enlightened age" when so many scientists believe
that the theory of evolution is proven fact and that the universe
began with the "big-bang", that people still believe what the Bible
teaches about creation.
I plead guilty. Not to stupidity,
but to the fact that I believe what the
Bible teaches concerning God creating the world in six literal days. The
main reasons I do, is that I believe in Jesus Christ and I believe in the
inspiration of the Bible. (See
The Inspiration of
Son of God).
WHAT DID JESUS TEACH?
What does believing in Jesus have to do with believing that the days in
the Bible account of creation were twenty-four hour days? Here
are the facts: Jesus was there when the
heavens and earth were created. The Bible teaches,
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through
Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made" (John
1:1-3). The "Word" that John was inspired to write about is Jesus.
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and
truth" (John 1:14). In these verses, John clearly teaches that Jesus was with
God "in the beginning." The phrase, "in the beginning", refers to the same
thing that the phrase "in the beginning" in Genesis 1:1 refers to. The beginning of all
physical things - the beginning of the material universe. Jesus was there in the beginning.
He knows about the days of creation.
Not only does John
say that Jesus was there in the beginning, but that He was with God and
was God. The Word (Jesus) has always existed because He is God (Genesis
21:33; Psalm 90:2; Deuteronomy 32:40; Isaiah 41:4; 57:15; 1 Timothy
1:17; Revelation 10:6). That is why He was with God in the beginning.
That is why He
knows about the days of creation.
But not only does John
teach that the Word (Jesus) was with God in the beginning, it teaches
that "all things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made
that was made." The Word, who later came to this earth in the likeness
of man (Philippians 2:5-8), is the One who made the material universe.
Thus, if anyone would be able to tell us about the creation of the
heavens and the earth, it would be Jesus. (See also Colossians
Jesus referred to the creation
several times in His teaching. In Luke chapter eleven, Jesus spoke concerning the Jews
rejection of their own prophets. He said,
"Therefore the wisdom of God also said, 'I will send them prophets and
apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,' that the blood
of the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be
required of this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of
Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to
you, it shall be required of this generation" (Luke 11:49-51). Notice the
phrase "the blood of the prophets which was shed from the foundation of
the world." In using this phrase, Jesus was not saying that the blood of
all the prophets was shed at the foundation of the world. It was from the
foundation of the world, which means it has been since the creation of
the world. That the phrase "foundation of the world" in this context
refers to the creation of the world there can be no doubt. Notice
that Jesus mentioned Abel being the first prophet whose blood was shed. According
to the Bible, Abel lived very soon after the creation (Genesis 4:1-2).
He was the son of Adam and Eve, the first human beings. Evidently, Jesus believed that Abel had
actually existed and lived "from the foundation of the world",
that is, since the time of the creation. Jesus' words in this passage
clearly shows that there was no time period of millions or billions of
years from the creation of the universe until the first people appeared
on the earth. It clearly teaches that Jesus knew that the first people
existed on this earth very near the beginning of the earth. How did He
know? He was there.
In Mark 10 (and the parallel
passage in Matthew 19), Jesus taught His will concerning marriage,
divorce and remarriage. In verse six He said, "But
from the beginning of the creation, God 'made them male and female...'"
Notice that Jesus referred to "the beginning." This is the same
beginning that Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 speaks of. The beginning of the
material universe. Notice also the time frame for God making male and
female. It was the beginning of the creation. If we just take what Jesus
said at face value, without any preconceived ideas, Jesus taught that
God made Adam and Eve at the beginning of the material universe (Genesis
Jesus believed that the creation took place just as Genesis 1 and 2
teach. Again, there is no room for millions or billions of years that
the evolutionary theory requires for the appearance of humankind. Humans
were on this earth from the beginning of creation. How did Jesus know
this? He was there.
One writer said this about Jesus' words that are quoted
above: "There are only sparse, minuscule words supporting the
idea that Jesus took the Creation Story and the Flood literally. Obviously, the words are either
figurative, not exactly what Jesus said, or simply writer
embellishments." (John D. Callahan, Faith and Reason).
Notice that Mr. Callahan clearly states that Jesus' words support the
idea that Jesus took the Creation Story and the Flood literally. So the
first thing he attempts is to try to dismiss Jesus' words by saying He
was either speaking figuratively, or it was not exactly what Jesus said,
or the writer who recorded Jesus' word simply embellished His words. My
questions for Mr. Callahan are these: (1) How many times, or how many
words, does Jesus have
to speak that show that He believed in the Genesis account of creation
in order for Mr. Callahan to accept that He really did believe in it?
(2) Where is the evidence that the words were "figurative, not exactly what
Jesus said, or simply writer embellishments"? (3) What would
Jesus have said if He really did not believe in the Bible account of creation? (4) If we
can't trust Jesus' word concerning the creation and the flood, then why
should we trust His word in regard to any other subject (salvation for
example)? Simply because
Jesus' words are few (however sparse and minuscule they may be in Mr.
Callahan's opinion), does not mean that Mr. Callahan can dismiss
them just because he believes they contradict the theory of evolution or
the current theories of evolutionary geology. Mr. Callahan must
either admit that Jesus' words are true, and thus reject the theory of
evolution, or he must accept the theory and reject Jesus' word, which is
what he has done. Mr. Callahan, of course, acknowledges that he cannot
accept both. So, he rejects Jesus' words. The question is, how can he do
this and claim to be a follower of Christ?
This is the problem with those people who claim to be followers of
Christ and at the same time accept the theory of evolution. If what Jesus said does not
agree with the misinterpretation of facts made by unbelieving
evolutionists, then they draw the conclusion that Jesus was wrong or
that the Bible is not inspired. Here is a fact: if they truly believe
in Jesus they will take His word over any other and recognize that the
unbelieving evolutionists are wrong.
I wonder if Mr. Callahan would accept his
"reasoning" when it comes to what Jesus said about His being the Son of God
(Matthew 27:43; Luke 22:70)? Wouldn't an unbeliever be just as
justified in dismissing what Jesus said in regard to His being the son
of God as "figurative, not exactly what Jesus said, or simply writer
embellishments" as much as Mr. Callahan is justified in saying what he
Jesus' word concerning the creation? If not, why not?
Here is another fact: No one is ever justified
in dismissing anything Jesus said in His word no matter what human
theory contradicts His word. If you take from God's word by denying what
Jesus said, you stand condemned in God's sight (Revelation 22:18-19).
You have two choices: You either accept all of what God's word says or
none of it (2 Timothy 3:16-17). You can't pick and choose! Yet, that is
what Mr. Callahan has tried to do by taking the view that what Jesus
said about the creation was figurative, or wasn't exactly what Jesus
said or embellishment by the writer. So, here is what Mr. Callahan's
views lead to: If a person does not like a certain Scripture - if it
does not agree with what he believes - then to negate it all he has to
do is take the view that it is not right. However, if we take that view about everything the
Bible teaches, then there remains no reason to believe anything the
Bible teaches! If what Jesus said about the creation and the flood can
be dismissed in this way, then whatever He said about any other subject
can also be dismissed in this way.
24 HOURS LONG?
In regard to the days of Genesis
chapter one, many have said that the Hebrew word translated day in this
chapter does not always
mean a literal 24 hour day in other places in the Hebrew Scriptures. So,
they come to the conclusion that the days in Genesis chapter one could
be of different lengths than a literal 24 hour day - perhaps days that
consist of millions or
billions of years. Of course the first point is true. The
Hebrew word translated by the English word day does
not always mean a literal 24 hour day in the Bible. But the conclusion
is false as we shall see.
There are several examples of the use
of the word day (Hebrew "yom") being used to indicate something
other than a 24 hour day. For example, the word day is used to contrast light and darkness or day and night (Genesis 1:4). It is used to
refer to a certain time period (Genesis 2:4). It is used to refer to the
days of one's life or how long a person lived (Genesis 5:4), or how long
people will live (Genesis 6:3). It is used to refer to a time period
when a certain group of people lived (Genesis 6:4). It is used to refer
to a certain day of the month (Genesis 8:14). It is used of a certain
time during the day (Genesis 29:7). But
here is another fact: None of the instances of
the use of the word day in the book of Genesis or any other book in the
Bible refers to millions or billions of years. Is that
significant in light of the claims of the so-called theistic
evolutionists? They claim that because the word day doesn't always
indicate a 24 hour day in the Old Testament that it may not refer to a
24 hour day in Genesis one. However, if it can mean millions or billions
of years, they need to give an example of such use in the Bible. If they
can not they
have no argument. To go to Isaiah 30:8 gives no support. If those who
use this verse and in particular the word time (Hebrew 'yom') to say its
speaking of eternity or forever would read the context, they will see
that the context limits the time and the forever and ever to the
lifetime of the Jewish nation. It is used figuratively to describe the
Jewish people who would not hear the word of the Lord (Read verse 9). To
say that the word "time" and the phrase "forever and ever" refer to
billions and billions and billions of years is to ignore the context
(Please read the whole chapter of Isaiah 30).
The very fact that God defined the word day in
Genesis chapter one should be enough for us to conclude that those days
were literal 24 hour days. The use of the phrase "so the evening and the
morning were the first day" (Genesis 1:5), is repeated for
each of the remaining creation days (Genesis 1:8, 13, 19, 23, 31). God
knew unbelievers would try to explain away the creation account, so
He defined the creation days for us. The fact that the sun was not
created until the fourth day does not negate the need to respect God's
definition of the days of creation. Since He said the first, second, and
third days consisted of an evening and a morning, how can we be so
presumptuous as to
Instead of trying to explain away what God said about
the days of creation, we need to accept what He said. Whatever
difficulty human beings see in what the Bible teaches about the creation
- whatever human theories it contradicts - does not allow us to deny what it teaches. We simply need to accept it.
The fact that the word day (Hebrew yom) is used in different ways in the
Old Testament does not negate the fact that the word is defined by God
in the first chapter of Genesis. Whatever way it might be used in other
places in the Bible has no bearing on how it is used in Genesis chapter one
because God defined it in Genesis one as consisting of an evening and a
However, there are some who would try to explain
away God's definition of a day as an evening and morning. One writer
stated, "First, let's look at what evening and morning are not.
They are not actual evening and mornings, as this requires a sunrise and
sunset. According to young earth theory, the Sun was not created
until Day Four, thus there could be no sunrise or sunset for the first
three days of creation. However, God uses the terms evening and
morning for those first three days. Therefore, they cannot be
actual evenings and mornings" (Word Study - Yom by Greg Neyman).
Who said that an evening and morning requires a sunrise and sunset?
Evidently God did not agree with this because He is the one who said
that the first three days consisted of an "evening and morning." Now
since it was God who described those three days as having an evening and
morning, who is Mr. Neyman to question Him? The fact is that the language may be
used to indicate to the reader that all the days were equal in length.
That is, they were all 24 hour periods. At least, this view does not
place into question God's definition of the days. Nor does it make passages like
Exodus 20:8-11 teach nonsense, as it would have to if we accept that the
days of creation consisted of years or indefinite periods of time instead of
24 hour days. (Please read: Why the days of Genesis One cannot be long periods of time
- An argument from Exodus 20:8-11).
If one reads Genesis chapters one and two with an open mind
and without preconceived ideas he will come to the conclusion that God
created the universe in six literal 24 hour days and rested on the
seventh day. It is only when one's mind becomes corrupted by the false
theory of evolution that he begins to question what Genesis chapters one
and two teach. It is my prayer that those of you who read this article
will simply read and accept the Bible and reject the theories of
unbelievers. Please don't try to harmonize the Genesis account of
creation with the theory of evolution or evolutionary geology because it
cannot be done. When one tries to harmonize what the Bible teaches about
creation or the flood with the theory of evolution or evolutionary
geology, it will lead him to reject the word of God - the Bible. It will
invariably cause him to question the inspiration and accuracy of the
Bible and of Jesus' own words. Surely, one cannot be a disciple of
Jesus, if he rejects Jesus' own words and the book that God has chosen to use
to reveal His will to humankind. Once a person begins to reject parts of
the Bible because they contradict the theories of human beings, then it
will not be long until that person rejects the Bible as a whole.
Please just accept what God's word teaches and
accept the salvation that is presented in it. Human opinions and
theories change over time, but God's word is trustworthy, accurate, and
will stand forever (Psalm 18:30; Proverbs 30:5; Isaiah
40:8) It is what we are to live by (Matthew 4:4; Luke 8:21), and it is
what we will be judged by (John 12:48). To reject it because it
contradicts the theories of humankind is to reject the salvation it
offers. Please don't do that!