Last week we examined to false views of creation
The Gap Theory - A gap of unknown time exist between and .
was the original creation and starts a recreation.
Foundation to this view is God would never create anything without form and void.
The Day Age Theory - Each of the seven days of creation represent ages not literal 24-hour days.
Foundation to this view is evolutionary timeline.
This week will will examine the Literal view of creation
BIBLICAL EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE LITERAL METHOD OF CREATION
If one takes Scripture at face value, then they will conclude that the earth was created in six literal days a few thousand years ago.
Historically, the Jews interpreted the days as literal, solar days.
The church has, for the most part, held to a literal understanding of the days of Genesis.
This furthers the argument that if the Scriptures are taken at face value, the days will be understood in their normal sense.
A Day Defined
Always Solar Days With Numerical Adjective
There are about 200 references in the Old Testament where yom is used with a numerical adjective (e.g.
day one, day two).
This includes nine times within the creation account of Genesis (1:5, 1:8, 1:13, 1:19, 1:23, 1:31, 2:2 twice, and 2:3).
In every other Old Testament instance, a solar day is always in view.
If the days in Genesis are anything but solar days, then they would be the only exception to that usage.
Days Linked With Years
Evening and Morning
The natural way of taking the phrase evening and morning would be in a twenty-four hour sense of light and darkness.
This same phrase occurs one hundred times in other parts of the Old Testament and it always has a twenty-four hour day in view.
Again, would have to be the exception to the rule.
Symbiosis is a scientific term for the mutual need that certain types of living things have for one another.
For example, many plants cannot reproduce without the help of certain insects or birds.
This mutual need is strong evidence of the need for literal days in the Genesis creation account.
The Bible says that that plants were created on the third day (), birds on the fifth day (), and insects on the sixth day (, ).
Plants can only survive a short period of time without birds and insects.
It is impossible for them to exist for millions of years waiting for birds and insects to come on the scene.
In addition, many types of birds eat only insects.
How could they have survived while waiting for millions or billions of years for the insects to arrive?
Symbiosis between these living things speaks loudly for a twenty-four hour day in .
The Testimony of the New Testament
The study of the Bible
If God’s word opens up cryptically, how could we ever expect to understand the rest of God’s word.
If words do not mean what they say, then whose to say God is a real person.
The Bibel starts with the miracle of creation.
If we are forced to change the meaning of words because of secular science then how could we accept in supernatural event in the Bible.
Why did God take six days to create everything?