April 16, at 2: Most of the science has been tested and proven. Take carbon 14 dating for example.
But the Indians, who thought that an elevator was just a little room and who were not used to being on top of a high structure without climbing it, had no idea of where they were when they stepped out of the elevator and onto the observation deck.
They were interested in the pigeons and pigeon droppings, but they had no interest in the fantastic view. Because of their limited perspective, they could not comprehend the panorama before them.
One of the unfortunate results of the predominance of evolutionary thought in our educational system and in our entire culture is that it has hindered even us as Christians from reading Genesis 1 from the viewpoint Moses intended when he wrote it.
After further discussion, he comes back to this theme: In our first two studies I sought to deal with some of the scientific matters because they are so predominant in our thinking that we could never approach Genesis as Moses intended without first showing why evolution is so fallacious.
The creation account should point us to the Creator who alone is worthy of our worship, enjoyment, and obedience.
God is referred to by name 35 times in the opening section of Genesis 1: Clearly He is the great subject; creation is merely His handiwork, here to tell us of Him. As Paul states in Romans 1: As Calvin observes p.
For if the mute instruction of the heaven and the earth were sufficient, the teaching of Moses would have been superfluous. Israel had been in captivity for years in Egypt where the sun and a pantheon of other gods were worshiped. The Canaanites worshiped fertility gods, warrior gods, gods who guaranteed healthy crops, gods of the moon and stars.
They offered food and, at times, even their own children to their gods to appease them. Against this backdrop of false religions, we see that The creation account refutes many errors of false religion. Moses asserts that God alone created all that is. He just spoke the word according to His inscrutable purposes and called into being all that exists.
This is in great contrast to the pagan stories of origins of other ancient peoples. Most of them portray a great struggle between powerful forces, where one god finally wins and creates the earth. But Genesis reveals God as effortlessly creating with a mere command: Since He created the sun, moon, and stars, He is over them and in no way are they to be worshiped.
The fact that the stars are created by God and assigned a fixed purpose by Him shows that they do not have any ability to determine human destinies, thus refuting the widespread practice of astrology Calvin, pp.
There are three ways, by the way, of dealing with the matter of light being created on day one, but the sun, moon and stars not being created until day four. One approach is to attribute the light of day one to God Himself. In the future heavenly city, there will be no sun, but God Himself will be its light Rev.
A variation of this view is that the heavenly bodies were created in verse 1, shone through on day one 1: A third view argues that we must see Genesis 1 as a literary-theological arrangement rather than a strict chronological narrative of how creation happened.
This is not to call it a myth, but rather to recognize that often the authors of Scripture do not follow our Western mindset by arranging things in strict chronological order.
For example, the table of the nations Gen. But however you explain it, the point stands that the sun, moon, and stars are not to be worshiped; they are the mere servants of the powerful Creator who spoke them into existence and assigned their functions.
The creation account refutes a number of other common religious errors. That one God created all that is refutes polytheism, the belief in many gods, and dualism, the view that the good and the evil gods are equal.
That He is separate from and over His creation refutes pantheism, the view that the creation is one with God, and the New Age movement, which worships the creation. That He created matter refutes that matter is eternal.
That God granted to His creation the ability to be fruitful and multiply refutes the pagan fertility cults Kidner, pp. That a personal God created the world and put man over it refutes nihilism, the view that human life and history have no discernible meaning and that there is no objective ground of truth or of morals.
That God made man as male and female who together reflect His image gives dignity and equality to both sexes, while as chapter 2 shows assigning them differing roles.
That God appointed man to have dominion over the creation refutes the radical animal rights movement, but also calls us to responsible stewardship of the earth and all its resources.
And, that God created all that is by the word of His power refutes evolution by chance and all of the philosophical baggage that goes with it.
Thus all of these errors of false religions that have continued to rear their heads down through the centuries are refuted by this first chapter of Genesis.*Six-day creationism--This theory interprets the Genesis account as six literal days.
It posits a relatively young earth (about 12, years) and accounts for the geologic and fossil records by the worldwide flood and the cataclysmic events surrounding it.
The creation of the universe, the earth, and life on it is described in the first chapter of Genesis. The account is ordered on the basis of what God did on each "day" (the Hebrew word yom 2).Although Yom is usually translated in our English dictionaries as "day," its meanings are much more broad than what we (English speakers) tend to associate with the word "day.".
Day 7 - God had finished his work of creation and so he rested on the seventh day, blessing it and making it holy. Points of Interest From the Creation Story Genesis 1, the opening scene of the biblical drama, introduces us to the two main characters in the Bible: God and man. Egyptian chronology and the Bible—framing the issues Do the dates ascribed to the Egyptian dynasties falsify the date of biblical creation?
by Gary Bates. What God Has Always Wanted: The Bible's Big Idea from Genesis Through Revelation [Charles F. Boyd, Dennas Davis] on attheheels.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Retells the biblical story from Genesis to Revelation, focusing on God's desire to have a good relationship with his beloved people.
Though differences of opinion exist for various doctrinal issues within Christianity, few are more divisive than controversies surrounding the days of creation and the age of the Earth.