Genesis 1 King James Version (KJV)
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. 6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. 9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. 11 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. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 13 And the evening and the morning were the third day. 14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. 19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. 20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. 24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. 29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
As a little girl, I was taught what is written in the Biblical account of Genesis is not only true, but its how the world came into being. In my reading of the first three chapters of Lee Strobel’s “The Case For A Creator ” I have found myself asking many questions. A few, I have begun to explore in my walk. What I will find, I do not know. What I have discovered so far, is many a mystery that presents questions in terms of Science and Scripture’s compatibility or lack thereof.
- How long did it take for the earth to be formed?
- Was it a literal seven days?
- Or was the earth formed over several thousands of years?
- Did all creation bear a single ancestral root?
I have no position, as of yet, in terms of where I stand in the position of Old Earth or Young Earth Creationism. As I begin to explore Evolution, so as to find the truth… I am also trying to go in without any personal bias. This at first, has proven a bit of a challenge as I have been brought up in a household that seemed to favor Methodist or Presbyterian Christian beliefs. My parents, being old fashioned, taught me that there was no truth to Evolution. In school however, Evolution was taught as if it were indeed fact. From the moment I stepped out into the world to learn, I have been in a world at war in terms of perception. This is one of many reasons, I take this journey now…to find the truth. On this journey, I am going to explore Old and New Earth Creationist Views, Darwinism, Evolution, as well as Scripture to see if perhaps I might be able to answer some of these questions.
- What is Evolution?
- What is taught in terms of Evolution?
- What is Creationism?
- What is taught in terms of Creationism?
- Where did Evolution Begin?
- Is there any truth to any of these teachings?
2 Peter 3King James Version (KJV)
This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 8 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.9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
My journey begins with my roots, in Christianity. Having been brought up in a home, where we were required to go to church as a family, faith in scripture was not emphasized enough. When examining Creationism, I look where a Christian likely would and should… the Bible. There are two particular passages found in the Old and New Testaments that can shed some light on the question of the earth’s age.
Reading Genesis, the earth is painted as something of which God made in 6 days. The seventh, it is written that He rested. In 2 Peter it is written that a day with God is the equivalent of a thousand years. These same passages have put Christians at odds, not only with the world, but with one another.
Young Earth Creationists tend to lean towards the earth being made in a literal seven days. Whereas, Old Earth Creationists tend to believe that the earth was created possibly over a span of thousands. These views though, much as my own faith, are divided into factions that not only seem to be at odds with one another but also in controversy within themselves over matters such as Darwinism or Evolution.
Reading these two passages, I came to be at a rather interesting crossroads. Please understand, there is no debate for me on if God made the world. I believe that whole heartedly. What I struggle to understand is why God’s own followers have to stand divided on it. Both sides argue based on their accounts of scripture, but how can we know if any one is? As I attempt to find my own stance, I can safely say…we cannot. Truth is, we may not until the end of days.
After going over these passages, the chapters both in their entirety…I came to the follow conclusions.
- God made the earth
- God made man in His image
- God, in His time, made all creation from nothing
In other words, I tend to hold the position that the earth is old. Just how old, God alone may know.
Have you ever tried to sit down and paint a picture? Maybe but a 300 to 500 piece puzzle together? Perhaps worked on a big project?
Why do I ask this, you may wonder.
When I think of God alone in the dark, I see Him much as we might look at an artist. He took time and great care to mold, shape, color, and design everything. Doing this can take hours, days, weeks, for some projects even years! To me, God is Leonardo DiVinci, Michelangelo, Vincent Van Gogh, and so many other artists all rolled up into one. Then, that would make sense as He did make them all!
Consider for a moment with me , if you will…. a famous piece people travel from all corners of the world to see. (Quite honestly, I too, would like to see it before I leave this earth.) The Sistine Chapel….it is one of the most beautiful paintings on the earth. It is painted upon the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Italy, took Michelangelo FOUR YEARS to complete! That is 1460 DAYS!!! Can you imagine that in hours?!
To think that God may and could very well have put that kind of love, devotion, and care into each and every thing around us…there are just no words for that.
May You Be Blessed This Day…