Where Were you When I laid the Foundations of the Earth?

It is an exciting time to be alive if you are a Christian and stand upon God’s infallible Word. Almost every day new discoveries are made in Biology, Archeology, Astronomy, Paleontology, and Geology which keep confirming the accuracy of the Bible. Unfortunately, I still often read books and articles by well intentioned Christians which basically go like this:

“I believe in the inerrancy of scripture as it was originally recorded and I stand firmly upon God’s Word. But, it’s also obvious to me that observational science has proven that the earth and the universe are very ancient and not 6,000 years old, which has been the traditionally held view by Jews and Christians for thousands of years. Do I believe the earth could only be about 6,000 years old based on the Old Testament’s accurate genealogical records and that life could have been created in six literal 24 hour days? Of course. But it’s not how God did it! We all see life change over time, and we also know that the big bang theory is being proven true more and more each day, and we observe that the universe is extremely old. God obviously used the big bang to create the universe and it took a great deal longer than 6,000 years. But, how do we reconcile the known scientific facts with the Bible?

On face value, 6,000 years vs. millions of years looks like an irreconcilable problem. But, we must stand on God’s written Word! After careful study, I have found that the Bible actually points to the answer: The Genesis 1 creation account with it’s six 24 hours days is obviously not talking about six 24 hour days from God’s perspective, since God resides outside of space and time. Therefore, God can make a days length any amount of time he chooses. So you see, there is no problem at all with the big bang, evolution, millions of years, and the Biblical creation account. It all fits together. We should finally put this very divisive and age old debate to rest.”

That was a rehash of the “Day Age” theory. But I ask, is this person standing upon God’s Word – the Holy scriptures given to us by God who knows all things, is all powerful, all wise, perfectly holy, who never lies, who never changes, who does not make mistakes, who was there in the beginning, and by His spoken word created all things?

Or is this person merely, taking the words of fallible man — who does change, who does make mistakes, who does lie, who does not know everything, who cannot create life, who wasn’t there in the beginning – and then twisting God’s Word to conform to his personal opinion?

Many famous theologians in the 19th and 20th century made the same dreadful mistake of caving with the latest secular science which contradicted the Bible. Instead of simply standing upon God’s infallible Word and trusting Him, great theologians (the cream of the crop) such as Charles Spurgeon, Cyrus Scofield, James Orr, George Frederick Wright and many others compromised with Darwinian evolution and millions of years. By caving to the secular pressure of their day, they undermined the authority of God’s Word.

Of course, now we know vastly more about how life functions and operates. For instance, in the 21st century we now know that dogs only produce dogs, cats only produce cats, and ducks only produce ducks. There are no “ducky-cats” or “doggy-ducks”. Kinds only produce after their own kind and are also losing genetic information with each subsequent generation. There is no known observable process in which new genetic information can be added to an organisms genetic code. And it has also never been observed that life can come from non-life. Today, with the study of DNA, Darwinian evolution is on full life support. Not surprisingly, evolution is still being taught around the world in public schools and colleges as absolute fact, regardless of the latest scientific data. But seriously, what other alternative do secular humanists have?

The big bang theory itself is a constantly changing secular story of origins based on assumptions used to explain the creation of the universe through natural causes alone without needing God. According to the big bang model, our universe suddenly popped into existence from nothing and then rapidly expanded and gave rise to the countless billions of galaxies and stars. Not only is it completely irrational, it also completely contradicts the Bible.

For instance, the big bang model claims that everything was created through natural processes, but the Bible says:

For He (God) spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. – Psalm 33:9

The big bang model says that the earth was slowly formed from a red-hot molten blob, but the Bible says:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. – Genesis 1:1-2

The big bang model claims it took millions of years, but the Bible says:

For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. – Exodus 20:11

Note: There is no question whatsoever what the word “day” (yom in Hebrew) means. In the Genesis 1 creation account, the seven days are literal 24 hour days due to the context — they are bound by evening and morning, and also occur in an ordered list (1st day, 2nd day, 3rd day, etc.). The seven days of creation alone explain why the entire planet now uses a seven day week. Days, months, and years are reckoned using astronomy, but not weeks. Weeks only come from the Bible. It also explains why God took six days to do his work and then rested, instead of creating everything instantly. His work week is a model for us all.

Evolution also claims that through natural selection and mutation, life can evolve into higher forms of life, but the Bible says plants and animals only produce after their own kind:

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. – Genesis 1:11-12

Evolution claims there was death, disease, and suffering on earth from the beginning, but the Bible says that death and suffering only came into the world after Adam sinned:

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— Romans 5:12

Before Adam sinned the Bible says:

Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. – Genesis 1:31

Geologists who teach evolution claim that dinosaurs like Brontosaurus lived 150 million years before man, but the Bible says:

Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you;
He eats grass like an ox.

See now, his strength is in his hips,
And his power is in his stomach muscles.

He moves his tail like a cedar;
The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.

His bones are like beams of bronze,
His ribs like bars of iron. – Job 40:15-18

Geologists also teach that the billions of dead plants and animals we see in the fossil record, was caused by a great deal of time and a little bit of water, but the Bible says:

Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. – Genesis 7:17-21

In other words, a great deal of water and a little bit of time rapidly killed and buried everything.

Both the big bang model and evolution claim we will simply rot when we die, but the Bible says:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

The big bang model claims the universe will run out of energy and will eventually suffer heat death for all eternity, but the Bible says:

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:1-4

As you see, evolution, the big bang, and millions of years is completely incompatible with the Bible. Secular science and man-made theories change every day (just read any science magazine), but God’s divinely inspired Word never changes. Should Christians be surprised if the latest secular science does not line up with the Bible? No. Many secular scientists only work to refute the very existence of God, not to discover Truth.

As Christians in this fallen world, we need to stand firm and hold to the Truth contained in the Bible, even if it means waiting a few billion years for secular science to finally get their stories straight. To those who still believe in the big bang theory, the theory of evolution, and that the earth is millions of years old – our Heavenly Father has a question for you:

Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? – Job 38:4

Have a blessed day!

 Sean Kirkpatrick

Sean Kirkpatrick posted at 2011-8-16 Category: Humanism