I am perturbed, flabbergasted, and disturbed by the continuing efforts of ignorant, misguided, and scripturally incorrect religious people to foist their misconceptions, under the guise of ‘scientific theories’ (creationism, intelligent design, etc.) upon the educational system. In addition to the obvious damage and hindrance to our educational curricula, these attempts are a huge misrepresentation of spiritual reality and Biblical truth; and are a tremendous disservice to God and His interests concerning the human race. Please objectively consider the enclosed information. May it finally put to rest the ‘red herring’ of an evolution/Genesis conflict. Should you find it to be of value, feel free to disseminate it as far and wide as you wish. The validity of evolution would not, in the slightest degree, diminish the evidential necessity of the existence of God, nor would it preclude the validity of divine creation. Evolutionists for nonscientific reasons have erroneously discarded the Genesis account and, equally erroneously, religionists have discarded evolution as being contradictory to a Genesis account. Now it is time to logically examine the merits and foibles of the "pro-Creation" argument.
For we are told that in the beginning God created (bara) the heaven and the earth; but the Scriptures never affirm that He did this in the six days. The work of those days was, as we shall presently see, quite a different thing from original creation: they were times of restoration, and the word asah is generally used in connection with them. Now asah signifies to make, fashion, or prepare out of existing material; as, for instance, to build a ship, erect a house, or prepare a meal.139
To promote the literality of the six days of restoration makes equally as much sense as the Roman Catholic Church's defense of the earth as the center of the universe in the time of Copernicus. It is theologically incorrect to think that the 6 days were literal 24-hour days, since time elements (lights) were not assigned until the 4th day. The damage done by such misguided, and scripturally mistaken believers, in making Christians appear to be ignorant and illogical people, has been inestimable. What would cause some of the better scientific minds of the last century to illogically jump to conclusions in a frenzied effort to discredit the Bible in general and Genesis in particular? What would cause religious people to feel compelled to attack evolution as if they were defending the Faith? The answer to these questions is obvious if we rephrase them with the word who instead of what. Who has always endeavored to cause the human race to strain out a gnat and swallow a camel? None other than our most subtle enemy, Satan. If the Bible is the Word of God, then science cannot help but substantiate its validity- there should be no actual conflict between the two. The paramount question, for both "evolutionists" and "Creationists," should be: "Do evolution and Genesis concur?" In other words, is Genesis (particularly Chapters One and Two) an account of the evolutionary process, as we understand it?
There are six specific categories of life formed in the six?day account: 1. Plants in the sea, 2. Vegetation (plants and trees) on the land, 3. Life (fish) in the sea, 4. Birds over the earth, 5. Life (cattle, etc.) on the earth, 6. Man. The order of their listing in the six?day account is in the same specific chronological order of appearance determined by scientifically derived (evolutionary) evidence: O1. Sea-plants: Pre?Cambrian 531 million B.C. 2. Land vegetation: Mid?Silurian 365?380 million B.C. 3. Aquatic life: Devonian 255?316 million B.C. 4. Birds: Jurassic 131 million B.C. 5. Land life: Paleocene Epoch 50?60 million B.C. 6. Man: Late Tertiary Period 1?3 million B.C.
Author’s note (2/23/10): the above paragraph is not correct as is. I have been told that this ordering is not valid. There are 3 possibilities for this: 1. The ordering of the six-day account is not literal, but is allegorical. (I do not wish to arbitrarily abandon this, since it is strong evidence of science verifying the Bible. 2. The six-day account is literal, and the ordering is correct. A. There are two separate ‘creations’ in Genesis: One which occurred between Genesis 1:1 & 1:2 which ended in the pre-Adamic race who rebelled, were judged with water, and became the disembodied spirits known as demons. B. The six-day account which resulted in Homo Sapiens. 3. Although evidence of the traces of the civilization of the pre-Adamic race were removed, traces of the geologic ages involved (unknown length) still exist. These traces may very well be interwoven with the geology involving Homo Sapiens. This interweaving may very well be the cause of the scientific chronology contradicting a literal ordering of the six life-forms of the six-day account. I will update this ASAP if further relevant empirical conclusions can be made.
Do you really believe that this is coincidental? How did Moses know the correct order when he wrote Genesis thousands of years ago, long before the rise of the scientific methods that have objectively verified the Genesis account? The mathematical odds against this being coincidental are 720 to 1; in other words, 720 to 1 that this account is divinely inspired, since divine inspiration is the only alternative to coincidence. Truly the Bible is the inspired Word of God!