Wednesday, March 30, 2005God could not have made it any clearer...
In all of their efforts to rid themselves of God, the ungodly have, for some time now, "heaped to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they turned away their ears from the truth, and have turned unto fables." (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
Nowhere is this more true than in the matter of how our world, and indeed how we came into existence. The world have raised up their Charles Darwin, and they clung to fables of evolution. We shouldn't be surprised or dismayed by this; they are doing EXACTLY what the Bible said they would do.
My problem isn't with what the world is doing about Creation, rather, it is with what some "Christians" are doing about it. I am meeting more and more men and women who profess to be Bible believing Christians who don't believe in a literal, 7-day Creation (6 days of work, one day of rest). Many hold to some strange combination of the Creation account in Genesis 1-2 with the timetable set in the theory of Evolution, others hold that the Lord created the first living thing and then let Evolution take over. Cute, but it doesn't have ONE Biblical leg to stand on.
First, the Bible says:
"And the evening and the morning were the first day." (Genesis 1:5b)
"And the evening and the morning were the second day." (Genesis 1:8b)
"And the evening and the morning were the third day." (Genesis 1:13)
"And the evening and the morning were the fourth day." (Genesis 1:19)
"And the evening and the morning were the fifth day." (Genesis 1:23)
"And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." (Genesis 1:31b)
"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made." (Genesis 2:1-2)
Could God really have made things any clearer for us? Not only does he use the word "day", he specifies that there was an evening (Night) and a morning (Day) which composed that ONE day (notice that the day started at evening which is how Jews keep time). And it doesn't end there! Have a look at the Ten Commandments. The Sabbath commandment:
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8-11)
Were the Jews to interpret this passage like this: "six hundred million years shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But for seven hundred million years it is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God"? The Jewish work week was based on God's timetable for His creative work; the Jews were to work six days and rest on the seventh because that is what God did.
So if the Scriptures are so clear, why are so many "Christians" turning to this warped view? Well, my best guess is that they are intimidated by the supposed "proofs" of the evolutionists. They read the works of some geologist that affirms that such and such a mountain is 60 million years old, they watch a documentary where some paleontologist affirms that Tyrannosaurus Rex roamed the Earth 150 million years ago, and the "Christian" gets all out of shape.
When you take your eyes off the Lord, things go bad, and that is exactly what happens to the "Christian" who takes the word of a fallen sinner (whether he be a paleontologist or geologist) over the Word of the Living God. God said in six days He created all things, and He meant it. He didn't need to dummy the Creation account for Moses and the Israelites, because they weren't dummies; we're the dumb-dumb TV generation.
As for these millions of years of evolution scientists love to throw around so much, here's a quick thought for you: can God create a mountain that has all the physical properties of being millions of years old? If He can, then the evolutionist doesn't have the "proof" he thinks he has. And as far as dinosaurs are concerned, here is another thought: before the Fall of Man, did the snake not have legs? It was the curse of God that caused the snake to start moving around on it's belly. So use your imagination, what would different sized snakes look like if they had legs...would they not look like dinosaurs? And the evolutionists tell us that they seem to have been wiped out virtually overnight, could that not have been the judgement of God? Don't take this as inspired of God, but is this speculation of less value than the speculation of those who reject God? I think not.
Christian, do not be ashamed to stand on the plain teachings of the Bible. Take the ridicule and the mockery, it is our portion in this wicked age. The world will not accept a literal 7-day Creation account by a Sovereign God, but then again, they didn't accept the warnings of one Noah who was building an ark either.