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Genesis 1: It’s Not Complicated

People are fine with God creating the heavens and the earth, but the majority of people in the church have a problem with God creating the heavens and the earth six thousand years ago in the span of six approximately 24-hour days.
Why? Even the great men of God who don’t believe in the young-earth theory say that the reading of Genesis 1 that makes the most sense is six literal days. However, if you take the “facts” and “evidence” of science, you have to believe in millions of years. That is the problem!

The main reason church leaders will not stand on six literal days has nothing to do with the Bible and everything to do with outside sources. You see, Christians take the history and science of the world and add it to religion believing that if we just cling to “the spiritual and moral stuff,” that’s what’s important. I don’t know yet where I stand on the subject, but according to Ken Ham, you will still go to heaven if you believe in millions of years but still submit your life to Christ and become saved.

The problem is, though, how do you know you are saved? When you try to compromise the Bible and science, guess which one gets modified? The Bible. If you believe in millions of years, then you’re saying that the Bible is fallible. And if it’s fallible in Genesis 1, how do we know it’s not fallible elsewhere?
As Ham himself said,

“People ask me, ‘I believe in millions of years, am I still going to Heaven?’ I say, ‘Yes. But how do you know? You weren’t there when Jesus was raised from the dead. You didn’t see a movie rerun. How do you know it happened?’ ‘Well, the Bible says…’ ‘Oh, you’re quoting that book? Oh, you want me to take that as written, I see. Science today has never shown that a man can rise from the dead. Don’t you think we should re-interpret the bodily resurrection and make it into a spiritual resurrection?’ ‘Oh, you can’t do that.’ But it’s the same thing.”

He also used another example; “Do you believe in the Virgin Birth? How do you know? I mean, even if you were there you’d have to take Mary’s word for it!” The point is, it’s not just an issue on the age of the earth. It’s an issue of not making scripture the final authority. Back in the 1700s and 1800s, when the “millions of years” debate first surfaced, a door was unlocked that society has kept pushing open, the door that says that the Bible is fallible and isn’t the ultimate authority on life. The problem isn’t that they’ve taken prayer out of schools, or that they threw out the Ten Commandments, or that they legalized abortion. Those are consequences. Christians look at the world and say look how bad it is. Do you want to know why it’s so bad? Look at the church! That’s the problem. We agreed that the Bible is fallible, and the world said, “Yep, we were right all along.” You either have to believe the Bible is completely true or it is fallible.

So what does the Bible actually say? As Ham said, “…does the word day mean day, if day does mean day when does day mean day?”
Well, the Hebrew word for day used in Genesis 1 is “yom,” which does have several meanings. We use context to figure out the right one, the same as English. Yom is used 2301 times throughout the Old Testament, and yet nobody ever questions how long Joshua really walked around Jericho, do they?
It’s just this one spot that is scrutinized so closely. Why do they try to mess with Genesis 1? It’s the only place a person can try to fit the millions of years.

In the other instances in the Old Testament when the word yom is used with a number (410 times) it means an ordinary day. When it’s used with the phrase “evening and morning” (38 times) it means an ordinary day. When it’s used with either evening or morning (23 times), it means an ordinary day, and when it’s used with the word “night” (52 times) it means an ordinary day!
There are zero exceptions to any of those rules. Guess what? Every single one is used in Genesis 1. People point out that in the very next chapter the word yom is used to mean timeperiod, “the yom of the Lord.” Well, let’s look at context. Is it used with a number? No. “Evening and morning?” No. Evening or morning? No. Night? No. It’s all about context.

So since the Bible clearly says six days, and means six days, how do we reconcile it with science? I mean, the majority of scientists discount the six-day interpretation of scripture. And men walk in darkness rather than light, and there are more people, including scientists, on the broad way than the narrow way. In other words, “majority rules” is clearly not applicable here. And before you start bringing up dating methods and stuff like that, understand that more than 90% of all dating methods go against the accepted data.
Either they are completely wrong, or they give dates nowhere close to the millions of years required.

Do we know exactly how God did it? No. Do we know how He could have evening and morning without the sun, which was created on day four? No, although that isn’t really a problem when you realize that you can have day and night with light and darkess, and you don’t necessarily need a light source, per se. So to conclude, I quote Martin Luther, who said, “And How long did the work of Creation take? When Moses writes that God created heaven and earth and whatever is in them in six days, then let this period continue to have been six days, and do not venture to devise any comment according to which six days were one day. But, if you cannot understand how this could have been done in six days, then grant the Holy Spirit the honor of being more learned than you are.”

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