Archive for June, 2009

How many days did it take for God to create the earth?

June 15, 2009

1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Skip to verses 3 and 4.

“3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.”

Right from the very start we see that a day consisted of a period of light and darkness, a day as we understand it. Keep this in mind. It is relevant in the coming paragraphs. I’d also like to point out that the sun was not created until day four. Don’t get caught up in this. Light as a mechanism, property or whatever quantum mechanics defines it as today, was created on day one. The period of time did not change after day four when the sun and moon came into being. The same word is used for all six days of creation and the seventh day of rest.

I don’t want to go into all of the scholarly language theories of this, but the basic point is that the Hebrew word for day, “yom”, refers to a literal twenty four hour day. This is the word used to in Genesis to describe the days of creation. God created the earth and everything on it in six literal days.

I have heard many Christians ask, “How do we know what a day is to God?” And then they go on to quote a verse that says a day with the Lord is as a thousand years. This is from 2 Peter 3:8 and is not referring to how God defines time. Rather Peter is telling the church that just because scoffers mock us by asking where Jesus is in his return, we shouldn’t lose faith. What is it to God if he waits a thousand years for Jesus’s return? It’s going to happen because he said it would. This is why proof-texting is a bad idea. Every verse must be taken in context. In this case, simply put, the passage is telling us that God does things on his schedule regardless of our whims.

Another thing to consider, and this is purely a logical argument, is that God knows how to communicate to us. What kind of pathetic God wouldn’t be able to communicate with his creation? Certainly, that is not the God of scripture. Our God knows what words to use so that we understand him. It is obvious from the passge in 2 Peter above that 1st century individuals understood the concept of a thousand years. We know that ancient Egyptians understood the concept of millenia and Moses was raised in the house of Pharoah (Moses being the writer of Genesis). The point is that God could have explained the creation of the earth over vast amounts of time if he had indeed done so and they could have understood it. The fact that he chose a specific word that means a literal twenty four hour period speaks volumes. The gap or day/age theory doesn’t make sense in light of the context of scripture and what it reveals to us about the God we worship.

To rebut the carbon dating method or other radiometric systems that are used to date the earth (their inherent flaws aside), you need only consider that the earth was created with the appearance of age. God made a tree and then it was given the ability to reproduce after its own kind. The chicken came first and then the egg. There is no reason to believe that Adam started out as a baby and then grew to manhood. The earth as it was created was full of all the variety of geographical features. Mountains, valleys, and rivers were all brought about in the same instance as if they were there forever. It doesn’t take an artist years to create a mountain river scene with a brush and paint. Why would it take an all powerful God thousands of years to create a planet with the word of his mouth?

Some interesting things to think about.

Adam and Eve:

  • probably didn’t have a belly button
  • were never awkward teenagers.
  • didn’t go through puberty.
  • never had to find a date.

It makes you wonder how they were able to parent at all. I guess like us they relied on the grace of God.

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The Warning Bell of Judgement

June 1, 2009

My fellow Christians, the warning bell sounded long ago and either we did not heed it or we were powerless to stop the wave of moral decay that has finally flooded the United States. It no longer matters if it happened because we were complacent or just overrun. The fact is that the iniquities are almost ripe and when sin is brought to full fruition God will judge it.

Our founders understood this very well. Far from being the deists that modern historians try to portray them as, our early leaders knew well that God is personally involved with the world and blesses or judges according to his Word. Thomas Jefferson feared God’s wrath upon the US because of slavery.

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever: that considering numbers, nature and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation, is among possible events: that it may become probable by supernatural interference!”

We paid a heavy price for slavery and to some extent we are still paying for it in the form of racial strife. The sins of today are great as well.

Abortion has become a sacrament of liberal philosophy and is exercised under the guise of freedom of choice when it is actually a sacrifice to the god of convenience in an effort to find absolution for ill advised activities. We have a President who as a state senator endorsed infanticide by voting for a law to mandate that when a woman chooses abortion the child must die even when the baby lives through the initial horror.

Sexaul promiscuity has infiltrated every facet of American life through increasing amounts of soft and hardcore pornography shown on TV and the internet. We’ve given sex education and passed out condoms until our children have been blinded to the responsibilities and dangers of sexual activity, thinking that their knowledge and a pill/patch or latex will make the experience free of consequences. Homosexuality is being pushed as mainstream normal.

Sloth has permeated our culture and fostered jealousy of those who work and produce the most. Those who refuse to work have ceded their liberties to the state, which is all too eager to take control, and made it their god. We who were charged with caring for our fellow man have either through apathy or forced removal not taken care of the poor as we should have. and our light that should shine brightly before men has been dimmed. The culture is losing its savor from a lack of salt.

Hatred for Christianity is on the rise. Increasingly, religious values are scorned and purged from society. Christianity has been labelled foolish and out of date. Bible studies are shut down using the arm of government even though it is a clear violation of 1st amendment rights such as the case from San Diego just last week where a Pastor and his wife hold a Bible study in their home, but were told to cease unless a permit was obtained. Let me say that we do not need to a permit to worship. Government is limited and does not have the right to deny free assembly or free religious exercise.

Our country has plunged headlong into a morally decadent culture of death, deviancy and once again slavery under the burden of a massive state that seeks to control every aspect of our lives which is equally as repugnant because it strips the human spirit of its power to enjoy the God given liberties under which our nation was founded.

So what are we to do? The future looks bleak and we seem powerless to influence the culture any further. I submit to you that we must persevere. The mistakes of the past cannot be undone, but we must humble ourselves before God Almighty and pray for strength in the coming days. Through prayer and bible study we must strengthen ourselves to engage the culture with the truth of the gospel. Whether judgement comes to the US or mercy abounds, we must persevere. Whether our liberties are stricken or a revitalization of the Judeo/Christian ethic bursts forth, we must persevere by holding fast to the promises of God through his Son Jesus Christ.