What does the Bible say about creation?
Understanding of the fossil records and bones and layering and ice caps melting, etc. is all found in the pages of the bible. Believe it? It’s there and I’ll show you right now!
There are two events in the bible that most people don’t have a very clear understanding of; the creation and the flood. We’ll explore both of those events. In the beginning; God created everything in six days. At the end of the six days He saw that it was very good. Some people teach that it was imperfect at the time the Garden of Eden was made and man was placed there, saying the devil had destroyed the planet before man was created. Some teach that evolution could be the mechanism that God used to “create” everything. Some teach that there’s a gap of billions of years between verse one and verse two of Genesis 1. We will explore these theories as well as some others.
Was the earth perfect when God finished creation?
Let’s take a look at the creation record:
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Notice in verse 31 God saw that is was very good. Would it have been “very good” at the end of the 6th day if Satan was already fallen and in control here, and the earth had been ruined and there were thorns and thistles and vultures and horrible things going on outside the garden? It was later on that the thorns and thistles grew and the ground was cursed in Genesis 3:17-19, when punishment was given to the man for his sin.
Another common misconception is the belief that verse 2 actually means that the earth “became” formless and void. The argument is that God would have made the earth perfect the first time and as such it had to have been corrupted by something. Take a look at this: Mark 8:23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. Jesus took two steps to heal the blind man. Why? Did He need to? Definitely not; He could have done it instantly as He did in Matt 20:34 and many other times. He chose to do it that way. He also chose to create the heaven and the earth in 6 days.
We see in verses 4, 10, 12, 18, 21 and 25 that it was good. Each thing was good all through the creation! There wasn’t anything evil going on during the creation. In verse 31 God saw that it was very good! It was still good at the very end of creation.
Some teach that there were billions of years between verses one and two, and that each “day” took millions of years during the creation.
Notice that plants were created on the 3rd day but the sun was not created until the 4th day? How did the plants, which need the sun, survive for a million years?
Notice that God created the heaven and the earth, but there was no light until verse 3?
God also called the light “day” and the darkness “night” and then created the sun to divide the day and the night and for seasons and days and years in verse 14. He made the spinning of our planet and its orbit around the sun and day and a year. A “day” is a day. This is all right there in the context of the creation. God didn’t need millions of years to perform what He did in 6 days. He did it in a literal 6 days.
Eccl 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
10 times in creation God said that everything reproduces after his kind, after his kind. There wasn’t anything reproducing a new kind as in evolution.
1 Cor 15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
Cows give birth to cows, humans give birth to humans, birds give birth to birds, etc. Nothing evolves in God’s creation. Man did not come from beast.
Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
God created all things and He did it in six days! Mankind was created from the beginning, not after billions of years of evolution.
Ex 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:
God created the dinosaurs too! He created all things in six days. All means all!
Evolutionists believe that humans will eventually evolve into all-powerful Gods! The first thing Satan did when he tempted Eve was to cast doubt on what God said saying, “Hath God said?” He then said that she could be as Gods if she ate of the fruit! Satan attacks the bible at the very first verse of the first book of the bible with the belief of evolution.
Some say that since the bible says man was made, it doesn’t mean he was created. It could have been an evolutionary process that God put in place. Just to put an end to this argument, here’s some scripture on that. In Genesis 1:26 it says God made man. In verse 27 it also says He created man. Genesis 2:7 says He formed man. Here, again, we have all three; Isaiah 43:7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. The words are used interchangeably in many places. Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. It doesn’t matter how you try to shake it up, God created man and breathed life into him. He didn’t “write the code” and then wait 5 billion years to see how we randomly evolved, He made us in one day, and in His image!
We’re not an accident; we’re made in the image of God. Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
How old is the earth?
Remember the 80,000 tons of mud per hour that the Mississippi river dumps in the Gulf? They have measured the delta in the Gulf of Mexico and concluded that it has been doing that for about 4400 years.
Bristlecone Pine trees are thought to be the oldest living trees in the world. The Redwoods in California are among the biggest and oldest. They estimate that they are about 4000 years old.
The oil that is under the surface of the planet is pressurized. That’s why it gushes up into the air like a fountain when it is tapped. After studying the pressure and the rocks and earth around these fields of oil, they have estimated that the containment can only be expected to last about 5000 years before it will deteriorate and burst followed by collapse. But wait! I thought it took 65 million years for it to develop? How has it maintained the pressure all these years? Doesn’t make sense at all…
Science data shows that something big happened to the magnetic poles about 4000 years ago. More on this later…
Guess what happened about 4400 years ago? An event we call Noah’s flood. The bible shows through lines of genealogy, telling us the ages of people when they had so and so and then how old that person was when they had so and so all the way to Noah, and then all the way to Jesus. It was about 1500 years between creation and the flood and then about another 2400 years to Jesus. This makes the earth about 6000 years old. But wait! Isn’t there all kinds of evidence to show that the earth is much older than that? Don’t we have carbon dating and other things that prove more age than that? We’ll discuss these questions and answer them later in this book.