IN THE BEGINNING 10-8-17
WHAT TO BELIEVE?
In the Beginning….
Genesis 1:1 — God Created
“Thousands of experiments, and all of the recently gained knowledge of molecular biology and genetics, have only served to
strengthen the most fundamental law of biology: ‘omni cellules’ (all cells come from other cells), also known as the Law of
Biogenesis.” — David Demick (Creation Magazine Feb. 2001)
Life comes from Life
The Differing Viewpoints:
YOUNG EARTH OLD EARTH
The consensus of ancient historical records In recent years, the overwhelming opinion
from varying cultures estimate the age of the of the scientific community has been that the
earth as beginning between 7000 BC & 3500 BC earth is 4.5 billion years old based on radio- metric dating of meteorite fragments.
The consensus of early Biblical scholars estimate the age of the earth as beginning between 5500 BC Alternate Biblical positions adopted to and 3800 BC. accommodate an old earth:
The straightforward chronology as recorded in the Theistic Evolution
Bible estimates the origin at about 4400 BC The Gap Theory The Day / Age Theory
Death is Due to Sin
(It’s a punishment)
“…but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die (Genesis 2:17)
“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.” (Genesis 3:17)
“…for dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19)
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because
all sinned.” (Romans 5:12)
Death and corruption prior to Sin
NO BIBLICAL EVIDENCE
If it is so, then death is part of God’s creation that is declared “very good” (Genesis 1:31)
Death, animals eating other animals, thorns, cancer, tumors, and so on are not very good, and yet, these are found in fossil layers.
If the fossil layers represent millions or billions of years of life before the origins of man, (and man’s sin) then these too must be
part of God’s “very good” creation.
So what about the dinosaurs?
They lived on earth with mankind
Some may have gone extinct prior to the flood
Those that were not extinct would have been on the ark
Not every species of animal, but two of every kind Likely that some living dinosaurs became the creatures of legend Dragons, Leviathon, sea monster (Genesis 1:21, Job 3, 7, 41, Psalm 74, 104, 148; Isaiah 27, 51; Ezekial 29, 32) Since coming off the ark, it appears that dinosaur species have gone extinct
Science & Historical Science
SCIENCE is best suited for making sense of the observable world. Scientific research in its purest forms must be (1) observable, (2) predictable, and (3) repeatable.
HISTORICAL SCIENCE is the work of historians gathering the best evidence of scientists from many fields of research to provide histories or accounts of the past.
Historical Science is fundamentally problematic because: (1) the past is not observable, and (2) the original conditions of the past are often assumed, (3) the assumption is made that present forces and scientific processes occur at the same rate regardless of the unobservable conditions in the past, and
(4) historical science begins with the assumption that supernaturalism does not exist, and even if it does, it is inoperable in the physical realm.
The Testimony of the Bible
Moses believed in a literal six day creation
For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11)
Jesus believed in a young earth
“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’(Mark 10:6)
God spoke specifically of the six day creation
“It will be a sign between ME and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’ (Exodus 31:17)
Understanding the Bible
Let the Bible speak for itself
Let the Bible defend itself (let scripture confirm scripture)
Use extreme caution when permitting outside sources (particularly historical sciences) to determine the validity of scripture Understand that if you believe science or the conclusions of historical science have greater authority than the Bible, than you can no longer accept the truth of miracles, including the resurrection. (and your faith is in vain)
FOR FURTHER RESEARCH
COM Ministries International
ORG Institute for Creation Research
ORG Creation Studies Institute
ORG Creation Research Society
ORG Answers in Genesis (Ken Ham)
ORG Creation Today (Eric Hovind)
YOUTUBE/ Kent Hovind OFFICIAL The Creation Seminar (7 sessions)