Questions and Answers about Creation

 

Contents:

The Validity of the Creation and the Flood

Image of God

Why God Made Humans

People who Predate Adam & Eve by 10,000 years

The Creation of Vegetation and Man

Creation vs. Evolution

 

The Validity of the Creation and the Flood

Question: What are some of the important concepts found in the first 11 chapters of Genesis?

Answer: Here are a few:

1) The days mentioned in Genesis are 24-hour days. "And the evening and morning were the ___ day," are repeated after every day except the Sabbath, in 2:1-3. If we stray from the fact that the world and everything in it was created in 7 literal days, we negate the message of many of the prophets and even Jesus Himself.

For instance: The fourth commandment contains the only complete identification of the One who gave the ten commandments. Ex. 20:11 (NIV) "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." The Name of the One who gave the Commandments is LORD (derived from the Hebrew name for GodYahweh.); He "made" designates Him as the Creator; Heaven and Earth are the limits of His kingdomthe entire universe.

If we opt for long periods of time instead of seven literal 24-hour days, then we might as well throw out the ten commandments, because if Gen 1, 2 are not true, then the commandments cannot be relied upon to guide our lives. Just think how our world would deteriorate if there were no ten commandments?

2) Moses, and many other Bible writers, used the writer's tool known as "flashback" to tell the story of Creation. In the first chapter he sketches in the Creation with broad strokes, condensing the awesome events mentioned there into only a few verses. Then in the second chapter, beginning with verse 4, Moses goes back and fills in some of the details

a) Moses describes the creation of man from the dust, and            woman from Adam's rib.

b) Moses mentioned the marriage of Adam and Eve, saying (Gen 2:24 NIV) "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh."

3) Even though it seems fashionable to many people to believe that the earth was "created" over long periods of time, this is not Biblical! If we can't believe the first eleven chapters of Genesis, then we can't believe any of the Bible. It would all be untrustworthy, because all Bible writers believed the information found there. So you see, it's all or nothing.

4) As for the flood, there is so much to discuss that we don't have time for it. I believe that it happened just like Moses described it. I invite you to read my book The Flood: A Story of End Time in the Library section. Even though this book is essentially a novel, I believe that the concepts are valid.

5) Compare John 1:1-3, 10, 14 with Genesis 1:1, 2 . Jesus, the Son of God, was the Creator described in Gen. 1. Also, combine this with Col 1:13-17; Heb. 1:1-3. This does not mean that the Father and the Holy Spirit were not involved. The Three members of the Godhead act as One. (For instance, Gen. 1:2 describes the Spirit as present at the beginning of Creation.) But these verses seem to indicate that Jesus was the One who actually said the words quoted in the first few chapters of Genesis.

 

Image of God

Question: In Gen 1: 26 and 27 it quotes God as saying "Let us make man in our image." In chapter 9:6, it says that man is made in "the image of God." What is meant by "our image" and "the image of God?"

Answer: Before we can understand the phrase "OUR IMAGE" we need to clear up the question of just who "OUR" refers to. By comparing the two texts to which you refer (Gen 1:26, 27; 9:6) we see that the "OUR" refers to God. But "OUR" is plural and "God" is singular. What's the significance of that? Let me speak to this enigma first.

The Bible is quite clear that there is only one God.

Deuteronomy 6:4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD."

But there seems to be more to it than that. Isaiah in describing the expected Messiah uses these words:

Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

The child who is to be born to us—that would make him a human child—would be "the mighty God." John helps us to understand this concept better:

John 1:1:1-4, 14 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. . . . And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

Here we see two distinct divine persons who together form a divine unity. Yes, God is one. But the one God consists of at least two persons. And the One described as the "Word" "was made flesh and dwelt among us . . . the only begotten of the Father." And John 3:16 refers to Jesus as the "only begotten Son." So Jesus is God—He created all things—and then God (the Father) is God too. Sound confusing? Matthew helps clear this up and also presents a third person as belonging to what Paul calls the "Deity." (Colossians 2:9 (NIV) "For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,")

Matthew 28:19 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:"

These three equal Persons make up the One we call "God." There is a lot that we do not understand about this, and we may never really understand it. I suppose this may be what Paul calls it "the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;" (Colossians 2:2)

So the "OUR" of Gen. 1:26 refers to the triune God-the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. But what does the verse mean when it speaks of "in our image, after our likeness?"

There must be a difference between "image" and "likeness" because Gen. 1 describes the creation of human beings before sin, and Gen. 9 describes humans after sin had entered the world. In Gen. 9 God doesn't use the word "likeness" when referring to man. Why?

There is no clear answer from Scripture. But many Biblical scholars believe that "image" refers to the fact that God made man to look like Him, and that "likeness" refers to God creating man with a moral and righteous character that allows him to reason, make choices, and always do the right thing like God would have him do. This makes sense when you take into account that man is still in the image of God even though he does such sinful things (Gen 9).


Why God Made Humans

Question: Why did God make humans? I know He made us to resemble Him. But why? Because He felt alone? Well there are angels with him, aren't there? And why does He let us all go through so much pain and sorrow? Couldn`t He have created us in heaven already?

Answer: God loved humans before He made them. We don't understand that kind of love because it's as far above us as Andromeda and beyond. But the very idea of the humans He would create—even though He knew we would cause Him all this trouble—filled Him full of such all-absorbing love that He offered to die for us when we sinned.

God never felt alone. He had a universe full of angels and people on other worlds—all dwelling in peace and happiness. But He evidently needed to create more (if God can really have a need).

Pain and sorrow? We brought that on ourselves. But you say, "Adam brought that when he and Eve sinned." But every time we act in an unloving way we cast a vote in favor of Adam's mutiny. But God is in the business of putting an end to pain and sorrow. Jesus (God in human form) lived and died so we could have a place in a world of peace and happiness without pain, sorrow or death. Rev. 21:4: (after God destroys sin and sinners—including the devil) John quotes Christ as saying: "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

There are many things about God and why He did things that the Bible doesn't reveal. Even when we shall see God face to face, we will never understand all that He does. All we can do is to recognize that He is our God, and worship Him "Who made heaven and earth and the sea and the fountains of waters." Rev. 14:7.

Here are a few texts that talk about things that happened before the creation of the world:

Rev 13:8 "All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast (antichrist)—all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world." Jesus volunteered to die for us before He created us.

Eph 1:4 "For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. . . ." Jesus knew us and chose us to be holy (set apart) before He created the world.

2 Tim 1:9 "who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time," Even though God created us knowing that we would sin, he also had already set into place the plan for our salvation.

Titus 1:2 "a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time," God promised eternal life before the beginning of time-before He had created the World

1 Pet 1:20 "He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake." Christ was chosen to be our Savior before this world was created

You see, God created this world as a perfect place where humans could live forever. He wanted us to have eternal life, to live in a place that was fully as wonderful as heaven. But human beings chose to live in a world without God. We wanted to have our own way and do whatever pleased us instead of obeying God—even if God's way would bring us happiness. And we are suffering the consequences of our choice.

Yet, we can change our destiny by choosing God's way instead of our own way. When we believe that Jesus died for us and can take away our sins; when we trust Him to do that for us; then Jesus will take our sins—our selfish lives—and turn them around so that our lives are on His side, rather than our own. Then we can be a part of God's plan to restore our world into the paradise it once was before sin entered.

Don't you think that's a better way? I hope you choose to do it God's way. I'd like to meet you in the New Earth that God will make for us—Paradise!

 

People who Predate Adam & Eve by 10,000 years

Question: How do we explain, as Christians, humanity that seems to predate Adam and Eve by tens of thousands of years. Were Adam and Eve actual people? (there I said it) If I asked these questions in my Church I would lose my job.

Answer: Thank you for your question. I think I can derive by your questions that you're a member of the clergy, or work closely with the church in some fashion.

I believe Adam and Eve were real people, and that they were the first people on Earth—created by the hand of God—just like the Bible describes. I believe that this fact raises the nature of man to far more than just another animal. It places him as a rational being, created in the image of God to be the manager of all that God created

Gen 1:26 "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."

Contrast this with the belief that man is merely the highest form of animal. This would mean that man has no more value than any of the creatures throughout the world. Perhaps this is why so many people have such a conscienceless view of others that they feel no restraint but to steal, rape, kill.

It all comes down to faith. Do we believe the Bible or do we believe the theories of man. You already know where I stand. Each person has to come to his own conclusions. But make no mistake about it: It takes as much—or more—faith to believe evolution as it does to believe in the creation.

You mention evidence of human life that predates the Biblical story of creation. How do we know? We know because evolutionist scientists say so. There are many evidences in nature for the theory of evolution. But there are just as many—perhaps more—evidences for creation.

What about the ancient age of the rocks? They do appear to be millions of years old by our instruments. But in order to believe this we have to believe that the conditions that exist now have been the same as conditions throughout past eons. How do we know they were? Because the theory of uniformity (evolution) says they were. It all comes down to the matter of "whom shall we believe."

There are hundreds of books written by creationists showing impeccable evidence that the earth is only from 8-10 thousand years old. If you're interested, let me know. I can send you a list.

 

The Creation of Vegetation and Man

Question: In Gen.1:11-12 it says, ' Then God said, 'Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds'. And it was so. The land produced vegetation; plants bearing seed according to their kinds...' That was the third day of creation, before man was made on the sixth day. Later, though, in Gen.2:5 it says 'When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up... the Lord God formed the man from the dust...' So, did plants appear on the third day as it seems the 1st chapter of Genesis says, or after man was made as it seems the 2nd chapter of Genesis says?

Answer: The way the verses appear in Gen 2:4-8 does appear to be a bit confusing. Let's look at the verses we're talking about in the New International Version (NIV).

Gen 2:4-8 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens―and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground―the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.

Moses tells the story of the Creation again in chapter 2:4 & forward, filling in many details that were not presented in the Gen 1.1-2.3. Now Moses looks at the 7-day Creation from a different angle. From my study I believe the NIV has placed the dash (―) properly at the end of verse 4 and again at the end of verse 6. When God began His work of creating, there weren't any kinds of vegetation in the world. So looking forward from the beginning of Creation―and looking forward to the creation of man (which the first account mentions in 1.26-28)―Moses sees that the Earth is quite bleak.

But you'll notice that, right after God creates the man, in verse 2:7, He places him in the Garden (verse 8). So in the context, then, we must assume that the vegetation was created before the man―as it says in the first chapter―even though, for a moment at least, it seems that the writer is placing the man on a featureless earth without anything but bare ground as far as the eye can see.

We must realize that Moses―and many other Bible writers―use a writer's tool known as flashback. In this, the writer paints a picture of events, and then goes back and fills in the details later in the work.

You'll notice that Moses does this several times in chapter 2. For example: It seems that Adam is created, names all the animals, listens to God's command not to eat of the fruit―all before Eve was created. Obviously, the creation of Eve is a flashback, describing an event that took place prior to the time it is mentioned in the narrative. (With the creation of Eve God shifts from the creation of things to the creation of the family; thus Eve is mentioned at this time.)



Creation vs. Evolution

Question: I'm attending a university where, it seems, the Christian religion is debunked. They teach evolution as the only way for life as we know it to come into being. But I believe that the first chapters of Genesis happened just as they read. I also think that the evolutionistic concept of our coming about as an accident, causes people to feel that life has no real meaning. This feeling leads to frustration―often breeding violence and other crimes. How can I explain to my friends that God created the earth in seven days rather than it all having come about by evolution? I hope that eventually everyone will see how illogical evolution is and that it will just go away.

Answer: I'm sorry to say it, but I don't think that evolution will ever go away. In fact, I expect that it will grow and completely eclipse Creationismexcept for those few who believe with all their hearts that "God created the heavens and the earth," and that He died to "save His people from their sins."

There is no vaccination for the virus of evolution. The evangelists for their cause shout louder and with more persistence than we creationists. And they have by far the majority of earthlings on their side.

Most people believe that evolution is scientific in nature, and that science has proved it to be true. Whether evolution is a science or not, there IS plenty of evidence that can be shown in favor of evolution. But not really enough to prove it beyond a doubt.

And most people believe that creation is religious, and that only fanatics and narrow-minded people believe in it. Whatever people think of biblical creation, there IS plenty of evidence that can be shown in favor of special creation. But not really enough to prove it beyond a doubt.

You see, it all comes down to a matter of faith. Do we believe evolution, or do we believe in special creation? In fact, evolution and special creation are both religious in nature. Neither is scientific. Which one do you believe? That's the only criteria that separates the two. Whether the individual realizes it or not, both are built upon naked faith.

You mention that belief in evolution leads to crime, violence, etc. That's probably true. The idea that man is the highest and most valuable "animal" in the history of our planet; and that he is the master of his own destiny can lead to a pride that, consciously or not, seeks to put us in the place of God. That's actually the original sin committed by Lucifer in Heaven. (see Isa. 14:12-14; Ezek. 28:12-17 where God reveals the story of Satan under the symbol of the king of Tyre.)

I'm no expert in the teachings of evolution, but, as I understand it, lets compare the effects of believing one or the otheror some combination of the two.

Evolution:

• We are here as the result of an accident: the big bang; the primordial swamp; the incessant movement from a lower form to a higher form, etc.

• All this eventually, after billions of years (give it enough time and almost anything can happen!), comes the rise of mangreatest of all creatures in all of history; able, through his accomplishments, to fly faster than a speeding bullet; leap tall skyscrapers in a single bound; more powerful than a locomotiveamong other things. [Incidentally, that's the description to the cartoon character "Superman" }:o) ]

• Man has a great capacity to think, to plan, to do almost anything he sets his mind to. And out of this idea arises the doctrine of humanism: you are the master of your own destiny; you can be anything you want to be, ("If you can imagine it, you can do it"), etc.

• The evolutionist's philosophy of life can lead to the attitude mentioned by the rich fool in Jesus' parable: "Eat, drink, and be merry", for tomorrow we die. When it's over and done . . . well . . . sorry, but that's it. You've had your fling at life. Now, as it's sometimes said, "Curtains!" [Kind of like fireworks: a big splash of color and then darkness. {:o( ] "You're history" . . . period!

Theistic evolutionists try to combine the Bible account of creation with evolution. They come up with many theories:

1) God created the basic world, and life on it [in the primordial swamp?]; then He busied Himself with other matters and let evolution take its course.

2) Some base their argument on a portion of the Bible verse, 2 Pet 3:8 ". . . With the Lord a day is like a thousand years . . . ." They overlook the fact that the latter part of the text says: "and a thousand years are like a day." (Peter is trying to explain the timelessness in which God exists.) Theistic evolutionists use the text to try to explain that the days of Genesis 1 are really thousand year periods. For example: in the first [thousand years] God created light; in the third [thousand years] God caused the continents to appear and vegetation to grow on them.  etc.

There are many other combinations that theistic evolutionists put together in their attempts to harmonize the Bible with "science."

Creation:

• We were created for a reason; in the image of God; to take care of planet Earth for Him.

• God made us male and female (yes, God invented sex) with perfect bodies and fantastic mindsfree for as long as we remained loyal to God. God made us moral, righteous people, able to enjoy all the pleasures that God made possible for us. All this God gave us to manage for Him for all eternity.

• Instead man chose to be an idiot! He rebelled against God. Man decided that he could be anything he wanted to beand that included making himself as great of his Creator.

• In doing this, man proved that he could not be trusted to take care of God's propertyplanet Earth and everything in itincluding himself.

• So God had to "fire" him from his position of caretaker (steward) of the world. In effect, God gave him all the opportunities he needed to prove that man could do whatever he set his mind to do. It's kind of like the motto of the state of Missouri: "Show me." God said to man, as it were, "Show me that you can be as great as I can."

• And the rest is history: every evil imaginableand a lot that we could never imaginefound its residence on planet Earth. Billions have been slaughteredif not by others, then by themselves through the use their destructive physical habits of one kind or another. Other billions just died as the result of the natural working out of the great law of sin: separate yourself from the One Who is Life, and death is the natural result.

• At this point, the doctrines of evolution and of creation end the same: That's it, Mate. "Curtains" . . . period!

BUT! The outcome of the doctrine of creation takes an unexpected (unimaginable) twist. }:o)

• God, Who created us, loves us more than He loves Himself.

• He missed us after we left Him. He wanted us to love Him for Who He really is, and live with Him for all eternity.

• So God took upon Himself (through the God/man we call Jesus Christ) all the sins that man had ever done, and all the sins that man will ever doand died on the cross so that we wouldn't have to the suffer eternal punishment that we deserve.

• If we believe that God actually did this for us and let Him apply it to us, we will live lives of enjoyment even in a world that's destroying itself.

• And add to that the promise of resurrection from death at the second Advent of Christ to live forever with a God Who loves us THAT muchand that means that we have HOPE beyond the grave!

So you have the choice:

• Believe that we originated by accident; that we've risen to the highest level of any creature in history; that we can make ourselves whatever we want to; and in the end, to die and . . . that's it. A flash of brilliant colorand then ... darkness.

OR:

• Believe that we were created for a purpose; that we "blew it" and rebelled against our Creator; that, even though we are destroying our planet and everyone in it, God still loves us, died to pay for our folly, and will come to take all who accept Him as their Savior with Him to live with Him for eternity.

TOUGH CHOICE!

Well, that's that. I choose God, creation, the cross, eternal life. I like my choice better than the other one. It gives me peace and happiness here (no matter how miserable my existence is right now) and a hope for the future.

 

The Bible doctrine of Creation and the Flood

Now let's look at what the Bible teaches about Creation and the Flood, because both are tied together in one package.*

The Genesis story of Creation as told in the first and second chapters, follows a logical sequence, and I believe that it's factual in every way. It goes like this:

Day one: God created light. Light is the fundamental force of nature, one of the characteristics of God Himself. Without it, all life would die, and the planet would ice over to become one giant snowball.

Day two: God created the sky to separate the water vapors (clouds) from the oceans. Water, of course, is indispensable for all lifeand life cannot exist without the atmosphere.

Day three: God created land, the foundation upon which He was to build His completed kingdomwith its human inhabitants. God also created all plant life (I suppose He created that which is in the sea as well). It's interesting that God didn't create the insects until the fifth day. (How could all the plants which require pollination survive if the days of creation were thousands of years long?)

Day four: God created the sun and the moon. The sun "to govern the day," and the moon "to govern the night." The writer of Genesis adds the parenthetical expression "He also made the stars" to help us to realize that He made everything in the Universe (see Hebrews 1:1-3).

Day five: God created both the creatures of the sea and those that fly in the air.

Day six: God created the land animals―and man.

Gen 1:26-28 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

To Rule over the earth: that's the purpose for which man was created. He was to be the manager of God's planet―the caretaker, the steward of God's property.

The writer of Genesis gives additional information about the creation of the human species in chapter 2:

Male (Adam):

Gen 2:7 the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Female (Eve):

Gen 2:21-23 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman, ' for she was taken out of man."

Day seven: God created the birthday of the planetthe Sabbath. Instead of having an annual birthday like that to which we've become accustomed, God chose to have the Earth's birthday every seven days. God rested on this day, He sanctified itset it apart, and blessed it. And later, He reminded His people that they too should have beenand should continue to do soresting every seventh day like He had rested on the seventh day of Creation. (Exodus 20:8-10)

So there you have it. Seven days, during which everything that we know came into being. Though completely illogical according to our way of thinking, yet God chose to do it that way, and I choose to believe that He did it in just that amount of time.

How do we know that Genesis 1 and 2 are telling the truth? Because we have the word of the world's greatest authorities.

God Himself, at Sinai:

Exo 20:11 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.

These words were spoken to people in historical time. Their day was known to have only one night and one day. If God didn't create the earth in six 24-hour days, then we'd have to throw out, not only Genesis, but Exodus as wellwhich includes the ten com-mandments. If we threw that out, we'd no longer have to worry about the moral implications of idolatry, adultery, dishonesty, murder, theft, etc. I don't think anyone in their right minds would want to do that.

Jesus:

Mat 19:4-6 "Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." (Jesus quoted directly from Gen. 2:24)

John:

John 1:1-14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. . . . 10. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.. . . . 14. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Paul:

Col 1:16, 17 For by [God's Son] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Heb 1:1-3 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. . . .

Peter:

2 Pet 3:3-5 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed [created] out of water and by water. (Peter refers to days

So you see, we have the seven days of creation week confirmed by some of the most prestigious people in salvation history. Think about it: if the Genesis account of Creation isn't true then we'd have to throw out the entire Bible and forget about Jesus. Why? Because the belief in a seven-day creation week is a belief taught throughout the Bible.

The seven-day Creation week is absolutely fundamental to all Christian doctrine. Without it . . . there is no Christianonly deluded idolaters who worship a man named Jesus!

 

The story of Noah and the Flood is equally pivotal to Christianity. Here again, the account is specific and follows a logical sequence from God's first revelation to Noah that there would be a world-wide, all-consuming disaster, all the way through the story to the rainbow-sign in the sky after the Flood. I say, the sequence is logical, but the event is not. Only the God who had the power to create the earth could have the power to destroy it with a global flood.

Again, we have the word of many authorities that the Flood actually took place. Here are three:

Ezekiel:

Ezek 14:14 even if these three menNoah, Daniel and Jobwere in [the land], they could save only themselves by their righteousness, declares the Sovereign LORD.

Jesus:

Mat 24:37-39 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Peter:

2 Pet 3:5, 6 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.

God created the earth in seven days . . . and destroyed it in 40! This is the basis for our worship. We bow in reverent awe before a God who can both create and destroy.

*I'd like to invite you to read my novel called The Flood: A Story of End Time. It's in the "Library." I've documented everything that I canincluding many of the reasons why I chose to tell a section of the story in that particular way. The documentation is listed in the notes that follow each chapter.