"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. "
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Creation: OEC vs. YEC
Since God started with the creation account, I believe that I should start with the creation account. In a sense, Genesis 1 always eluded me. For example, God says "let their be light" and the effect is day and night. This makes no sense from a YEC (young earth creation) point of view but makes perfect sense if we are seeing the creation unfold from the surface of the earth.
Some YEC propose that this is God's Shekinah glory just as is mentioned in Revelation. That is fine except according to Revelation, when God's Shekinah glory illuminates the world, there is no night. That actually makes sense because if God is lighting something, what could escape His light? Revelation 22:5
What could cause day and night to occur on the earth? It just so happens that the beginning of the formation of the moon, in an occurrence that caused a large Mars sized rock to hit our planet, dissipated the heavy gases from the earth. Now light could penetrate and day and night began on Planet Earth.
I sincerely always held my understanding of this passage in reserve. I wondered if those days were longer periods of time.
I had listened to a great many messages by Kent Hovind concerning the YEC point of view because the majority of my friends held to this position. I admit that Kent Hovind's charisma has a way of making him sound extremely convincing. I, too, was swayed by his persuasiveness even though I could see that some of his teaching on church doctrine was in error.
Now that I have investigated this topic more thoroughly and gone back and listened to Dr. Hovind, I realize that he never honestly makes any scientific points in his messages. He sets the stage to be the knowledgeable scientist through a rubber-band trick, but he never gives the audience any real evidence to support his position. Moreover, when he does finally make a point, what the unsuspecting Christians do not realize is that these points are easily torn down through reality.
Many Christians are being taught that the only possibly way to understand Genesis 1 is by six literal 24 hour days. They further explain that anyone disbelieving this interpretation of this passage is a heretic and a Bible hater. So it is no wonder that many Christians are fearful of hearing any other point of view. They are comfortable believing in faith that the world is 6000 years old no matter what the evidence shows. They don't care. It is nearly impossible to get one of these believers to even consider the possibility that the earth is old because of the way this is presented to them.
Another argument they give is that God created man as an adult. Actually, to be precise, the text does not say this. Adam could have been three years old when he was created or 12 years old or 60 years old, but even in that type of body, he was brand new. We simply do not have any specifics on the size or shape of Adam's body. At any rate, the argument would say that if God created man old, then He could create the universe old.
Here's the problem with this point: In Romans 1:18-21, God says this,
This is important because God is saying that His character that is not seen by our human eyes is clearly seen in the things that He made from the creation of the world, not from the fall of mankind. With that in mind, God cannot lie. God's honesty and faithfulness are key to everything about Him. Therefore, if Andromeda is 2.5 million light years from here meaning that the light takes 2.5 million years to reach earth, then only two possibilities exist. God is giving us the illusion of age, which does not fit His invisible attributes that are supposed to be evident in the things that are made or reality is true and the earth and this universe are a lot older than 6000 years.
Man's age from his creation is not perfectly evident but what is evident is that when we test the mitochondrial DNA of man, it leads back to one woman out of East Africa. When we test y-chromosomal DNA, it points back to one man that came later. They know that other men were living at the time, but only this man's genes made it through. This is exactly what the Bible tells us happened in the Flood. Only Noah's seed made it through. Everyone else died.
This is a National Geographic article that demonstrates this fact. I love it when I see these sorts of secular articles because they show that the Bible is true. Most Christians wouldn't even look at something like this because of the fears they have concerning reality. I am so excited to see the Bible unfold before my eyes. The more I learn, the greater my understanding is to know when they are imposing their point of view on the evidence and when they are reporting the facts.
So the question arises, could we have misunderstood the time line of Genesis 1? And the answer is a resounding, "Yes!"
In future blog posts, I am going to delve in deeper into why this is so important.