Remnants of Genesis: Day 6

Here is the final piece of our walk through the days of creation.

 

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Day 6:  The day in which God creates man and animals. Here is another place where Christians can infer the evolutionary process into the creation account: “And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds’” (1:24). But the evolutionary model does not ‘produce’ from the land. Instead, this could imply that the living creatures were created much like Adam—from the dust of the earth.

Before we talk more about evolution, let’s speak for a moment on the theology of the Trinity as implied in this set of verses. It should be noted that when God creates man, He uses the term, our. “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness’” (1:26). Some infer this to mean that God was conferring with the angels, as He did in 1 Kings regarding Ahab, and in Job regarding the angels giving an account of themselves. But the following verse indicates otherwise: “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them” (1:27). To imply that it was angels that God was conversing with, it would elevate angels on par with God. The we and our in verse 26 indicates the Godhead, the Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit conferring amongst each other, and coincides with John 1:1, which states:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He 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 all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

 

Now onto the topic of evolution and the creation of man and animals. We have discussed the geological record of man and dinosaurs together, and the geological record of the Cambrian explosion causing life to appear very suddenly. “It is the fossils which ‘date’ the rocks, and which distinguish one ‘geological age’ from another. It is the fossils which provide the main evidence for evolution. Yet it is the fossils which speak more clearly of rapid formation.”[1]

What about the so-called ‘proofs’ of evolution? Because there have been fossils found, and skeletons, of man-like or ape-like beings do not necessarily prove they were our evolutionary ancestors. What they prove is that there were at one time these creatures—whether man or ape—that roamed the earth. As there are extinct animals, there is no reason not to believe that there could be extinct apes. There is also no reason not to believe that an ancient race of men could also be extinct. Bible-believers, whether Christian or Jewish, should not have a hard time believing this considering the many nations that lived in Old Testament times that have come and gone. This idea is exacerbated when Homo erectus skeletons have been found in places like Australia dated at the same time as when Homo sapiens would have been alive and well in Europe.

The Neanderthal, which would have come after Homo erectus on the evolutionary scale, is thought by many anthropologists to have had a stooped-over shoulder not because he was part ape, but because his diet would have lacked Vitamin D.[2]

“Contrary to common opinion,” Dr. Henry Morris stated, “there is much evidence that modern man existed contemporaneously with all these hypothetical and very doubtful apelike ancestors.”[3] It has been found that some modern man, he also said, would have lived prior to all his evolutionary ancestors.

So what does this say about Darwinian evolution? Alvin Plantinga of Notre Dame University, often called the greatest living American philosopher, said, “Things don’t look hopeful for Darwinian naturalists,” and Discovery Institute’s Jonathan Wells said, “Darwinism is merely materialistic philosophy masquerading as science, and people are recognizing it for what it is.” Wells also believes that within decades, people will be scratching their heads at the evidence against evolution, stating, “How could anyone have believed this?”[4]

Here, we have just barely scratched the surface of the magnitude of the evidence for a creator God; and the likeliness of that God having been the very one who spoke the universe into existence as demonstrated in the Book of Genesis. Scores of books can be, and have been, devoted to this.

As we have observed, remnants of creation are alive and well some 6,000 years after the accounts of Genesis would have taken place, and are being found in every stratum of science—biology, chemistry, anthropology, geology, astronomy, astrophysics, cognitive sciences and more. For the sake of brevity, this paper neglected many of the sciences, and focused more closely on the six days of creation and how we can compare scientific discovery to the Biblical record. It is amazing just how greatly God has made His fingerprint, His signature, so clearly seen wherever we look. If only the world would choose to recognize it instead of denying it and following their own way. I suppose, like the first chapters of Genesis, man has really not changed. They still wish to be like God, not only succumbing to the same temptation as Adam and Eve, but also as Lucifer.

 

 

 

 

 

[1] Henry M. Morris, Scientific Creationism (San Diego, CA: Creation-Life Publications), 95

[2] Ibid, 175.

[3] Ibid, 176.

[4] Ibid. 176.

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