The Sixth Day of Creation Week

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The Sixth Day

On the sixth day of creation God did three things, first, he created the land animals, second, he created mankind, third, he declared that all animals and man were to eat the plants.

Fossils of a stegosaur (Stegosaurus stenops) and its babies being attacked by an allosaur (Allosaurus fragilis) at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature.
Fossils of a stegosaur (Stegosaurus stenops) and its babies being attacked by an allosaur (Allosaurus fragilis) at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature. | Source

The Land Animals

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. Genesis 1:25

Three kinds of animals are created on this sixth day, the beast of the earth, cattle, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth. The thought appears to be, wild animals, animals capable of domestication, and insects. God stamps a closure on this group of animals by declaring “that it was good” v.25.

Within the first group would be the dinosaurs. We would expect that if dinosaurs and mammals coexisted we would find their fossils together. According to Dr. Carl Werner in his book, Living Fossils: Evolution the Grand Experiment Vol.2, there are numerous examples of not only mammals, but other modern creatures found alongside dinosaurs. Over 300 genus of mammals have been identified from Mesozoic rock.

Among the modern animals found living alongside dinosaurs (cretaceous) are parrots, flamingos, loons, cormorants, sandpipers, and avocets. Of the mammals it is commonly stated they were “like”, so beaver-like, Tasmanian devil-like, platypus-like, echidna-like. The few fossils that creationists have been allowed to examine show that hedgehog and possum fossils are not simply “like” their modern counterparts, but identical. It would appear that evolutionists have a tendency to multiply taxonomic identities, creating more genus and species than actually exist, especially in the fossil record.

Mankind

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27

The nature of man’s creation is different from that of the animals. For the sea creatures, God said, “Let the waters bring forth” and for the land animals he said, “Let the earth bring forth.” For man, God said, “Let us make man in our image”, therefore, the creation of man is of a different type than that of animals, marine, avian, and terrestrial.

The blessing that God declares on man is also different from that of the animals, God includes the word, subdue, in his blessing. Man is then given dominion over the living creatures, not a despotic whim fulfilling dominion, but one of stewardship.

Was this the first appearance of humanity on the earth? Or did some sort of pre-human exist? Did God make modern humans by adding a spiritual nature to already existing hominids, or did he create specially create mankind? According to the text, man is specially created, the word create, is used three times in reference to God’s making of man, emphasizing this point.

 Illustration comparing the skeletons of various apes to that of man
Illustration comparing the skeletons of various apes to that of man | Source

Fossil Man

According to evolutionists, humanity has evolved over a period of some 28 million years. Some 5-6 million years ago our supposed ancestors diverged from the pongids (apes and chimpanzees) to become hominids, with Homo sapiens finally developing around 400,000 years ago. Many natural history museums show the fossil record as bearing this out. The fact is that there are two kinds of fossils in the fossil record, those of apes, and those of humans.

The skeletons of Homo erectus show little difference from those of Homo sapiens. The only real difference between home erectus and homo sapien is found in the skull features, yet every feature found in the skulls of Homo erectus has also been found in the skulls of Homo sapiens. A similar condition exists with Neanderthal man. Neanderthals, once considered an ancestor of humanity, are now believed to be an extinct side branch of the genus Homo. Neanderthal skeletons are more robust than Homo sapien skeletons, indicating a more powerful musculature. Yet all the features found in Neanderthal skeletons can also be found in Homo sapien skeletons.

The Genetic Record

If Genesis is true, then certain predictions can be made about what we should see genetically in humans. Genesis states that we had only a single pair of ancestors, Adam and Eve. There should, therefore, be only a single Y chromosome found, and a single mtDNA (passed down by the mother). In recent DNA sequencing it has in fact been shown that all men share a common Y chromosome, although this would be from Noah rather than Adam. All mtDNA have been shown to go back to a single woman, with there being three major lineages derived from that. These findings are consistent with Genesis being factual. The implications are that all of us are descended from Noah and his family. The men received their Y chromosome from Noah, and women their mtDNA from the three wives of his sons. This also means that Noah’s Flood was global, with no human survivors outside of the Ark.

The distribution of genetic mutations also shows a young earth timeline. Were the earth, or the genome, old, there should be an even distribution of mutations. The fact that mutations are unevenly distributed is evidence in favor of a young genome.

Relief of stegosaurus
Relief of stegosaurus | Source

Dinosaurs and Man

Dinosaurs coexisting with animals is a controversial suggestion, let alone dinosaurs coexisting with man. If we are to take Genesis 1 at face value, then dinosaurs and mankind are contemporaneous. The evidence for their coexistence is primarily, if not exclusively, post-flood. There is historical evidence, from Herodotus, the accounts of Alexander the Great’s venture into India, from Marco Polo, and from other accounts into the 16th century. While there is little verification for these, the descriptions are accurate representations of dinosaurs, something that could not have happened simply from observation of the fossils or if the descriptions were simply imaginative creations.

There is evidence from archaeology. The temple at Angkor Wat contains a sculpture of a stegosaurus. This sculpture shows the feet of the stegosaur in their correct pose, something that cannot be determined from simply observing a fossil. From Peru, there are the Ican burial stones. These stones are found in Incan burial sites and depict scenes from everyday life. Among these scenes are depictions of dinosaurs. As the dinosaurs are shown as anatomically correct, there is good reason to believe that the etchings are based on observations of live dinosaurs. There are also pottery dinosaurs found near Acambro, Mexico. Dated using the thermoluminescence technique to 4500 years BP, these pottery figurines are accurate representations of dinosaurs. Both the Ican and Acambro representations have been discounted by evolutionists as modern creations, but this is based on the paradigm and not the provenance of the evidence.

Vegetable Diet

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. 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. Genesis 1:29-30

God makes clear that only herbs and fruit are to be eaten, by both man and beast. Thus, we believe that in the original creation, all animals were herbivores.

Conclusion

The sixth day marked the final day of God’s creative works. On this day God created all of the land animals, reptilian, dinosaurian, and mammalian. On this day God also created mankind in the form of Adam and Eve. The fossil record provides evidence of modern animals living with dinosaurs, and there is also post-flood evidence of dinosaurs and humans coexisting. The genetic evidence indicates human ancestry from a single pair of parents (Adam and Eve) and diverging through three women (the wives of Noah’s sons). God commanded man to have stewardship (dominion) over the earth, and declared that only plants were provided as food for all animals. We can with confidence say that the data supports a literal understanding of the creation account of Genesis 1.

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Pamela-anne 3 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Well researched hub most interesting views on how we came to be thanks for sharing.


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barrydan 3 years ago from Calgary, Alberta, Canada Author

Thanks for the comment Pamela-anne, glad to share.


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Mark Johann 3 years ago from Italy

I agree with you in many sense. I appreciate you wrote this because I think I saw this one in some cable TV programs about 6 years ago.


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barrydan 3 years ago from Calgary, Alberta, Canada Author

Thank you for your comment Mark. There really isn't much that's new in the evolution/creation debate,but not everyone has seen the evidence from the creation side.

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