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Creation Vs. Evolution - The Debate Continues
Have you ever been subjected to the argument that God created the heavens and the earth or quite the opposite that the earth experienced evolution. Have you ever stopped to think that these theories aren’t dissimilar?
Recently I discussed evolution with a couple over a cup of coffee. These folks were very firm in his beliefs and actually stated that Darwin would denounce his theory of evolution in hell. I wasn’t surprised by this statement as I’ve heard it many times. As many times as I’ve heard the opposing view expelled just as harshly.
I often sit listening to these arguments wishing that the two sides of the coin would compare notes.
God Created The Heavens and the Earth Vs. The Big Bang Theory
Genesis 1:1 says that “God created the heavens and the earth.” God then preceded to shape the earth and the heavens. God created the sun and moon. God formed the land masses separating land from water. God placed the stars in the sky.
Big bang theorists claim that in a place far, far, away a super dense particle exploded and created the universe. Materials came together and via gravity formed into planets. Gases coalesced forming stars. Stars so massive that their gravity pulled planets into their orbits. These planets developed unique qualities conducive to life.
This is a simplistic view of two theories yet if you think about it they aren’t that different. “God created the heavens and the earth.” This was a physical process. A process that the Bible says that God was actively involved in. Who is to say that God didn’t begin this process with a big bang then organized the chaos.
Creation Vs. Evolution
Genesis says that God first created vegetation and then in verse 20 says “And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.”
Evolutionists believe that life evolved from the seas. The bible says that life came from the sea, but doesn’t state how it was created. One compliments the other.
Genesis 1:24 ” And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.”
Again evolutionist believe that animals evolved. The Bible says that God created land creatures, but doesn’t detail the process. Who is to say that God didn’t use adaption to create unique species?
God Created Man Vs. We Evolved From Apes
On day six God created man in his own image. You’ll notice that Adam and Eve were not created until chapter 2, after God rested on day seven. These were the gathers we often hear about that preceded modern man. The Bible says that “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.”
These folks ate little or no meat and if you look at the Neanderthals, meat played a minor role in their diet. They were ill equipped to hunt and why would they have to. Vegetation, fruit, berries, nuts, etc. were plentiful. Gathering could easily meet their nutritional needs.
Adam and Eve explain the missing link in human evolution. Adam was created from the dust of the ground in Genesis 2:7. He was created to be unique. God also planted the garden of Eden for Adam and placed him there so that he could “dress it and keep”. Adam was a farmer! This also distinguishes Adam from the “man” that was created on the six day as they were to consume that bounty that was spread on the face of the Earth.
Eve was created from Adams’ genetic material (his rib) and together they were the first Homo sapiens. Could it be that evolutionists can’t find the missing link, because it doesn’t exist? Could it be that neither adaption or evolution produced modern man? Sounds plausible doesn’t it.
The second chapter of Genesis confirms that God completed his creation then rested on the seventh day. What I find unique is Genesis 2:4
“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,”
“Generations”, what a unique word to use. “Generations” in the scope of human time does not refer to a day. It refers to a long period of time. God’s days were not 24 hours.
Genesis 1:3-5 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
This is important. God created light and dark before he created the sun and moon and he called his evening and morning the first day. You noticed that the bible didn’t say anything about the sun or moon as these were not created at this point. God doesn’t experience time as we do. His day is immensely long.
On day four God created the sun and moon to project light onto the earth separating day from night. God establishes his day in Genesis 1:5, but did not establish Earth’s day until Genesis 1:16.
Scientist conclude that the Earth we live in today took billions of years to develop. It was not created in six 24 hour periods. It took extremely long periods of time. “Generations” of time.
Creation Vs. Evolution – The Debate Goes On
I doubt that anyone will ever put this debate to rest, but I wanted to throw in my two cents worth. I didn’t write this to offend anyone. I merely want to show the similarities between modern evolution and creation theories. Please accept this as my personal view and in no way a degradation of anyone's beliefs.