Disclaimer: My studies of the Bible have converted me from an old earth creationist to a new earth creationist. This post contains opinions that are consistent with the belief and is my own opinion only.
Many people find it easier to believe scientists than God. Imagine their surprise that the Book of Genesis explains many facts that science has proven to be true regarding creation, the flood of Noah, and the racial differences among people. Evolutionists will tell you that Adam and Eve are a myth, and that we come from apes. Old earth creationists and new earth creationists believe that God created the earth and everything in it, but they disagree on the time. Humanists don’t believe that God created anything, because they don’t believe God exists.
Those who believe solely in science are the ones who speak the loudest when trying to disprove the Bible, and yet Sir Isaac Newton believed that God created the world. He believed that the Bible shows us WHAT God did, and science shows us HOW he did it. So let’s begin at the beginning, literally… “In the beginning.”
Genesis 1:1 tells us that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. There you go… we are told by the only one who was actually there – God – that He is the one who created it. When? In the beginning. New earth creationists say that is approximately 6,000 years ago (4,000 BC) in six days of twenty-four hours each. Old earth creationists say it was in six stages of millions or billions of years each, citing 2 Peter 3:8 that a day to God a day is like a thousand years, but it is more logical that every time the word day appears with “evening and morning” it implies a day as we know it, twenty-four hours, in which there is dark (night) and light (day). In Genesis 1:3 we have a reference to the Spirit of God, the very first reference to the Trinity, and in Genesis 1:3, God said, “Let there be light.” The Big Bang was the voice of God!
From Genesis 1:4-26 God goes on to create the world and everything in it, each time declaring that it is “good.” Note that it isn’t until the fourth day that He creates the sun, moon, and stars – even though the very first thing He did was command that there be light. He made the moon to orbit the earth about 240,000 miles away. He made the sun 100 times larger than the diameter of the earth. Many of the planets in our solar system still have very strong magnetic fields (implying that they are still young). God made the stars, the closest being Alpha Centauri, which is twenty-five trillion miles away from earth. He made our galaxy of more than 100 billion stars, nebulae, and star clusters. He made an unlimited number of other galaxies, each with hundreds of billions of stars. As galaxies spiral, they twist tighter and tighter, and it is more consistent to believe they are 6,000 years old than billions of years, in which case they would be twisted so tightly they would be unrecognizable. We cannot even begin to imagine the infinite universe!
On the sixth day, the same day He created animals, God also created Adam, from the dust of the earth. Science has recently proven that the breakdown of chemical elements of the human body is the same as the earth. He created Eve from a rib of Adam, and women have one more rib than men.
Now here’s where things stray far from what we learned as children: God created all the land animals on the same day has He created Adam and Eve, so what does that mean for dinosaurs? We were taught that they lived and then became extinct millions of years before humans. We know they existed, because we have all seen the reconstructions of the skeletons in museums. Radiocarbon dating has been proven unreliable on older objects, although it was able to pinpoint the Dead Sea Scrolls to 200 years before or after 38AD. Every culture has dragon-like creatures, even the English with Saint George. The descriptions of the Behemoth and the Leviathan in the Book of Job sound like dinosaurs.
If the layers of fossils are from before sin entered the Garden of Eden, that means that death was already a part of God’s creation, and we know that is not true, otherwise nothing Jesus came to do for us would matter. Therefore, Adam and Eve had to have been created at the same time as the dinosaurs, and yet did not encounter them just as the majority of us will never encounter fierce wild animals. Instead, the fossil layers are from the flood of Noah, which we will look at in a moment.
Genesis 1 ends with the thirty-first verse, in which God declares His work to be not just good, but “very good.” And indeed it was very good. The Garden of Eden was a virtual paradise. God’s intention was that Adam and Eve would live forever. All animals, even the dinosaurs, were herbivores. It was only after Adam and Eve disobeyed Him that sin entered the world and death became its consequence.
In Genesis 1:28 God tells Adam and Eve to multiply and fill the earth. Modern science knows that close relatives cannot marry because of birth defects due to defective genes, but Adam and Eve were included in God’s declaration that His creation was very good; they had no defects in their genes. Critics of the Bible question who the sons of Adam and Eve married; they are ignoring the fact that they would have had to marry sisters at one point. The laws prohibiting such marriages did not exist until the time of Moses, and in fact, Abraham married his half-sister.
The Bible does not mention rain until the flood of Noah, but we are told in Genesis 2:10 that the Garden of Eden was watered by a river that split into four. If it is true that it did not rain, the earth would be surrounded by vapour due to evaporation. Due to the violent activity of the flood, the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers of today cannot possibly be more than namesakes of their Eden counterparts.
Adam lived to the age of 930 years and saw all of his descendants except Noah. Genesis 7:6 tells us that Noah himself was over 600 years old at the time of the flood. By then, as we all know from the story, mankind became so evil that God was sorry He ever created them. He decided on a do-over, destroying the world and everyone in it, with only a few exceptions: Noah was a righteous man and God commanded him to build an ark in which to survive the upcoming flood. Noah and his wife, their three sons, and the sons’ wives, plus the animals needed to start over, would be the sole survivors.
Genesis 6:14-16 recounts the precise instructions God gave to Noah, including the dimensions of the ark. There would have been about 7,000 individual animals on the Ark because God did not command that they carry fish, whales, or amphibious creatures. In addition, there was not such a great variety in species in those days. So, for example, only two dogs were needed to eventually become all the dog breeds that exist today. In order to save space, it is very possible that they were all very young specimens, with the added advantage they had their full breeding life ahead of them. Noah did not need to round up any of the animals according to Genesis 7:9, as they all came to him through a homing instinct. No doubt, God subdued them in some way, such as by causing them to hibernate.
The well-known forty days and nights of rain would have been from the vapour layer but the flood was much more violent than just torrential rain. Genesis 7:11 tells us that all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened, which implies subterranean waters. The turmoil released enough volcanic activity to fill the atmosphere with ash and dust and to start the process of the continents breaking away from one another, and the mountains formed by the heaving of the earth’s crust and the collisions of tectonic plates. Today, we are able to see layered sedimentary rock everywhere in the world. These layers of sand, soil, and material contain fossils of plants and animals that were buried very quickly.
We see from the fossil record that before the flood, most of the earth had a tropical environment. Extensive volcanic activity blocking the heat of the sun during and after the flood, and the warm oceans following the flood resulted in an ice age that covered a third of the earth with ice, primarily in the north. It is at this point that the dinosaurs became extinct. It has been calculated that at the height of the Ice Age the average depth of ice over much of the Northern Hemisphere was approximately 2,300 ft, it took about 500 years to accumulate, and 200 years to melt. This excludes the Arctic and Antarctica regions, of course. Thus, the total time for the Ice Age is a maximum of only about 700 years, not 2.6 million years, the length of time that is commonly repeated.
Scientists will tell you that not one drop of water has been added or subtracted since the beginning of time. The water from the Flood is in the oceans and seas we see today. Three-quarters of the earth’s surface is covered with water.
We get the different races of humanity from what happens next: Noah’s family emerged from the ark after a full year and his sons obeyed God’s command to be fruitful and multiply. By Genesis 11 we find a repopulated earth with a single language, as everyone in the world descended from three couples. When they settled on the Shinar Plain in modern-day Iraq, they decided to build a city with a tower that could reach to heaven. This was blasphemous, and God scattered the people throughout the earth. Those who went into regions near the equator developed melanin in their skin, giving it a dark appearance as protection from the sun. Those who went up into the northern regions developed light complexions to help them get enough vitamin D from the sun. In addition, the gene pools were suddenly much smaller, and there were repetitions of physical traits. Eventually it became possible to identify a person’s home by the shape of their eyes or nose, the colour of their skin, or even the texture of their hair.
The scattering explains why we find the same stone tools and artefacts in Europe, Africa and Asia. Descendants of Noah’s sons include the Neanderthal race of Europe and the Near East. Some of those who went into the Far East travelled north and crossed the Bering Strait into what is now North America, even migrating down into Central and South America. Without the Biblical account, experts would be unable to explain the widespread migration of the human race.
So, you see, you really can have science and religion existing side by side. Even if you are not a new earth creationist I hope this post gave you some food for thought, and although it is slanted toward my personal views, there is no denying that the Bible actually does prove science!