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The How, Why, and When of Creation, Part 1

Now, you know, the evolutionists just mock that, the world, the universe 6,000 years old? But he was no doubt very close to being accurate. Prior to Charles Darwin any educated man who suggested that mankind was over 6,000 years old was seen as a fool. All historical records fit into that 6,000 years. You can go back and study European history, you can go back and study the records, the Egyptian records, and they all go back no further than that. You say, Isn't it possible that some names got skipped in the genealogies? That's one of the things you hear all the time. Isn't it possible that some names got skipped?

Let me tell you something. One very hard thing to prove is what got left out. That is very hard to prove. How can you say some other names should be in there? It's not there. It's not there. Even if you add a few names that got left out of the genealogy of five or the genealogy of chapter 11; the history of Israel, that's set. We know that, and the times from Christ to now we know that. So if you're talking about that first period of time and you want to give a little space to the genealogies you can add a few hundred years here and there. Nineteenth-century Princeton scholars William Green and B. B. Warfield, both were inerrantists, they believed in the authority of the Bible.

But they tried to harmonize the Bible with evolution and the way they wanted to do it was to stretch the genealogies; there's nothing to argue about over the last 2,000. There's nothing to argue about over the 2, 000 really from Abraham to the New Testament period; that's pretty well fixed in history. So they decided they had to stuff some years in the first 2,000, and they said there were various generations omitted and that father and begat could skip generations and refer to a more remote ancestor. There's no evidence for it.

William Kelly writes, “Even if Green and Warfield were correct in positing gaps within the genealogies of Genesis the most generous assigning of gaps between various generations couldn't add more than several hundred or at the most maybe 1,000 or so years to the Ussher's chronology.”

“Indeed a more careful look at these gaps will indicate that they really do not change the overall biblical chronology for the following reason. The writer of Genesis defined the length of the patriarchal age in terms of the times between the birth of the patriarchs who are actually listed, not in terms of how many other descendants there may have been who are not listed.” You get the point? If you hit the high peaks of the patriarchs, and you give the years for those, you can't stuff any more years in between.

James B. Jordan wrote, “Anyone who opens the Bible of Genesis chapter 5 and 11 will notice that the age of each father is given for the time of his son's birth. Adam was 130 years old at the birth of Seth, he was 105 years old at the birth of Enosh, and so forth. Thus we appear to have an unbroken chronology from creation to Abraham. There are no gaps in the sequence; son follows father in strict succession it seems. The length between Genesis 5 and 11 is established by Genesis 6:7 and Genesis 11:10 . Arpachshad was born in Noah's 602 year, thus at first glance there appears to be good reason to accept the chronologies of Genesis 5 and 11 at face value.”

Now even if there's some gaps as I said, and you wanted to stuff them with everything you could possibly think of you'd never come up with millions of years. At best it's just a few thousand years ago. Scientist comes along and says, I've got a problem with that; what about the speed of light? If God created a star out there, and it's x number of light years away, it would take a million years for it to get here. The light can't get here and the fact that we can see the light of the star way out there indicates that millions of years must have gone by.

How about this for a wild solution. God not only created the star he created the light in between there and here. Does that sound impossible? If that's too simplistic, let me give you another solution, hang on. Research has been done on the speed of light; they've done it in kilometers. The speed of light is generally accepted as being 299, 792.458 kilometers per second or rounding it off, 300,000 kilometers a second. A light year is the distance light travels in a year; thus a star might come into being a million light years away from the earth, but couldn't actually be observed until a million years later because it would take that long for the starlight to reach the earth from outer space.

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