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

So how did God create? He spoke it into existence, and He did it in six days. There's no way around that. Just to help you a little bit with that, people say, What about the word day ? Can't it mean something else? It's a plain old Hebrew word, yom, means day. It's used in the Bible to indicate a 24-hour, normal solar day, or sometimes to refer to the daylight portion of a day. You might say, I'll be gone four days and you mean four days both day and night; or you might say to someone, This has been a beautiful day, and you're referring to the daylight portion of it. You use the word the same way the Hebrews used it. When yom, is modified by a number, universally, without exception in Scripture, it refers to a normal solar day.

Now sometimes day is used in Scripture to refer to some period of time not precisely defined. Job said, “My days are vanity.” Psalm 90, verse 9 says, “Our days are passed away,” and that's defined. But we understand what that means, a period of time. But even at that, day still means some finite succession of normal days, not some vast age of millennial years or millions of years. I think maybe the strongest affirmation - and I need to do this because you can ask the question about why God took six days - Why didn't He didn't He do it in six minutes or six seconds. The answer is, He took six days because He wanted to establish a pattern.

In Exodus chapter 20 He gives us the pattern, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

God wanted to establish a pattern for mankind, and that pattern was you work six days and you have one day when you set it aside to rest, and replenish your body, and focus on worshiping God. God chose to do it in six days to set a pattern for us. Now, if in fact it took him billions of years, then the pattern is ridiculous. God's work of creation set the pattern for man who bears his image; six days you work and one day you worship. Henry Morris in his book The Genesis Record says, “God called the light day and the darkness he called night. As though in anticipation of future misunderstanding God carefully defined his terms. The very first time he used the word day he defined it as the light to distinguish it from the darkness called night. Having separated the day and night God had completed his first day's work. The evening and the morning were the first day. This same formula is used at the conclusion of each of the six days,” as I read to you, “It's obvious that the duration of each of the days including the first was the same. It is clear that beginning with the first day and continuing thereafter there was a period of cyclical succession of days and nights, periods of light and periods of darkness.”

There's no other way to interpret that. No other way at all. Then how did we come up with this ages and billions of years stuffed into Genesis? Not from Genesis; only factors outside Scripture. False scientific theory imposed on the Bible, higher criticism that attacks the historicity of the Bible, and distorted human, self-centered philosophies. But you know false scientific theory and higher criticism coming from unbelieving scholastics have caused Christian scholars to torture this text with unwarranted interpretations.

There's absolutely nothing whatsoever on the pages of Genesis 1 and 2 that allows anything but a six, 24-hour solar day creation. It may offend the evolutionist, but that doesn't change the truth; and no man fairs well who sits in judgment on the Bible. Let's ask when; that's why, let's ask when. When did this happen? Did it happen millions and billions of years ago? Science used to say two billion years, but now they've changed it. They lean toward 20 billion and about every year it gets longer. You see, they've never seen anything evolve so they think it probably took longer.

But if things don't evolve, what does longer do? It doesn't do anything. If things don't evolve, if matter doesn't randomly organize itself by chance upward and upward and upward, if there's no evidence that it ever does that, what does more time achieve? Since there is no evolution it's not necessary to have billions or millions of years; all you need is six days, that's all you need. Man didn't evolve finally from an ape over five billion years. He was created in the same 24 hours as the apes.

You say, So what about fossils, what about fossils? I tell you one thing about fossils, they must have been formed after the creation, not before. They had to be formed after the creation. Let me give you a scientific definition of fossils, dead stuff. That's profound, but that's it. Fossils, that's dead stuff, and there's not any death. Romans 5:12 , as I mentioned earlier, that death came by sin. There's no death before the fall of Adam. You can't have billions and billions of years of billions and billions of things dying and becoming fossils if you don't have death.

It is true, there are billions of fossils and there are fossil fields all over the world. Massive, massive death did occur. What caused it? There was clearly a tremendous reign of death all over the death. There was clearly a massive, massive death, and the Bible gives the absolutely accurate information into what it was. It was the universal, worldwide flood. Genesis 6 and 7, and you can look into the science of that; it's absolutely fascinating. Very likely at that time the once what scientists think was a super continent split up, and fountains of the deep were broken up, and the earth's surface was changed, and techtonic plates collided and pushed up mountains, which used to be at the bottom of the sea. That's why you find fish fossils in the Himalayas, and in Grand Canyon.

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