Genesis 1:1 - 31
ESV - 1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
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Genesis 1:1 in the English Standard Version says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” And Psalm 19:1 in the English Standard Version says, “To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Biblical creation is based on the Bible where God created the universe and everything in it as described in Genesis. (Genesis 1:1-2:3 is the specific creation week though commonly creation means Genesis 1-11). God created the solar system out of nothing (He didn’t need matter—See "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1) The Bible teaches the entire universe came into existence out of nothing. The phrase ex nihilo is used because it means, “out of nothing.” What this means is before the creation of the universe, nothing else existed except the Triune God.). The Creator did not need matter, large amounts of time, energy, or anything else. For example--in Hebrews 11:3 we read, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” Scholars take this to mean that the universe came into existence by divine command and was not assembled from preexisting matter or energy. Things that are visible do not owe their existence to anything visible.). He created out of nothing in 6 literal normal-length days about 6,000 years ago. On the fourth day of creation, Genesis 1 has: 14 And God said: 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.' And it was so. 16 And God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; and the stars. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day. Thus God created the sun and the moon of the solar system. And the stars are mentioned in Genesis 1:16 as well, God’s handiwork in creation.
To say that God created every thing in a literal week is perfectly reconcilable with both the Bible and with what science so clearly shows us, and I mean mainstream University science. My view is simple. To say that God spoke everything into existence in 7 literal days does not mean that the creation arrived at the state in which we presently observe it in 7 literal days. For instance God created you but you took 6000 years to be born. Extrapolate that to everything else we see and that literal week could have been 14 Billion years before we arrive at Adam. When we pray, God does not jump and do what we ask in an instant. Often times God takes time to answer. He already knew the answer before you asked. So He already answered your prayer in eternity past. If you are wondering about why dinosaurs date back as old as they do, there is an answer to that also. He may have created them 14 Billion years ago in a literal 24 hour 7 day week but they have only come to the state in which we find them 66 million years ago. God can stand and see his creation perfected and he could see it from that literal week 14 Billion Years ago and see that it is perfect. But wait! We have found dinosaurs with other dinosaur parts in their digestive system! They were eating each other! How could that be good? It only becomes good in light of Jesus Christ. Everything becomes complete in Jesus Christ. Or possibly mindless reptiles eating other mindless reptiles is not evil when you consider how they became part of our present ecosystem. I am talking about oil. Science is not lying and science is not completely wrong. We are just not seeing how powerful and good our Creator really is. Perhaps I am wrong. Perhaps God spoke everything into instant existence, finished and aged in order to deceive Darwin, but I doubt it because God is good and does not lie. As for hominids like Dmanisi, I believe they are animals just like gorillas. They were not created in the image of God and neither were Neanderthals. In fact I believe that right up to 6000 years ago even what we may consider human was in fact just another animal until God specially stepped in and created Adam and Eve in his likeness with the Spirit of God indwelling them. So may be I am wrong about a few things but I encourage every one to ask more questions and try to figure out how science and the Bible may or may not be in harmony. I can tell you this, I have the indwelling Spirit of God in me and I know he is real. I know him the way a person knows one of their own family members. I pray. He answers. I know Him.
You have 2 choices regarding belief about the creation of the solar system: 1. God created it about 6,000 years ago as described in the bible 2. The solar system formed naturally 4.6 billion years ago after the universe came about via the big bang about 14 billion years ago. Common sense would: 1. point to a designer since our world is beautifully and intricately designed. As Christians we call that designer God or Jesus Christ 2. suggest that you cannot get order from disorder or design from unguided, chaotic naturalistic processes. Anyway, the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics would oppose a naturalistic formation of our solar system and universe. In conclusion genetic and geologic findings among others are consistent with a 6,000 years old solar system. If needed, delve into this further by going to creation.com.
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