Six Days, Six Millennia, Six Megayears, or Six Gigayears?

Thursday, June 30, 2011

“Six days shalt thou labour…but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work…For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day…” (Exodus 20:9-11 KJV).

How long did it take God to create the heaven, the earth, and all living creatures that reside in them? Six days? Six thousand years? Six million years? Six billion years? In a desperate attempt to reconcile the old-earth theory with Scripture, “Day Agers” have questioned the precise meaning of “day” as found in Genesis 1 and 2, usually erroneously citing 2 Peter 3:8 (which has nothing to do with Genesis).

Could “day” in Genesis refer to an indefinite period of time—i.e. long period of time—and not necessarily a 24-hour period? Not at all. Unfortunately, for the Day Agers and others who try to harmonize the Bible and evolutionary theory, today’s Scripture silences the “Day-Age” gibberish.

In today’s Scripture (the Fourth of the Ten Commandments), Israel was instructed to work six days and rest on the Sabbath, just as the LORD worked six days and rested on the Sabbath (Genesis 2:1-3). What Jew worked 6,000 years? Who worked 6,000,000 years? What about 6,000,000,000 years? Ridiculous!

Genesis 1 defines “day” six times: “And the evening and the morning were the … day” (verses 5,8,13,19,23,31). One evening and one morning equal what? Only a 24-hour period!

Some argue against this by saying since the sun was not made until Genesis 1:14-16, the verses previous could not refer to a 24-hour period. We refute that contention with the fact that God could know the exact length of a 24-hour period without the sun being there to serve as a way to measure the time.

The Bible is quite clear that God created the heaven and the earth, and all the life forms therein in 144 hours, or six consecutive 24-hour periods. If someone persists in arguing at this point, they are fools. Let them go quarrel with the clear evidence found in God’s Word.

The Colorful Evidence of the Great (Worldwide) Deluge

Thursday, June 23, 2011

“I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth” (Genesis 9:13 KJV).

Was the Great Deluge of Noah’s day truly a global flood? Or, as much of the (skeptical) scientific community contends, an inundation confined within the Mesopotamian Valley?

Today’s Scripture, documenting the first appearance of the rainbow, verifies that it was a global, not a regional, flood. The rainbow is the sign (token) of God’s promise, the Noahic Covenant, to never again flood the whole world to destroy all flesh (Genesis 9:8-17). Had the Great Flood been merely a regional flood, why would God promise to never again destroy “all flesh?”

The Great Flood indeed covered the world. In fact, the peaks of the highest mountains were covered by 20 feet of water, forcing it to be a global flood (Genesis 7:19,20). In a regional flood, how could mountain peaks be covered with 20 feet of water?

Prior to the Great Flood, Scripture indicates that it had never rained. [Imagine how foolish Noah sounded when he warned of a coming flood!] Before the Great Deluge, God used a mist to water the earth’s vegetation. The Bible says (Genesis 2:5,6): “And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.”

Interestingly, a rainbow has seven distinct bands of colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Seven in the Bible represents perfection.

Whenever you see a rainbow, remember what God told Noah (Genesis 9:15): “And I will remember my covenant, which between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.”

Was the Great Deluge a global flood? The rainbow is the multicolored evidence that it was indeed a worldwide flood!

Do You Know Why You’re Here?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well” (Psalm 139:14 KJV).

Today’s Scripture tells us that none of us were accidents. Our bodies are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” anatomies that are highly complex and intricately designed. Medical science still stands in awe of our design! This is a testament that we are here for a purpose. Deep down inside, you know God exists. God made you and me, but why? Why do we exist? What are we mortal humans to a holy, righteous, Almighty God? What does God want with (or from) you?

The Bible says: “The LORD hath chosen Zion [in Jerusalem]; he hath desired it for his habitation” (Psalm 132:13). God created planet earth so that He could have a dwelling place! He set humans, our ancestors, on this planet so that He could fellowship with them and love them, and maybe they would love Him in return. Unfortunately, our father Adam disobeyed God and sinned (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:21,22).

Originally, God created the human race for His glory: “O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:11). However, Adam’s rebellion destroyed our fellowship with our Creator. Consequently, we are born “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1).

Praise God for His wonderful works: all creation! God wants your trust, your faith. You believe people when they tell you information, so the Bible says: “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater” (1 John 5:9a). The Bible says that you are here for God’s glory, not for your own, but as a sinner you do not bring God glory. However, God has reconciled you unto Himself through Jesus Christ. Do you believe that?

Will you trust in God’s Word… while you are still here? We are here for a reason—“and THAT my soul knoweth right well!”

Do You Want to Know God?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God…” (Psalm 14:1a KJV).

Atheists claim there is no God because they cannot see Him (see today’s Scripture). We Christians admit that we have never seen God face-to-face and we have never heard God speak audibly to us, so how do we know God exists?

Consider this. We gather tangible data via five different “gates:” eyes, ears, a nose, taste buds, and appendages that perceive touch. However, the capacity of these “gates” is limited: data from a given source cannot be collected via all five “gates.” For example, you cannot smell this website; does it still exist? We are unable to taste voices or see air; do they exist? Our ears cannot hear gravity; yet it exists. We cannot touch the Milky Way Galaxy; yet it exists.

These five “gates” enable our bodies to interact with and perceive our natural environment, but what about invisible things? Values? Ideas? Feelings? These are spiritual, not physical, yet they exist, right?

In the same manner we do not perceive our ideas, values, and feelings through those five “gates,” neither do we use them to perceive God! God does exist because we see God through spiritual eyes, the eyes of faith.

Furthermore, we have an origin, so we know indirectly that God exists. Romans 1:20,21 says: “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful.”

The Bible says that God is our Creator. If God does not exist, then neither do we! Regardless of whether or not we want to believe it, we all know that one Creator God made us. God is “not far from every one of us,” so we can know Him if we want to know Him (Acts 17:27). Do you want to know God?