A huge problem in the church today is that Christians are not using God's Word as the foundation of their thinking when looking at the world around them. Much of this is due to the fact that many Christians just aren't reading God's Word and therefore don't understand or know the truth and simply accept man's ideas. After all, scientists are unbiased, seeking truth and giving us every bit of information they extract from the evidence they find, right? Well, not exactly. Much more on that later.
For the first 1800 years of the church's history, the church as a whole almost unanimously believed that God created the universe in six literal days, roughly 4000 years before Christ and destroyed the world with a global flood.
But about 200 years ago, some scientists developed new theories on earth history that work off of processes we observe today and extrapolated those processes back for millions of years, completely denying the global flood and the truth of God's Word. Since then, many Christian leaders have made various attempts to fit millions of years into the Bible, believing that these scientists couldn't be wrong. These include such theories as the Gap Theory, the Day Age Theory, and the Theistic Evolution, among others.
Over the next several weeks, we will post some reasons why we believe a Christian cannot accept millions of years without doing damage to the church and undermining the authority of the Word of God.
1. The Bible clearly teaches that God created everything in six literal, 24 hour days; thousands of years ago, not millions.
The Hebrew word for the word day is "YOM". It is used many times in the Old Testament; 2301 times to be exact. The overwhelming majority of the time that it is used, it means a literal 24 hour day. The places that it does not mean a literal day, the context makes it clear.
One question that we have for those who try to say that the days in the creation week are not literal 24 hour days is, "Why don't you question the word day in the thousands of other places it is used in the Old Testament? Why aren't there massive amounts of churches fighting for and teaching that Joshua marched around Jericho for 7 billions of years? Or that Jonah was in the belly of the whale for 3 thousand years? Because the context makes it clear, right? Not only is the context clear in the creation week, but God went out of His way to let us know that He created all in just six literal days. Next week, we'll take an even closer look at the context of Genesis 1.
As Christians, we need to read and study God's Word so that we can grow closer to Him and understand who God is. We need to study His Word letting Him tell us what He did and not the other way around. The traditional view of thousands of years is the only view that holds true to scripture and fits the scientific evidence far better than the old earth evolutionary theory. Let His Word be our foundation.
......Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar....
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