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Why Shouldn't Christians Accept Millions of Years ~ Part III

posted Nov 9, 2012, 2:37 PM by Grace Christian   [ updated Jun 12, 2014, 11:22 AM by Nate Mosley ]

Part III

1. The Bible clearly teaches that God created in six literal, 24 hour days, thousands of years ago, not millions.

2. The context of Genesis 1 clearly shows that the days of creation were literal.

3. Exodus 20: 9-11 denies millions of years and Jesus, Himself was a young earth creationist.

Exodus 20:9-11

20:9- Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

20:10- 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.

20:11- For in six days the Lord made the heaven 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.

The Lord tells Israel to work 6 days and then take a Sabbath rest. Yom is used in both parts of the commandment. Was God telling the Israelites to work 6 million years and then take a million off? Was He saying work 3 billion years, then work 3 regular 24 hour days and then take a regular 24 hour day off? The Jews weren't confused by God's commands and they understood it literally. The idea of the earth being millions of years old didn't creep itself into the picture until the 1800's. God sets up the work week and also reconfirms, once again, that He created all things in just 6 days.

Jesus consistently referred back to Genesis and other Old Testament accounts as true historical accounts; the creation of Adam, Noah and the Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah. To Him, Genesis wasn't a book merely containing a moral theme in it; it is the history of the universe - one that He created. Jesus says is Mark 10:6, "But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.” He teaches that Adam and Eve were made at the beginning of creation, not billions of years after the beginning, as would be the case if the universe were billions of years old. If Jesus believed in a literal Genesis and was a young earth creationist, how can His followers be any different?

In Matthew 15:7-9, Jesus is speaking with the Pharisees and begins to quote from the prophet Isaiah:

Matthew 15:7-9

15:7- You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophecy of you,

15:8- This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me.

15:9- But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.

Jesus always taught us to live our lives and to build our beliefs and views by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Man's idea's and beliefs have no place coming before God's perfect and holy Word. Take to heart the gift that God has given us and if someone comes along with an idea or theory that contradicts God's Word, guess which one is going to be wrong every time. We can be sure that God's Word will never change and it will never fail, trust Him and let His Word be the authority in your life.