Overview & Disclaimer:
This study of Old Earth Creationism, the "Gap Theory" and Noah's flood deals with a variety of dispensational Bible doctrines and scientific concepts. The material covers topics and observations from multiple fields of study including geology, physics, chemistry, paleontology and meteorology. How the empirical observations (not theories) from these disciplines substantiate the narrative of the Holy Bible is the focus of this study. Considerable effort has been made to present this material in a format that is comprehensible to the widest possible audience.
In addition to topics from several specialty disciplines of science concerning the Genesis account, this study also deals with various subjects of the Bible including literal history, Premillennial Eschatology, the doctrines of Salvation and eternal security of the believer, the origins of angels and devils, the structure of the Temple, the divisions of the body, soul, and spirit, the structure of the three (3) heavens and the biblical systems of “sevens” (and other numbers). We also focus on the role of geology and the history of the lost rivers of the Garden of Eden and the future role of geology in prophecy.
This webpage is the anchor page for the entire study. From this page we provide lesson links to each major topic of discussion. It is our sincere hope that you will find this presentation both interesting and enlightening in your personal study of the Holy Bible.
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The Necessary Dividing Lines Between Science and Faith and the Vanity of the Ongoing Creation vs. Evolution Debate
The physical world we live in is governed by specific "laws of nature" that are understood from experimentation and observation. Those laws and principles were established by the Lord God Himself, and He said they were very good (Gen 1:31). Understanding how these laws govern the order and workings of the physical universe is the pursuit of good science.
Readers should keep firmly in mind, however, that the Lord God, who established the observed physical laws of nature, is not Himself in subjection to those laws. The Bible is replete with instances where the Lord God has supernaturally intervened against the laws of physics and nature. Examples are the parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21), the turning back of the shadow of the sundial (2 Kings 20:9), the stopping of the earth's rotation for about 24 hours (Joshua 10:12-14), the virgin birth of the God-Man, the Lord Jesus Christ, and all the miracles performed by Him when He was on the Earth. With God, nothing is impossible. The creative work of the seven days of Genesis is the first example of such Divine intervention in the Bible.
On the other hand, God sometimes uses the established natural laws and physical things of this world to accomplish His Divine purposes. Noah's flood is just one example:
"And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth."
(Gen 6:13 KJV)
Understanding these natural laws and principles can tell us how Noah's flood happened, what changes were precipitated in the order of all things on the Earth afterwards, and why direct physical evidence for the flood has not been found. The geophysics of Noah's flood will be discussed later as a part of this overall study. If you have arrived at this page without reading the introductory materials, you should do so before continuing. The three buttons below link to those pages:
The Creationism vs. Evolution Debate
Let us clearly state up front that the ongoing controversy of "Creation vs. Evolution" will never be resolved to the satisfaction of the secular scientific community. It cannot be resolved in a secular context regardless of the well-intended efforts of many on either side of the debate, or in between, because the current focus of the argument is emotionally and factually misdirected.
Armed with only the observations of current and historical geologic processes and other empirical data, and assuming natural history has been a continuum across billions of years, the present secular paradigms of geological and evolutionary theory are about the best belief system that the educated carnal mind of man could be expected to conceive and accept from the available physical evidence. Without the input of Biblical Authority, current theories are incomplete and many questions and mysteries remain unresolved, especially in relation to the origins of mankind.
Secular scientists are confident to point out scientific inaccuracies of the Bible because they have been led to view the Bible through the distorted lenses of traditional Biblical interpretation. What these scientists have successfully contradicted is traditionally-held Biblical interpretation; specifically, that all things were created out of nothing only about six thousand years ago, as espoused by Young Earth Creationists. However, when you get down to the solid core of what the Bible actually and truly says, Scripture compared to Scripture, there is no scientific evidence in existence today to refute what it actually says: All life, indeed an entire ancient world order, had already perished from the face of the Earth long before the seven days of Genesis. The rightly-divided Scriptures reveal that the seven days of Genesis are a REGENERATION of the heavens and earth, and that life on this planet has not been an actual continuum. Both the Bible and scientific data are most certainly in agreement on one very key point: This planet Earth is very, very old, and if God authored both the Word and Earth's geologic record, no real contradiction in fact can possibly exist. The fault MUST be interpretive on both sides.
Noah's flood and Divine creative intervention by a Holy God are not factored into the world's accepted origins model, because God can't be observed or quantified in a physical system or seen under a microscope, although the results of His work can be observed and quantified. For these reasons there is an unbridgeable gap between secular Empirical Science and the Christian faith in respect to both Creation and Noah's flood. Empirical Science is the pursuit of quantifiable facts and repeatable observations and is limited to the physical sphere of reality. From this purely physical perspective, the geological evidence appears to indicate that this planet and the life on it are the result of natural processes over time, and that the existence of all life forms and extinction must be credited to a natural process of random mutations and selection by nature itself. In such a paradigm of interpretation, the researcher's faith is in a theory or synthesis of theories which seems to best fit the observations.
The Christian, on the other hand, must also deal with spiritual things, which are just as real as physical things, but can only be seen through the agency of faith by the illumination of the Word of God. An honest born-again Christian (who is also a scientist) cannot be fully objective in an empirical perspective in dealing with the question of origins. The acceptance of God's Words on matters of original sin and supernatural agency hold us accountable to a higher interpretive system, a system which has no place of welcome in the institutional physical sciences of the world. No amount of compromise will be acceptable to either the Naturalist or Creationist extremes of each respective school. That being said, please do not misunderstand. A lot of good knowledge emerges from the practice of good science and the scientific method, and there are a lot of good Christians who are scientists. But when it comes to matters of origins and the things of God, natural science (without God) is as much out of its depth in providing the full truth as the Young Earth Creationist who ignores solid scientific data.
"Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind." - Albert Einstein.
Behind the scenes, however, the real driving issue between Naturalists and Creationists is not the existence of God. The real issue is whether all things were created by the Hebrew God of the Holy Bible and according to a designed purpose and specific time scale. The authority of the Bible and the moral issue of personal accountability to God are the hidden root of all contention in that debate.
Leaving behind the vanity and politics of the Creation/Evolution debate, those who have a well-grounded faith in the Scriptures and a good knowledge of the geological evidence (not theories) are in the better position to attain to a more perfect understanding of how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. It is only when we accept God and His Words as the final authority in ALL matters that we are able to perceive the complete picture and resolve the "6,000 years problem" at the heart of the controversy. It is our goal through these web pages to provide you some of those answers.
The Bible will ALWAYS have an answer, although we may not immediately see it. For example, it was not until a few centuries ago that the Geological sciences had progressed to the point where the previously-accepted 6,000 year age of the Earth, which was dogma in both the institutions of Church and science, began to be questioned by what was observed in the geological record. Some theologians of the day who were honest enough to realize the truth of those emerging observations and were steadfast, faithful, and committed to defending the Scriptures, were inspired to observe the possibility of a time "Gap" between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 in the Creation narrative. That "Gap" had always been there - ever since the day Moses penned the book - but not many eyes were open to seeing or understanding it until the times were right. It was already there when the Scottish theologian, Thomas Chalmers, first noticed and began to preach it in the early 19th century. Up until then, the real age of the Earth was not a burning issue. But when the proper time came, the Word of God once again proved itself timely and relevant to the level of scientific understanding of the day.
This is "Progressive Revelation" and it continues even in our present age. Here is another example of Progressive Revelation in the book of Revelation:
"And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves."
(Revelation 11:9 KJV)
The question is how could people all over the world, in different nations and places, all "see" these dead bodies on a street in Jerusalem at the same time? Certainly from the time John wrote it in about 90 AD, up to about the middle of the 20th century, nobody could understand how that would be possible. But today, with global satellite Television and Internet Web Cams, anyone today can understand how it is possible. The point is this: It was a truth that was not revealed to mankind until it was TIME, even though that literal truth had always been there. The same holds true for the Genesis narrative. When it was time for man to learn about geology and Earth's natural history, and the full truth about origins, the qualifying verses and explanations were already there in the Genesis narratives and elsewhere in the Bible. It was TIME for those truths to unseal. It is now time for the Fundamental Christian Church to accept this paradigm shift.
This line of thinking is completely lost, of course, on the Young Earth "Creation Scientists" of today who preach that the original creation of ALL things occurred only 6,000 years ago. They also use Noah's flood as the catchall solution to explaining the Earth's sedimentary rocks. They claim that all the Earth's hydrocarbons (coal and oil) were made by Noah's flood. Some claim that most of the Earth's mountains were uplifted during Noah's flood. Some even claim that the Ice Age was precipitated by Noah's flood. Because their theology demands that all of the Earth's natural history be jammed into a narrow 6,000-year period, they are required to have the dinosaurs roaming the earth before the flood, side by side with mankind, and a few even have dinosaurs listed as part of the animals on Noah's Ark. The "Science" (see 1 Timothy 6:20) for support of this belief system is based mainly on appeals to anomalies, "what if" arguments, "water canopies" which defy the laws of physics, and a peculiar collection of urban legends. It is neither good science nor good Biblical interpretation.
I don't dispute that Noah's flood was real, because the Bible tells us that Noah's flood was real; shortly we will propose a flood model that addresses the real-world Scriptural and scientific requirements. The major point which must first be clearly understood is that both the Earth's geology and the Scriptures tell us that Noah's flood could NOT have been responsible for the earth's extensive sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous petrology. Freshman level knowledge of the Law of Superposition and field observations of Angular Unconformities in folded mountain sediments say otherwise. But more importantly, the Bible itself witnesses against these false claims. This is discussed more in depth in our section on Fossils and Sedimentary Rock.
The notions of alleged major tectonic and/or volcanic activity at work during Noah's flood are conclusively shown to be false by the low levels of SO4 ions (acid) in the ice layers of the Greenland Ice Sheet, which can be correlated to the time of the flood. That same Ice Sheet contains a wealth of Paleoclimate data which show that all of earth's geologic history cannot be compacted into a 6,000-year time frame, especially when its layer history can be dated and traced back over a period in excess of 100,000 years and cross verified with assorted proxy dating methods. The bottom line is this: We should not lightly dismiss the claims of Young Earth Creationists - we should violently discard them. Noah's flood is not a credible scapegoat to evade the tough technical and Scriptural issues.
The full truth about Creation and Noah's flood for a faithful Bible Believer must fit all the observations and verses, not just some of them. The full truth is only revealed by a prayerful examination of the EXACT wording of the Scriptures, through the Spirit of Truth, and faith in those words combined with some common sense and reasoning (Isaiah 1:18). It also takes courage and trust in the Lord's Words and His wisdom, not yours, to see how it all fits together, and standing against the majority position in such matters when necessary. You cannot disregard the full truth revealed by Genesis 1:2 and remain in denial, hiding your head in the sands of traditional interpretation.
Remember, in order to effectively witness to the lost, we must be able to demonstrate to the unsaved scientist or intellectual that one does not have to give up his/her brain to believe in Jesus and the Bible; to tell them that God published so that they would not perish. (Let the reader understand the play on the metaphor.) If you can deal with the facts on their turf and show them you know what you are talking about, then you have a better chance to convince them of their need for Jesus. An honest interpretation of the Scriptures and unprejudiced consideration of the geologic data will enable the Bible Believer to effectively witness.
Before getting down to the Scriptural and Scientific support for the "Gap Theory" and a focus on the key truths revealed in verse Genesis 1:2, we need to falsify some of the "Creation Science" of the "Young Earth" Creationists by clearly showing what Noah's flood was (and was NOT) responsible for in respect to the Earth's geologic record.
Noah's Flood: Water 101
After stating that Noah's flood was a real event and documenting why Noah's flood could not have formed the Earth's petrology, it is now incumbent upon us to demonstrate how such a global event occurred according to a literal translation of the Holy Bible. The flood model must explain both the dynamics of the geophysics involved and the so-called lack of evidence of such a flood event in the historic record. Before proceeding to those sections of the current study, it is necessary to examine the complex range of behavior of this world's most simple and basic substance: WATER!
Most of the basic properties of water are quite commonly known; others are not. For example: Your body is composed of about 2/3 water. Water turns into a solid (ice) at 32° F and expands about 9% in volume. Water turns into a gas (steam) at 212° F (under normal atmospheric pressure). Water is a molecule composed of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen. Individual atoms of these common elements come in a variety of electronic configurations called ions, which can combine to form 18 different and rare variations of the H2O molecule. With one particular (but extremely rare) variation, you could drink gallons of it and still die of thirst. But for now, let's stick with the practical aspects and set aside the theoretical.
Water is a substance born of fire. It is produced when hydrogen and oxygen combust, producing heat energy. Water is the resultant product of the reaction. Waters under great pressure can remain in a liquid form at temperatures much, much higher than 212° F (water's boiling point at sea level atmospheric pressure). The common kitchen pressure cooker works on this principle. If the pressure is suddenly released, the water will flash into steam, and you'll have a mess on the kitchen ceiling.
Waters deep underground beneath the Earth's crust are a few hundred degrees hotter than 212° F and are in the liquid state because of the great pressures at those depths. Deep hydrothermal vents are a real-world example. Water has been observed to come out of volcanoes in large quantities. Water has been detected on the surface of the Sun (as a gas) and around stars elsewhere in the universe. Under low atmospheric pressures sunlight can break apart the water molecule into Hydrogen and Oxygen gas. Under normal pressure the same thing can be done by passing an electric current through salt water.
Water, the most common substance in nature, plays the central role in several spiritual themes in the Bible, and is also central to interpretation of many scientific matters in respect to the Bible. The knowledge of how water behaves under heat, pressure, and light energy finds application in understanding the dynamics of the "Fountains of Noah's Flood" and the "Windows of Heaven" of Noah's flood. (Genesis 7:11 & 8:2).
Essential Doctrinal Knowledge for Correctly Interpreting the Genesis Creation Account
Having now placed Noah's flood in its proper Biblical and geologic perspective (assuming you are reading the supporting links), and having shown that Noah's flood is not a valid excuse to deny the evidence of Earth's ancient geological age, we will now begin to explain exactly what actually happened about 6,000 years ago and why.
Over the centuries, countless theologians and laymen have sought to reconcile the words of the Genesis Creation account with the reality on the ground. Their quests have resulted in numerous and sundry interpretations to explain the "meaning" of the seven days of Genesis.
Here is a review of the Major Creation Models which shows the diversity of opinions and beliefs on the matter. It also shows the justification behind those interpretations as well as the logical faults and strengths.
Most interpretations of the Genesis account arise from trying to read something INTO the Bible that is just not there and dealing with only the things of the physical realm. Taking the literal words of the Holy Bible at face value is the more prudent route, and doing so requires consideration of both the things that can be seen AND the invisible things of God. The truth that those words reveal is not hard to understand, but for a great many they are certainly very hard to believe.
In order to grasp the full truth, it is crucial to have an understanding of how physical things and spiritual things are actually very closely interrelated.
Flesh and Spirit: Biblical Metaphysics 204
The world we have all been born into consists of physical things which can be seen, touched, tasted, tested, and comprehended by the mind of man. That is the physical aspect of reality; it is observable and quantifiable. On the other hand, the Bible reveals to mankind that there is a spiritual component of reality that requires the Spirit of God to observe and fully comprehend. (see Romans 8:7.) Although the physical and spiritual realms seem to be two different things, this is not exactly so. The forces of the spiritual realm directly determine the behavior and function of the things in the physical realm:
"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:"
(Ephesians 2:2 KJV)
The substance known as "air" is a physical thing composed of various gases (mostly Nitrogen and Oxygen). Satan, the Devil, is the prince of the power of the air. He is a spiritual being of very ancient origin who currently has control over the physical things of this present world (under God's permissive will, of course).
Men and women are a synergy of flesh and spirit. Air is necessary for the life of the flesh, and the life of the flesh is in the blood. The flesh is composed of various physical elements from the Earth and functions through physical electrochemical processes. The spirit of man directs the workings of his flesh (mind over matter). According to the Scriptures, mankind's flesh is under the influence of the spiritual power of Death.
"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not."
(Romans 7:18 KJV)
Both the spirit and the mind of the unsaved are under that malignant control. (I'm not going to mind God, so it does not matter.) If they are saved, their Flesh and Spirit are in constant conflict, and will be until the day they die (unless the Lord returns before they die). This corruption in nature is not limited to people, or just to the Earth. The Bible tells us it permeates the entire physical universe.
"Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight."
(Job 25:5 KJV)
"Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight."
(Job 15:15 KJV)
If these things be true, the bottom line is that all present physical life forms in the universe are generated by a process driven by Death, because all nature feeds on Death. You kill and eat dead things in order to live and procreate other life forms; then things kill and eat you. Mankind is not at the top of the proverbial Food Chain; worms, viruses and bacteria are. The physical life cycle of this present world is a violent and insatiable downward spiral towards total corruption and entropy. It is not "evolving," but "devolving" into more and more corruption. To be "one with nature" so to speak is to be one with the spirit of Death, not Holiness. As can be seen from these verses, there is much more to understanding the Biblical meaning of "Death" than is apparent on the surface.
"Dead [things] are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof."
(Job 26:5 KJV)
"Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling."
(Psalms 49:14 KJV)
Death has both a physical and spiritual component. Understanding why this is so is crucial to understanding many things in the Scriptures, especially the Genesis Creation narrative.
Since the entire course of physical nature is affected and influenced by spiritual forces, we must therefore conclude that the correct interpretation of the Genesis account is revealed in the dualistic context of both the physical AND spiritual realms, not just the realm of matter. THAT is the fundamental flaw in the myriad past and present interpretations of the seven days of Genesis, and what has been missing from most previous presentations of the "Gap Theory" of Genesis.
Creationism can not be defended in a purely physical context. It is only when this dualistic precept is understood and accepted that it becomes possible to begin to more perfectly understand and interpret what the Spirit is saying in the Genesis narrative. (see Genesis 1:1-2:1 to review the verses.) In order to fully comprehend exactly what is being stated in the Genesis Creation narrative and why, we must look back in time through the Scriptures to the very beginning; to the time of Genesis 1:1, when the "sons of God" rejoiced over the initial creation of the heaven and the Earth:
"¶ Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"
(Job 38:4-7 KJV)
Where did Satan and the Angels come from? Who are these "sons of God" spoken of here and in Genesis 6:1-2? They certainly were not men, as they were here before the Earth was created. Who are the "devils" spoken of in the Gospels? The perceptive student will immediately see from the wording of the above verse that these angelic beings were also created creatures, created BEFORE the Lord God began the work of the original creation of the heavens and Earth. How these created beings fit into the overall story is only revealed by the Spirit through the Scriptures. Many of those answers are found in the story of the Pre-Adamite World and the Origin of Satan; the nature of the world which existed at his beginning, his rebellion, and the unleashing of Death across the original Creation in the ancient past as a result of his rebellion against God.
Returning to matters of natural geologic history, the Bible does not give a specific number of years for the age of the planet Earth as it does for the age of this present "world" on the face of the planet (approximately 6,000 years). Neither does it provide much direct knowledge about what transpired on the Earth from the time it was originally created in the ancient past (Gen 1:1) until it is seen again in darkness and ruin (Gen 1:2), prior to the six-day regeneration event by the direct intervention of the Spirit of God (Gen 1:3-2:1). God has chosen to preserve for us the geologic record and His Words to assist us in our search for those answers. The Bible only tells us WHY it became void and without form and provides much insight into the sequence of past events leading up to it. It is only a matter of knowing where to find it in the Bible. Fortunately, much of what happened at the very end of the Pre-Adamite world can be observed in the geology of the Pleistocene. Here are some "observations" on what happened on the face of the Earth at the Death of the Ancient World.
After the ending of days for the old Earth and heaven of the Pre-Adamite world, and as part of the Lord's preparations for the new regenerated world of Man, a cosmological structure of three (3) heavens was established on the second creative day. It is instructive to note that God does NOT say "it was good" after ending the work of the second day. (See Genesis 1:8.) That omission speaks volumes. The Apostle Paul related his vision and knowledge of the Third Heaven in 2 Cor. 12:2 of his Epistles. A brief study of The Firmament, Third Heaven, and Structure of Things Biblical provides some additional insight into the Creation account and other Biblical doctrines.
To better understand exactly what happened at the end of the ancient world and at the special creation of our present world (this current "generation" of the heavens and the earth [see Genesis 2:4]), we need to look closely at the Life Forms Prior To, and After the Seven Days of Genesis.
Based on the materials covered so far, from what is revealed in the Bible, and what is found in the fossil record, the following thought deserves serious consideration: Could the Pre-Adamite race of hominids that was on this Earth before Adam, and whose physical structure was so similar to modern man, actually have been the physical remains of the fallen "sons of God" who took on flesh and bone to dwell in the world of the old physical creation? The Bible tells us that they did something similar both before and after the days of Noah:
"There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare [children] to them, the same [became] mighty men which [were] of old, men of renown."
(Genesis 6:4 KJV)
If this is true, then it would go a long way in explaining the real truth about the ancient remains of Neanderthal and other ancient hominids, which the Evolutionists claim are the ancestors of modern man. Without the knowledge (or acceptance) of the Biblical Gap Theory, the logical assumption would be that they were direct ancestors. But, as has been shown in the "Life Forms Prior To, and After the Seven Days of Genesis" page (read it again if necessary), there is NO DNA biological connection between those remains and modern living humans. The missing link is still missing. Those creatures, which had a physical likeness similar to man, were not the ancestors of man. They may have been fallen angels or the mutated offspring of angels breeding with biologics. This makes perfect sense, because everywhere in the Bible where angels appear in our present world, they appear as men. Consider the following:
"And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred [and] forty [and] four cubits, [according to] the measure of a man, that is, of the angel."
(Revelation 21:17 KJV)
"Yea, whiles I [was] speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation."
(Daniel 9:21 KJV)
If the "good" angels appear as men, does it not make sense that the "bad" ones would also? We therefore conclude that when God told Adam and Eve to "replenish" the Earth (Genesis 1:28), that which Adam and Eve (true man - made in God's image) replaced was the fleshly race of the "sons of God" who inhabited the face of the old world and perished along with everything else by the time of Genesis 1:2, where the Earth is found without form and void.
CONCLUSION: Putting All Things Into Their Proper Biblical and Scientific Perspectives
Taking the literal wording of the King James Bible and the face value of the available "scientific observations" presented, the only possible interpretation which meets BOTH the literal wording of the Scriptures and the scientific data is the Ruin - Reconstruction (Gap Theory) scenario, as fantastic as it may seem.
The fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, is credited with this nugget of deductive reasoning:
"When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth"
Although the originator of the principle was fictional, the principle itself is a very sound one in the search for truth.
We realize, of course, that the material presented here does not meet the acceptable standards of scientific empirical evidence, because in our interpretation of the available scientific evidence we have elevated the Word of God to a position equal to, yea more than equal to, the prevailing body of scientific thought and opinion on matters of origins. As Christians, we place our faith in the authority of the God of the Holy Bible over the wisdom of men in all matters, be it scientific or religious. We also realize that the material presented here does not meet the acceptable standards of many within the "Christian" community, because we have elevated the King James Version and Premillennial eschatology to positions of authority higher than all other English language translations and schools of prophetic interpretation. We make no apology for this, but do hope the reader will objectively and without prejudice consider the worth of the material presented, using that which is found to be of value to enrich his own pursuit of sound doctrine.
There are many fundamental Christians who espouse the Young Earth Creationist position and will be quick to dismiss this work as a compromise to the Evolutionists. That is an emotional and irrational defensive mechanism and part of human nature. All men fear what they don't understand. Anyone who objectively reads this material and comprehends the argument, will see that this is most certainly not the case. As we have shown throughout this presentation (assuming you are reading the linked pages and looking up the Bible references), acceptance of an old age for the Earth is not an acceptance of Evolution. On the other hand, we make no apology for accepting the validity of sound geologic evidence (not theory), when that evidence is in harmony with what the Bible actually says.
As Christians, as Creationists, and as Bible Believers, we are in agreement with the doctrine that the Lord God "made" the present "world" complete with the heavens and earth, in six, literal 24-hour days, about 6,000 years ago, just as the Bible states in Exodus 20:11 (see also Heb.1:2). But that fundamental doctrine of the faith, in itself, is not the end of all Biblical truth. Neither Exodus 20:11 nor Romans 5:12 contradicts or invalidates the empirical geologic data that reveal that this planet Earth is also very ancient (on the order of hundreds of millions of years) and has a definite fossil history of being and habitation prior to the creative events that begin at Genesis 1:3.
Why such a statement is NOT a contradiction of the doctrine of Romans 5:12 is a difficult concept for many of our Brethren to grasp, because they have wrongly vilified ALL science in their zeal to stand for the defense of the Bible against Evolution. Unfortunately, many do so because of insufficient instruction in the Holy Scriptures and the sciences, which would empower them to make well-reasoned determinations by themselves. The result is seen in the current "Creation Science" movement, where misdirected loyalty to defending traditional Fundamentalist positions has had the exact opposite effect, and has actually led to abandonment of sound doctrine and the embracing of corrupt translations to defend their position on this matter. Once you begin to question the literal wording of the KJV Bible in order to make a doctrinal point, you have already lost the argument.
Instead of wasting time arguing about better translations and holding up geological anomalies as proof against scientific realities of fact, spend more time learning about some very important Christian doctrines and Spiritual truths which are vanishing from the pulpits of today because of the sin of unbelief.
Study and understand the full truth about the "Sea" that God placed above the physical universe (Gen 1:6-10, Rev 4:6, Rev 21:1), what it is, and why it is presently there. (Review the "The Firmament, Third Heaven, and Structure of Things Biblical" link's material.) Understanding of the Spiritual importance of such things is interrelated with a comprehensive knowledge of other equally important Scriptural doctrines and precepts.
Study and learn about the dispensations (different times) as revealed in the Holy Bible. Get a firm understanding of the Chronology of the "Worlds" past, present, and future as revealed by your Bible. Learn the extremely important Doctrinal Differences between the terms "Kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 11:12) and "Kingdom of God" (Luke 17:21) as presented in the Scriptures. From the very beginning of time until the end of time, control of the "Kingdom" is the central theme of struggle behind the whole Biblical story. If you don't get this down solid, you won't be able to get the full truth out of Genesis.
Learn all the truth about the 1,000-year literal reign of the Lord Jesus Christ and the regenerated heavens and Earth (a new "world") when He returns (Matt 19:28, Isaiah 65:17-25, Revelation 20). Understand the continued existence of Death for surviving mankind (not resurrected saved Saints) who get the victory over the Beast, live through the Great Tribulation, and obtain entrance into that regenerated world (Isaiah 65:20) called the "Kingdom of Heaven." Learn why the Kingdom is here on the Earth during that period of time yet to come, a period which correlates in prophetic type to the Seventh Day of Genesis (see 2 Peter 3:8). Once you grasp these truths, you will more perfectly understand the full import of the final abolishment of Death after the 1,000-year Kingdom of Heaven on the Earth (Rev 20:14) and the change of structure and dimensions of the new heaven and earth which will be created after the final judgment (Rev 21:1). Then the disappearance of the "Sea" in Revelation 21:1, which is between the second and third heavens, and which was first established at the beginning of the days of true man (see Genesis 1:6-10) will make sense, and the you will better understand the reasons for the gap between Genesis verses 1 and 2. Confused? That is why you need to study and rightly divide the words of truth.
Within the pages of the King James Authorized Version of the Holy Scriptures you will find the EXACT English language wording that, today, can still faithfully and effectively reveal the truth and full import of these matters. Only when the scriptures are taken as a whole, and interpreted as such, can the full truth be found. You also MUST be a born-again child of God to understand and accept some of these doctrines, because they are spiritually discerned (see 1 Cor. 2:14 and 1 John 2:20). Even for many saved people, some of this material is difficult at first; but as you learn these doctrines, more and more of your Bible will begin to open to you.
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding."
(Proverbs 3:5 KJV)
"For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
(Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV)
All learning takes place on the periphery of what we have previously learned. The more you study the Scriptures, the more you learn; and as you learn and accept, more will be revealed to you:
"Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk, [and] drawn from the breasts. For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little:"
(Isaiah 28:9-10 KJV)
Claim these spiritual promises by faith, in full assurance that your King James Bible is still a sure Authority. Don't let some over-educated scholar or preacher convince you that the KJV Bible is inaccurate or out of date. That Bible is an inexhaustible source of true knowledge and wisdom. A firm grounding in some of the basics of science and logic will complement a prayerful study of the Scriptures and enhance your understanding, and God's Spirit will witness to those things which are true and show which things are not. God is the author and creator of all things, both physical and spiritual. His Scriptures are the Final Authority in all matters, including the science of natural history. What we learn from the geological evidence beneath our feet provides important details to the whole story. That is why it is there; the rocks and fossils, as well as the other things in this world, testify of His workings, glory, and judgment across time and space (see Psalm 19).
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