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Three creation accounts

Many critics of the Bible claim that it begins with two contradictory creation accounts.  They say that chapter 1 describes a six day creation in which plants and animals are created before humans and chapter 2 describes the creation of plants and animals after the first human was created.

Actually the first two chapters of the Bible contain three creation accounts and if you study them carefully you will find there are no contradictions between them.  Read the rest of this entry

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Earth 2.0

NASA scientists have discovered a planet they named Kepler-452b but which is also called Earth 2.0 because it is more like earth than any other planet yet discovered.  Because of its similarity there is speculation that it might contain life similar to that found on earth.

Dr. Jeff Schweitzer wrote an article in Huffington Post called Earth 2.0: Bad News for God in which he claimed that the discovery of life on this planet would be evidence that the Bible is not true.  Here is the link:  Earth 2.0: Bad News for God .

The article shows he hasn’t read the Bible very carefully.

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Sand in the bread

Many people believe the earth is billions of years old; the Bible tells us that God created it in six days.  Some Christians try to reconcile these two beliefs by saying that the days of creation aren’t literal days but simply long periods of time.

The word “day” can mean an indefinite time period and it is used that way in the creation account.

These are the generations
of the heavens and the earth when they were created,
in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.
Genesis 2:4

Here the entire time of creation is called a day.  But what about the days in the first chapter?  Here is a description of the first day.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Genesis 1:3-5

Each day included a period of light and one of darkness and consisted of an evening and a morning.  Only a literal day consisting of the time the earth turns once on its axis has these characteristics.

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But the earth looks old!

Christians are divided between Young Earth Creationists and Old Earth Creationists.   The first group believes that the days of creation in Genesis 1 are literal days; the second believes that there is scientific evidence that the earth is billions of years old and the creation account must be interpreted to conform to this evidence.  In fact the research that leads to the belief that the earth is old fails to take into consideration the possibility of divine intervention in the running of the universe.  One of my previous posts deals with this subject:

It’s history, not science

There is scientific evidence that the earth can’t be as old as is generally believed and at the end of this post I list some sites where you can find this evidence.

Some people claim that young earth creation can’t be true because the earth looks old.  The earth does look old and there is a very good reason for that.  It is old.

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Young earth, old universe

The Bible tells us that the earth was created only a few thousand years ago.  The creation took six days.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Genesis 1:3-5

Each day consisted of an evening and a morning and had a period of light and one of darkness.  Those who believe the earth is old correctly point out the the word “day” can mean a long period of time but the description of the creation days makes it clear they were literal days.

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4004 BC?

In the 17th century Archbishop James Ussher studied the chronology of the Bible and came to the conclusion that the world was created in 4004 BC and for a long time this date was widely accepted.  The date was partly based on the genealogies in chapters 5 and 11 of Genesis.  He believed that these genealogies were complete and never skipped any generations.  A study of genealogies in other parts of the Bible shows that this might not be the case.

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Genealogies

The Bible contains many genealogies.  They can be  very boring and when I read through the Bible I often skim over them without studying them in detail but they do shed light on one very controversial issue regarding the interpretation of the Bible.

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Sacrificing Ishmael

Everyone who is familiar with the Bible knows that God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.  Most don’t realize that before this Abraham had been commanded to sacrifice his other son, Ishmael.

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Creation – what does the Bible actually say?

There are a lot of misconceptions about what the Bible says about creation.  For example, many people think that the Bible says that God created the entire universe in six days. But is this really true? We need to take a careful look both at what the Bible says and what it doesn’t say. Read the rest of this entry

Where did the water go?

Where did the water go?  This question is sometimes asked by those who don’t believe there was a worldwide flood.  They think such a flood is impossible because there would be no place for the water to go after the flood was over.  But there is a simple answer to this question.  The water didn’t go anywhere; the flood ended when parts of the earth’s surface rose up to form the continents and islands that exist today.

You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they fled;
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass,
so that they might not again cover the earth.
Psalm 104:6-9

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