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Creationism vs. Genesis: Part 1

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The Errors of "Young Earth"

There are many articles you will find about creationism, written by those that are

unqualified to speak on the subject. What do you believe creationism is? Most

people, I have found, will say that creationism is the belief that God created this

Earth and universe in six days, only 6000 years ago, and that mankind began

with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

People are not properly informed. The description given above only belongs to

one of the many factions of creationism, namely "young Earth" (YEC), which is

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actually the group called Creation Science (Scientific Creationism). It alone

holds the view that all creation is only 6,000 years old. It just so happens that

YEC has the loudest mouth, and appears to be the most popular. However, YEC

does not agree with the Bible, is full of errors to the point that it embraces

foolishness.

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YEC claims to believe in "literal interpretation of scripture", and that the six

days in Genesis chapter one are a narrative of the Six Days of Creation Week.

Both claims are false, but we will discover that later. However, to expose

some of the errors and hypocrisy of YEC, we'll examine the first, fifth, and

sixth days of Genesis chapter one.

Genesis 1:2 says "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was

upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the

waters". I have often written YEC leaders and groups, and they never can

answer the following three questions: 1) where did the water come from on

the first day, 2) were the birds made before mankind on the fifth day, or after

mankind on the sixth day, and 3) why is male & female of mankind made

together at the same time after the animals in chapter one, and Adam made

first, then the animals, then Eve in chapter two?

They all dance around the questions at first, and when you nail them down to

adhering to literal interpretation, they will either try to redefine the scriptures,

or stop corresponding with you altogether, and run and hide.

With question one, some of the answers I've gotten are "He did it with Gen. 1:1",

or that it appeared when the universe was created (before the first day). None

of those responses hold water. If they can point to when and where God

created light, why can't they do the same about the appearance of (the body of)

water? Why was it dark? Since God is Light, and in Him is no darkness,

where did God have to travel in order to find a place that was dark", and

had oceans of water? "Order out of chaos" doesn't fly!! That chaos would

have to have an origin! Finding of fact: YEC has no understanding of the first

day in Genesis.

With question two, they agree that the birds were made on day five (what else

can they say?), but for chapter two, they "redefine" the scriptures to mean that

God presented the birds to Adam on the sixth day which God "had formed" on

the fifth day. What gibberish!! What happened to literal interpretation? In

chapter two, Genesis 2:18 clearly says that Adam was alone, and God was

going to create other life forms to keep him company. So the birds were made,

along with the land animals, after Adam was formed. So where is the integrity

of doctrine? Genesis is both sound and correct. It is the teachings of YEC

that are in error. Finding of fact: YEC does not understand the relationship

between chapters one and two of Genesis.

With question three, YEC takes leave of their senses, and says that the writer

puts the sixth day "in more focus", in order to explain the apparent contradiction.

I don't care how much focus or magnification you use on history, the sequence

of events do not change. Did the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor before the U.S.

declared war on Japan, or after the U.S. declared war? Use all the focus you

want"., but in no way under Heaven can we devise that Japan attacked Pearl

Harbor after the U.S. declared war. To do so would be a misrepresentation

of the facts of history. Is the writer of Genesis falsifying history? Is he writing

a contradicting myth? Or is YEC in error? Finding of fact: YEC does not

understand Genesis, and misrepresents the Word of God, which causes the

secular world to lose trust in the Bible, and to believe that early Genesis contains

"creation myths".

Final analysis: young Earth creationism (Creation Science) is mired in a delusion,

does not teach the truth of Genesis, and should be discarded. As far as scientific

reality is concerned, YEC foolishly teaches that the geologic layers of trilobites

and dimetrodons (245 Million BC), the dinosaurs (65 Million BC), and Ice Age

mammals (10,000 BC), were all laid down at once (together) with the flood of

Noah, which occurred in 2611 BC. Science knows that is false. Therefore

YEC has no credibility, both in the secular world, and in the biblical arena. Their

catch-all alibi is "radiometric dating can't be trusted". However, by their

misrepresentation of Genesis, their teachings can't be trusted either.

Part two (of three) will examine the doctrines of "old Earth" creationism.

Herman Cummings

PO Box 1745

Fortson GA 31808

Ephraim7@aol.com

 

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Author of the book, "Moses Didn't Write About Creation!", and promoter of teaching "the Observations of Moses".

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