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Bible Basics

For Smart People
Who Do Not Want To Be Dummies
About God and the Bible

(Parts I, II, III)
By J. George Cover

Lesson 5 - What About Creation? (Text Version)

Scripture References: Genesis 1-2; Job 38-40; Isaiah 40-45.

The fact that God created the universe is not permitted to be taught in public schools in the United States. Evolution is taught instead. Someone said that a definition of evolution is "man making a monkey out of himself!"
There are many flaws in the evolutionist's theory that man evolved from lower forms of life, which we will not take time to discuss in this lesson. One of the reasons why men do not believe and want to explain away the teachings of the Bible and the existence of God is that he does not want to acknowledge or think about the fact that he is accountable to God. We will present the Bible teaching of creation.

"In the Beginning God Created the Heaven and the Earth" (Genesis 1:1).

When was the beginning? Was it millions of years ago? We are not told in Scripture or anywhere else. In the earth are great deposits of fossil fuel -- coal and oil. Also in the earth are diamonds. We are told that these came from deposits of plant and animal remains. Except by a special miracle of God, it would take very long periods of time for these to form into coal, oil, and diamonds. The fact that scientists claim the earth to be millions of years old is not a contradiction to what the Bible teaches.

"And the Earth Was Without Form, and Void; and Darkness Was Upon the Face of the Deep" (Genesis 1:2).

Isaiah 45:14 says, "He created it not in vain" (Hebrew word "tohoo," meaning waste, empty, void). Therefore we believe that God created it perfect in the beginning but that something happened afterward that caused this condition.

Cataclysmic Theory

It is the theory that in the ancient past, long before the events of the 7 days of creation described in Genesis 1, God created the earth as a paradise with lush and abundant vegetation, since "He created it not in vain" (or a void waste). For some reason it was afterward made into the condition described in verse 2 of Genesis 1.
In Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, the fall of Lucifer, who became Satan, seems to be described. One theory is that the earth might have been the domain of Lucifer before he rebelled against God and that God, because of this, threw the earth into chaos. After God created Adam and Eve, Satan came on the scene where they were placed by God. He enticed them to obey him instead of God. Since God had given man dominion over the earth, Satan gained rulership from man when Adam and Eve obeyed him and sinned against God. Jesus called Satan the "prince of this world."
The six days of creation described in Genesis 1 and 2 would be the account of God making the earth for man and his earthly creatures from the chaos described in verse 2. This is only a theory but it seems logical that it could have been that way.

"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear" (Hebrews 11:3).

The Six Days Of Creation

Notice these repeated phrases in the account of creation:
"And God said, Let there be...."
"And it was so."
"And the evening and the morning were the _____ day."
"And God saw that it was good."

"Please tell me more."

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