Understanding

Creation & Evolution

In the Bible

For by Him all things were creates that are in heavens and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.  All things were created through Him for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

~ Colossians 1:16, 17 ~

Creation Week Timing

-The Bible says in Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.  In the first chapters of the Bible we are given the  account of what took place and when:

Day 1 – God said let there be light

Day 2 – God separated the waters.  He gathered the waters on earth into

the ocean and gathered the waters in the sky into the atmosphere.

Day 3 – God created the dry land and vegetation.

The question arises did God make the world in literal days or figurative.

God helps us to understand this question in the order that things were

created.  Vegetation was created on day 3 but the sun moon and stars

were not created until day 4.  I believe God did this for the specific purpose of allowing us to recognize his power.

  

     It is written in 2 Peter 3:8 “that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”.  This is simply an example of time relativity.  Many use this phrase to show that each day at creation was a thousand years.  In other words, since God is eternal and we are not, what seems like a long time to us is not necessarily a long time to God.

Day 4 – God created the sun, moon, and stars.

Day 5 – God created the birds in the sky and the sea creatures

Day 6 – God created the land animals.  The crowning act of creation was us.  God created us in the image of God.

Day 7 – God rested, He ceased from creating.  Since God doesn’t get tired He rested to  serve as an example of what we should do.

 

-Hast thou not known?  Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary.  Isaiah 40:28

 

How many creation Accounts are there?

Account #1 – Genesis 1:1 - 2:3

Account #2 – Genesis 2:4 – 2:25

There seem to be two different accounts of creation.  One gives details that the other doesn’t.  Remember the Hebrews did not write the same that we do today.

 

Account #2 issues:

A-In Genesis 2:4 some use the word generations to prove evolution from the Bible.  This, however, is referring to the fact that God generated something different each day of creation.

B-Genesis chapter 2 verses 4 through 6 refer to the condition of the earth prior to man’s creation.  Therefore Genesis 1 and 2 are not written chronologically.

C-Verse 7 of Genesis 2 is a detailed account of the creation of man that was not included in Genesis 1.

D –Genesis 2:8-20 simply contain more Edenic details.

E-Genesis 2:21-25 records the creation of Eve.

The Flood and Dinosaurs

 

How many animals went into the Ark?

Notice that not every species of every animal needed to go into the ark.  The Bible says that it was 2 to 7 of each kind of animal.  So I don’t need every breed of dog in the ark, I just need 2 dogs.

Genesis 7:2, 3 says that unclean animals were taken by 2’s and the clean animals were taken by 7’s.  Unclean animals could not be eaten so there would need to be more clean animals.  Also only a clean animal could be used for sacrifice.

Where did all the water come from?

Genesis 7:11 refers to the fountains of the great deep being broken up and the windows of heaven being opened.  It is interesting to note that up to 70% of what comes out of volcanoes today is water, often in the form of steam.  There are vast amounts of water stored up in the earth.  If there were earthquakes and volcanoes this would explain the water.

 

Flood traditions:

There are at least 20 cultures that have traditions of a great flood.  All have something in common with each other and several have all or most parts of the traditional flood account as recorded in Genesis.

 

Were dinosaurs on the ark?

We really do not have definitive proof wither way.  However, the Bible does say that every kind of animal went on the ark.  They would not have had to have been adult dinosaurs. Naturally you would want young animals that would have a better chance of surviving or repopulating.  The largest dinosaur egg found is about the size of a football.  The average size of a dinosaur, based on skeletons found all over the earth, is about the size of a sheep.  Many dinosaurs were relatively small.  Struthiomimus was the size of an ostrich; compsognathus was no bigger than a rooster.

How big do dinosaurs get?

Brachiosaurus and Apatosaurus are not even as large as the largest animal in the world today, the blue whale.  Reptiles have the potential to grow as long as they live.  This the large dinosaurs were probably very old ones.

Wouldn’t they have eaten all the other animals?

We don’t even know that the terrible dinosaurs that we typically think of were carnivores.  Many times we simply go by their teeth.  However, the great panda has large canine teeth but is a total vegetarian.  They need these teeth to tear and chew bamboo.  The fruit bat has large pointed teeth and eats primarily fruit.  Gorillas also have large intimidating teeth and are vegetarians.  All we know about animals with sharp teeth is that they have sharp teeth.

Do we see evidence of dinosaurs in the Bible?

Remember the King James Bible was translated in 1611.  The word dinosaur was not invented until Sir Richard Owen coined the term in 1842 so the word dinosaur is not in the Bible.  The word dragon, however, appears 21 times in the Old Testament alone.

 

Jeremiah 51:34

Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out.

Lizards have a tendency to swallow their prey whole.  Maybe the word dinosaur isn’t mentioned in the Bible but maybe instead of dinosaur they called it a dragon.  Maybe people in the Old Testament saw dinosaurs but referred to them as dragons.

Job 40:15, 17

Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.

This is often referred to as an elephant or a rhinoceros.  Neither one of these animals has a tail like a cedar.  They have little dinky tails.  A cedar is a very large tree.  This could be referring to a sauropod like an Apatosaurus.

Job 41 - Leviathan

The leviathan referred to in Job 41 may be a reference to a plesiosaurus.  Technically this is not a dinosaur, a dinosaur is a land creature.  Job’s description says it has barbed skin, scales, fire breathing etc…

 

Revelation 12:3, 4

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.  And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:  and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

It’s interesting to see that a dragon with a tail is referenced here.  Obviously this is symbolic of something, but is it possibly that there was something alive during that time that the Bible author had something to compare the characteristics to?  Could history have legendized the dinosaur into a dragon?

 

Dragons on the Ishtar Gate:

On the Ishtar gate a glazed blue tiled wall panel, depicting a Mushussu dragon, having a snake head, eagle claws, and lion's body is seen. The dragon was sacred to the Babylonian god Marduk, and was originally part of the exterior of the Ishtar Gate in the ancient city of Babylon.
The Ishtar Gate was constructed around 575 BC, during the reign of king Nebuchadnezzar II, and was over 14 metres in height and width. As well as dragons, the Ishtar Gate was decorated with tiled images of bulls and lions.

 

Dinosaurs on cave paintings:

There are dinosaurs like the Apatosaurus seen on cave paintings.  So either the artist was millions of years old or the drawings are not.  Could this be proof of man and dinosaur living together.

Archaeopteryx:

Found in 1877 with feathers. This looked like it might have the head of a smaller dinosaur.  This appeared to be a transitional fossil.  Unfortunately for evolutionists this is a bird and nothing else.  This is a  bird with hollowed bones and feathers and everything else that classifies a bird as a bird.

 

Did dinosaurs evolve into birds?

Many scientists say that the dinosaurs evolved into birds but birds appear in the fossil record lower than their supposed ancestors, not higher as we might expect.  Dinosaurs are dinosaurs and birds are birds.  For a dinosaur to become a bird it would have to hollow out its bones, grow feathers and much more.

 

What happened to the dinosaurs?

If you were to ask the zoo why they have endangered species programs, you would probably get an answer something like this: “We’ve lost lots of animals from this earth. Animals are becoming extinct all the time. Look at all the animals that are gone forever. We need to act to save the animals.” If you then asked, “Why are animals becoming extinct?” you might get an answer like this: “It’s obvious!  People killing them, lack of food, man destroying the environment, diseases, genetic problems, catastrophes like floods—there are lots of reasons.”

Words of Wisdom

 

1 Timothy 6:20, 21

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science so called: which some have erred concerning the faith.  Grace be with thee.  Amen.

How did Bible writers know thousands of years ago that people would question and/or lose their faith do to science?  Real science actually proves the Bible it does not disprove anything regarding the Christian faith.

 

Isaiah 40:22

He that sitteth on the circle of the earth…

When the whole world thought that our planet was flat or it rested on the back of some giant tortoise God told us it was round.

2 Peter 3:5, 6

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.

In other words the evidence for the flood is so overwhelming that we would have to be willingly ignorant of it.

Revelation 4:11

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

The reason that God is worthy of worship is because He created us.  Ignoring creationism welcomes confusion which leads to Atheism, which led to Communism and Marxism.