“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.“
It seems such a simplistic statement. But that statement lays the foundation for the entire Christian worldview
Without “In the beginning God…” our entire faith system is baseless. If you don’t believe this sentence to be true, you can’t trust anything else scripture says. You might as well close the book after Genesis 1:1. You can’t accept Christ coming into the world, but reject how He made it. You must accept it all, including HOW He says He did it:
IN 6 LITERAL DAYS
I’m not sure why some feel the need to try to come up with some alternative creation narrative besides the miraculous. God is in the business of the miraculous. There is no need to try to cram millions and billions of years between each of the 6 days we read of in Genesis. Why would we? We trust that God made a donkey to talk. And that Christ was born to a teenage virgin. And that He raised people from the dead before HE was then raised from the dead. If God can do all these impossible things, why do some believe it impossible for Him to create a perfect world of sun, moon, stars, oceans, creatures, trees, and people in six 24 hour days?
After all, after each creation day we read, “And evening and morning were the first day, the second day”, and so on. If we can’t believe what God says He did in the beginning, we can’t trust anything else He says. We don’t have to invent an excuse to try to fit God’s ways into science or the world’s ways. How many times has something that God did refute all scientific explanation? He has stopped time in its tracks. He made Adam from the dust. He made Eve from a rib. He made 2 of every animal kind come to Noah and walk into the ark without Noah having to go get even a single turtle. And again, there’s the whole raising the dead thing. God defies “science” and all logical explanation. He doesn’t need a logical explanation for how we got here. Besides, how many times has science been proven wrong? People once believed the sun revolved around the earth. They once believed that the earth was flat, even though scripture says clearly that it is a sphere.
The Genesis flood explains much of what we see in the world today, such as the Grand Canyon. And an old earth places death before sin. Scripture says,
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all mankind, because all sinned. Romans 5:12
The point to all of this is that God can be believed. When He says it happened a certain way, it happened that way. Our faith is based on the fact that we can trust God and His word. Our faith in Him MUST be all-encompassing. We can’t have faith “here”, but not “there”. We can’t say, “I believe this, but not that.” We can’t believe some and not all. God is an all or nothing God. And partial faith is no faith at all.
My husband Jeff says that the old saying, “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it” is completely wrong. God doesn’t need us to believe something for it to be true. If God said it, THAT SETTLES IT!
Why would we ever subtract the wondrous, majestic, miraculous 6 day creation from our beliefs? It is a glorious part of His redemptive story of mankind. Christ Himself created us. He loved us from before the beginning of time.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:15-16
Don’t cheapen God’s creation story by trying to make it fit into a narrative that we can make sense of. He operates in the wondrous! His ways are not our ways. Give Him the credit and the glory for ALL of the miraculous things He has done.
For further reading and watching:
Days of Creation by Answers in Genesis
Six Literal Days by Answers in Genesis
Is Genesis History? The Full Movie and WORTH THE WATCH!