Are you a Creationist? Do you believe that God made this world? Or do you believe that it all evolved? And what about Noah and his ark?
The opening words of the Bible are “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
We don’t have many options. Science is on the side of evolution, and religion is on the side of God and creation. It is hard to be on both sides at once, and the Bible falls apart if we remove the part where God started it all.
I am a Christian, and I know that this topic divides people. I am concerned about the stressful times we are in, now, with a COVID Pandemic, and a war in Ukraine, and who knows what is coming next. I believe we should pray and ask God for help and direction. That God is the one who created the Universe. I also believe we need to get back to the God who made us, and we should read the owners’ manual. But, if we don’t believe at the beginning, it is not easy to believe for now, and for the future.
We have a problem.
So, how do we make the God of the Bible respectable, to people who see the early stories as ancient myths and fantasies? The story is more interesting than we might think. Science points in the direction of God, more than we know.
Here are some possibilities:
1) Catastrophic Days:
Charles Darwin, who gave us his model for “The origin of the Species” had a firm belief. He was a convinced Uniformitarian. For Darwin, the universe is a stable environment, like a clean laboratory, where life could emerge and evolve without interruption. With that belief, natural history is a slow gradual process, without changes that might interrupt evolution.
- READ: Uniformitarianism
At one time, all respectable scientists believed in a uniform, stable environment, where life could emerge and evolve, without God the creator.
Now, we have Climate Change, a belief in a world heading for a catastrophe and possibly our extinction. “Catastrophism” is probably what most scientists see in nature. We know that life has been interrupted by extinction events many times, and we might have another soon. That environment, with interruptions, contradicts the foundation of the theory of evolution in a stable environment.
The pieces don’t fit together as easily as they used to.
On the creation side, the Bible is a book of catastrophes, good and bad. Creation has stages or ‘days’ and Noah had a flood.
We should ask; how did Bronze age people know that, four thousand years ago? And why are we only learning it now?
2) The Fossil Record:
In the Bible, the Creation story is in the first book “Genesis” in the first chapter. It is the foundation of everything that comes after. You probably know, the creation story has a week of days. In the story, the environment forms and life emerges, in six stages. The seventh day was a rest period, when the world existed, as we know it.
In the creation sequence, a lifeless Earth changes, and life appears, in stages. The stages start with life in water, and in the air; and then dry land with plants, and then animals:
READ: Creation Days
Science has an early stage, the Devonian, with life in the water, and the Carboniferous, with plants on land, and then the animals on land.
There is an argument among Creationists. Is a Creation Day a twenty-four hour period, or an era, possibly extending for millions of years? In the Hebrew Bible, a day “yom” can be a day or an extended era. I find it interesting, that ‘morning and evening’ days emerged during the first Creation Day.
It seems that ancient writers described the fossil record, something that scientists are only discovering now.
Again; how did they do that”
3) Planetary Science:
We know the Earth is a tiny part of the Universe, and we still don’t know how huge the universe is. Also, scientists today are learning about the life and death of stars, and the formation of planets. It’s all-new … or is it?
Outside of the ‘days’ of Creation, we are told that God made everything “in the beginning.” Apparently, the seven days in the creation story happened after that.
I have a degree in Comparative Literature, something that never got me a job. One thing we had to learn, in our program, is that every story has a P.O.V., a ‘Point of View.’ When you watch a movie, notice the camera P.O.V. With the position of the camera, are you flying through the air and looking down on the land surface, or walking in a crowd, like a human spectator? There are many possibilities, and they help to tell the story.
The Bible gives a story, about God relating to us, down here. The Universe is vast in space and time, and in the whole Bible, we have a story about a few thousand years, on one tiny planet. We are told about the “beginning” and the “heavens and the Earth” and then the story focuses on us down here. Imagine a remote camera recording what happens on the surface of one planet. The film starts with a dark and lifeless place, and then light and days and nights appear; and then life, in stages.
We see development on the surface of a planet, and the pattern is consistent with modern science.
Without debating all the details, we should ask a question: How could a writer do that, thousands of years ago?
We live in a time when we can see the universe around us, including our Earth home. We don’t rely on theories, as much as we used to; now hard evidence is emerging. It is probably impossible to control, or win, a creation–evolution debate, but we should know that the story in the Bible is surprisingly consistent with the findings of modern science.
How do we explain that?
You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you. (Nehemiah 9: 6)
THE EVENTS BEFORE THE “BIG BANG” AND SCIENCE.
The real story of Genesis could have not possibly known to man unless it was revealed by God (2 angels) to Moses! Adam and Eve they were given leather tunics in order to be able to live away from God and a new place (transfomed material place) known to us as the ~Universe~ where the Grace of God was replaced with the gift of logic (science) in order to aid them to survive on their own in the absence of His Grace! [Genesis 3:21] : ‘Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. How do we know today about the events that took place before their exile?
The giving meaning to the word ~science~ in the English dictionary is very lucid
1 Systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation
2 Any of the branches of natural or physical science
Science today attributes ~the presence of man and the absence of God~ to a cosmic event that they claim was accidental that was given the name “big bang”. The way however that Matter came into existance and was concentrated into the Mass that made the “big bang” possible eventually forming planets and galaxies that allowed birth to life …did never concern science!
The physical events that took place after the “big bang” can come theoretically under the study of science because they consist on ~ hands on natural or physical phenomena~ of a material world that that can be studied through reason and logic. However the events that preceded the big bang can not possibly be studied by the logic (science) of man because there is no physical or material evidence to substantiate those evebts. Even if science did not have the proper evidence for the presence of a God it should have been rensponcible to confirm His presence by plain logic His presence throught being a Creador and Law Maker God.This is why
1 Any mater that suddenly appears from nowhere with a “build in plan” to form with presise physical laws planets and planetary systems that were to eventually give birth to life and then sustain it could not come possibly come into to being without a ~Preplanning Mind- that ordained it so. This uknown Preplanning Mind could have been discribed by science as God!
2 There is nothing known to man (science) that can appear from nowhere (a void) by its self in order to form millions of planetary systems and galaxies… unless it was created! This is why God (the Preplanning Mind) should also be called by science a Creador God!
Scientists reject the idea of a God because they cannot comprehend (know Him) with their logic. They have been willingly or unwillingly “trained” to understand that anything beyond their material way of understanding things that is incomprehensible… it is rejected!
How ever there are those who know God personally (the Saints) who will tell science through their personal experiences that ~God is a PERSON- because He is known to talk to people ~person to PERSON- like He did when talking to Moses. There is a simple fact that is ignored by science and generally the rest of the world today and this is the fact that God only reveals His Self…TO THOSE THAT HE WANTS TOO!
The coming of Lord Jesus and the creation of the Church was to “set up” the right circumstances for man to be able to know God personally. After Pentecost and the descending of the Holy Spirit, the Apostles created Churches around the world using specific rules (given from above) that are known as the 85 Holy Apostolic Cannons. [http://aggreen.net/canons/canons.html]. The Church was created as a therapeutic institution in order for God to be able to reveal His self not in the mind of man (logic) but in the soul (heart). The heart is the place inside were God testifies to His Self, it the faculty of intuiting that gives man the axioms upon which to reason. (2 Corinthians: 4:6). “God makes His Light shine in our hearts, to bring us the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of Christ.
There for the time ~before the big bang- does not belong to science it belongs to Theology. Science does not have the “eyes of the heart” by which to see and know Creator God through Revelation and so scientists are “condemned” to the type fantasy and speculation that is given birth to by the logic of man that will disallow them to seek or/and know God for the rest of all eternity! The question remains now. Does science want to know the events that took place before the big bang? It was trought Revalation!
The proof that Moses was the writer of the Pentsartefxos is overwhelming. http://creation.com/did-moses-really-write-genesis
The Image and Likeness of God https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezItFNpdnVY&feature=youtu.be
What Is the Orthodox Church? – Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95P744siC7U&feature=youtu.be
Come only if you want!
God Time Creation (How God created Time)
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