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The battle for Biblical Creationism

Question: "Was the earth created by God or evolution?"

Answer: We live in a day of unbelief and doubt of the existence of God because of the influence of Secularism and Naturalism. Children are brainwashed in the public school system, and college students are fed these philosophies in their core course curriculum in history, philosophy, art and science. Naturalism can be defined as a view that every law and force operating in the universe is natural and has no moral, spiritual, or supernatural forces. Naturalists are often unable to look and examine the evidences for a creator as they are blind to the truth (2 Cor 4:4). In this brief article I am going to explain why the Bible is the accurate and true Word of God, the earth was created in six literal days, the flood of Noah's day was a global one, and provide enough evidences for those with an open mind that God created the universe. My intention in writing this article is to provide an interest for any serious skeptic to do further research on these topics, but I do not expect to convince those that have been blinded, and living in sin, for that is the work of the Holy Spirit alone.

The Authority of the Bible

Why can the Bible be trusted, and why is it the word of God? These are questions of many in our secularist culture. Sadly, many that have these questions are unwilling to read the books and research the Bible to discover why it is a true and inerrant work. The Bible is the best selling book of all time with roughly eight billion copies in print. There are many books also claiming to be the word of God, or just as important as the Bible (the book of Mormon, the Koran, etc.) and so what sets the Bible apart from these other works? I believe fully in inerrancy (meaning no errors), over an infallible guide meaning that the Bible is true in matters of faith and practice, but does contain errors in areas of history, geography and science. I will explain below why the Bible can be trusted not only in faith and practice, but also in history, geography, and science.

Consistency
The Bible was written over a span of 1500 years by more than 40 authors in multiple languages and addressing hundreds of topics. But one of the reasons the Bible is unique is that of all these authors from all these walks of life the theme throughout the Bible has been the same. Study the Theology of the Old and New Testaments and see that there is a great consistency in the theology of the book.

Historical Reliability
There is such a strong amount of evidence to substantiate the events of the Old Testament that no serious skeptic would continue to doubt the Bible if he were to honestly look at the evidence. The New Testament also has plenty of evidence to support its reliability. However, its primary evidence is based on direct, eyewitness testimony (1 Jn 1:1) and by careful historians like Luke.

Textual Superiority
Other ancient documents have very little surviving manuscripts, and even those that have survived date only a few hundred years after the manuscript was written. Caesar's Gallic Wars only has ten surviving manuscripts. Other works by ancient authors such as Plato and Aristotle do not have nearly as many surviving manuscripts, and yet no one questions their realibility.

Archaeological Verifiability
There are dozens of archaeological evidences to support both the Old and New Testaments, and I will name just a few. For the Old Testament, one big archaeological find comes from the library of Ashurbanipal, where clay tablets have been found for the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is the Babylonian version of the Flood. Archaeologists have discovered many other versions of the flood account that have verified the Biblical account. Another evidence was found in Nineveh.
When the old city was excavated, thousands of clay tablets were discovered that made up the personal library of King Ashurbanipal of Assyria, who reigned from 668-626 BC. Most significant was this find because the "Creation Epic" that confirms the Biblical account of creation was discovered there.  But probably the most important archaeological discovery found was the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947. The scrolls contain some 40,000 inscribed fragments which were found in the caves near the Dead Sea. What they did was confirm the Old Testament to be historically reliable. For the New Testament, one major discovery "The Pilate Stone", was found in Caesarea, which confirms that Pilate was a high ranking Roman official. There are plenty of other evidences to support the New Testament as well, and I have provided a list of some books at the end of this article.

Supernatural Activity
Many prophecies that were written and then confirmed centuries later have given much evidence that the Bible was inspired by God. Refer to an earlier article that I wrote "Prophecies Fulfilled In Jesus."

Spiritual authority
The Bible has the power to change lives, which is known as the doctrine of sufficiency. Many lives have been changed by the reading of the Bible and mine being one of them. Christianity has changed the world, and some of these changes have been the abolition of slavery, women's rights, the sanctity of marriage and sex, advances in health care, education, science, and the arts as the book "How Christianity Changed the World" documents. Many sadly are ignorant of these facts and of world history before the influence of Christianity.

God Created the Earth in six literal Days

In the church today it is popular not to hold to a literal creation view in that God created the earth in six literal 24-hour periods of time. Due to the influence of Naturalism, many Christians have come up with a number of theories as to how God created the world. One popular view is called progressive creationism and this means that days can be understood as eons of time, and during the creation, God stepped in at various times (one of which was when he created Adam) and did His creation work. Another popular view, theistic evolution, means that God allowed and used evolution to make the creation event happen. None of these views are Biblical, and anything other than the literal interpretation of creation is an attempt by man to harmonize the Bible's Creation-Fall-Flood account (Gen 1-11) with the popular millions of years view of the universe. Those that believe in millions of years think that the rocks which contain fossil records formed over millions of years, and all before God created Adam. There are many problems with the millions of years view and any other view other than the Biblical one as it does some serious undermining of the Gospel. "For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive"(1 Cor 15:21-22,NIV). Jesus came to undo the work of Adam (1 Cor 15:45) and died on the cross for the entire human race and all of mankind (Gal 3:13, Col 1:22). A non-literal interpretation of Genesis 1-3 not only undermines the Gospel, but the rest of the Bible. If one cannot believe in God creating the world in six 24-hour periods of time, then certainly why believe the events of the Exodus? Or why believe that the Gospels are literal events that actually happened?

Why creationism happened in six literal 24-hour periods of time
The Hebrew word for "Day" yom is first used here in Genesis and always refers to a 24-hour period of time.
The original readers were not Hebrew scholars, nor scientists, but were ordinary people, and so the language Moses wrote was very clear to them. Moses probably never imagined that readers one day would find ways to re-interpret the plain meaning to support their Naturalistic presuppositions that they have approached the text with. The reason why the days referred here mean literal 24-hour periods of time is that the phrase "And there was evening and there was morning" is repeated at the end of each day, and this can only mean a literal 24-hour period of time.  God knew that the pagan philosophers of antiquity would one day try and distort his record of creation  to support pantheistic evolution, so He was careful to define His terms. Also Genesis was written as history and not poetry so Moses's intention when he wrote it was to communicate factual literal events. Plenty of Hebrew scholars agree with this. No hint of the text being an allegory exists in the text. It is odd that other passages in the Old Testament that speak of numbered literal days such as Numbers 7 are not disputed, even when the exact same structured sequence of days is used. We must let the Bible speak for itself, and not let science and man's opinion interpret the Bible. "For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it" (Ex 20:11 KJV).


Evidences of the creator in the creation

I have looked at a number of books in the writing of this article, and dozens of Christian apologists use secondary evidences outside of the Bible to support their main arguments for the God of the Bible. Authors that primarily use the Bible are no doubt frowned upon by scientists and the academic types, but its not like external evidences is going to persuade them anyway, as they have been blinded by Satan and cannot see the light of the gospel (2 Cor 4:4). Why Christians primarily make external arguments from science to support the Bible is inexplicable. There is plenty of evidence in the creation that God is the author and creator of it all, but the most important evidence comes from the Bible itself, and the creation just confirms the Bible. In Genesis 1:21 the text reads "And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good" (KJV). The Hebrew verb used here is bara which means a direct creation. The text rules out the possibility that the creatures evolved through some age long process as what is commonly believed in science. In verse 21 the phrase "and every living creature" means that God created every living being in the sea and on the land. God created the sharks, all the fish, the whales, the crabs, lobsters, the sea otters, the birds, the frogs, the tigers, and even the spiders. They all were created at once and did not evolve through Naturalistic processes as they were created by God.

One such creature that evolution has failed to explain is the Archerfish. These wonderful creatures live in fresh and salt water mostly in Southeast Asia. These creatures prey on insects on land by spraying water like a pistol on them which sends the insects to the water making them an easy meal. Other fish do not have this ability and will try and leap for the insects, but insects out of their reach they cannot catch.
Archerfish are camouflaged in such a way that they are hard to spot from above so the insects cannot see them sneaking up on them. They are creative creatures, and certainly naturalists cannot explain how they developed their abilities.

Illustration of an Archerfish
          shooting water at a bug on a hanging branch.
Illustrations of the Archerfish shooting water at a bug on a hanging branch.

Another creature that cannot be explained easily by evolution is the Bombardier Beetle. This creature defends itself by spraying foul-gases that ignite in the face of their opponents at a degree as hot as boiling water. The beetles are able to set off as much as five of their bombs in succession, and to accomplish this, the beetle needs hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinone, yet the beetle has an inhibitor that prevents the chemicals from exploding even though they are stored in the same compartment. This is truly an amazing creature that cannot be explained by those that deny God. When prompted for evidence, evolutionists will ignore explaining this beetle or make wild assumptions such as they got their abilities by chance. Truly it takes a lot of faith to be an atheist, and that is the subject of a book by Norm Geisler that you may want to read called "I Dont have enough faith to be an atheist."


Bombardier beetle
The Bombardier Beetle spraying his gas at a predator

Another fascinating creature is the frog because of all his specialized features and abilities. This creature starts off as an egg, then a tadpole, and then turns into a frog. The animal lives mostly in ponds, swamps, lakes and some rivers. Some species such as the wood frog are able to survive in very cold regions like Alaska. The frog has special proteins in its blood called nucleating proteins which cause the water in the blood to freeze first. The frogs liver makes large amounts of glucose which packs in the cells and props them up. Then when spring comes, the frog's water in its blood starts flowing again and the frog revives. How can evolution explain such a miracle in nature? Only a Creator God could create such an ability in an animal to survive after being frozen. The blood in humans lacks the nucleating proteins found in these frogs and so when we freeze we get frostbite. If we froze stiff, we would not come back to life during the spring. There are many different types and sizes of frogs in nature. Recently, scientists have discovered the world's smallest frog which measures 8.6 mm in southern Papua New Guinea. The creatures can leap 30 times their size, which is an amazing feat. It is amazing that God created such a fascinating creature at such a small size.


The American Bullfrog & the Worlds smallest Frog

There are many other creatures in the creation that give evidence to a creator, and all curious should check them out. Skeptics with an honest mind are welcome to look as well, however, since unbelievers are blinded by Satan (2 Cor 4:4), they can only be wakened by the power of the Holy Spirit (Eph 2:4-5, Tit 3:5). So no matter how much evidence one presents for God, a blind skeptic will never see it.

Local Flood or Global Flood?

There is plenty of evidence in the world to support the world wide flood of Genesis. The book The Global Flood by Answers in Genesis has proved an invaluable resource on this topic and of which I will be using primarily in this section.

Evidences in the world for the Genesis Flood

Evidence #1— Fossils of sea creatures high above sea level due to the oceans having flooded the continents.
All over the world there is evidence of sea creatures in the mountains. The creatures found up there are not typical ones to have gotten there by ordinary means. For example, certain types of shellfish are found in the Himalayas. Also the Grand Canyon has many marine fossils. How could they have gotten there as the Canyon is a mile above sea level? Only the flood of Genesis provides an explanation.

Evidence #2- Rapid burial of plants and animals
There are billions of nautiloid fossils found in a layer in the Grand
Canyon.
Other parts of the world such as chalk and coal beds testify to a major catastrophic destruction and burial.

Evidence #3- Rapidly deposited sediment layers spread across vast areas.
There are rock layers that can be traced between continents, and the features that are in these rock layers do indicate that they were deposited rapidly. The Grand Canyon and the Tapeats Sandstone are some examples. The inclined layers in the Coconino Sandstone of the Grand Canyon are evidence of 10,000 cubic miles of sand that was deposited into the area by huge water currents during the Noah's Ark Flood.

Evidence #4- Rapid or no erosion between strata
There is plenty of evidence of rapid erosion in the rock layers. There is no evidence of "millions of years of evolution" in the rock layers in the Grand Canyon.


Evidence #5- Many strata laid down in rapid succession.

There are many rocks throughout the earth that did not break but folded which indicates a worldwide flood. The Tapeats Sandstone in the Grand Canyon is folded in a right angle without evidence of breaking, which is unusual for a rock.

Evidence #6- The Ark
If the flood were local and not global, then why the need for the ark? Noah could have fled to the mountains and could have made it in time. God warned Lot in Sodom, and he fled, so He could have done the same with Noah. If the flood were local, then why did God send animals to the ark? Certainly the Cheetah and other animals would have had no need for the ark as they can travel faster than a man. Or why did God send birds to the ark if the flood were local? Some birds can travel several hundred kilometers per day. And finally, if the flood were local, then God would be a liar and had broken his promise many times. Over the years there have been huge local floods in various parts of the world. For example Bangladesh is located next to India in Southeast Asia and there have been many floods in that region over the years. Also, in Europe in 2002 a major flood hit the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Croatia. Read the following Wikipedia article "2002 European Floods."

Evidence from the Bible

The scripture shows that the entire earth was flooded with water. Universal language is used in the following passages to prove a global flood.

And they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away... (MT 24:39,NIV).

And the flood came and destroyed them all (Lk 17:27,NKJV).

If he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others; when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly (2 Pet 2:5,ESV).

The world that then existed was deluged with water and perished (1 Pet 3:6,ESV).

By faith Noah being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith (Heb 11:7,ESV).

Those that want to believe in a local flood do so in their own ignorance and unbelief. There is so much evidence in the world to support the global flood that local flood advocates are unaware of, or are in denial of the facts. The scripture proves time and time again to be reliable and shows clearly that there was a global flood. Those that have been influenced by Naturalistic evolutionary theories come to the Bible with these preconceived conclusions and therefore will interpret the Bible to fit into their man-made evolutionary theories, and, therefore it is no wonder that they deny that the entire earth was filled with water during Noah's day.

Conclusion

This article was written to provide evidences of God in the creation to aid Christians, and to give answers for honest skeptics. I do not expect that a single skeptic that reads this article will be saved outside of the work of the Holy Spirit's power. However this article can plant seeds in the heart of the skeptic and which is my intention upon writing this article. There are many that believe that evidences and making persuasive arguments that appeal to the emotions, or the intellect of the unbeliever is what gets people saved. These type will boast of their "success" in evangelism, but they do not know if those they persuaded to make a decision are true or false converts, for there are many that make a profession of faith but few that actually follow the Lord. The Bible is quite clear that God is the one that does the saving, and salvation is a supernatural work (Jon 2:9; John 1:12-13; 3:5-8; 6:44; Eph 2:4-5; Tit 3:5). A great verse to illustrate this was given by Luke in Acts 16:14 "One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message"(NIV). All Paul did was preach the gospel and let the Holy Spirit do the rest.

Sources Used


The Bible
The Battle for the Beginning by John MacArthur
Nothing but the Truth by John MacArthur
The Reason Why By Mark Mittelberg
The Creation Answers Book by Creation Book Publishers
Seven Reasons Why You Can Trust The Bible by Erwin Lutzer
A Pocket Guide to the Global Flood by Answers in Genesis

When Skeptics Ask by Norm Geisler
The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell
http://www.icr.org/article/2107/ By Henry Morris accessed March 23rd 2013


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