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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Science and the Genesis account


January 7, 2020 by Bill K. Underwood
Evolutionary scientists look down their noses at anyone who gives any credence to the biblical account of creation. Unfortunately, creationists have made ridiculous claims about the Bible that have only made the problem worse.
But if you take away the ‘spin’ put on the account by creationists, what does the Bible actually say?
"In the beginning..." Genesis 1:1 declares that there was a beginning to the material universe.
Science now agrees. They didn’t always. "The Big Bang Theory” is not simply the name of a sit-com. It was a pejorative name given by scientists who disagreed with the theory first proposed by astronomers Georges LeMaitre and Edwin Hubble. Most scientists of the day believed a theory called “steady state”, that the universe was eternal and unchanging. The Bible was right; they were wrong.

According to the bible, the stars existed before the earth. ("God created the heavens...")

According to science, the Big Bang happened roughly 13.8 billion years ago. The earth began roughly 4.5 billion years ago.  

According to the bible, "The earth was formless..." (Genesis 1:2)
According to science, the earth was originally part of a formless blob of molten material and dust slinging around the sun that gradually clumped together to form Earth, Venus, Mercury, the moon, and then other planets.

According to the bible, early in earth's history it was covered with water. "There was darkness on the surface of the water."
According to science, early in earth's history it was covered with water. Scientists cannot adequately explain where the water came from. But they all agree that at some point during its first 700 million years or so, there were no continents or mountains, and that liquid water began to collect on the smooth surface. By about 4 billion years ago, water covered the earth to a depth of roughly 1.7 kilometers – about 5,600 feet. 

According to the bible, sunlight did not initially reach the surface of the earth. ("Darkness on the surface of the waters...” Genesis 1:2)
According to science, Earth remained completely engulfed in the impenetrable cloud of dust and gases orbiting the sun.
According to the bible, the dust slowly cleared until the sun's light began to reach the earth, and the level of light reaching the surface of the earth changed over time. ("Let there be light... Let luminaries appear in the expanse." Genesis 1:1, 14)
Science agrees. Since Earth had more mass than the dust, it orbited faster than the dust cloud through which it traveled, colliding with the dust particles. Heavier dust would have gradually been collected and added to Earth’s mass. Lighter particles and gases gradually move up and away from Earth. 
According to the Bible, “God went on to make the expanse and divided the waters beneath the expanse from the waters above the expanse.” (Genesis 1:7)

According to science, as the heavier elements such as dust fell to Earth and the lighter ones such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen rose in the atmosphere, there would have been fewer particles for water vapor to adhere to. Water vapor rising from the surface had to travel further up to form clouds, creating an expanse. Cloud cover and reflectance thinned, letting more light and heat reach the earth’s surface.
According to the bible, plant life came before animal life. ("Let the earth put forth grass..." Genesis 1:11)
According to science, plant life came before animal life. 

According to the bible, aquatic creatures and winged creatures came before land-based animals. ("Let the waters swarm with living creatures...and every winged flying creature...
Let the earth bring forth living creatures... "Genesis 1:20, 21  24)
According to science, aquatic animals and birds came before land-based animals.

According to the bible, humans came into existence after all the plant and animal life was already in existence. ("Let us make man..." Genesis 1:26)
According to science, humans came into existence after all the plant and animal life was already in existence. 

According to the bible, all humans alive today descended from a single pair of humans. ("Become many and fill the earth." Genesis 1:28)
According to science, all humans alive today descended from a single pair of humans.
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That's ten things a bible writer somehow knew, that science later proved to be correct. And that's just the first chapter. An open-minded person might be wise to ask: 

"How did the writer of Genesis know about these major steps in the formation of earth? And how did he get them in the right order?" 

If I laid out on a table face down ten playing cards numbered one through ten and mixed them up and asked you to turn them one at a time, in order, what are the odds you would turn the ace first, and then the "two", and so on?  

You would have better odds of winning the lottery, four times in a row! If you don't believe that God inspired the bible writer to get those details right, please explain how the writer of Genesis, presumed to be Moses 3,500 years ago, got it right.
And got it right when the rest of the academic world of his time believed the sea came from the tears of one of the gods; and that humans were made from trees or rocks.

The simple fact is, there is no adequate explanation for humans having this knowledge back then, unless those humans were, as they admitted repeatedly, inspired by God. 


The real reason many people find that idea distasteful today is not the scientific aspect of it. People don't want the bible to be true because of the moral aspect of it. If the bible is true, then they are obligated to follow its moral guidelines. If they can prove it is false or faulty, then their conscience is clear. 


The unassailable logic goes like this: If God exists, then He created man. (Seriously: If God exists, do you think He'd just sit back and watch evolution happen?) If He created man, then it stands to reason that He gave mankind an instruction manual to explain why we are here and how best to live our lives. And if you don't believe the Bible is that instruction manual you need to dig out a deck of cards.

If God is Almighty, then the argument that the Bible is faulty, or is the work of men, or has been incorrectly translated, falls flat: If you were all powerful, and someone else wanted to write a book of lies and half-truths and claim it was from you, would you let that happen?

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3 comments:

  1. Excellent reasoning. Thank you. This reminds of when 'Science' was sure that the earth was flat. The evidence that the earth was a sphere was not only staring them in the face (have you looked at the moon or the sun lately?) but it was written in the bible long before science understood that the earth is a sphere. Sometimes reality is staring them right in the face but they refuse to 'see' it because as you well pointed out, it doesn't suit their agenda.

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  2. Thank you Bill. Good, logical points you've made here. Also...
    Any complex structure whether it be electronic devices or biologically based machines (animals/humans) needs careful design and programing by an intelligent designer.

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  3. Nice article Bill.

    Something I found doing this weeks reading is from Genesis 1:5. The original word (לַיִל) translated as “night” has the original meaning “a twist (away of the light)”.

    I’m no expert on Hebrew but it would seem that this supports the idea that the day and night cycles are the result of the Earth rotating on its axis.

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