In Genesis 1:1 we read the following… “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
Because of the claims of long ages by those in the scientific community who study origins, there are many church goers who read this Scripture and ask “When was the beginning?” There have been many creative theories developed to fit millions and billions of years into the Bible, in order to harmonize the Bible with evolution. Some of them are as follows: progressive creation, the day-age theory, the gap theory and the framework hypothesis. These are just a few. On one hand you have evolutionists telling us the beginning was billions of years ago, while on the other hand, the Bible through a literal interpretation of both Genesis and other relevant Scriptures, teaches us the beginning was only about 6,000 years ago. It doesn’t say the words “God created 6,000 years ago,” but it gives us an account of about 4,000 years of history from the beginning until when Jesus was crucified, and it has now been over 2,000 years since then. So 4,000 plus 2,000, equals 6,000.
Since some people claim you can fit billions of years into the Bible, then how do we know from the Bible which age is correct? Billions or thousands? Let’s use the light of God’s Word (Ps. 119:105) and explore at least one of the theories I mentioned above, the gap theory. This theory is very popular among Christians. It teaches that in between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 there is an alleged gap that could have accommodated the billions of years from the evolutionary claims. Some people argue the first day of creation did not begin until Genesis 1:2. However, I must bring your attention to verse 1 again…
Genesis 1:1 KJV In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Let’s clarify what this means. What is “the beginning?” It is the beginning of “time.” What did God create in the beginning of time? The heaven and the earth. When was the beginning? When God began creating the heaven and the earth. So “time” began at the moment God spoke the heaven and earth into existence. In other words, the clock started rolling with the beginning of the heaven and the earth.
Now with this in mind, let us look at Genesis 1:1-5…
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Verse 2 is simply a description of what the earth looked like, just after God spoke it into existence in verse 1. Now, since the clock started rolling with the “beginning” of the heaven and the earth, then how much time had elapsed by verse 5? God said in verse 5 “the evening and the morning were the first day.” How long was this day? Approximately 24 hours. How do I know? Because God described this “day” by using the words “evening” and “morning.” It is no different today. One day contains a morning and an evening. No one questions this. Not only that, but every single time you find the words “evening,” “morning” and “day” used together in the Old Testament, it always means a normal 24 hour day. No exceptions. So God told us “time” (the beginning) began in verse 1, and then
God told us how much time had elapsed by the time we get to verse 5.
Here are other portions of Scripture which confirm this interpretation…
Exodus 31:17 …for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. Exodus 20:11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
These two portions of Scripture tell us very clearly that from the beginning of time until God finished creating was six normal (24 hour) days.
Now if the gap theory were true, then there are some serious problems in regards to God’s character, trustworthiness and His Word. For example, if there truly were a gap of billions of years in between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2, then this would cast some serious doubt upon the trustworthiness of the Word of God, since He “said” He did it in six days. If there were billions of years sandwiched in there, then one could legitimately argue that God lied about the time frame with which He created all things. In other words, why did He say He did it in six regular days, if in fact He did it over billions of years? With a God who is consistently Holy, consistently perfect and consistent in everything and every way, who does nothing in a way that would cause people to legitimately argue against His integrity, then it would seem that He would have explained in His Word that there was a much larger time frame involved during the creation process, instead of just saying He did it in only 6 days. I suggest theories like the gap theory were completely invented by man in an attempt to harmonize the evolutionary concept of billions of years with Scriptures. So it really becomes a matter of the word of men versus the Word of God!
Let’s look at another Scripture…
Act 3:20-21 …God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
I want you to notice something in this New Testament Scripture. God said He had prophets (men) on the earth “since the world began”. Not enough for you? Notice what Jesus said…
Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
Notice what Jesus did NOT say… “God created male and female billions of years after the beginning.” No, He said they were made with the beginning. And when you read the creation account in the book of Genesis, you will find this to be the case, that man was created literally six days after the beginning of the heaven and the earth. Both of the above Scriptures are very important, since evolutionists claim that man did not come into the scene until billions of years “after” the beginning.
So when is the “beginning” really the beginning? Well, since the clock began rolling with the beginning of all things, and we find in Genesis 1:5 that the first 24 hours had passed, and by adding the rest of the relevant Scriptures throughout the Bible, we can confidently conclude that the beginning was about 6,000 years ago. If you would like to see proof of this in the Bible for yourself, then please visit my website below and click on the page “What is the age of the earth?”
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Chris Caudill may be reached at www.ChrissCollectionOnline.com.