Yes, Almighty God Himself said so.
Do you recall the Ten Commandments once written on every church wall: for you to consider when the preacher got to be boring? God said to remember the Sabbath seventh day –
“for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them”.
And in Genesis 1:31 it is stated that God saw everything He had made and it was very good… and the evening and the morning were the Sixth Day.
You quibble at the timescale? The challenge is – how great is your God? Nehemiah and others prefixed their prayers to Him by stating what He had done – perhaps they did not wish to come into His presence casually.
“You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens with all their host, the earth with all things on it, the seas and all that is in them…The host of heaven worships You” (Neh. 9: 6).
So, back to our title – why so long as six days for all Creation? For you, for me, the Sabbath was made for man, so that we work for six days and then rest on the seventh (Exo. 20: 9-11).
The education system and the media dismiss that first chapter of the book of Genesis where the Creator is said to have made the heavens and the earth and everything in them in six days. They claim that it is poetic licence. With it are dismissed the historicity of Adam and Eve (can you Adam and Eve it?) and even more significantly, the curse brought about by their disobedience. Thus the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is fatally undermined, though many Church goers don’t seem to have realised it. What is that Good News? Jesus Christ, God’s Son came to lift that curse by living a sinless life and offering up His perfect life blood for us and by rising from the dead to give us that quality life. Moreover, if the Messiah did not come for billions of years after the beginning, why should we be looking for that blessed hope of His imminent return? At that time we shall be changed –
“in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye”.
Note, instant action here. No evolution then!
Today, Science is regarded as the ultimate Truth, and faith must be subservient to its findings. Let us examine this stance logically? Science is based upon observations and laws and scientific theories. Look out for assumptions!
Here are just three examples of these assumptions:
Following the discovery of DNA in the middle of the last century, there was seen to be a strong similarity between the genes of all living things. This was interpreted as due to evolutionary relationships. The majority of the DNA molecule did not show this similarity and was considered to be ‘junk DNA’, the vestiges of former genes from an evolutionary past. Very recent work has shown this interpretation to be wrong – there is no junk.
Another example of jumping to the wrong conclusion involves the speed of light. In the 1930s physicists were noting that every time they measured the speed of light the result was lower than the last time. By the close of the twentieth century a study of the data showed that ‘c’ had decreased with time in the past. This had profound implications for the time light takes to reach earth and is also related to the rate of radioactive decay of elements like uranium used for dating minerals. This work has been largely ignored.
Back to earth (literally). Eighteenth century engineers planning the canal network of the UK found regular sequences of rock layers everywhere. They formulated the idea that the thick layers of rocks were laid down slowly over millions of years. After all, we don’t see vast thicknesses being formed today, do we? But not so fast! Catastrophic events like tsunamis and earthquakes do rapid and significant geological work today. We have seen this with the volcanic eruption of Mt St Helens in Washington State in 1980. The effect of a flood on the scale of Noah’s Flood, which was worldwide, is much more believable to us now.
(Panoramic photo of the remnants of the peak of Mount St. Helens, now quiescent. On 18 May 1980, with little warning, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake triggered a massive collapse of the north face of the mountain, the largest known debris avalanche in recorded history. Magma burst forth into a large-scale pyroclastic flow that flattened vegetation and buildings over 230 square miles (600 km2). More than 1.5 million metric tons of sulphur dioxide were released into the atmosphere. Image: G. Erickson, under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported licence.)
Since the middle of the twentieth century, we have found that creatures are fashioned by the DNA in their cells. Evolutionists have studied the differences in gene structure between chimps and humans and claimed that this confirmed descent with modification – Darwinian evolution. Only some 20% of the DNA codes for genes, so they called the remaining 80% ‘junk DNA’. It was assumed that this junk was left-over genetic material from our evolutionary past. It all fitted the theory nicely. But at the beginning of the 21st century, a consortium of several groups of geneticists around the world began to study the detail of this so called junk. In 2013 they published their findings so far, some 80% of the human genome. They found that what had been considered junk was actually a vast number of switches to control the genes. Human DNA has many, many more differences from that of chimps than had been claimed on the basis of genes alone. Gradual evolution by a series of small changes in the DNA, each a slight improvement on the last one, would clearly be impossible. Where could the new ‘human’ genetic information come from?
The similarities in the genes follows because chimps and humans share many systems, such as respiration, digestion, reproduction and so on.
(Image above – The concept of “junk DNA” is now seen to be a myth of evolutionist philosophy – the parts of the genome that do not code for proteins contain the “operating system”, arrays of control switches of astonishing complexity. Image: T. Alajbeg, www.rgbstock.com.)
How did the universe come into being? The current paradigm is called the Big Bang theory. Seemingly, once upon a time there was nothing that became unstable and spontaneously exploded into everything. This is supposed to have happened over 13 billion years ago. It is recognised that there are serious problems with this idea. For instance, why didn’t the subatomic particles created in such an explosion carry on separating from one another for ever, rather than forming atoms and clumping into stars and galaxies? A lot more material would be needed to provide the gravitational pull for that; many times more than we know exists.
The solution chosen was to invent some, and since it cannot be seen or detected it is known as ‘cold dark matter’ – CDM for short. But unlike Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate, one finds this CDM hard to swallow.
Another difficulty with this theory is that the infant universe is thought to have had an initial period of inflation requiring the invention of ‘dark energy’ to counter the gravity and push everything apart. Astonishingly, the total of unseen matter and energy is thought to amount to maybe 90% of the substance of the universe.
But there are even more fundamental problems with the Big Bang. The First Law of Thermodynamics (that applies to all the sciences) states that matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed. Making precise measurements, scientists have never found a single exception to this law. It follows that the universe is unable to create itself. Could it have always existed? No – the Second Law of Thermodynamics, to which, again, no exceptions have ever been found, tells us that in any action energy always becomes less available to do work. In other, stuff runs down and wears out. Since there is still a great deal of available energy in the earth and the universe, they cannot have existed for ever.
We are left with only one possibility, namely that the universe was created by an Intelligence outside of space and time. Such a Creator, having created time, does not need periods of time, as we do, to make anything. He can simply speak things into existence, as it tells us in that first chapter of Genesis! And since evolution is impossible, there is no need to postulate billions of years of prehistory before man came on the scene.
How sure are evolutionists when they say that the universe is billions of years old? There is no way of measuring distances in the heavens. Our baseline for surveying is the diameter of our orbit around the sun, which is too small compared with the distances to the stars beyond our own galaxy. Angles are too small to measure. Distances are estimated using the red shift of starlight compared to the spectra of elements here on earth. However, red shifts of different stars within the same galaxy can be different. The assumption is made that red shift is related to the speed at which light sources are receding from earth (Doppler effect), and that the further away the light is, the faster it is receding. We then see things at the age they were when the light left them on its journey to us. All of this is based upon assumptions in a theory that, in any case, runs counter to the known laws of physics.
In the eighteenth century, engineers planning the course of the UK’s infant canal network noted that the same sequence of layers of sedimentary rocks such as sandstone, limestone and chalk spread across the country. They assumed that these great thicknesses of rocks were laid down a little at a time over billions of years. The doctrine they believed was that present day rates were always the same in the past. Common sense might have told them that a hundred foot deposit of almost 100% pure calcium carbonate chalk could not be laid down gradually over millions of years with no impurities.
In fact today, geological work is only done rapidly by catastrophic events such as tsunamis and earthquakes. Also volcanic eruptions such as that of Mt. St. Helens in Washington State in May 1980 which laid down 25 feet of finely layered material in only hours. Many people groups throughout the world have folk memories of a worldwide flood in early history –
The biblical flood in the days of Noah had unimaginable energy, scouring the earth’s surface and subsequently laying down strata of sediments containing the remains of plants and animals. As the waters receded the draining from the wet layers would have gouged out vast gorges and valleys that today have only little rivers running in them. The French sedimentologist Guy Berthault has demonstrated that running water deposits its burden of suspended sediments in layers. CSM’s Genesis Expo in Portsmouth has a working display illustrating this.
It follows that, contrary to received wisdom, a catastrophic worldwide flood is a better explanation of the world’s geology than the assumptions of millions of years of gradual build-up of strata proposed by those 18th century canal builders.
(Left – An eroding chalk stack on the east coast of Italy.
The history of ongoing changes and upheavals of the Earth
makes the formation of such a deposit over a timescale
of billions of years extremely unlikely. Image: CSM.)
An historical Adam
Was Adam a figure of history or a figure of speech representing the human race? Some think that those first eleven chapters of the Book of Genesis, recording Creation, the Curse, the Flood of Noah and the dispersal of the families from Babel after the confusion of languages – yes, some think they are poetic narratives teaching moral values.
What are the facts? Hebrew poetry uses reinforcing or contrasting couplets. In chapter one, we read
“In the image of God created He him, male and female created He them”.
The Lord waxed lyrical when He created man in His own image. In chapter two we read
“This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man”.
Adam waxed all unnecessary when he first woke up to behold Eve! Sombre is the poetry of the pronouncement of the curse by God in chapter three. Otherwise, these early chapters are written mainly in plain prose, as history.
Where does Adam fit in? He is linked by an unbroken line of named descendants to Noah (ch. 5), through to Terah (ch. 11), and on to Judah, David and to The Lord Jesus Christ, that promised Seed of the woman of Genesis 3: 15. When The Lord was asked about divorce (Matthew 19: 4 & Mark 10: 6) He referred back to that first marriage partnership between Adam and Eve. He had been there! He quotes from chapter one of Genesis (male and female) and from chapter two (one flesh) to clarify this.
Paul in his epistle (I Corinthians 15) builds his doctrine of salvation by contrasting the man Adam with the Man Christ Jesus. Were Adam not an historical figure this would lose its point. We are told:
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive”.
“The first man is of the earth, earthy. The second is The Lord from heaven. As we have borne the image of the earthy, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly”.
Again, Paul also writes to the Romans:
“Sin came by one man, and death through sin, so that death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”.
Not only is he saying that Adam was the first man, as in I Cor. 15: 45, but that there was no death before Adam sinned. Death is the wages of sin. This in contrast with evolutionists’ belief in millions of years of death while creatures gradually evolved.
God’s Word is telling us unequivocally that Adam, the first man, was created at the beginning of time, a limited number of generations before Christ.
In six days
Why did The Lord create everything in six days?
He tells us in the Fourth Commandment.
“Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shall you labour”
…and rest on the seventh because
“In six days The Lord made heaven and earth, and rested on the seventh”.
All the other Commandments make good sense, so why dismiss this statement about the six day Creation in the Fourth Commandment as unlikely? If it were not true, would God say this, yet tell us at the same time in the Ninth Commandment that we must not lie. God Himself cannot lie.
So why six days? The Lord tells us that the Sabbath was made for man. The Lord knows that after a week of six day’s work we need a day of rest for our well being. Napoleon introduced a ten day week but it didn’t work. Edward Heath gave the UK a three day working week when nothing worked. All peoples have a seven day week. On the cross, The Lord Jesus Christ cried with a loud, triumphant voice
“It is finished”.
His shed blood broke the tyranny of the curse. The previous evening He had given His disciples a meal of bread and wine, saying
“This do in remembrance”.
At the end of the Creation week we read that the heavens and the earth and all the host of them were finished (Gen. 2:1) The Sabbath was a weekly reminder that He had performed that finished work, just as the bread and wine is a frequent reminder of the completed work of salvation.
If only the Ten Commandments (containing that astonishing statement in the Fourth!) were still on the walls of our places of worship. No strolling into His presence then. We would know just a little of how great is our God, and what He in Christ has done for us. How different the Western world would be if children were taught to remember that God created the heaven and the earth. Yes, in six days! This gives an enormous dimension to their idea of the Lord God.
Did He take six days in the beginning? Oh yes!
Bread and wine: symbols not of a dead hero but of a living Saviour, Jesus Christ. He died and rose again to provide for our redemption and give us a living future through faith in Him. Image: bread, J. Scheijen; wine, R. Kirby; www.rgbstock.com.
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