The Bible,        A Unification Perspective

 

Time and Creation

   Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said;

   "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me if you understand." Job 38:1-4


   While it is still true that none of us were around to witness the birth of creation, it is also true that man has made great strides in his knowledge of the universe since the days of Job, and many of the questions posed to him can now be explained.

  And in the minds of many, that knowledge has come to challenge the literal account of creation in Genesis.  So much so that it is no longer taken seriously as a viable theory in public schools. As a result, the thought of God being the author of life has faced a serious challenge.

   Instead, the "Theory of Evolution" and "Origin of the Species" by Charles Darwin, is being touted as the rational explanation to how man and creation came to be. While I intend to provide space on this site for a Creationist counter proposal, at this point I'll be relating our views in general terms and how they relate with the Bible itself. It is our view that science and religion need not be at odds with each other and that differences between the two can be reconciled. 

Time

   2 Peter 3:8 With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 

   This verse was written in the context of God keeping his promises, yet it also shows that--time--to us, and--time--to God aren't necessarily the same. A "day" in Genesis doesn't have to mean the rotation of the earth on it's axis in a 24 hour period. It can also mean an epoch of time. An age, much as the "ages" described in modern science. Paleozoic,, Mesozoic,, etc.. 

   Understood in this light, what was recorded in the Bible thousands of years ago coincides with modern science. Therefore the account of Moses was indeed a revelation from God, given to men at the level of their understanding. 

   As a 'for instance', the Bible describes the process of the third day (age) of creation where the water is separated from dry land, and there becomes the "seas" and the "land". We can imagine now that such a process would involve much time and seismic activity, even volcanic eruptions that would fill the atmosphere with smoke and toxic gasses.

 

 

What came next is vegetation, plants and trees,, which we now know produce oxygen from carbon dioxide through photosynthesis and they become instrumental in filtering, cleaning and creating an atmosphere through which the sun, moon and stars become visible on the fourth day (age). ( actually created on the first) Then the seas begin teaming with life and the birds take to the skies on the fifth day (age) of creation.

   The account of creation in Genesis remains a beautifully stated and accurate account of the overall process by which God brought the world and life into being. While it doesn't provide the technical and minute details, I don't believe it was ever meant to. 

   Where we agree with the observations of science is that the creation involved immense amounts of time. In between cause and effect there is time. Time for processes, cycles and seasons. Time for growth.

  
"A time for every purpose under heaven." Eccl 3:1

   The evidence in archaeology is such that I've heard some suggest that perhaps God created the world in 6 days *with* a history. Like a woman giving birth to a 5 year old child. But I just don't see the point in such an idea except to deflect unsupportive evidence.

   Creationists don't need to try and hold such slippery ground if they can only accept that some words in the Bible have an inner meaning beyond the obvious one. It's God's prerogative not to have to explain details to a finite mind when it's certain that a more suitable time for such revelations will come.

  
"I still have many things to say to you, but you can not bear them now." John 16:12
                                   
   The truth of the creation process  is much more spellbinding and wondrous when the whole picture emerges. We have to include divine guidance to the  theory of evolution.

  God created the world by plan,
 not blind chance. God created each organism specially. He created the first amoeba, the first fish, the first deer, the first ape, the first man. Every organism has an original parent.

   In future contributions to this site we'll provide more in depth exploration of creation science. But before we go to such lengths we need to understand the position of man in all of this, and how time and growth play an important part in God's overall plan for us.

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