The Foundation on Which Our Faith Is Built
Creation is one of my biggest passions. Specifically, what I’ll refer to as young-earth creation (YEC).
Now, the term young isn’t really accurate, for the universe is ancient; it’s over 6000 years old. No, the term young is used to be in contrast with the other, old-earth (OE), models like day-age creation, theistic evolution, and secular evolution. Those theories hold that the universe is much more ancient than YEC holds: billions vs. thousands of years.
But, the Bible tells us how old the universe is. We can map out the whole history of the universe to a fair degree of accuracy by adding up the numbers from Adam to Solomon’s time, which is fairly well accepted.
Even Jesus Himself, the Creator, knew that the creation happened in a short time. “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” (Matthew 19:4-5 NASB, bold emphasis mine, italics in original) “From the beginning” does not fit into any of the other models. To them, Mankind’s entire existence is barely noticeable on a timeline of the universe/earth.
Here are some links:
- It all starts in the beginning.
- On the second day, God separates the waters.
- For the third day, God really rolls up his sleeves.
- On the fourth day, God creates the rest of the universe.
- On the fifth day, God fills up the waters and the atmosphere.
- On the sixth day, God creates animals and finally the first people.
- On the seventh day, God declares His creation complete, and rests.
- There’s a break called a Toledot at the beginning of the detailed story of the creation of Mankind.
- The story continues with a retelling of the day Man was created.
- Then God plants a garden.
- Adam gets a job and a wife. Life is gooood!
- Adam and Eve start a family when Cain is born.
- Cain is not the Messiah.
- Cain proves to be a cheapskate.
- Adam and Eve lose their first son, Abel.
- Confronted by God, Cain produces excuses.
- Finally, we’re given the names of some of Cain’s descendants.
- Then comes the end of partial Paradise.
- Genealogy. Boring?
- More on genealogies.
- An interesting note on Methuselah, the man who lived longer than anybody else.
These will be released over the next few days: