My brother tells the story of a young woman in a Bible study in his church. The book was Genesis and the teacher led off by reading Genesis 1:1.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The young woman was shocked and exclaimed, “It says that?”
We cannot take for granted that we all start from the same place anymore. I now assume that most everyone starts with evolutionary theory or the Big Bang. But it might be that the present generation may not even know who Darwin is much less Adam and Eve!
So, to discharge my responsibility as a Christian and Bible believer, I am here to tell you how it really was in the beginning, that God created the world, that he created both male and female, and that he populated the earth with all kinds of creatures. He did all this in six literal days and rested the seventh. Call me crazy, but Genesis 1 is full of the Hebrew word for a singular day of light and darkness (“yom”).
God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. Genesis 1:5
Look, if you are going to believe God’s word, is it too far fetched to believe the Creation Story? Is it not essential? So to the young woman who appeared to be bright but unaware, “It does say that!”
I do not have the digital ink nor the time to argue my case, since far better minds are constantly engaged in such passionate debate. To use a phrase from the David Bowie song, Fame, “is it any wonder,” if you stop to think about it, the complexity of Creation? I am always in wonder, and no one seems to have a credible answer for all the wonderment we witness, outside of “billions and billions of years” but God.
For example, have you stopped to contemplate that is takes a corresponding perfect male and perfect female to create another perfect human being? Would there not have had to be two perfect simultaneous evolutionary tracks to get there? Not in a billion years!
To avoid the padded cell, I prefer the account of Adam and Eve. To me, this is “critical human race theory.”
To keep from devolving into a Black Hole, I am going to let God’s word comment on what He has done and let you decide. The argument is compelling, but you must fold in a generous measure of faith.
Of old You founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. Psalm 102:25
“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Your hands. Hebrews 1:10
The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; the world and all it contains, You have founded them. Psalm 89:11
Before the mountains were born or You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. Psalm 90:2
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:20
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Job 38:4
Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it. Isaiah 42:5
For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited), “I am the Lord, and there is none else.” Isaiah 45:18
“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” Revelation 4:11