The Marriage Between Evolution and Creation

Scripture clearly demonstrates that evolution and creation can co-exist. Before studying the scripture that provides this information, we need to address the question of what creates our concept of time; our twenty-four-hour day. Simply put, the answer to this question is the relationship between the earth and the sun. It is the speed and manner in which the earth revolves around its axis that creates the day and the night, and for us this occurs every twenty-four hours. The twenty-four hours it takes the earth to make one turn on its axis determines the length of time that one day and one night can claim. When the part of the planet we personally occupy is facing the sun, it is daylight, and when the earth rotates so we are not facing the sun, it is nighttime.

The earth moves in a sort of egg-shaped or elliptic orbit around the sun, yet its axis always remains tilted in the same direction relative to the plane of the orbit. This tilt causes the sun’s rays to strike each part of the earth at various angles throughout the orbit. The angle that the sun’s rays hit the earth and the distance of the earth from the sun causes the seasons. One full orbit around the sun brings the earth back to the starting point and the amount of time required for this defines our year. This, together with the rotation of the earth on its axis, causes our night and day and gives us our concept of time.

Without the earth’s rotations around its axis and around the sun as they are now, we might have a twenty-eight-hour day, or always be cold or always be warm. Thus, the angle of the earth to the sun, how far we are from the sun, what direction the earth faces toward or away from the sun, and how fast it spins on its axis determines our days and nights, our seasons and our time.

Genesis tells the story of how the world was created. It is commonly accepted that it took seven days to create the world, but actually it took six days to create because on the seventh day, God rested. If we look carefully at the word “days”, the Bible gives us an incredible clue about how carbon dating, along with some parts of evolution, is compatible with creation and how both theories, creation and evolution, are compatible. “Days”, as we know them, are made up of a period of twenty-four hours each and exist only because of the relationship between the earth and the sun.

When we read the first verse in Genesis and then follow this accounting from the first verse to the nineteenth verse, we find that the sun and moon and the ‘seasons, days, and years’ were not created until the evening of the FOURTH day. Therefore, we can conclude that it wasn’t until the end of this fourth day that we could have entered into time as we know it.

We read about the creation of the sun and moon in Genesis 1:14, 16 and 19 which tells us: “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.” “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; he made stars also.” “And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”

The three “days” preceding that fourth day, or half the time it took God to produce our world, are not “days” as we know them because time, as we know it, was not yet introduced into the Creation. Psalm 90:4 gives us a hint about time during these first days: “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.” 2 Peter 3:8 states, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” Here we read the word “as” rather than the word “are” meaning that there is a similarity, not an actuality, of one day and one thousand years.

The passages from 1 through 13 in Genesis chapter 1 describing the Creation doesn’t correspond to time as we know it, therefore the many years relative to carbon dating falls into this period before the evening of the fourth day. Verses 1 through 13 speak of the form, the darkness, the waters, light and darkness, the firmament, and finally the division between dry land and the seas.

Genesis 1:9 and 10 says, “And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called the Seas: and God saw that it was good.” This occurred on thethird “day”, one day before the sun and moon, days and nights and seasons were established, and before time as we know it was established.

Thus, thousands of years could have gone into the making of everything up to the end of the fourth day when God completed the sun and moon for the earth, which then created the seasons, days, and years as we experience them. What the Bible says indicates that creation and evolution are compatible and carbon dating and all parts of evolution are compatible with scripture. In fact, carbon dating supports the relationship scripture describes of evolution and creation rather than disproves it.

As we wonder why this debate still exists we must remember our enemy. This debate is important to Satan. He needs to prevent us from accepting scripture as truth and to encourage unbelievers to denounce that creation and most parts of the theory of evolution can co-exist, for to do so might cause them to believe in God, or worse, admit they are wrong.

Further, Mark 13:19 tells us, “………. And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.” It is interesting to consider the words ‘hath shortened.’ If we interpret this to mean that God had alreadyshortened the days and that He did this when He created our sun and moon on that fourth day, this would give even more credence to the argument that days, before the sun and moon existed, were much longer.

Revelation 10:6 says, “And I sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.” The words ‘there should be time no longer’ indicate that we will live without the confinement of time as we know it when God creates the new heaven and the new earth. This indicates that God controls time and that time might have been created just for us and for a specific span of time.

Joshua 10:13–14 tells us, “And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed………” “…… So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it.” Here is another indication that God controls time.

Scientists claim that our universe is made up of dark matter that contains a kind of web which connects multitudes of superclusters, which themselves are made up of about one hundred billion galaxies. We live in the Mergo cluster in the relatively small Milky Way galaxy, which contains one hundred billion stars, one of which is our sun.

Interestingly, in the beginning of Genesis, before God created our sun and moon and thus provided time as we know it, the words firmament, void, waters, darkness, and light are used. Webster’s dictionary says that firmament means the vault or arch of the sky and also means a ‘support.’ The word void could be the dark matter itself, and the word firmament could refer to the webs within the dark matter that hold together the superclusters of galaxies.

Darkness, according to the dictionary means devoid of light, not reflecting, receiving, transmitting, or radiating light, and could be what existed before the stars were created. One of the definitions of the word light says it is an electromagnetic radiation in the wavelength range including infrared, visible, ultraviolet, and X-rays traveling in a vacuum with a speed of about 186,281 miles per second. If this refers to stars it would also support the big bang theory which Christians would understand as a controlled event with an engineered result, not a haphazard event with an unpredictable result.

(Take from the Christian novel “Abiding Faith, Hidden Treasure” by Helen Gumienny Glowacki)

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