QUESTION: Is there any reasonable proof that the present creation is 6000 years old. I have not found one yet and I am a believer in Jesus as savior and Lord.
ANSWER: This is a controversial issue. If you include the planet itself in your question, the short answer is no, there isn’t any proof. If you exclude the planet and are speaking only about the work of making it suitable to support the plants, animals, and man that God placed here as described in Genesis 1, then we have an eyewitness who testified that this all happened about 6000 years ago. That eye witness is God Himself. If you’re a believer, then His testimony should be sufficient.
WHAT WAS THE YEAR OF CREATION?
QUESTION: Please let me know what you show as the year since creation. The Jews say this is year 5774, but the New King James Bible says 4004 BC, plus 2013 since Jesus Christ for 6017 years. Who is correct?
ANSWER: I don’t think anyone knows the year of creation for certain. Some scholars say it was 4004 BC based on Bishop James Ussher’s 17th Century book, The Annals of the World, a chronological history from Creation to 70 AD. John Lightfoot, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, renowned Hebrew Scholar, and a contemporary of Ussher’s, agreed with his calculations.
According to the Hebrew calendar this is the 5774th year since the creation, but there are those who claim this total is not accurate due to the belief that when the Israelites were under subjugation by a foreign power their calendar did not advance. They say this introduced an error of 181 years or more into the count. If they’re correct that would make it at least year 5955. I think it’s safe to say we’re somewhere near the 6,000th anniversary of the creation, but I don’t think anyone knows exactly how near.
CREATION AND EVOLUTION
QUESTION: I was wondering what you make of the recent discovery of a 3000 year old skull? The scientists believe that this was one of the first types of ‘ape-child’, and is an important discovery in evidence of the Theory of Evolution.
Some time ago I read an article by a Christian writer that said the discovery of the ‘genetic code’ would prove once and for all that genes are not able to mutate to such an extent, that a complete new species would be formed – thus disproving the theory of evolution. Which is it?
I would be grateful for your comments.
ANSWER: To be honest, I don’t follow the news about this kind of discovery any more. My studies have convinced me that the Bible’s creation account is true and that man is hopelessly confused about our origins. Most “scientists” appear to be more interested in proving the Bible wrong than in discovering the truth, and many creationists seem to be likewise distracted, focused primarily on disproving evolution.
God was the only witness to the Creation, and He told us how it happened. I’ve staked my eternal destiny on the belief that He’s not a liar. In my opinion, The Theory of Evolution wasn’t even considered probable by its founders, who were more motivated by politics than science. My hunch is that Charles Darwin and Karl Marx are ardent creationists today, although uncomfortably so.
GOD’S ARGUMENT AGAINST EVOLUTION
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
(Note: Following up on the recent evolution/ creation debate, here’s something you might not have considered.)
My wife has a teacup poodle. We bought her as a puppy almost 13 years ago. She wasn’t just a pound puppy but a pure bred, papers and all. Expensive, too. Breeders make a big issue about how they control the process to emphasize the desirable traits of the breed.
A business client of mine happened to be buying a dog at the same time. Returning home after a trip to her city, I saw her in the airport. She was meeting the very plane I was leaving on. The puppy she had bought was arriving … from Maine. “What’s the matter,” I asked, “don’t they have any German Shepherds in Montana?” She told me that the Shepherd population in Montana had developed a tendency toward arthritis, whereas the ones from Maine didn’t have that problem.
The whole theory behind selective breeding is to improve the breed. In their effort to do that the Montana breeders had also created a problem. but it got me thinking. If evolution works, why do we need selective breeding. Isn’t that manipulating the process? Left alone wouldn’t natural selection produce the desirable traits everyone wants? The simple answer is no. Left alone the dog population would soon consist solely of mongrels, and would sink to its lowest level, not soar to its highest.
The breeder has to be a kind of creator, controlling the breeding process to produce an animal that meets the specifications. It’s the same through out the domestic animal kingdom, whether it’s dogs, horses, or farm animals that produce eggs, milk, meat, or wool, man intervenes to improve the breed.
These breeders can’t create traits that don’t already exist in the gene pool. They can only select from available traits and emphasize certain ones. And that gets me thinking, too. Do you suppose breeders are really working to reverse the very effects of evolution that many of them so staunchly defend? I mean, if the desired genetic traits are already resident in the breed, then wasn’t the breed once a perfect specimen?
Is This Also True of Man?
Suppose we apply that same idea to humanity. Was man once a perfect specimen? The Bible says the first humans were created in the image of God (Gen 1:27). Later it says that Adam’s children were created in his image, not God’s (Gen 5:3). Between Adam’s creation and the procreation of his children, sin entered into the world, and all of Adam’s children inherited the sin nature.
When Cain murdered Abel, God sent him away from his people (Genesis 4:10-12). Therefore when Seth came along he could remain separate, and the Bible distinguishes between the line of Seth and the line of Cain. Then Satan introduced another breed into the equation and soon fallen angels were breeding with human women to produce a hybrid race called nephilim. As a result the human race sank to its lowest level from God’s perspective and had to be destroyed (Gen 6:5-7). God chose Noah and his family to begin the New World and make the race pure again. The Bible says Noah was perfect in his generations (Gen 6:9). That means his ancestry was uncontaminated by hybrid genes. He was a genetically pure human.
Later Seth’s descendants (sons of Abraham) were commanded to remain separate from the gentiles. Abraham told Eliazer, his chief servant, to find a bride for Isaac from among his own relatives and made him swear not to look among the Canaanites (Genesis 24:1-4). Later Isaac gave Jacob similar instructions (Genesis 28:1-2). Elaborate laws were given to the Children of Israel to maintain this separation from other races and to demonstrate the need to keep unlike kinds apart. Examples include prohibiting the planting of unlike types of seed, of yoking unlike types of animals, and of making clothing from unlike types of cloth (Deut. 22:9-11). These were models, meant to underscore the need for God’s people to remain separate from the world.
When the Children of Israel were given the Promised Land they were warned against allowing their sons and daughters to intermarry with the local people (Deut 7:3). But after the Babylonian captivity the Israelites returned to the Promised land and began to intermarry (Ezra 9:1-2). Then they remembered the Lord’s commandment against doing this and offered to make a covenant before God to send their foreign wives away. As their leader, Ezra agreed and it was done. The mingling of the holy race with the people around them stopped (Ezra 10). Because of these lessons from their history, although they’ve been scattered to the four corners of the world, the tendency of the Jewish people has been to remain separate.
Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall …
Man was created in the image of God. With Adam’s fall the image was shattered, as a mirror shatters when broken. Looking into a broken mirror you can still see pieces of your image, but it’s fragmented, no longer complete. In the same way each of Adam’s children had fragments of God’s image, but no one had it all.
Much of humanity was left to mix indiscriminately and as they did the fragments of God’s image faded even more. But from the beginning, the people who would later become the Jews were commanded to remain separate. Was God practicing selective breeding to preserve His image in man? The evidence suggests He was. Throughout history in the face of overwhelming odds, the Jewish people have remained separate, never integrating into the Gentile nations among whom they were scattered. Numbering about 14 million in a world population of nearly 7 billion they comprise only .2% ( 2/10ths of one percent) of humanity. But in nearly every field of artistic, scientific, intellectual, or philanthropic endeavor you can name they are represented all out of proportion to their number and usually at or near the top. This defies coincidence.
Your Mission, If You Choose to Accept It …
The Prophet Isaiah identified the four-fold mission given to Israel by God; to be a witness for Him (Isaiah 43:20), to show forth His blessing (Isaiah 49:3), to transmit His Word (Isaiah 42:9), and to be a channel for the Messiah (Isaiah 49:5).
He said as long as they were faithful to Him He would make the world envy them, and it did. He also warned that if they rejected Him they would be a reproach to the world until they returned, and they have been. But either way, they would still be His people (Jeremiah 31:35-37).
According to the theory of evolution, which emphasizes the survival of the fittest, they should have disappeared long ago like most of their Biblical counterparts. By Divine Providence they survive as God’s most potent argument against this godless theory. They remain and are prominent today; a singular achievement among the nations of history, as a witness to God’s intervention in the affairs of man. And even when all the nations of the world unite against them, as appears to be happening now, they will emerge victorious.
“Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip. Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come” (Isaiah 60:4-5).
When Kaiser Wilhelm II posed the question, “How can you prove the existence of God?” his chancellor Otto von Bismarck, a Lutheran, answered, “The Jews, your majesty, the Jews.” Selah 02-15-14
GOD’S ARGUMENT AGAINST EVOLUTION. FOLLOW UP
QUESTION: Reading your study on God’s Argument Against Evolution, you said, ” Then Satan introduced another breed into the equation and soon fallen angels were breeding with human women to produce a hybrid race called nephilim.” This brings forth my question. If all angels are male and there are no female angels, why did God give the male angels genitalia and the ability to reproduce? You once said there is no sex in Heaven so why then could the fallen angels have sex and reproduce?
ANSWER: Genesis 6:1-4 clearly describes angels (sons of God) and humans intermarrying and having offspring called nephilim. So the question is, how did they do that? In Jude 1:6 we get the answer. It says these angels kept not their first estate (the Greek word means beginning or origin) and left their own habitation (this Greek word refers to the dwelling place of their spirit). It means they ceased being the entity they originally were created to be and became a different entity.
Putting 2 and 2 together we can see that they left their heavenly bodies and took on human bodies, something angels have the capability of doing in order to become visible to mankind. (In Judges 13 the parents of Samson repeatedly referred to the angel of the Lord as a “man of God”. Hebrew 13:2 tells us some people who have been kind to strangers have actually entertained angels without knowing it.) Having human bodies gave them the ability to have sex with human women. This was an act that so angered the Lord that He rounded them up and put them in chains to be held for judgment.
But the damage was done, and a hybrid race was introduced into the world.