Does a Six Day Creation even Matter?
Is it important to believe in a literal Genesis? Can't we focus on 'more important' issues? Isn't the church divided enough? And what does it really mean to believe in a literal Genesis?
First of all, it is vital to mention that this issue is NOT a salvation issue. One can be saved and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour while at the same time rejecting a 'six day creation' Event.
''I'm the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.'' (John 14:6 KJV)
Doesn't that mean the issue of a 'six day creation' is irrelevant? Let's go to the Bible for that answer.
Why is it Necessary for Christians to Believe in Six Literal Days?
The foundation of our belief as Christians is God's word (the Bible). If we don't trust His word, how can we trust Him?
Here are the two main reasons why denying a 'six day creation' can be dangerous:
1. It Undermines Jesus' Credibilty
Jesus Himself seemed to have believed in a literal creation account. He taught that creation was young, for He said that Adam and Eve existed from the beginning and not millions or billions of years after the creation of the universe and the earth was completed.
''But from the Beginning of the creation God made them male and female.'' (Mark 10:6 KJV)
Jesus also made it very clear that one must believe the words of Moses. If one doesn't believe in Moses' words, how can he/she possibly believe in Jesus' words?
''For had ye believed in Moses, ye would have believed Me, for he wrote about Me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?'' (John 5:46-47 KJV)
And we know that Moses taught a 'six day creation', just as it is stated in Genesis 1. In fact, the entire Bible (Old and New Testament) refer to Genesis as if it were 'real' history.
''For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.'' (Exodus 20:11 KJV)
2. It Shakes the Foundation of the Bible
We believe that the Bible is God's word. God Himself inspired others, such as Moses, to write this book. It was written for all Believers to read and understand. Why would God want us to be led astray by a creation account that 'never happened'?
GENESIS is the foundation of the Bible. If one doesn't take it literally, why would he/she take any other book of the Bible literally? As previously mentioned, nearly all the books of the Bible (Old and New Testament) refer back to the Genesis as literal history.
1. Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day. (Genesis 1:26)
2. This day was at 'the beginning' (Mark 10:6)
If we start undermining the literal meaning of one part of the Bible, we might as well do the same with other parts of It. And then suddenly everything becomes irrelevant. Did Jesus 'literally' die on the Cross? Did Jesus 'literally' rise rom the dead after three days? And if we start undermining those vital components of Christianity, it turns into a salvation issue.
Why are Many Christians Sceptical About Many Parts of the Old Testament?
Humans tend to think they 'know it all'. If man comes up with a method that can supposedly date the age of fossils, and that particular age is 'millions of years' old, then many Christians rather believe man than God. They then proceed to question the meaning of the Hebrew word 'yom' in Genesis 1, although the context clearly leaves no space for 'yom' being translated as 'a period of time'. And even then, the chronology of God's creation doesn't match man's idea of 'evolution'.
It is time we step up for the Word of God and rather trust Him than man, who through history, has been proven to be wrong on so many occassions.
''For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.'' (Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV)
Further, our God is a loving God who wants all of humanity to be saved. He wouldn't purposely give us a false creation account that would lead many astray and even more to disbelief.
''For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; will have (''wants'' NIV) all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.'' - 1 Timothy 2:3-4 KJV)
1. The Days of Creation: A Semantic Approach, by James Stambaugh, Journal of Creation, Vol. 5(1), 1991, pp. 70-78.
2. The Literal Week of Creation, by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D., Acts & Facts, Vol. 27(5), 1998
3. How long were the days of Genesis 1?, by Russell Grigg, Creation Magazine, Vol. 19(1), Dec. 1996, pp. 23-25.
4. Physics shows that six day creation is possible, by Eric Hovind, Creation Today, May 2005