Day 5 of creation:
When we look at Genesis and science does it stand up?
There is a very important phrase that is repeated 10 times throughout the Creation account, and that is “according to their kinds”.
Plants, trees, water creatures, birds, land creatures, animals, livestock, everything was “according to their kinds”.
While biologists debate what constitutes a species, the Bible alludes to a much broader category, called a ‘kind.’Answers in Genesis
The biblical kind often includes many different species, but they still belong to the same family.”
God designed and made the dolphin.
God designed and made the elephant.
God designed and made the dog,
Man’s selective breeding has evolved the Bulldog, the Great Dane, etc.
But these are all dogs.
According to their kind – they are all dogs.
And God said,Genesis 1:20 – 23
‘Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.’
So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.
And God saw that it was good.
God blessed them and said,
‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.’
And there was evening, and there was morning–the fifth day.”
The fossil record is a faithful witness to the different kinds that God has produced.
In my opinion, there are no in-between links that have been found, the fossils are all of there own kind.
There may be similarities but they are their own kind.
We can catalogue creatures into sub-groups according to bone structure, skin, scales, etc, but similarities can occur because One Designer formed the different parts and chose to overlap some design features.
It doesn’t mean that they have evolved from one particular thing.
There are variations, say colour, but not a flipper changing to a foot.
The foot was specifically designed for it’s environment and a flipper for it’s own environment.
Some people say that it is crazy to think that everything was created as individual kinds.
But stand back from the theory of Evolution and that can easily be seen as being crazy.
Can a creature really completely change the shape of it’s self and become a different kind of creature?
Day 6 of creation:
Then God said,Genesis 1:26 – 28
‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them,
‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.
Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’ “
Notice God created a fully grown man.
If you had looked at Adam and Eve at that point in time, you would have said they were, say, 22 years old.
So let’s imagine guessing their age 10 years later.
How old are they?
Do we say that they are 32 years old, or 10 years old?!!
How about another example:
Jesus turned the water into wine, at the wedding in Cana.
How old was this ‘mature wine’ when the master of the banquet tasted it?
There is no problem for God to create something instantaneously.
When God created everything, it would appear to be mature.
For example fully grown creatures and animals, etc, fully mature fruit trees, etc, fully mature Sun, moon, galaxies, etc.
So when we attempt to put an age on the universe, what age do we put on it?
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”Hebrews 11:3
Reference opens in a new window:
[i] Answers in Genesis
See the first in this series: Does Genesis fail scientific study? Day 1 Part 1
Dog images: thanks to Serif RESOURCE CD.