After God gathered the waters together in one place and one large land mass appeared, God brought forth plant life - grass, herbs, fruit trees. . .
Genesis 1: 9 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. 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
Notice that plants did not come about by macro-evolution, each kind was created and each kind reproduces after its kind: herb yielding seed after its kind and tree yielding fruit, whose seed is in itself, after its kind.
The oldest living thing on Earth is the Bristlecone Pine Tree. The trees are twisted and weather-beaten and cling stubbornly to life. The oldest are approaching 5,000 years in age. These hardy trees could probably live thousands of years more. This adds even more credibility to the age of the Earth being about 6,000 years old. Why aren't there any trees older than these? Because of the worldwide flood that occurred about 4,400 years ago.
One of the many things I have loved about studying Genesis 1 is how God Himself through Scripture recorded several thousand of years ago refutes the theory of macro-evolution and millions and billions of years, the Gap Theory and the Day Age Theory. Through the need of the sun for plant life to grow and flourish, God very simply is telling us there was very little time (one regular day) between Day 3 and Day 4.
It is this thing called photosynthesis that plants need and receive from the sun. Photosynthesis is important because it is the way in which plants derive their energy. The result of this process is that the plant takes light from the sun and turns that light's energy into energy that the plant uses to grow and to stay alive.
Photosynthesis is important because without it we would not exist. In fact, life as we understand it would not be possible on Earth without photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is how plants turn sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into food and oxygen. All plants and animals depend on photosynthesis to get their energy. Without plant life, there can be no animal life, there can be no human life.
It was on Day 4 God created the sun, moon and stars. This is the subject for the next blog in this series.
(You are invited to follow this series of blogs - God is Literal: Creation Account Series - by either going to the navigational bar at the top of page and clicking on series or by clicking on each of the blog titles shown in the right hand column of this page under blog series.)
Though the Hebrew word "yom" can mean an indefinate amount of time or a fixed, 24-hour day, it is clear in Genesis that there are 6 literal days before God rests on the 7th. Why? Because each "yom" is accompanied by the qualifying phrase, "there was evening and there was morning."
Great series! If we don't take God at His word, then what is the point?
[u]Hebrews 6:18[/u] It is impossible for God to lie.
Thank you again my dear Sister for this continuing series and will be looking forward to more! Yes -God's Word-Divine, Holy and Pure! God Bless you richly! Dave
The fact is the earth (even if we take the theory of the evolution) could have travelled through space before landing around the sun. There is nothing unreasonable about this. What was required for primitive plant life would be water, not sunlight.
Notice the plant life and creatures which live on the ocean floors existing without sun light and without oxygen. They live off sulphur fumes. An idea totally rejected as possible before when the argument was all organic life required oxygen, this has been quietly dropped after this discovery was made.
Creation needs to be rethought see Professor Walter Veith's video:
Thank you all for your comments and thank you for the recommendations.
Just to reitterate - God's account of creation shows the simple literal truth and the important order in which God created the Earth to be the home for mankind. The age of the Earth and the length of each day of the Creation Week is proven to us through Scripture. Scripture tells us through the lineage of Jesus Christ, the age of the Earth is about 6,000 years. The way the word day (yom) is used with qualifiers such as a number and the word morning and/or evening when examining the entire Old Testament confirms for us that God wants us to clearly understand He is referring to a literal day for each of the days of His Creation Week.
God spoke this important word of wisdom as He was leading and bringing revelation to me as I studied His Creation Account in Genesis the Book that serves as the very foundation for man's entire history and for the entire Word of God:
[center]"BELIEVE GOD'S WORD, NOT MAN'S WORD"[/center]
All Praise and All Glory belongs solely to God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) our Creator!
Nice job! I have studied this subject at length and I appreciated your blog. Our solar system's position in the arm of the Milkyway Galaxy is just perfect, as is the Earth's position relative to our sun within our solar system...this all is NOT by chance! Blessings
I hate to quibble with you, but I think your assertions in this blog are a bit... flimsy. Your assertion disavows that plant life developed through macro-evolution because the source of light known as the sun did not exist before the appearance of all plant life according to the account in Genesis 1:9. However, light itself was the first thing God created according to Gen 1:3. If we assume that this is the same light that might be produced by the later sun, photosynthysis could indeed occur, along with polination via movement by wind etc etc etc. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to shoot holes in what you've laid out here- I'm only pointing out that you haven't done much to bolster your claim other than say it is so. Further more I find it interesting that the thrust of this series is that God is literal. Simply because something may be figurative doesn't make it any less true.
As far as I'm concerned it matters little to me whether God created the universe in 144 cycles of the Earth on it's axis or whether the time periods may have been multiplied by tens, hundreds, thousands, or even millions. In fact, as you point out the Sun isn't even created until the 4th day, so the idea of measuring creation in literal twenty four hour periods seems a bit out of place doesn't it? It would seem to me that day in this case is a figurative designation of a concrete occurence. Does it change the fact that God was, and is in control of the universe either way? No. I'm not out to make an enemy here, but when I clicked on this blog, I was very hopeful of what I might find. I don't see a proven case here or even a complete argument. Perhaps I don't understand exactly what you mean by your title or it's correspondence with what you've written. If you're open to further discussion I'm definately game. Once again, I'm not writting this to you to pick a fight, or be flippant- only open the discussion of the power of the figurative.
We have made the simple literal truth of God's Creation Account complicated by believing man's word ABOVE God's Word. I have been writing on the Creation Account and the Worldwide Flood and how the physical evidence of the flood supports God's account of creation in several series consisting of many blogs.
Amuse, have you read any of the other blogs I have written on this subject? If you go to the navigational bar and click on series and then select list by blogger (revgenlink) you will find the three series of blogs I have written. In this particular series, before discussing each day individually, I wrote a good number of blogs to prepare readers for taking a brief look at each individual day of the Creation Week.
There is no way a person can believe in the truth that Adam and Eve committed the first sin and then go ahead and support the idea of millions or billions of years or even more than about 6,000 years because by doing so you are supporting the idea of death and suffering coming into existence before man sinned. At the point when man sinned, man's sin affected all of God's creation and brought death and suffering into existence. The idea that Adam and Eve were created about 6,000 years ago is supported by the genealogical information carried in Genesis 5 and 11 and in Matthew (the lineage of Jesus) along with records that have been kept since the worldwide flood.
I am including the most recent supplement that is as simplistic as I can make it. It discusses how God wants us to understand in His account of Creation that He is referring to six ordinary regular days and not any extended period of time between each day.
[link=http://www.christianblog.com/blog/revgenlink/creation-series-supplement-creation-six-ordinary-days/]Creation Series:Supplement-Creation Six Ordinary Days[/link]
Dorothy, I am enjoying your series. I am a literalist too. Figurative doesn't use literal names, places, times. God could have used any method He wanted. I believe the simple one. We all know what mans intellect can do with the simple. Do we ever. God Bless Sister.
I have read a few of your other blogs. My issue with your writting on this subject still remains: you are simply making statements and calling them proven without defending them with any evidence other than your say so. If there were never any issues in the world before the fall of man, why then did Adam and Eve have to tend the garden? Shouldn't everything have gotten along just fine without human interaction? Are you then attempting to convince me that there wasn't a single organism, either animal or plant that did not experience the break down of it's molecules into another form of matter? How exactly did all the creatures of the sea and land eat then? What did they eat? If it was fruit, that would mean plant life experienced "death" or at the very least metabolization. I think you've got a mis step in your line of thinking here. Human being were not originally designed to experience death. The curse of sin on Earth is that humankind would experience death, and that the ground would be cursed.
The over all challenge with your series is NOT that you are aren't being simplistic enough. It's that you aren't presenting enough supporting material to add creedence to your claims. This is not persuasive writting. You also aren't taking into account the nature of Hebrew litearary tradition. Figurative language is a staple in the pentatuch, especially considering the fact that Moses was writting it down, oh... How many thousands of years after it all happened?
I'm not saying we are here by chance. In fact quite the opposite, this is all by design. But if you're going to attempt to change minds and more importantly hearts with this series, there are several important facets missing. If you have this information or have studied it, that's great- but it's not coming through here in your writing. This is NOT a personal attack. It IS a literary note. Prove your statements with evidence, or all you're doing is repeating your premise. If you're not presenting this to change minds and hearts, then I apologize for judging it heay-handidly.
The fact still remains you haven't addressed any of the issues I've brought up to you- only re-asserted the information you've already given as though I was too dense to absorb it in the first place. It's obvious no one can tell you anything. Best of luck on your continuing series.
This morning, Monday, May 2, when I checked this blog to see if any new comments had been added, I noticed that the several comments made by amuse had been removed from my sight. One of two things can account for this. 1) the commenter has left Christianblog or 2) the commenter has put the blog author on their ignore list. Since, I have NEVER put any blog author on an ignore list, I did not know that the only person who could not read the comments made on this my own blog was me. In other words, those reading this blog can read the comments by amuse, but I cannot, sounds a bit strange. Anyway, not knowing this, I went ahead and deleted two of my response comments. So, now this blog is minus two responses. I am going to leave it this way, since I do not have a saved copy of what was written and an attempt to redo my responses would most likely change some of the original content.