|Volume 21 Number 12 December 2019||
Louis Rushmore, Editor
The Edomites were descendants of Esau and citizens of Edom. “And this is the genealogy of Esau the father of the Edomites in Mount Seir” (Genesis 36:9 NKJV). “He also put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became David’s servants. And the Lord preserved David wherever he went” (2 Samuel 8:14).
Did God Use Evolution?
Rodney Nulph, Associate Editor
Did God use evolution to create the world? What does it matter? In a recent conversation with an infidel, the question was posed, “Does it matter if God used evolution or not?” The Bible teaches clearly that evolution was not used to create the world and all things therein! If the Bible is true, then evolution is false. The Bible is true; therefore, evolution is false. The rest of this article will set forth the evidence that proves God did not use evolution in His masterful plan of creation. God’s Word gives clear details regarding creation.
The Persons of Creation
The Bible is crystal clear that time was not the agent of creation, as evolution teaches, but rather, the trinity (Godhead, Genesis 1:26; Romans 1:20)! In Genesis 1:1, the masculine noun used for “God” is the Hebrew word Elohim, which is a plural term referring to the Sovereign, Son and Spirit. Interestingly, this plural form is the name most used for God in the Old Testament, appearing some 2,000 times. Paul reminded the Corinthians that God the Father created the world (1 Corinthians 8:6). John, the beloved, reminded his readers that Jesus the Son created the world (John 1:3; cf., Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:1-2; Ephesians 3:9). Job attested that the Spirit of God was instrumental in creation as well (Job 26:13; 33:4).
The Procedure of Creation
The Bible will never harmonize with evolution in the procedure of how the world came into existence. A host of action verbs detail the procedure God used to create this vast world in which we live. God “created” (Genesis 1:1a). The word used for “create” is the Hebrew verb bara, which means to create, fashion, shape something, out of nothing (Strong’s). Consequently, this verb is only ever used in connection with God. “And God said” (Genesis 1:3; 6; 9; 11; 13; 20; et. al.). Notice the procedure was not millions of years, amebas, blobs, apes, etc. “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth… For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast” (Psalm 33:6; 9)! “And God made” (Genesis 1:7). God’s procedure is revealed! Evolution was not the procedure God used, but rather, He used the power of His omnipotent voice!
The Plan of Creation
Not only did God detail the procedure for His creative power, but He also clearly revealed the plan. God’s plan did not involve millions of years as evolution teaches, but rather He used six literal 24-hour days to create this expanse called earth. As God revealed His plan to Moses, so that Moses could write it down, God used the word day throughout this plan (Genesis 1:5; 8; 13; 19; 23; 31). Notice carefully how God defined the word “day”: “and the evening and the morning were the… day” (Genesis 1:5)—not eons of time, but morning and evening. The same timeframe that constituents a day in our time was the timeframe for a day at the creation. Amazingly, the Hebrew yom is used here for day. When the word yom is used in connection with a number, it refers to a literal day. For example, “And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat” (Genesis 8:4). The word day here, yom, refers to the 17th day of the month. Consequently, if the six days of creation were lengthy periods of time, then the seventh day would be the same. However, the Jews observed the Sabbath Day as a 24-hour day (Exodus 20:11). This does not fit the evolutionists agenda, but logic and the Bible cannot be refuted. God created the world and all things therein just as His plan details, in six literal 24-hour days!
The Purpose of Creation
To the honest seeker of truth and reason, the very purpose of creation certainly points to the fact that God did not use evolution. Surely one purpose for which God created the world and all things therein was to show the irrefutable evidence of His existence. Paul reminded the Gentiles, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). The Psalmist offered the same conclusion regarding the creation, “…the firmament sheweth his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1b). God’s fingerprints are everywhere!
Did God use evolution to create the world? Does it matter? Dear readers, God did not use evolution to create the world, but rather spoke this amazing landscape into existence by the power of His voice. It matters what we believe regarding this subject and any other Bible subject as well, because if God said it, that settles it. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). “…let God be true and every man a liar” (Romans 3:4b).
[Editor’s Note: Whether the universe is the result of evolution or God’s creation affects the veracity, the integrity and the reliability of God’s Word. It is an all or nothing scenario, really. If the first verse of the Bible and the following details about creation (versus evolution) cannot be trusted, all of the Bible is equally undermined. If evolution were true, then the Bible would be false. Since creation is true, evolution cannot be true. ~ Louis Rushmore, Editor]