We live in confusing times when the clear biblical teaching on six day creation and a global flood is being openly questioned, even derided by some Christians. This is a serious departure from the faith.
Genesis presents itself to the honest reader as literal history and this is how it is treated throughout the rest of scripture. For example, when God gave the fourth of the ten commandments, we read:
Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God … for in six days the Lord made the 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 20v8-11.
It should be obvious from these verses that God intended the Israelites (and the modern reader) to understand that creation did take place over six literal days. Even Genesis chapter 1 refers to ‘the evening and the morning’ of each creation day. To suggest, as Hugh Ross and others like him do, that these days are not to be taken literally, but to be understood to represent billions of years, is to twist scripture. It is tantamount to implying that God has willingly misled generations of Bible believing people and only now has science liberated us from this deception.
A host of leading scientists today continue to demonstrate that six-day creation is wholly consistent with observable science. Whilst we take our authority for understanding origins from the Word of God alone, it is reassuring to know that science has not disproved the Bible. Sadly our ungodly culture takes great pains to marginalize those scientists who demonstrate the corroboration between what we actually see in the realm of nature and a literal understanding of God’s Word. It is a shame and does untold damage when those who claim to be Christians aid and abet those attempts.
The Bible makes clear that God created a perfect world that was ‘very good’.
“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” Genesis 1v31
The Bible also teaches that death is an enemy that entered the world as a consequence of Adam’s sin (1 Corinthians 15v26, Romans 5v12). It is in the light of these solemn truths that the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, which proclaims salvation from sin and death, shines gloriously.
Men such as Hugh Ross who allege that the earth is billions of years old in their attempts to harmonize current scientific theory with the Bible, actually undermine the foundational teaching of God’s Word concerning sin and death and rob the gospel message of its clarity. If the earth and all its fossil record is billions of years old, then death was part of the creation which God declares to be ‘very good’ and happened long before Adam sinned! But in Romans 8 the Bible states that the whole of creation groans, waiting for the day of deliverance from the corruption brought in by Adam’s sin.
Where did all the fossils come from then? A global flood (the evidence of which is all around us) in which the Bible says ‘the fountains of the great deep were broken up’ would have led to countless towering tsunami’s, massive volcanic activity and much more, can leave us in no doubt where countless fossils, which require sudden and rapid burial, came from.
Sadly, men such as Hugh Ross, do much to discredit the Bible and undermine its authority in the eyes of our cynical society and aid those who seek to silence the ranks of faithful scientists who uphold the Bible from the very first verse.
Pastor Jonathan Northern