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ADDITIONAL ATTEMPTS TO FIT THE BIBLE INTO CURRENT
EVOLUTIONARY SCIENTIFIC CONCLUSIONS

THE PROGRESSIVE CREATION THEORY (Hugh Ross)

There are millions of years between each day of creation.  God creates, millions of years pass, God creates again; millions of years pass; God creates again; and so on until the six days of creation are completed.  Noah's flood was a local event and had little effect on the world as a whole.  Man-like creatures existed before Adam and Eve.  Species went extinct and death occurred before God finished the seven days of creation.

Problems: 1) Death then existed before Adam and Eve's sin; whereas Romans 5:12 says that man's sin and death began with Adam and Eve.  2) Adam was not the first man.  There were man-like creatures before man.  3) The creation after six days would not have been good as it says it was in Genesis 1:31.  4) This view is not a solution that will harmonize the differences between creationists and evolutionists, for it is a third position that disagrees with both what the Bible teaches and what evolutionary scientists teach.  5) This view implies that only trained scientists are able to interpret the early chapters of Genesis.  6) There is no Garden of Eden.

THE REVELATORY DAY THEORY

The seven days are not seven days of creation, but they are, instead, the seven days that God used to reveal to Moses how He created the universe.

Problems:  1) It is based on speculation and not on anything that is taught in the Bible.  2) It is not based on a literal interpretation of Genesis one and two.

THE LITERARY FRAMEWORK THEORY

The Genesis account of creation is not a literal description of how God created the universe.  The seven days of creation are a poem about creation; a literary devise that utilizes figurative language to describe Creation.  In short, Genesis one and two are a poem about creation, not a description of exactly what happened.

Problems: 1) Genesis one and two do not appear to be poetic.  2) Other parts of the Bible treat the Genesis accounts as historical events (Romans 5:12, for example).  3) There is not a perfect parallelism between days 1-3 and days 4-6 of creation.  This view believes that the author of Genesis one chose to expand on each of the first three days of creation in the next three days of the creation.  For example, day one is expanded upon in day four.

PROBLEMS THAT NEED TO BE SOLVED IF WE ARE TO ACCEPT THE YOUNG EARTH VIEW

1. Age-dating methods give the impression that the earth is billions of years old.

2. The creationist's view rejects macro-evolution (but not micro-evolution).

3. The genealogies indicate that man has been here for, at the most, thousands of years.

4. A day does equal more than 24 hours in Genesis 2:4 (the word for yom for "day" is found in 2:4.  It is translated as "day" in the King James Version and the New American Standard Version, though it is not found in the New International Version).

5. In Psalm 90:4, 1000 years equals a day.  The same Hebrew word yom that is used for day in Genesis one is used in this verse.

6. Hosea 6:1,2 is a series of days that is not 24-hour days.

7. Evening and morning is not a full day, but only late afternoon and early morning.

8. Evening and morning is not used in the seventh day.  The seventh day continues until today (Hebrews 4:5-10), so do the other days need to be 24-hour days?

9. Vegetation grew to maturity before the next day.  Could it have grown to maturity in one 24-hour day?

10. Could everything that is described in the 6th day have occurred in a 24-hour day? (1000s of animals created, man created, planted a garden, observed and named animals, created a woman)