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Series: Creation or Evolution?
Dr. Stan Coffey
September 28, 1986
INTRODUCTION: In our previous lesson we looked at the use of the word "day" in Hebrew. Since geologists believe the world to be billions of years old many attempts have been made to reconcile Genesis with geology. Among these theories are: #1. The day-age theory. The days of Genesis 1 are viewed not as literal days of 24 hours but as epics or ages or vast periods of time. #2. The gap theory. Genesis 1:1 records the account of the original creation. Between the first and second verses of Genesis some believe that there's a gap of countless ages. Into that gap they insert all the ages demanded by geologists ending with the glacial age said to be described in Genesis 1:2. The word "was" in verse 2 can be translated "became." Support for this view is seen in Isaiah 45:18 where it is stated that God did not make the earth waste and void. The verses beyond Genesis 1:2 would not be, in this view, an account of the original creation but of the rehabilitation of the earth as an abode fit for man. #3. The revelation theory. This view is that the days of Genesis 1 are not days of creation but days of revelation. The days of Genesis 1 would be considered literal days of 24 hours but there are days in the life of Moses. In six days God revealed to Moses the truths concerning the revelation. The satisfies the theologian who says that the Hebrew of Genesis 1 demands literal 24 hour days and it satisfies the scientist who demands long periods of time for the formation of the earth.
One remarkable feature of Genesis is that Moses did not write Genesis 1, according to the theories of creation current in the schools of his day. Even though he was "learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians", Acts 7:22. #1. The Egyptian theory was that the world was hatched from a giant egg. From the egg was born the sun god and the sun god had four children. From the rivalrie ...
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