Creationism (or creation science) is the view that the universe we live in was designed and made by God. The Bible teaches in Genesis that God created the heaven and the earth in six literal 24 hour days and rested on the seventh, around 6000 years ago. Scientists often claim that this view is ‘unscientific’ or ‘disproven’, but there is a huge range of scientific evidence to support the Biblical account of the beginning of our universe.
Six day creation:
Genesis chapters 1 and 2 contain the account of how God created the heaven and earth, which is as follows:
- Day 1 – God creates the heavens and the earth, and separates light and dark to make day and night (Genesis 1:1-5)
- Day 2 – God creates the firmament (sky) to create our atmosphere (Genesis 1:6-8)
- Day 3 – God creates the distinction between dry land and the seas, and makes plants (Genesis 1:9-13)
- Day 4 – God creates the sun, moon and stars (Genesis 1:14-19)
- Day 5 – God creates sea creatures and birds (Genesis 1:20-23)
- Day 6 – God creates land animals and mankind (Genesis 1:24-31)
- Day 7 – God rests and creation is complete (Genesis 2:1-3)
Why a literal six days?
Some people interpret the Genesis account as non-literal, where they may say each ‘day’ represents a period of time, an age, a thousand years, or more. However, the Bible is clear in its teaching that each day is a literal 24 hour period.
For example, at the end of each day, it says, “And the evening and the morning were the first day.” (Genesis 1:5). Why would a non-literal time period be described as having an evening and a morning? These are times that we see in each literal day.
Also, through this description, God establishes a pattern for the seven day week that we have today. He tells us to work for six days, and rest on the seventh. This is repeated in Exodus 20:11, “For in six days the LORD made 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.”
Why is there any reason to believe it could not be a six day creation? God is fully capable of creating everything in the universe within six days, what reason is there to make this a longer time period of thousands/millions of years, except attempting to fit an evolutionary timescale in the Bible.
God created plants on the third day, but does not create the sun until the fourth day. With a literal view, plants could survive for one day without the sun, but with a non-literal view, (such as that each day represents thousands/millions of years), how could plants survive this long without sunlight?
The Bible says Adam was created on day 6 and lived through day 7. However, Genesis 5:5 says “And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.”. If each ‘day’ represents a thousand or a million years, this is impossible.
So is the Biblical account correct?
Not only does scientific and historical information appear to support the young age of our earth (being around 6000 years old), but also no scientist has ever been able to disprove the Biblical creation story. The evidence clearly supports the view that the universe and everything in it has been created by the God of the Bible.