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How can the Bible be correct about the world being created in six days?


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Many Christians become troubled when they read the creation account in the Bible and then listen to the ideas of evolutionists. The Bible, of course, asserts that God created the universe and everything in it.

Evolutionists, on the other hand, usually leave God completely out and assume that everything “just happened.” In addition, evolutionists describe life developing over vast periods of time as a scientific fact, though it is really only a theory.

Some scientists who believe the biblical account of God’s creation think that it can fit with some aspects of evolutionary theory. They use terms like “progressive” or “continuous” creation. For example, some suggest that the days of creation in chapter one of Genesis might be “age days,” that is, long periods of time in which God created and then helped things develop.

For in-depth information about this and similar viewpoints, contact the American Scientific Affiliation, P. O. Box 668, Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938, telephone (978) 356-5656. Others believe that the six days of Genesis are literal 24-hour days in which God created everything. They do not think that the actual facts of science support long periods of development. For more information on this viewpoint, contact the Institute for Creation Research, 1806 Royal Lane, Dallas, Texas 75229; telephone: (800) 337-0375.

It is important to note that there can be no real conflict between the facts of the Bible and the facts of science, since God was the Author of both. The problems arise when we begin to interpret those facts.

Since Christians hold various views, it is important to keep an attitude of humility and charity toward others in these complicated areas. One fact is absolutely clear from the Bible—God is the Creator!

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