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“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language,
where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.”
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language, where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”
No evidence, scientific or otherwise, exists indicating some biological life form created itself, accidentally, from inert, non-living chemical matter— even in some obscure, deep time-moment.
Scientists Stanley Miller and Harold Urey tried it in a University of Chicago lab in 1952, but admitted failure. The historic record does contain written evidence revealing the source of “original, unborrowed, underived” human life. Scores of eyewitnesses to Jesus’ crucifixion later saw the resurrected Christ in person during the forty-days following His death.
Lacking valid evidence life created itself, evolution imaginings sought refuge in deep time. That’s a tall, unreachable order. Millions of abstract years provide no cover for the impossible.
Life, on earth, thrives in a masterfully designed ecosystem where fully develop, co-dependent plant and animal life forms thrive simultaneously in a custom-designed environment with a sheltered atmosphere shielded from deadly radiation by the strategically placed Van Allen belt.
Luck of the draw original life, coupled with gradual evolution of across-the-board plant and animal life forms, falls short of the ecosystem imperative. In sharp contrast, the Scriptural narrative describes a Creator who “spake and it was done, commanded and stood fast” —the complete, fully-functioning ecosystem in a week’s time of literal 24-hour days.
Playing the time card is, at best, an inadequate diversion from the quest to understanding the origin of life. Radiometric dating is plagued by imprecise anomalies. Perhaps more significantly, it tends to epate the date of a fossil’s burial with the radiometric age allocated to the burial site. This extrapolation lacks logic.
Think about it!
When a deceased family pet is buried somewhere in the “back forty,” it makes no sense to suggest the pet’s date of death equates with the radiometric age allocated to the burial site. Nor is it rational to conclude a fossil dinosaur femur necessarily correlates with the Wyoming turf that surrounds it.
So much for irrelevant, deep time diversion from the core issue: How and when did biological life originate on Planet Earth without input from the Creator/Intelligent Designer? The no-answer silence deafens.
The Genesis narrative describes cosmic reality, in place, at the beginning of creation week as a chunk of water-covered, inert chemical matter, floating in black Cosmic darkness, for an indeterminate period of time!
“Now the earth was formless and empty,
darkness was over the surface of the deep,
and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
Before creation week, there was no life, no ecosystem, no “Planet Earth,” just lifeless matter of an unknown age floating in dark space. Seven days later, at the command of God, the Creator/Intelligent Designer of the universe, a tiny blue dot, throbbing with life, owned a unique trajectory, orbiting in sync with an entire universe in motion.
Several thousand years before the present, at God’s command, the first human ancestor couple, formed in the “image of God”, were given a home on Planet Earth, a chunk of old chemical matter transformed into a pristine, living paradise of perfection.
The Genesis narrative of the creation-week event makes no reference to the age of the earth. God did introduce a time calculation in the format of days marked by the rising and setting sun, enhanced by a built-in guaranteed rest every seventh day—a celebration Sabbath to remember the Creator.
Genesis describes “the Spirit of God hovering over the waters” before the moment God said, “Let there be light.” It’s a stretch to suggests during the creation of life on Planet Earth that the entire universe was created simultaneously. It should be obvious to objective Bible scholars that God is eternal and that created angels, and their heavenly home, pre-existed creation of original life on Earth.
Contending Earth, as well as the entire universe, have existed only 6,000 years before the present falls short as untenable, unsubstantiated, unscientific, unnecessary and most importantly, unscriptural. While the Bible states “the heavens declare the glory of God,” Genesis simply confirms the fact God had created the “stars.” Given the speed of light and the millions of light year distance from Earth of multiple galaxies, it seems less than rational to imply that the eternal God waited until creation of life on Earth before creating a universe of stars.
Advocates of original life by chance need the cover of a heavy dose of deep time to provide even a semblance of a setting for evolution theory to have occurred. Advocates of biological life originating at the command of God, have no reason to be at odds with a human science interpretation that tries to measure deep time by decay rates of chemical elements.
The rich, spiritual meaning of the Christian Gospel has no need to define the age of the Earth or the universe. Human knowledge is no more capable of defining the precise year of the creation week than pinpointing locale of edge of the universe (if there is one) or what exists beyond that undefined edge.
Engaging in virtually irrelevant, diversionary rhetoric relating to unproven and unknowable chronological issues detracts from the power, purpose and glory of the Christian gospel: the miraculous beginning of human life; Christ‘s ministry, sacrificial death and resurrection; and the good news of human access, by faith, to a personal, inner peace and a promise of life eternal.
Focusing provocative scholarship in pursuit of pre-historic time calculations can be a divisive rabbit hole, drawing attention away from the serious dimensions relevant to the here-and-now and the last days challenges anticipated by the Apostle Paul.
Bottom line: All life on Planet Earth was created by a loving, just, all-powerful God/Intelligent Designer, thousands of years before the present.
Warren LeRoi Johns
Patriarchs and Prophets, Chapter 2, Ellen G. White, Author