Scripture consistently declares that the all-wise, all-powerful and eternal God in the past created, suddenly and supernaturally, instantaneously and out of pre-existing materials (ex nihilo) the universe as it now is in six solar days and rested on the seventh day. He culminated his creation on the 6th day by creating man in his own image, with personality, intelligence, spirituality and emotion. The entire creation was mature and aged at the instant at its creation, and at the time of its creation, there was no death or corrupting influence. Here are three powerful reasons to hold to this Biblical viewpoint.
1. A six-day creation is in perfect harmony with the rest of the Bible. Throughout its pages, the Bible views Genesis 1-11 as true and real history. The books of the Law (Deut.4:32), the books of History (Nehemiah 9:6), the books of Poetry (Psalm 33:9) and the books of Prophecy (Jer.10:12; Isaiah 40:21-31) all refer to the Genesis account of creation as literally true, a unique event that took place in the past, but is now finished. In the New Testament, we find over 100 times a quotation or allusion to Genesis 1-11. Every one of these chapters in Genesis 1-11 are referred to in the New Testament, and every New Testament author refers somewhere to Genesis 1-11. Jesus Himself referred to Genesis 1-11 including specific references to creation, Adam and Eve. Nowhere does any writer of the Bible view Genesis 1-11 as myth or allegory but always as real history. God’s glory is demonstrated in His creation and He is worthy of all glory because He alone is the Creator (Revelation 4:11).
2. A six-day creation founded upon Genesis 1 is in perfect harmony with true laws of science: the law of cause and effect, the law of biogenesis, and the two laws of thermodynamics, or heat energy. The law of cause and effect states that everything that had a beginning had a cause. Genesis 1:1 states that our time, space and mass universe had a definite cause: “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” The universe had a beginning because matter cannot be eternal, and therefore it had to have a cause. God of course is eternal and therefore is uncaused. The law of biogenesis states that life only comes from life. Whereas the mathematical lie of evolution is “nobody x nothing = everything,” the Bible teaches that God who is life, created all life. This law is stated throughout Genesis 1 that created life brought forth after its kind and does not evolve into some other life form (Genesis 1:11, 12, 24, 25). 1 Corinthians 15:39 agrees that each kind of life is distinct and fixed: “there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.” Life cannot arise out of random processes of time and chance but must come from Him who is Eternal Life. The first law of thermodynamics also called the law of conservation of energy, which states that energy can be transformed from one form to another, but can be neither created nor destroyed. All present processes of nature are processes of preservation or energy conversion but not creation. This is consistent with Nehemiah 9:6: “Thou, art LORD alone: thou has made heaven … the earth … the sea … and thou preservest them all.” The second law of thermodynamics or law of entropy, states that if matter is left to time and chance an object will decrease in order and does not evolve into a more complex entity. Simply put, things wear down, break or fall apart. The first law states that the universe has a finite amount of energy, and the second law states that amount of energy is running out and will eventually die a heat death. These laws are entirely consistent with Bible and are even rooted in Scripture.
3. A six-day creation is in perfect harmony with our literal week. There have been throughout time only seven literal days in a week. Why is this and how could it be so fixed for all cultures throughout time? There are no scientific reasons why there are seven days in a week. It is actually an odd number, but so it is and will continue to be until Jesus makes all things new. Something simple to remind any atheist or evolutionist is this: why are there seven days in a week rather than three or eight, and why are you convinced you need a day off at the end of your week of work? The answer is, God created the world in six days and rested the seventh day. Our seven-day week is rooted in the real history of creation in Genesis 1. As His image bearers, God created us to work but we also require rest.
As the lie of evolution permeates modern thought in every field of study, we can still confidently with love stand on the unchanging Word of God and laws of science as well as the seven days of our week to know that God through Jesus Christ created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. This, though the lie is a highly educated lie that has sophisticated defenders. May God help us to stand on his Word.
Matt Recker is the pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in New York City.