The Creation Science Heresy

6. "Creation Science" Will Not Teach the Bible.

There is a real simple reason for this: the study of the Bible is not the agenda of the "Creation Scientist." It is the study of the sin-cursed earth that gains his eager attention. The study of the physical sciences and the establishment of a clergy of psychophants are his great desire.

But no one devoted primarily to the study of physical science can teach the Scriptures because the revelation contained in the Scriptures runs continually to the unobserved and CANNOT qualify for scientific endeavor. The Bible contains revealed truth concerning beginnings. It is truth that is not empirical: revealed, not seen.

The Scriptures and Creation

The Bible is not an ordinary book, because it is God-breathed. We should recognize that it is God who invented writing and reading, and who created the eye and the ear. Substantially, He created these faculties in man for fellowship with Himself, and that fellowship comes through the reading and understanding of His Word.

So the marvelous nature of the Word of God requires us to study it attentively. Should we do this at its very beginning, the first section of Genesis, a few important facts will emerge.

1. There was a specific creation "in the beginning."

The word for "heaven" is a plural word, and therefore God created the "heavens" and the earth. It is very important for us to realize that there is more than one heaven. Later, Paul reference a third heaven, wherein is God’s true garden, or Paradise.

The Hebrew word for create in the first verse is "bara" which means to make from absolutely nothing. "The beginning" here needs to be distinguished – as it is in the New Testament – from the phrase "foundation of the world."

Now, the third verse marks a distinct lingual break in the account, and for this reason you will note that all translators regard the third verse as the beginning of an English paragraph (the text owning no such punctuation), and thus the beginning of a new thought.

God Almighty here employs the beginning of a figure of speech that we can all relate to, despite the fact that most of us have never heard of the name of the figure, "polysyndeton."

Polysyndeton is a figure of speech utilizing repetition of the conjunction "and" to describe the ongoing and continuous action featured in the six-day/seven-day creation account. What is encompassed in that figure is God acting upon the condition of the earth as described in the second verse.

2. The earth is tohu after the beginning.

So, the second verse meets up with the first verse in order to foment the specific action of the work of God in the six/seven day creation.

Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

And what does the second verse tell us about that condition? Well, for certain it tells us that somehow a condition "came to pass" or "was" (either translation of "was" yields this conclusion) whereby "the earth that then was" was overflowed with water.

In fact, there is more to the condition than the presence of waters, but the earth is said to be "tohu va bohu" in the original Hebrew, which means, a "tohu" and a "bohu."

Many translators have given us better language than our KJV on these rhyming Hebrew words. The Rotherham Bible, in trying to preserve some of the poetic nature of the language translates it "waste and wild." "Without form" in the KJV at least leads us to the conclusion that a "forming" is needed, so the translation is not without merit.

Another has suggested, in the Companion Bible, that the word "waste" be used to translate "tohu." In any case, one thing we know: God did not create (bara) the earth "tohu." As it says in

Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

 

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