The syntax of Genesis 1:2 allows no gap of time, as illustrated from other biblical examples

Introduction

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth became (?) formless and void….

At the core of the gap theory is this interpretation of Genesis 1:2. Does the text indicate that something happened to the earth, after it was already created in verse 1? Is there merit to this view, that the Hebrew more correctly should read (or at least, that it possibly can read): “the earth became formless…” rather than: “the earth was formless…”? The difference is between the words “to be” and “to become.” The first simply represents a state (of being), the second indicates an event, that is a change of state that occurred. Continue reading “The syntax of Genesis 1:2 allows no gap of time, as illustrated from other biblical examples”

Are folded sedimentary rocks evidence for a young Earth? My response: Part 1

A couple years ago (on January 1, 2015) I responded in the comments section of an article posted by an old-earth geologist named Dr. Jonathan Baker, who is very passionate to show that young-earth creationist claims are contrary to the real evidence. The article was entitled: “Is folded sedimentary rock evidence for a young earth?” It was a good discussion, and I appreciate the cordiality Mr. Baker showed. Continue reading “Are folded sedimentary rocks evidence for a young Earth? My response: Part 1”

‘Rapid Growth’ During Creation Week as a Solution to the Starlight and Time Problem

Did Adam and Eve have a belly button? You may have heard this issue being caricaturized as a typical issue that churches have fought over. As silly as that would be, I believe that a tremendous amount of insight can be gained from pondering this question and others that are related to it. Doing so may just help resolve some of the outstanding problems us creationists have not yet solved. Continue reading “‘Rapid Growth’ During Creation Week as a Solution to the Starlight and Time Problem”

The Difference between Historical and Operational Science & Dr. John Sanford’s Testimony

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Many creationists talk at length about the difference between operational science and historical science. Is there any merit to this view? There was an informative discussion of this distinction at the Kansas Board of Education trial in 2005, with the interview of Dr. John Sanford. Below I have included the pertinent part of that transcript for your consideration. Continue reading “The Difference between Historical and Operational Science & Dr. John Sanford’s Testimony”

A Billion Years in a Genesis Day? The Sorrow People Don’t Know They’re Asking For

Is it possible that the six days of Genesis 1 in fact refer to something other than a simple ‘day’? Might the true sense of the text all along have carried with it a possible allegorical or, at least, undefined sense to it? In other words, might we replace ‘days’ in Exodus 20:11 with ‘eons’ as follows: “For in six ‘eons’ (?) Yahweh made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them…”? Continue reading “A Billion Years in a Genesis Day? The Sorrow People Don’t Know They’re Asking For”

Peter’s Last Days Warning Part I

Near the end of the apostle Peter’s life, he had a stark warning for the church. Nearly all of Peter’s second epistle is dedicated to communicating this warning. He states the issue most fully for the first time as follows: “For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2 Peter 1:16). If we could see Peter in heaven right now, I think he would say: “Have you forgotten my warning? Are you keeping in mind what I told you to keep in mind?” Peter basically says just that: “And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.” (2 Peter 1:15, and see 2 Peter 3:1-2) Continue reading “Peter’s Last Days Warning Part I”