Putting creation into context
To the editor:
This headline was above an AP article in the Happenings section of the Feb. 6 Gazette: “Bill Nye: Bible doesn’t tell Earth’s true history.”
The article never quotes “Science Guy” Bill Nye as saying that, but he did say this:
“…billions of people in the world…are deeply religious…But these same people do not embrace the…view that the Earth is…only 6,000 years old.”
I am one of them, a creationist who believes the earth is much older than that.
The first words in the Bible are these: “In the beginning God created the heaves and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1).
It doesn’t say God made everything 6000 years ago.
Adam and Eve were created around 6,000 years ago but their creation was a the end of a longer period than six 24-hour days. Those creation “days” were eras, thousands of years in length.
Also, the events of Gen. 1:3-31 comprised a new creation that repaired the damaged surface of the earth and brought into existence plants, animals and humans.
Gen. 1:2 describes the earth as a lifeless planet, flooded and in darkness before the creation “week” of verses 3-31.
The earth was “without form and void” (Gen. 1:2) should be translated “chaotic and empty” from the Hebrew words tohu and bohu.
Tohu is also in Isaiah 45:18 where it is translated “a chaos” in the RESV: God “did not create it (the earth) a chaos (tohu).” In other words God did not create the earth in the ruined chaotic condition described in Gen. 1:2. Something happened to destroy a previous creation on the earth’s surface.
That original creation occurred more than 6,000 years ago.