The Bible is not the words of man. Man wrote the Bible, but God is the author. When I write a letter, I’m the author not my pen. God is the author; man was just the tool in God’s hand to write down His words.
2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” When the Bible speaks, it is God speaking.
Proverbs 30:5-6 says, “Every word of God is pure…do not add to His words, lest He reprove you and you be found a liar.” Every word is in the Bible because God put it there. Let us listen to His Word and not think that we can tell Him what He really meant to say. But the issue is greater than did God create in 6 literal days; the issue is the authority of Scripture vs. man’s ideas.
The Bible does not teach that the earth is billions of years old. There is no support for billions of years in the Bible.
The Bible also teaches that death came as a result of Adam’s sin not as a result of millions of years. (Gen. 1:29-30). You can’t have death for millions of years and then have a perfect environment like Adam lived in before he sinned. “God saw that it was good.” Millions of years of death are not good, so millions of years undermine God’s Word.
Death was the just penalty for sin. Since no sinful man can ever atone for man’s sin, Jesus Christ, became a man, born of a virgin, suffered and died on the cross taking the punishment that we deserved.
We broke God’s laws and Jesus paid our fine. Now God can legally dismiss our case. What we must do to be saved is turn from our sins and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. There are no mistakes in the Bible.
We have an eye witness to the days of Creation, God. He was there, He ought to know. God used the word “day” to mean a 24 hour period. In Genesis 1, the word “day” in the Hebrew means, “yom.” Yom means a 24 hour period, not billions of years.
Also, Genesis 1 uses the phrase, “evening and morning” for each of the six days of creation. Outside of Genesis 1 the word “yom” is used 410 times and each time it means an “ordinary day.”
Also, God actually inscribed these words on stone, “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth.” (Exodus 20:11). You can trust the Bible when it clearly teaches that the earth is about 6,000 years old, not billions of years old.
Also, to have a day you don’t need the sun, all you need is light. There was light on day one. “God called the light day. So the evening and the morning were the first day.” That pattern is used for every day of creation. We also have a 7 day week all because God created in 6 literal days.
Lastly, 2 Peter 3:8 says, “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day” that verse has nothing to do with the days of creation. This verse is not saying “a day IS a thousand years” – it is comparing a real literal day to a real, literal thousand years. The context of 2 Peter 3:8 is the second coming of Christ. God is outside of time. What may seem like a long time for us is nothing to God.
If one uses 2 Peter 3:8 to claim that a day means a thousand years then to be consistent one would have to say that Jonah was in the belly of a fish 3,000 years, or that Jesus has not risen from the dead yet.
But the bigger issue is the authority of Scripture. Do I believe that God’s Word is infallible, inerrant, inspired, and sufficient revealing the perfect will of God concerning us in all things necessary? If so, then I take Him at His Word.
Christians can still disagree on this issue, but if we compromise one part of His Word than that opens up the danger of compromising other parts of His Word. And we are not to add to His Word or “God will add to him the plagues that were written in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life.” Rev. 22:19.
Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not a man, that He should lie.” Since Genesis chapters 1-11 is literal history and the foundation of the rest of the Bible, then we would expect to see passages from the New Testament to confirm the historical nature of Genesis.
Since the Bible is self-proving, we would also expect to see passages outside of Genesis to confirm Genesis to be literal history.
Here are just three references that show the literal history of Genesis 1-11: (There are more than these three). #1 – Romans 5:12-15 which is the first Adam and the Last Adam – Jesus, #2 – Rev. 22:3 which is the removal of the Curse. #3 – Acts 17:26 which shows we are all one blood and descendants of Adam.
The Bible is perfect and true from beginning to end. God’s Word is the final authority; therefore, we can stake our eternity on God’s perfect Word!