We have previously discussed the difference between "created" ( Hebrew "bara") and "made" (Hebrew "asah"). To briefly refresh your memory; "created" means that God created something that at no time in the past had ever existed. "Made," on the other hand means "to form, assemble, and arrange from its previous state of usefulness to that form of beautification, so as to be used by God for His purpose."
It is interesting to notice that from Genesis 1:1 where God created the heavens and the earth; the word "created" (Hebrew "bara") does not appear again until the Fifth Day in Verse 20. Everything from Verse 2 to Verse 19 has to do with remodeling the earth in four days. These elements had previously been associated with the Original Creation, where Lucifer and the angels resided. Lucifer's sin brought about God's judgment on the earth, rendering it "without form and void." The angels are now disembodied spirit beings, leaving the earth uninhabitable and in a chaotic ruin. Now let us see what elements, which were previously created and were with the Original Creation, that God is now going to reactivate and position in His remodeling process.
1. Water. - Nowhere does it say from Verses 2 to 19 that water was created to be used as part of the renovation of the earth. Why would that be? Very simply, because water had already been created and in existence at the Original Creation.
Notice in Genesis 1:2, it was water that God used to cover the earth as part of His judgment on the Original Creation (Genesis 1:2). God had all the water He had previously created, He didn't need any more. If you will notice, on the Second Day of His renovation, that there was so much water that He had to divide it, as recorded in Verses 6,7.
"And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the WATERS, and let it divide the WATERS from the WATERS." (V.6) "And God made (not created) the firmament, and divided the WATERS which were under the firmament: and it was so." (V.7)
The fact is, water had already been created, possibly millions of years ago, when God originally created the earth. The proof is, that the earth in its ruined condition was covered with water as found in Verse 2, before He ever started to renovate the earth in the first four days. Therefore, in Genesis 1:6,7, God very simply and precisely stated, He is separating the waters, repositioning them, leaving some on the earth, putting some in the clouds, etc. This is God's renovation in action on the Second Day. The same water He used in judgment of the Original Creation, He is now repositioning to support the human life, aquatic creatures and animal life that will appear in the Fifth and Sixth Days.
2. Light. The existence of light has caused a big problem to the skeptic and infidel. Their basic reasoning is, on the First Day God said, "Let there be light: and there was light;" but, light was not created until the fourth day when God created the sun, moon, and stars. These atheists pride themselves in their so-called wisdom, thus advancing their claim that the Bible is just a "story book" made up by man who contradicted himself concerning light that existed in the
First Day before it was created on the Fourth Day. In other words, How can there be light before God created light?
The first thing I would like to point out is that God never said he CREATED light on the First Day or the Fourth Day.
Nowhere can you find the word "created" concerning this in the
English Text, nor can you find it in the Hebrew Masoretic Text. The Hebrew for
"created" is "bara" and is not found used in reference to the First or Fourth
Day of remodeling the earth. Maybe these intellectuals should brush up on
their reading of English and Hebrew before they share all their wisdom with
us! Enough of that!
The First Day of Remodeling.
Genesis 1:3-5. Here is the Record:
"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." (V.3)
"And God saw the light that ("it was" not in the original) good: and God divided the light from the darkness." (V.4)
"And God called the light Day and the darkness he called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." (V.5).
In Verse 3,"Let there be light" would be better put into English as "Allow there to be light," as "Let" in the Hebrew means "to release or to allow." Since God did not create light, then where did it come? It had to exist in order for God to release and allow it to be observed as the substance that it is; that is--light. Since God did not create light, it must have always been. Therefore God, Who has always been, as we are going to see, is that light.
In Psalms 5:30; 89:15 and 90:8 it is recorded, in part in each verse, these words,
"...in the LIGHT of thy (God's) countenance."
Everything God is, is light Himself. His light, concerning Himself, is not limited to Himself, internally; but, flows externally, lighting up everything that exists. Only when He restrains His own light from illuminating does darkness occur.
We have an example of God's light, lighting the Second Jerusalem, a city prepared for the redeemed; it is 2/3 the size of the United States, coming down from God out of Heaven.
Here is the record of God's Word in Revelation 21:22,23,25:
"And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon to shine in it: for the glory of God did LIGHTEN it, and the Lamb is the LIGHT thereof. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be NO NIGHT there."
Concerning God's light, Revelation 22:5 further states,
"And there shall be NO NIGHT there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them LIGHT: and they (the saved) shall reign for ever and ever."
May we also take notice of I John 1:5 which speaks of God's light.
"This is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is LIGHT, and in him is no darkness at all."
With this in mind, let us go back to Genesis 1:2 and notice that when God's judgment rendered the earth without form and void, it also included withdrawing the light and leaving the earth in total darkness. There were two light "switches," so to speak, that had to be shut off. Therefore, the sun, moon, and stars, which had previously been created, were to light the
Original Creation. God had rendered them inactive, thus
shutting off the first "switch" of light. Yet, God's light from Himself would
have radiated an ever enveloping and continuous light upon the Original
Creation. God, therefore, threw the second "switch, placing a barrier by His
Word, refraining His light from illuminating the earth, thus leaving it in a
chaotic condition and completely surround by darkness, as found in Verse 2 of
Second Day of Remodeling. – The Firmament
"And God said, Let there be a firmament (i.e. expanse) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." (v.6)
"And God made (Hebrew "asah") the firmament and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so." (v.7)
"And God called the firmament heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day." (v.8).
In these verses there are two distinct acts that are recorded. The first act being that the firmament (i.e. expanse) is made, NOT created. The second act was that the waters were divided from each other. May we pause to refresh your memory concerning the meaning of the Hebrew words of "create" and "made." Create is the Hebrew "bara" and means creating or bringing into existence something that had not previously existed. "Made," on the other hand, is the Hebrew "asah" and means: "to manufacture, to form, to release from restraint, or reassemble. The Holy Spirit wanted it known that this expanse, i.e., "firmament," had previously been created and was in use with the Original Creation. Remember, your young earth advocates do not want you to believe this.
God was now going to use the firmament to divide the waters, making two bodies of water, the atmospheric and the terrestrial.
The Hebrew word for firmament is "raqia." It appears in the Old Testament in the Hebrew manuscripts seventeen times, nine of which are in the first chapter of Genesis. The Hebrew "raqia" comes from a root that has the meaning of "to spread out;" therefore, its literal meaning would be a "limitless expanse." What a description of the heavens. One Christian scientist put it this way, "A limitless expanse is as accurate a description of the majestic vault of sidereal space as human tongue can frame."
This firmament includes the atmospheric and the galaxies, the starry heavens, so to speak. As to the heavens beyond the earth's atmosphere, we are told in Verse 14,
"And God said, Let there be lights (i.e., sun, moon, stars) in the firmament of the heaven."
The firmament also includes the earth's atmosphere as we find in Verse 20.
"And fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven."
Third Day of Remodeling; Ocean Is Formed; Dry Land Appears; Botany Is Re-Born.
"And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so." (v.9).
"And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he seas: and God saw that it was good." (v.10).
"And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself upon the earth: and it was so." (v.11).
"And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind" and God saw that it was good." (v.12).
"And the evening and the morning were the third day." (v.13).
Notice carefully that on the third day God did not use the Hebrew word "bara" translated "created" in our English. "Bara," as you recall means something that previously had not existed. In the third day of remodeling the earth, it had already been created in Genesis 1:1 and water had later covered it in judgment, as found in the Third Day. This is the condition that resulted from Satan's rebellion and God's judgment upon the Original Creation; thus, the earth "had become without form and void," as recorded in Genesis 1:2.
Your young earth advocates, some of them writing as though they were Bible scholars, do not have any degrees in Biblical theology at all. Mr. Ken Ham, founder of "Answers in Genesis (AIG) denies the Original Creation occupied by
Satan and the angels. He refuses to acknowledge the Hebrew Masoretic Text and what qualifies as a disjunction, instead of a conjunction, and the rules of Hebrew.
For example, In Genesis 1:2,"And the earth was without form and void," here the Hebrew verb "Hayah" or "was" is in the original, as it is not italicized. "Was," is the Hebrew verb "hayah." When "hayah" is in the original text, and the normal word order of the sentence in the Hebrew is changed, with the subject going to the head of the sentence.
Thus a disconnection, or change of thought, is emphasized. This is called a pluperfect tense of the verb. Therefore, the verb "hayah" translated "was" should have been translated "had been" or "had become" or "became" without form and void. Therefore the Hebrew requires a disjunctive, instead of a conjunctive, since the verb "hayah" is in the original text.
Mr. Ham either denies the word of God outright in the original text, or doesn't know enough about the Hebrew Text to know what it teaches. In trying to deceive people into believing his young earth philosophy, he states that, "God says that when he made the earth, it was first of all covered with water." The Bible says nothing about the earth being created completely covered with water. God says just the opposite,
Mr. Ham, in Isaiah 45:18. Here is the word of God:
He (God) created it (earth) not in vain " (i.e., "a wilderness or ruined condition"), he formed it to be inhabited."
This is how he created it, Mr. Ham, not completely covered with water. as you say; but, beautiful and fit for the habitation of God's anointed cherub and his angelic host. This is in perfect harmony with Genesis 1:2, which tells how the earth became after Satan's fall and God's judgment.
"And the earth became (Hebrew verb "hayah") 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."
I have a booklet entitled Dinosaurs and the Bible, by Ken Ham,
B. App. Sc., Dip. Ed. I do not see any degrees concerning Biblical Theology.
No Bachelor or Theology, no Master of Theology, nor a Doctorate of Theology.
No biblical studies in Hebrew or Greek, yet Mr. Ham presents himself as a
Biblical authority of the Scriptures. Unbelievable!
Botany Not Created; But, “Brought Forth”
"And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth, and it was so." (Genesis 1:11.)
Genesis 1:11 took place on the Third Day when God was remodeling the Original Creation. There is to be noted that nothing was created on the Third Day. Remember, "created" is the Hebrew word "bara" which means "something which has never existed previously." Therefore, "created" is not used concerning the grass, herb and fruit trees, as they had previously been created with the Original Creation of the earth in Genesis 1:1.
When Lucifer and the angels (as we know them today) inhabited the Original Creation, it flourished with grass, herbs and fruit trees, etc. The seed was in itself upon the earth, just as it is today. When God judged the earth, which was brought about by Lucifer's rebellion, the earth was completely covered with water and"without form and void," as stated in
Genesis 1:2. The seed of the grass, herb and fruit trees was still in the ground; but, could not grow or reproduce due to complete darkness and the earth being completely covered with water, etc.
Now, notice what the word of God says in respect to the plant life.
"And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, herb and fruit trees."
Let me ask you, how can the earth bring forth something it doesn't already have? The Original Creation had the seed of plant life within itself. These seeds lay dormant for, possibly millenniums, or even millions of years. When God began to remodel the earth for human habitation, He brought forth light on the First Day, as we have discussed previously. On the
Third Day, dry land appeared. The seeds of plant life contained in the earth could now, as God said,"bring forth" your fruit. God had removed the two obstacles which prohibited the growth of all plant life. Water was replaced with dry land and light replaced darkness. No one had to replant the olive tree from which Noah's dove plucked a leaf to bring back to him in Genesis 8:11.
May I recapitulate back to the Original Creation in Genesis 1:1, where plant life originated. Whatever bodies Lucifer and the angels possessed, would they not have the privilege to enjoy the fruit trees, etc. Animals were also existent on the Original Creation. (We will cover this when we reach the Fifth Day of remodeling the earth.) I don't know of any living creature or human that doesn't eat something to maintain existence. Christ not only ate in His earthly body, but also after His resurrection in His resurrected, glorified body. Dr. Luke records in Luke 24:42,43 concerning Christ.
"And they gave him (Christ) a piece of broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it and did eat before them."
Even the manna given to Israel in the wilderness was said to be "angel's food." Could it be that the angels of God enjoy eating the sweet tasting manna in heaven, which God shared with Israel in the wilderness? (Psalm 78:24,25).
Did not the two angels who were sent to Sodom to meet with Lot, eat at his house? Notice in Genesis 19:3.
"And they (the two angels)...entered into his (Lot's) house, and he made them a feast...and they did eat."
Then, there is a river flowing out of the throne of God, and on either side, a tree of life. This tree produces fruit every month. (Revelation 22:1,2). The redeemed in their glorified bodies will have the privilege to eat and enjoy this literal fruit. Personally, I sure hope that at least one of the months, this tree produces those big avocados, like they grow in Florida.
Now, back to Lucifer, the angels, and the Original Creation. There would be no reason for the plant life, herbs, grass, fruit trees, etc. to be created with the Original Creation, unless God had a purpose for them. The word "herbs" is the Hebrew "eseb" and means, "endive, lettuce, any green thing or any tender sprout. Lucifer and the angels could, and did, enjoy eating the herbs and fruit of the fruit trees. Grass would be food for many of the animals.
The seeds of botany that had lain dormant in the earth, while under God's judgment, in the remodeling of the earth would be free to bring forth (produce again), after their kind. They were now liberated from God's curse on the Third Day of His remodeling of the earth.
Psalm 104:14 tells us that;
"He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth."
Notice carefully, that God is going to "cause the grass to
grow" and "bring forth food out of the earth." You cannot cause grass to grow,
unless the seed is already in the ground. The same with all kinds of plants
and fruit trees. This is why the Holy Spirit never used the word "bara," i.e.,
"created" with the Third Day, because the seeds of Botany were already in the
The Fourth Day of Remodeling – Lights In The Firmament
(Verse 14) "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days; and years."
(Verse 15) "And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so."
(Verse 16) "And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also."
(Verse 17) "And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth."
(Verse 18) "And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw the it was good."
(Verse 19) "And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
May I note, at the outset, the philosophy of the young earth advocates concerning this Fourth Day. Their hypothesis is, that the greater light (sun), the lesser light (moon) and the stars never existed prior to the Fourth Day; but, rather, were created on the Fourth Day. Their philosophy and/or hypothesis is fraudulent and diametrically opposed to God's Word, as we shall see.
They seem reluctant to accept, acknowledge, or differentiate between the two different Hebrew words translated into our English as "made" and "create;." although the Holy Spirit used the Hebrew word "bara" for "created" and a different Hebrew word, "asah," for "made," since both have a different meaning.
(1). "Created" (Hebrew "bara") basically means that God created something out of nothing which had no previous existence.
(2). "Made" (Hebrew "asah") basically means that the substance or object, already existing, is "released from restraint; to make; to allow; or to assemble." Maybe the young earth advocates should have inspired the Old Testament writers, instead of the Holy Spirit, since they adhere not to the Holy Spirit's choice of words. Failure to recognize the difference between "created" and "made" is the result of their philosophy and false hypothesis founded upon the outright denial and rejection of God's Word.
There are several observations we need to consider concerning the fourth day:
(1). The Hebrew "bara," i.e., "created," nowhere appears in Verses 14 to 19 describing the Fourth Day of
remodeling the earth. if this word had been used, then the stars, moon, and sun would never have existed prior to the fourth day.
(2). Notice in Verse 16, that God used the Hebrew word "asah," or "made," concerning the moon, stars, and sun. Remember, "asah" in Hebrew means "to release from restraint, to assemble or allow, and etc. In other words, the sun, moon, and stars had previously been created and useful for the Original Creation. The earth contained plant life, grass, trees, vegetation, animals, Lucifer, and
God's angels. There were all kinds of life on the Original Creation, which necessitated heat and light from the sun, light from the moon and the stars. When Lucifer first resided on the earth, there was heaven above the earth, there were clouds, stars, and etc. (Ezekiel 14:13,14). Lucifer's sin brought God's judgment and these elements were rendered inoperative and stayed that way until God decided to activate them again, to be placed in their proper position for the sustaining of human life.
Isaiah speaks of God's omniscience and omnipotence concerning his renovation of an earth that was"without form and void." It truly is God, “who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance." (Isaiah 40:12)
(3). In Verse 14,"God said, let there be lights in the firmament." May I call your attention to the word "lights" in this verse. The Hebrew for our English "lights" in this verse is "ma-or," which means "luminary, light container, or light holder." In other words, for the sake of clarity, should a paraphrase be rendered, it would read, "On this fourth day God spoke and said, "Let the light containers be released from restraint and be secured in the firmament of the heaven."
Remember, the Holy Spirit was very selective in his choice of Hebrew words, as He never used "created" (Hebrew, "bara") with any of the first four days in His remodeling of a ruined earth. But, rather, God used the word "MADE" (Hebrew "asah"), which means "to release from restraint." When God judged the Original Creation and rendered it "without form and void," the light holders, the sun, moon, and stars were of no more use and were restrained and rendered inoperative. Their original purpose for which they were created was now useless, as there was no life of any kind left on the earth to support. This previous life included grass, herbs, trees, all kinds of vegetation, animals of many kinds, which could have, and without doubt, included dinosaurs.
From God's judgment of the Original Creation until He decided to remodel it for the habitation of Homo Sapiens, there could have been hundreds of thousands of years; or, even millions of years. Whatever length of time elapsed, it was much more than enough time for many of these animals to have fossilized, including the various dinosaurs.
It is a sad plight when some of these young earth advocates
spend more time excavating in the ground than they do digging into the Word of
God! Their hypothesis is disastrous, as they continually try to adjust the
Bible to fit their findings.
The Fifth Day of Remodeling.
Genesis 1:20-23. Replenishing The Earth With Aquatic Creatures and Fowl
(V.20). "And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven."
(V..21). "And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good."
(V.22). "And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth."
(V.23). "And the evening and the morning were the fifth day."
Notice in Verse 21 where the word "created" is used. This fifth day marks only the second appearance of this word in the first chapter of Genesis. Remember, "created" is the Hebrew "bara," which means to create something which had no previous existence. This word is never used in the first four days of remodeling the earth for human habitation. Not until this fifth day is God going to create something that had no previous existence.
It is in connection with this appearance of biological life, quite naturally, that the Hebrew "bara" again makes its appearance. It is on this day that the Creator originates all of the many varieties that dwell in the waters AND the entire realm of bird life. By the Holy Spirit's use of the Hebrew "bara," it is evident that no aquatic or bird life ever existed on the Original Creation. Should there have been, then God would have used the Hebrew "asah" (i.e., English "made") instead of the Hebrew "bara" (i.e., English "created"). Timothy tells us why just exactly the correct Hebrew words are used without a mistake or contradiction.
"For all scripture is given by the inspiration (i.e. Godbreathed) of God..." (2 Timothy 3:16).
"For the prophecy (i.e., the word of God) came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (1 Peter 1:21).
Prior to the fifth day, vegetation was the only kind of life
existing. It becomes apparent to even the casual observer that plants must
precede the birds and animals, or there will be no source of food for them.
Therefore the seed and edible parts of vegetation have a start on those who
are to eat them. Thus, we see the omniscience of God in His renovation of the
The Sixth Day of Remodeling.
Genesis 1:24-31. Insects, Animals Made, And Man Created. We have, here on the sixth day, a precise distinction of the two Hebrew words, "asah" ("made") and "bara" ("created"). We will examine the verses that deal with these two words.
First, we will look at what God made on this sixth day, that had previously existed on the Original Creation. Here is the record as found in Genesis 1:24,25.
(V.24). "And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so."
(V.25). "And God MADE (Hebrew "asah") the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind; and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was very good."
In introducing God's work on this sixth day, let us make a textual examination concerning the phrase in Verse 24 which states:"Let the earth bring forth." Some evolutionists claim that the approximately 92 elements in the earth are the seed plot from which insects and animal life began to evolve.
These evolutionists continually "strain a gnat and swallow a camel!" A typical example of years ago is from the pen of Dr. Edwin O. Jordan in the famous symposium published by sixteen university professors of Chicago, bearing the imposing title, "The Nature of the World and of Man." Here are a couple of their statements. "While there is little or no cause to believe that spontaneous generation is occurring at the present day, it is reasonable to suppose that some form of microscopic life developed out of the inorganic matter at some previous period in the world's history." "We naturally have no direct evidence about the origin of bacteria on the earth, but it is quite in line with all of our other knowledge of life development to suppose that at some time, in some way, some form of microscopic life developed out of highly organized, but up to that time, inorganic matter."
That is the pseudo-evolutionary philosophy of sixteen university professors that deny the word of God and all they can project is “we suppose,” “no cause to believe,” and “no direct evidence.” What a joke!
In answer to this asinine philosophy, may I state that, in fact, no growth, no reproduction, no generation, and no quickening of inorganic matter has ever been demonstrated in any field of Science whatsoever. May God say a word to these evolutionists as found in Psalm 14:1.
"The FOOL hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good."
Now, back to the statement in Verse 24,"Let the earth bring forth." This does not imply creative forces in the soil or in any of the physical elements. The 92 elements have been in existence from very first verse in Genesis One, when... "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." May we recapitulate by quoting Verse 25 once again.
"And God MADE (Hebrew "asah") the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind; and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was very good."
Notice carefully that God made the cattle, the beast of the earth and every creeping thing. The Holy Spirit did not use the word “create” (Hebrew "bara"). Since "bara" means creating something which had no previous existence, whereas "made" (Hebrew "asah") is used as bringing forth something that had PREVIOUSLY EXISTED, by the usage of the Hebrew word "asah," the Holy Spirit let us know that these beasts, cattle and all manner of creeping things had previously existed on the Original Creation. Now God lets us know that these creatures are again going to inhabit the renovated earth where man is going to reside.
All these young earth advocates do istalk about going back to the authority of God's word. This is only a smoke screen, evidenced by their refusal to point their followers to the difference between the Hebrew words for "created" and "made." Should they believe the original Hebrew text, their young earth theory would evaporate.
I find that some of your young earth speakers have no studies in the Greek or Hebrew. Some won't even tell you what church they attend, let along what their Theology is. When I read of their education, it is primarily a secular degree,mnot a Bible degree of any kind. Yet these same men project themselves as authorities on the Bible. Unbelievable! Their smoke screen is that if you do not agree with their young earth philosophy, then you are not standing on the authority of God's Word. This is another one of their lies they want you to accept.
An example of a young earth speaker who has joined the staff of "AIG" or, Answers in Genesis, founded by Ken Ham, is one Mike Riddle. In their newsletter of February 2005, we are informed that Mr. Riddle will be holding special meetings in churches, schools, and workshops in the new AIG facility near Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Ham states that Mike will be giving talks on topics such as, "The importance of upholding Biblical authority." What this biblical authority means is (as we have stated before), that if you do not believe in their “young earth philosophy,” then you are not standing on the Word of God.
Now, here are the qualifications of Mike Riddle, who presents himself as a Biblical scholar:
1. He is a former world-class athlete in the Decathlon.
2. He is a dynamic and passionate speaker, with a wealth of experience in Creation ministry. (See note below). Note: Creation ministry simply means to teach that the earth is only, give or take a few years, 6,000 years old. He totally denies that the Original Creation was beautiful (Isaiah 45:18), then became "without form and void" (Genesis 1:2) as a result of God's judgment because of Lucifer's sin. The earth could have remained in this chaotic condition for thousands, millions, or even billions of years, as we register time, before God remodeled it for human habitation.
3. He is a mathematician with a graduate degree in education.
4. He was a U.S. Marine, rising to the rank of Captain.
5. He became a U.S. national champion in the track and field version of the Pentathlon.
6. Mike worked for many years in the computer field with Microsoft.
This is amazing! This man presents himself as an authority on
the Bible and the Creation in Genesis One, yet I find no degrees of any kind
concerning the Bible. There are no degrees from any Bible Colleges, no
home-study courses, no studies in Hebrew, nothing! This reminds me of the lady
who advertised for one of the fast-food chains, and used to scream "Where's
the beef?" May we ask the same. Where are the degrees in Biblical studies and
Theology or Etymology, etc.? I hardly think that working for Microsoft
concerning computers, running track, being a captain in the Marines, having a
degree in Education, being an athlete in the decathlon, and having a good
reputation as a speaker would be qualifications for anyone to claim themselves
as an authority on the Bible. This man has followed the crowd, which cannot
even discern the difference between "created" and "made" in Genesis, Chapter
“AFTER THEIR KIND”
I have been contemplating whether or not I should expand our study a little further concerning the words "after their kind." Well, I guess one can only be double minded so long, until he has to make a decision one way or the other. So, I have decided to proceed by getting right to the point, without a lot of biblical "jargon." When "after their kind" is associated with the word "created" (Hebrew "bara") in Genesis One, it has a different meaning in reference to the context, than it does when used with the word "made" (Hebrew "asah"). Let's look at Verse 21 which appears in reference to the fifth day of recreation.
"And God created (Hebrew "bara") great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, AFTER THEIR KIND, and every winged fowl AFTER HIS KIND: and God saw that it was good."
The word "created" let us know that whales, all creatures in the waters and fowl never existed on, about, or with, the Original Creation, but only came into existence on the fifth day. Since they never existed before;"after their kind" is referring to their reproduction and NOT to God making something that had previously existed, as he did on the sixth day concerning the beasts, cattle, and creeping things. This is the difference when "after their kind" is used with "created" (Hebrew "bara") as used in reference to the word "made" (Hebrew "asah").
Of the commentaries I possess, I have not found one that makes this distinction. I am not saying this in a critical manner; but, only as a fact. Maybe this little point will encourage the Bible student to study the Bible instead of just casually reading it. Joshua 1:8 says to "meditate" concerning the Word, i.e., digest what you have read. Psalm 1:2 says the same. Now let us recapitulate and summarize the two verses in context, concerning "after their kind."
(1) When used with "created" in Genesis 1:21, this shows us that what was created on the fifth day never existed previously in the Original Creation; therefore, "after their kind" is in reference to these species reproducing offspring of the same species.
(2) When used with "made" in Genesis 1:25, this is referring to replenishing the renovated earth with the same animals and creatures God had created and placed on the Original Creation. ...
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