BUFF SCOTT, JR.
More On Genesis And The Age
I am not a biblical literalist. I have never
in my entire life as a believer and promoter of creation believed that all of the scriptures are to be understood literally. There are many scriptures that were written in the symbolic format, as there are many scriptures that were compiled in the literal format.
Jesus called wicked King Herod a fox [Luke 13:32]
. Common sense informs us that Jesus here is using figurative or symbolic language, for Herod was not a four-legged fox. He was sly
like a fox. The books of Daniel and Revelation are pregnant with symbolic language, as well as Ezekiel and other portions of scripture.
The problem is, some of us who profess to know the meaning of scripture find it difficult to distinguish the literal
from the figurative
. But it can be done, if we examine the context
and compare it to other portions of scripture that address the same subject and/or subjects. If one portion of scripture, which we understand to be symbolic, collides with other portions of scripture on the same subject, which we understand to be literal, the fault lies in our method of interpretation.
Another problem is that many evolutionists, perhaps the bulk of them, who assert most of the scriptures must be understood symbolically instead of literally, particularly the narratives about creation, the Flood
, and other biblical accounts, have never sat down with a copy of the scriptures in hand and analyzed and evaluated them as they would analyze and evaluate other kinds of writings.
If we assign millions/billions of years to the formation and creation of the Earth, as many believers have been academically tutored to believe, we are in direct conflict with God, who announced, “For in six days the Lord made the heavens
[universe] and the earth” [Exodus 20:11]
. There can be no doubt—except in the minds of evolutionists —but that the Lord is talking about six solar days when we contemplate that “six days” is used in the same manner as the “six days” in verse 9. “Six days you shall labor and do all your work,”
God told Israel.
My point is elementary, not encumbered with an array of humanistic rhetoric. If the “six days” of creation [v. 11] can be stretched over a period of millions and billions of years, so may the “six days” the children of Israel were to labor [v. 9]. I’ve checked the Hebrew text, and “six days” in both verses are used uniformly.
A few years ago, I submitted this logic to one of my readers, a physics major. She accepted the six days of labor as solar days but rejected the six days of creation as solar days. This translates into a distortion of heaven’s message and disavows rational biblical hermeneutics. Is this not the history of many, perhaps even most, evolutionists? They fabricate a deduction, and then fit everything into that deduction—regardless of evidence.
Physics tells this lady the Earth and universe are many millions of years old. It makes little or no difference what God says. It is sad that other evolutionists as well misrepresent heaven’s testimony to fit into their humanistic and academic deductions.
The Lord spoke again about six days, when he reminded Israel, “For six days, work is to be done.”
Two verses down, without changing the mode of computation, the Lord reminded them that “in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth” [Exodus 31:15-17]
. There is absolutely no hint that the configuration of time changed from “six days of work” to “six days of creation.” The Hebrew text confirms this truth
But here’s another rampant inconsistency on the part of Christian evolutionists. Wherever “six days” are used in scripture, in both the old and new covenant writings, they accept them as six solar days, except—I repeat, except
—when six days are mentioned in conjunction with creation. This is where the distortion begins. To me, this boils down to intellectual dishonesty.
If I’m correct in my assessments, and if the biblical texts in Exodus
are translated accurately, and they are, the evolutionary theory is bunk, poppycock, baloney, hogwash, nonsense. I think I’ll buy into reality, not drift into the realm of illusions.