Theistic evolutionists think they can ride along with the naturalist until it is just too uncomfortable anymore to keep riding with them. They know there is some point in which they must say “God,” but they want it to be all-natural until that mysterious point. They want to be able to keep moving the goal line behind them as all-naturalists come up with more that they think they can explain with all-natural processes. They want to be very flexible with that goal-line behind us where the field of time starts, and they don’t care how much bending and distorting of the owner’s manual (the Bible) it takes to get along with the all-naturalist. This simply is not good thinking and is certainly no God’s story on the matter.
You either allow God to give His supernatural testimony and allow it priority over all-natural human opinion, or you surrender the very premise of God entirely. There is no logical place for the theist to bend the creation story so that it fits the naturalist’s theory of evolution. Theistic evolutionists simply believe man and man’s naturalistic premise more than they believe God.
Adam did not come from a race of almost human-looking animals. There is no place you can bend the creation story and still bring Adam into existence by all-natural processes. The theistic evolutionist neither knows the scriptures nor the power of God.
He compromises the revelation of God because of his total trust and faith in the naturalist of the all-natural-scientific processes. God actually CREATED everything in six days just like He said. The all-naturalist says, “let’s study the instantly-created universe and human life as if it came through natural processes”. It is as foolish as trying to explain a watch, and the only rule allowed to explain the watch is without human wisdom and power and allowing only non-human natural processes to be used in the explanation. The premise is wrong and the conclusion will be set up to be wrong. Even though he uses the “scientific method” (which is good for most things we observe in the present but not the distant past), his analysis and study will only lead into deeper time errors as he determines to ignore and disallow the Divine testimony to “taint” his “objective” study that is confined to all-natural explanation.
Genesis and the entire Bible refutes atheism, and it refutes the premise of “all-naturalism.” It refutes the all-natural scientific method for studying origins. It basically says to mankind that you can study the universe, but the present that you are in now is not the key to all of the past. The natural processes you observe now had a supernatural beginning, and you cannot study the Creator or His power or wisdom using only human wisdom and a pre-commitment to only accept natural explanations for the things seen. That method of study is only good for history back to the time of Adam and only good for things seen, but it is no good for things not seen. Further back than that, your method will be entirely flawed and your conclusions wrong. “Let God be true and every man a liar”(Rom.3:4). Only God can tell us how it really came together, and He tells it in perspective of His supernatural power and does not tell it as though He was limited to all-natural processes. The creation is no more natural in origin than Jesus’ resurrection has a natural explanation. All theory of man that commits to all-naturalism will of necessity be in error.
Before God acted upon the formless and uninhabited mass of water and pre-planetary materials, he put energy and light into the dark mix of materials and then separated the light into a divided area from the dark areas. The light was God’s energy empowering the materials of the formless mass to have the beginnings of its own energy and light. Then part of the formless mass was glowing with the fire of energy and that part of the mass was separated into a separate area from the dark matter, each ready to be further formed by the mighty power and wisdom of God. The light He called “day”; the dark He called “night.” God did this so that mankind would later have an adequate language with which to describe the days and nights and the evenings and mornings of their world experience. It was a unique day one. It was not measured by the light of sun shining upon a rotating earth. It was measured by God separating out the energy mass from the dark mass and the dark mass having motion that caught the light on one side but did not catch it on its far side until it turned around with evening and morning rotation. At this point the energy mass was not yet formed into a sun and stars for seasons and measuring months. It was still a radiant mass shining upon another mass that was rotating. The separating of glowing light mass from other non-illumined material and allowing the illumined material to shine on one side of the non-illumined matter with rotating motion gave an evening-morning — a first day.
God did this by His power. God told us that this is how He did it, and He let us know to measure it in terms of the evening and morning days that we know. Were the days actually long ages? At the time of creation, the eternal God was preparing the stage for man and the stage for the Messianic Redeemer King. God was relating these seven days with the evenings and mornings experience that man could relate to. Man could understand day one in terms of time with illumined energy shining upon a rotating mass that had evening and morning, day and night experienced in rotating sequence. Did it need to spin at the 24 hour rate on day one? Maybe it did. Maybe it didn’t. Who knows? But at some point within these seven days, plant-life and earth-life was going to need the 24 hour spin. It cannot be allowed thousands of years of dark awaiting thousands of years of light in slow rotation. It would need immediate balance of night and day. There is no reason to think that God did not measure his activity equally to a 24 hour program of evening-morning days as we know them. There is good reason to believe that the beginning was so unique, totally involved with God’s activity and wisdom and, once accomplished, would not need that same measure of activity from day to day afterwards. Adam would not need years of sunlight while the other side of the earth got years of darkness. It is nothing for God to measure His work in measured time and doing day one in the same amount of time as the days that depended upon the shaped sun, moon and stars.
The truth about how the world began cannot be discovered in a science class that is already predetermined to examine things using only natural explanations. The heavens and the earth did not evolve naturally. It was created in six evening-morning measured days. After that, it had natural processes that would be dependable and predictable. Man can study the past, and he can theorize about origins in an all-natural program of thought and examination, but once he gets back to the first man, Adam, his natural explanations will be totally erroneous. In the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth. That is the TRUTH about how the world began. Naturalists can be very smart, but God has made foolish the wisdom of this world (Rom.1:20-22; 1 Cor.1:18-29). His ways are past finding out. Every theory that imagines a natural beginning and determines to explain all things naturally will make a huge mistake in the calculations of pre-Adam time. God’s word is truth. He was there. He knew what He did and He knew how to relate to man and how much time He took to prepare an earth for man. There were six evening-morning days as we know them now. Moses wrote this after the fact, and he wrote this with God’s help revealing these things in terms that Israel and all others could know — how to measure their own seventh day of rest. God knew how to tell the truth and it was impossible for God to lie or be deceived. God said it and God is far wiser than even our smartest men. The Bible simply does not have room for the time-program of the general theory of evolution.
The Bible is right, and it is right even if men choose to ignore it and take up all-natural explanations. They may not know that they are wrong, but they are. God did what He did in ways “past finding out,” and He let us in on the fact that He measured His creative work in terms of six evening-morning days using his power in rapid speed to bring about a fully matured and operational world for man to have with all that he needs. Nobody ever thought otherwise until the 1800s when man started schooling themselves to start looking through the lenses of naturalism and accept only what human wisdom could explain in all-natural terms. Men have again professed to be wise and have largely become fools (Rom.1:19-22).
–Terry W. Benton