Truth That Matters

"What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" - Jesus Christ


Reasons for a simple, literal interpretation of Genesis

The following are some reasons:

  1. "When the literal sense makes sense [is logical], don't look for any other sense" – standard rule of Biblical interpretation. The literal sense of Genesis 1 is logical in the light of God's almighty nature. Further discussion
  2. The Bible claims to be God's authoritative word, and therefore should be interpreted as is. If a person ignorant or not caring about secular ideas reads the Bible, he would come to the above interpretation. Therefore, the above interpretation is correct. All other interpretations stem from exposure to Greek philosophy or modern secular science. Science, history, archeology, etc. can be used to interpret the Bible only when the Biblical text does not reveal its meaning.
  3. The Hebrew "vaw consecutive", translated as "And" at the beginning of the verses in Genesis 1, is normally used in literal narrative.
  4. The "evening and morning" indicates literal days.
  5. The Sabbath, which was a commemoration of creation, (Exodus 20:8-11) only makes sense if all the days were of equal duration. There is no indication that the days of the first week were different duration from those of the second week onwards. So the equal duration should be 24 hours.
  6. Although the sun is used today to mark day and night, and it was created only on Day 4, this does not prevent God from marking out days 1-3 just like days 4 onwards.
  7. When accompanied by cardinal numbers, the Hebrew yom (day) refers to literal days in all its other occurrences in the Bible. It is not enough for day-agers to show that "yom" can refer to more than a literal day. They need to tell us why it does so in Genesis 1!
  8. When Jesus was discussing marriage, he said that "from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female" (Mark 10:6). This means that man started existing shortly after the creation of the universe (shortly compared to the duration of human history). 
  9. Adam is the first man (1 Corinthians 15:45) and Eve is the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20) so there was no race of humans before Adam and Eve.

Arguments for the gap theory

Reasons to reject the above theories

Arguments for the day-age theory


This whole issue of how literally the Genesis account is to be taken is a classic example that illustrates the importance of sticking to what God's word says even when it is contradicted by human knowledge or wisdom. When Christians first learned about distant starlight (that had apparently traveled for billions of years) reaching earth, many felt that the 6000 year time-frame of the Bible was wrong and looked for artificial ways to fit the Bible with what the scoffers were claiming. Some Christians held their ground and said that perhaps God created the light "on its way" or accelerated the light in the past to make it reach us. Today, Einstein's Theory of Relativity helps us explain how only 6000 years has elapsed from the earth's viewpoint (which is how Genesis was written) although a person traveling with the starlight would experience billions of years of time. God's word is true! It is only contradicted by partial or imperfect scientific knowledge!

Dear believer, hold your head high! When you come across an evolutionist, look him in the eye and say that God created the world six thousand years ago, and that God is love - the suffering and death is because we messed up! No discovered scientific facts contradict this. As Creator of a perfect world, God has the authority to demand perfect standards (Romans 3:23) today, and judge those who don't comply. And He's also been loving enough to provide a way of salvation!