Please note: normally I will include all of the Scripture passages. Since a very large amount of Scripture used in this post, most will not be quoted in this devotional.
Genesis 1:25 (NASB)
And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.
All of creation except mankind had been created by the end of the fifth day. God proclaimed it good!
Secularists claim that life as we know it evolved from the simplest cell; and that everything we see is the consequence of “natural selection and advantageous mutations,” starting with that one cell. The ultimate conclusion of that process is mankind. In other words, supposedly, a multitude of accidents and chances are all we owe our lives to. The fossil record is then a layered record of the whole progression of chances that, without any external control, just happened.
Even some who claim to be “Christian old-age geologists” struggle with this issue. Does the Bible allow such a millions-of-years conclusion? Or, maybe there was a huge gap between the fifth and sixth day of creation? The Bible completely rejects these possibilities!
Genesis 1:5 And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
Genesis 1:8 And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
Genesis 1:10 and God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:13 And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.
Genesis 1:19 And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
Genesis 1:21 and God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:23 And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
Genesis 1:24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so.
Genesis 1:25 and God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:26 –30 covers the creation of Adam and Eve.
Genesis 1:31 And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
If (from the perspective of secular evolutionists), millions of years have passed and during all of that time the plants and animals (and mankind eventually) died and became the fossil record; it is inconceivable that the Bible would claim the creation is “very good” after all that death!
Let’s state that same question from the perspective of “Christian old-age geologists.” If millions of years have passed and during all of that time the plants and animals God created had died and became the fossil record … and then He created man (who supposedly also became part of the most recent fossil record); it is inconceivable that God would call all that He made “very good” after all that death!
The only way for God to have called His creation “very good” after He created Adam and Eve is if there had been no death of any kind on earth up to the time of His proclamation! The Bible leaves no room for the fossil record until after Adam and Eve sinned.
These comments were inspired by my study of the December 10, 2013 Days of Praise devotional from The Institute for Creation Research. The Institute for Creation Research can be found at www.icr.org.
I recommend an outstanding ICR video series, Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis, a truly monumental and enlightening comparison between creation and evolution.