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In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.

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In the Beginning God Created the Heavens and the Earth Introductory Reading: Genesis 1 One of the vexatious questions of science today concerns the age of the earth. Why would this be an important issue? It is an issue because it has a profound influence on the way people understand the origin and purpose of life, and because if we can understand origins, we are better able to develop new things as we will understand how the plans work. Ancient records from many cultures speak of the origin of life as a fairly recent phenomena, the result of the creative power and acts of a great being; scientists of this era suggest life is millions of years old, and the earth even older. There are strong opinions for both viewpoints, which cannot be reconciled. Is it possible to come to any undisputable position of truth in the matter? Fundamentally, it is not possible to come to an indisputable position, and the reason is quite simply because we cannot turn back the clock! What we have to do instead is evaluate the various belief systems, and choose the one which makes most sense, the one which has the most secure foundation. Even within the ranks of the main opinions we find experts sniping at their own colleagues, both in the scientific and the religious communities. It is little wonder then that ordinary folk might be perplexed, or even worse, just accept whatever proposition happens to be presented to them, without wanting to question or understand the issues. If the boffins and propeller heads cannot agree among themselves how this world and our creation came about, then what chance have we of coming to grips with the answers, if there be any? There are answers, and there are good answers, and there are different and often mutually exclusive answers. The answer which is right is the one which satisfies our personal need to know, and which is consistent with all the evidence we can understand. ...read more.

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There is also the logical reason that the work could only have occurred in the sequence given if it occurred within the time-span the record gives. Second Day Creation proceeded. On day two, water was moved from the surface of this planet to form a separate layer above the surface in preparation for the creation of land mass. This would leave the earth a little different from what we know today, because there is now no water body above the atmosphere, except as vapour in the clouds. (Gen 1:8 KJV) "And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day." Third Day This arrangement prepared the earth for living things. The water belt above would keep things warm and moist over all the earth, and the rotation of day and night was ideal for plant life. The next day's work was to make dry land rise above the water still on the earth's surface. Once there was land, the planting could begin, and begin it did until the earth was verdant. What does it say in verses 11 and 12? (Gen 1:11-12 KJV) "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. {12}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." There are some important ideas here, do not miss them. The plants were created bearing seed, in other words they were able to propagate from the beginning in a manner with which we are still familiar, and they were unique within their species, they did not change into some other plant when they propagated. This situation still exists, where even by carefully controlled selective breeding, scientists cannot produce a self propagating robust new species. ...read more.

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(Rev 4:11 KJV) "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Creation begs us to consider that we are here for a purpose, and that we have a responsibility to a higher power. This is one reason why specific creation is no longer appreciated, it places a responsibility upon us which many choose not to have. Other theories to account for how we got here do not have this characteristic, and furthermore they elevate man to the highest point, not considering there may be a relevant greater authority or power. The record of Adam and Eve immediately after creation is also a logical and enlightening reason for the act that life does not go on for ever, even though living things ought to be able to maintain the ability to regenerate and recover from physical damage. In this connection an explanation is also provided why people do wrong, a phenomena which is hard to understand in the evolutionary context, and which for this reason is leading to general decline in the moral state of civilization. We would like to draw to your attention the fact that science supports the concept of a 'young earth', and that evolutionary theory does not have the sound backing we are lead to believe. Specific creation is the only logical explanation why we are here, and indeed nature around us cries out that it has a creator, that is has purpose in its beauty and glory. We would close these remarks by quoting from the Prophet Isaiah. (Isa 42:5,8 KJV) "Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: ... {8}I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images." ...read more.

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