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Atheist Reject Genesis


HUMANIST QUESTION: Genesis chapter 1 says the first man and woman were made at the same time, and after the animals. But Genesis chapter 2 gives a different order of creation: man, then the animals, and then woman.

Humanists love to take parts of scripture, impart to them whatever meaning they desire, and then claim there are contradictions. There is little or no effort to understand the context or what scripture is actually saying. Words are important, and word choice in scripture is important... even in our English translations.

Background: There are three creation accounts in Genesis chapters one and two.

Genesis 1:1 provides a broad overview. It is a summary of what God did. In many respects it can be considered a title for this section of scripture:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. - Genesis 1:1

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The phrase "the heavens and the earth" is a shorthand way of saying everything. In these ten words God is saying that He created everything.

Genesis 1:2 through 2:3 narrows the focus, describing the creation week from the viewpoint of the earth. It starts with the earth being formless and void, and moves through each of the days of creation as seen from the viewpoint of earth.

Genesis 2:4 through 2:24 narrows the focus even more. These verses include a brief summary of creation, but their main focus is day six of creation and mankind. The details of each day of creation given in Genesis chapter 1 are not reiterated, with God focusing on giving us the details of man's first day.

So, does Genesis 2 give a different order of creation than Genesis chapter 1? No. The following is a verse by verse description of what is happening. Please note, the chapter and verse divisions were added later to make it easier for us to reference things in scripture. They are created by man and are not inspired.

2:4-5 - Introduction to creation and a summary of days one and two of creation.

2:6 - Days three through five are not described. However, verse six, as part of the overall summary, provides some additional information describing how the earth was watered.

2:7 - We're now in day five, and a detailed description of what God did when He created man. God did not need to use dust to make man, but in doing this He shows us a master craftsman shaping a work of art to which He gives life.

The contradiction is supposedly that in chapter 2 God is described as creating the animals after man. I assume this is a reference to Genesis 2:18-19

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.

This is not describing the original creation of the animals and birds. What is the subject of these verses? That it is not good for man to be alone. So what is God doing? He is showing Adam all of the animals and birds so that Adam can name them, AND find out if any are a suitable helper.

In chapter one of Genesis scripture states that birds were created on day five, and the beasts of the earth (field) were created before Adam on day six. But, now God needs to show them all to Adam. So what did He do? He forms them out of the ground and brought them to Adam to be named. There is nothing wrong with doing that. And it does not contradict Genesis 1. This is not a second creation. This is not the :"making" of Adam's helper. That happens after God demonstrates to Adam that his helper will not be found among the existing animals.

After looking at and naming all of the different kinds of birds and aimals, no suitable helper was found. So God makes Eve... this is still day six of creation. So God created them male and female, and He did it all on day six of creation. No contradiction.

More detailed information from Creation Ministries International and the Institute for Creation Research.

Next question...

Genesis chapter 1 lists six days of creation, whereas chapter 2 refers to the “day" that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.”

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What you believe does not determine reality nor truth. That would make you god. But you ARE NOT god. You don't control the universe. You cannot change reality. Let's try an experiment. At about midnight stand in the middle of the road just around a corner where it is hard to be seen... at night, wearing all black. When headlights start lighting up the curve, just believe that whatever is coming does not exist. Stand firm, if you don't believe a vehicle is coming, then nothing is coming. You are perfectly safe... until reality hits.

You are now standing before Jesus. You are dead. It's judgment day. You don't want to believe it's Jesus and you will be judged. But it is. That's reality.

Judgment only takes a moment, the verdict is obvious, and you know it is correct. You are guilty. You've lied, stolen and sexually lusted after others (Matthew 5:28)... you have disobeyed God. Trusting Jesus is the only answer, but it's too late. You had your last chance just before you died.

You know it's no use to protest, but still you scream out, 'I didn't know!'

But you did know. All of creation declared God's glory, His invisible attributes, and His power. You have no excuse. You willingly rejected Jesus Christ (God).

Is this you? Are you saying, 'Hell isn't so bad, I'll be with my friends.' You know that's not true. There are no friends in hell. No beer... not even water to cool your lips. There is NOTHING good in hell.

So I beg you, consider these words. Trust Jesus as having paid your penalty for every way you've have rejected God. Trust Jeus to save you from hell and bring you into the presense of God.

Trust Jesus. Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. - Acts 16:31