How True is the Bible’s Account of Creation?

Since we’ve talked about how science describes creation, isn’t it only fair to see what the Bible says about it? The Bible describes how God created the universe and the earth in six days and rested on the seventh day. The New Revised Standard Version says, “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.” This description means that God created the heavens first and then the earth. In other words, God created the universe first. Afterwards, He created light for day and dark for night. That was the first day.

In the second day, God made the sky by separating the dome or sky from the waters. Subsequently, God created land that He called Earth and the waters He called Seas. He created vegetation including plants and fruit trees. This was the third day. On the fourth day, God created the sun and the moon, according to the Bible. The fifth day was a big day during which God created sea creatures of all kinds as well as birds over the land. Then God created all kinds of animals, like cattle plus many kinds of insects and wild animals on the sixth day. Finally, on the sixth day, God created human beings. On the seventh day, God rested.

In this description, it is important to notice that the Bible does not describe specifically all the sea creatures, birds, insects, or animals that God created. It is not the purpose of the Bible to describe all those life forms in detail. The Bible offers a general description or an outline of what God did. My theory is that the Bible describes what I just wrote–an outline of what God did. It differs from science that describes specifically what happened. That’s one reason why I suggest that the Bible and science say the same thing–just in different terms. They offer two different perspectives of the same thing.

Another reason why I suggest that is true is my realization as a boy that God “created” the Bible–albeit, inspired humankind to write what He wanted them to write–and also created science. If God created both the Bible and science, then it is reasonable to believe that both say the same thing because God cannot–and will not–tell a lie. Some people may doubt that God inspired anybody to write anything. From my experience in writing this book, I have to say that I know from first-hand experience how God inspired me to write my book. I would write a chapter or section and leave it for a day or two. Then when I came back to it, the thought came to me that I needed to say this or that. Where did that thought come from? From my own mind that is so brilliant that I didn’t think of it the first time? Or because God nudged me to add that to my book. In the same fashion, God inspired the writers of the Bible, I’m convinced, and it happened to me in the same way over and over again.

How does a builder build a house or any building? First, the builder typically develops a plan for what he wants to build and the equipment and materials he plans to use to accomplish the plan. Then he gathers the equipment and materials for the building. Next, he builds the foundation of the house and later the walls and the rest of the building as he envisions it. Jesus talked about a builder building a solid foundation as he begins to build a house. Is it unreasonable or outlandish to think that before creation, God developed a plan how He wanted the create the universe, the galaxies, and the planets? Is it unthinkable that God had a plan to create sea creatures, vegetation, cattle, insects, various animals, and human beings? The steps described in Genesis indicate clear, deliberate steps in the process of creation. For example, God created the land before He created the vegetation and animals. As another example, God created animals like cattle before He created humans. In other words, He took logical steps in logical order. That seems pretty clear.

In summary, it appears that God and science say the same thing in different words. Since God created both the Bible and science, that seems like the only valid conclusion. The Bible presents more of an outline of the steps of creation while science focuses on the actual steps. However, we need to remember that science is evolving as our knowledge increases. So even though science may proclaim something true today, tomorrow it may change what it says is true. So while the Bible may be true in general terms, we need to be more careful about the accuracy of science and how it changes with new knowledge.

So what do you think about creation? What is true? What do you think about science changes over time? It would be great to hear from you if you choose to share your thoughts at garylindberg85@gmail.com. When we share our knowledge, we all grow and develop.

Author: garylindberg85

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the author’s parents moved just before his seventh birthday to Santa Maria, California. There he grew up and attended grade schools up through high school. The author is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in U. S. History. Then he volunteered to join the Peace Corps for two and a half years during which he taught primary school students and teachers various techniques in a trial school gardens program in the Ivory Coast which is located in West Africa between Liberia and Ghana. He became fluent in French during that time. After his Peace Corps service, he toured Europe and primarily visited Italy, Germany (including East Berlin then under Communist control), France, England, and the Netherlands. Since he was drafted, he volunteered for the Navy in which he served for four years. Next, he went to San Francisco State University where he earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in Management and Personnel. After that he began his 43-year career as a Human Resources professional for a number of major companies including National Gypsum, Celotex, McCormick (spices), Del Monte, Quebecor Printing, and Micro Lithography, Inc. He retired in November, 2019 to pursue personal endeavors.