It starts with God’s Word. It starts with The Bible. Being a Biblical Creationist requires respecting the authority of God’s Word as infallible truth – truth that was intended by the Creator to be understandable, not as a cryptic mysterious riddle. God’s Word is rich in meaning, but not in the sense that it can be cherry picked apart searching for irrelevant and clever but unintended revelations. The Bible comes first and everything else is understood within its framework (Biblical worldview) – science, anthropology, sociology, geology, biology, etc. The meaning of the Bible is not to be contorted in such a way to accommodate the ideas of the world or the speculations of science.
An example of this is found in 2 Peter 1:16 – “For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” Peter spoke candidly of what he saw with his own eyes in his time spent with Christ and after Christ’s death and resurrection. There is no hearsay, no conspiracy theory, no rationalization, and no vacillation from the truth. Similarly, Genesis 1 and 2 present a straightforward account of Creation, as revealed to Moses by God. Genesis is not written as an allegory, a poem, or as prophecy. It is historical, in a literary sense (though it does contain prophetic references). A “day” in Genesis is an ordinary 24 hour day, just as it is referred to elsewhere in the Bible. In a contorted viewpoint of Genesis, one might argue that since the sun, moon and stars were not created until day 4 of Creation, then the first 3 days could have been any time period (i.e. billions of years), since the rotation of the earth in relation to the sun defines the 24 hour period. A similarly contorted interpretation would be referring to the 24 hour day in Genesis as an “age” or a long period of time. This becomes nonsensical in light of verses such as Exodus 20:10-11, where man’s work and rest during the week is compared to God’s during Creation week. It would indeed be odd for Moses, the writer of Genesis and Exodus, to refer to a “day” as an “age” in Genesis, and then refer to it as an ordinary 24 hour day in Exodus.
The point of this is that the Biblical Creationist does not search to find a way to squeeze the secular worldview of science into the Bible so that both match. The scientific world promotes the idea that the universe is billions of years old, but the age of Creation based on a straightforward chronology of the Bible is around 6000 years old. Thus, the terms “Young Earth Creationist”, “Young Earther”, and “YEC” have arisen. However, the term “Biblical Creationist” is preferred, because it is not the age of the universe that is of most importance, but rather respecting the authority of the Bible. The understanding of things such as the age of the universe follows after the Bible is understood first.
There are other ramifications of placing faith in the Bible, specifically in the intended literal reading of Genesis:
- Evolution: Evolution has not and is not occurring on any scale. Molecules did not spontaneously come together to form primitive life forms in some primordial ooze, and primitive life forms did not randomly become more and more complex and diverse over millions of years. The theory of evolution, as it is taught today, would require millions of years to take place, thus making it incompatible with a young earth. In reality, there are NO number of years that would ever make evolution possible. Genesis 1 clearly states that man was created fully formed by God (as were all other life forms).
- God is not using evolution to accomplish Creation. There is nothing in the Bible that suggests this idea, yet it is accepted by many Christians as true. This is an example of changing a straightforward reading of the Bible to accommodate scientific theories.
- Geology: Geological formations such as canyons and caverns, crystals, minerals and other phenomena have not formed gradually over millions or billions of years, but instead very recently. The catastrophic results of a global flood as described in Genesis have led to many of the geological features that are seen today.
- Radiometric Dating: Scientific tools such as the radiometric dating of fossils and rock formations are accepted as fact in the scientific community, but in reality the methods of dating are highly flawed and inconsistent.
- For an in-depth discussion of radiometric dating and its fallacies, see these articles in Answers in Genesis.
- Global Flood: Genesis 7-8 describes a global flood, not a local or regional flood, which led to most of the features of the oceans and continents as we know them today. Almost all of the life on earth was destroyed in the process. The rapid death of organisms and layering of sediments led to the geologic column as it is found today, which is consistent worldwide. While not specifically ruled out by the Bible, this would tend to discount the possibility of a massive asteroid strike as the cause for the extinction of dinosaurs and many other organisms. While land mass shifts may have happened during the flood, this also discounts continental drift as a major cause for the current position of land masses in the world today.
- Big Bang Theory: A straightforward, literal reading of Genesis 1 does not suggest an initial explosion and rapid expansion of the universe with subsequent formation of stars, planets, galaxies, etc. We can observe the universe today, and many scientists have suggested different theories of the origin for the universe over the years. However, no one was present when the universe was created, so it is important to note that observational science differs from speculation about origins. Interestingly, in both the Biblical account of Creation, and the Big Bang theory, the universe was created from nothing.
- Pain, suffering, and death: Science has no explanation for this – it is just part of cycle of life. However, in Genesis 3, the origin of pain, suffering, and death is explained. The rest of the Bible explains how God has provided a way for man to make his way back to Him (and man’s repeated struggles in doing so). In the New Testament, Christ is given as a sacrifice for man’s sin. Romans 5:12, 21 explain the connection between Adam and Christ, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man [Adam], and death through sin, and so death spread to all men . . . so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
- For more information, see Steps to Salvation through Jesus Christ
These are just a few examples that demonstrate what it means to be a Biblical Creationist, and the differences between a Biblical Creationist worldview and a secular, non-Biblical worldview. In spite of what secular science claims, it is possible to believe the entire Bible, including the account of Creation in Genesis.