Is Creationism Scientific?
Apologetic creationists make the claim that the order and timing of the events described in Genesis are scientifically accurate, and thus could only be the result of divine knowledge (notwithstanding the fact that a proper argument requires at least two premises and a conclusion to be valid).
Are the apologetic creationists right? Is Genesis accurate in the order and timing of the events it describes in the creation accounts? Is Genesis a historical narrative that accurately describes the appearence of life?
Even a cursory examination shows it is not.
To see how so, let's go through the creation accounts verse by verse.......
No matter the nature of the proposition, if it is explicitly posed as a truth statement, then what it necessarily infers and implies must and should be true as well. If not, then there's something amiss with the explicitly posed.
Genesis 1:6 "And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters."
Genesis 1:7 "And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so."
Genesis 1:8 "And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day."
The word "firmament" refers to a hard, clear wall or divider; the ancient belief that the stars and planets were held in the sky by a huge transparent wall or roof.
The "waters above" the firmament were presumed to be huge reservoirs of water in the sky, from which, it was presumed in ancient times, rain came through holes in the firmament.
This is mentioned too during the flood story in Genesis 7:11, which says "the windows of heaven were opened", and in Genesis 8:2, which says "the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained".
It is also referred to by other verses in the Bible such as
Acts 14:17, where God "gave us rain from heaven"
Deuteronomy 11:11, which says "But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven"
Deuteronomy 11:17, which says "And then the LORD's wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain"
Deuteronomy 28:12, which says "The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season"
Isaiah 55:10, which says "For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud"
Revelations 11:6, which says "These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy"
There is, of course, no "firmament" that holds rainwater or stars up in the sky. The ancient writers of the Bible, having no knowledge or understanding of "gravity", simply postulated that this hard clear sphere *must* be there, or else the stars and planets would all fall down, and that the "firmament" must have "windows" to let the rain through.
They were scientifically mistaken and since the Sun still hasn't been created, no "evening" and "morning" possible either.
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