Six days, actually! We read the following in Genesis:
"Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done."
Either the universe created itself or it didn't.
The Bible teaches us that God created everything and that He did this by his Word. The debate over creation has been going on for most of the past two centuries and will, no doubt, continue until Christ returns. The more fundamental question to be asked is,'Could He?' If, God is truly omnipotent then the simple answer has to be 'Yes.' If we accept that God is omnipotent then God could create the heavens and the earth in six seconds, six days or over six millenia. If one can accept this argument then seeking the truth is made easier.
Three hypothesis have been put forward; instant creation at God's command, evolutionary creation (again God fully in control of the creative process over an extended period of time; longer than a literal six days), and a random, evolutionary process with nothing in control and completely void of any design whatsoever.
How one views the Creation Argument will depend upon ones paradigm. If your viewpoint is that of a scientist who has been taught nothing but the evolutionary process, and this as fact, it is unlikely that you will consider the creation viewpoint as having any credibility. The obverse is true; an individual brought up with a literal understanding of the Genesis account will have a tough time looking at all the complexity and design visible in nature and believing in the total randomness of the the evolutionary process. Yet, both will be equally guilty for having failed to investigate the very foundational [scientific] principals on which their belief systems are based. God, through the prophet Jeremiah, accused the people of his day: they have "...eyes that see but don't really look, and ears that hear but don't really listen." Or, to put it another way, "My mind is already made up, so don't confuse me with the facts."
The purpose of Bus Stop Bible Studies is to encourage you to read God's Word and consider the existence of God and your relationship with Him, and we encourage you to seek the Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth [Note: The whole truth by definition is an absolute and can never be considered subjective]. Jesus reminds us of the First Commandment:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment."
God wants your relationship with Him to be based upon knowledge, not just faith.
Society has been so steeped in the atheistic argument of evolution for so long, many consider it to be fact - not even a theory, or what it really is, an hypothesis [The defining characteristic of a scientific theory is that it makes falsifiable or testable predictions]. Even though evolutionary scientists fail to practice "good science", their arguments are "accepted as gospel." Hundreds of scientists, all PhD's, in all areas of science refute evolution and endorse the Creation Account. Why would so many of the worlds top scientists put their careers and reputations on the line if they even had a shadow of a doubt concerning the truth of Creation Science? The theory of evolution was based upon the unprovable theories of one or two people (who weren't even trained scientists) which became the foundation of today's arguments and this "theory" was picked up by like-minded, atheistic individuals and the great deception snowballed from there. The very foundation of the evolutionary theory is bad science. Before you pick up a stone... check the facts for yourselves.
So what about the in-between-ers, those who put forward the Long Creation account (God-inspired evolutionary creation, sometimes referred to as Intelligent Design). Quite simply, this argument cannot be defended; either the Bible is the very Word of God or it is a complete fabrication. Either it is the Whole Truth or it is a lie. One can't have it both ways! The whole of the Gospel Message pivots on the first three chapters of Genesis. If the Genesis account, the [literal] fall of mankind through a [literal] single individual, that is [the literal] Adam, that death came as a consequence of Adam's disobedience, and the genealogical account in Chronicles, and the words of Moses, King David, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jesus, the apostle Paul and James are not true, then the Good News that we preach, Christ crucified, has no purpose or validity. The Long Creation account assumes that there was death before Adam which is a clear contradiction of what the Book of Genesis and the rest of the Bible teaches. Read one converts' testimony.
Whatever your upbringing or point or reference may be, we leave you with this word from God:
"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."
The following books deal with the subject of creationism and evolution from a Christian scientific perspective:
In Six Days
What do geneticist James Allan, geophysicist John Baumgardner, and electrical engineer Stephen Taylor have in common? They're all respected scientists with Ph.D's who believe in a literal 6-day creation. Drawing on current scientific research and solid scriptural evidence, 50 professional scientists witness to the truth of the Genesis account.