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Answering Questions about Genesis 1-11

10 Aug

The questions are taken from the following work: WILLMINGTON’S GUIDE TO THE BIBLE by Dr. H. L. Willmington TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC. Wheaton, Illinois and we have placed that author’s answers on our information page for research purposes only.

We are not satisfied with all of his answers so we selected some from the 45 he asks and provide our own answers here.

  1. When was the universe created?

While we like that author’s answer, we have always taught that ‘when’ is not the issue and this question is a distraction from the more important lessons that need to be learned from Genesis 1 & 2.

Even if God did tell us when he created the universe and the earth it still would be a matter of faith for we would not be able to verify that date. How could we since creation was a one-time supernatural act that does not meet any of the criteria that accompany the different scientific dating systems.

That brings us to another question, did God create with age?  Age and time are read into our origins not taken out of the ‘evidence’ used by secular scientists. Their assumptions stem from their alternative origins theories and not from actual fact. In other words, their age and time framework come from their thinking that natural processes did all the work and those natural processes worked according to their alternative thinking.

They cannot verify their age and time theories or framework.

  1. What was Adam really like?

We do not like that author’s answer because there is no real way to tell what Adam was like except to point to the few references we have that record his speech and actions. From what we can tell he was a normal man like any other man possessing abilities and talents given to him by God.

How brilliant or how capable he was we do not know for we see him at his weakest and not at his best. It is wise not to assume about Adam for the record does not support any hypothesis about him.

  1. What seven words were missing from Adam’s vocabulary?

This too is a superfluous question as there is no way to tell what words, if any, were missing from his vocabulary. And they cannot be missing from is vocabulary before his fall for God talked about dying when he warned Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge.

We cannot be sure what words God gave Adam at his creation so it is misguided to even try to determine what words, if any, were missing from his knowledge.

  1. How long were Adam and Eve in the Garden?

We are very dissatisfied with that author’s answer because again there is no way to tell how long Adam and Eve were in the garden. To assume they were there for only a few hours and days is again misguided for there is no record of their tenure there.

That author uses for his support a sexual reference in Genesis 4:1 but that does not have anything to do with time spent in the Garden of Eden. It is a large stretch to use that as evidence for a short living time in the Garden.

Since we cannot research the answer to this question, dealing with it is another distraction that takes away from the lessons one needs to learn about Adam’s and Eve’s actions. The best we can say is ‘I don’t know.’

  1. Who were those mysterious sons of God in Genesis 6?

We dealt with this question before but his answer again is not satisfying for it misses important information. The following verse

26And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him £Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord

tells us that men in general called upon the name of the Lord. Now since Adam and Eve had other sons and daughters, we cannot limit the general term ‘men’ to just Seth’s line. There is no indication that Seth’s line was holy for they perished in the flood as well.

The best answer that can be given to this question is that the sons of God were those men who believed in him and followed his ways and then they saw the physical beauty of unchristian women and followed their sexual desires to their ruin.

  1. How advanced was the pre-flood civilization?

Given the multitude of mysterious structures we have remaining from very early times and that most of those are constructed so perfectly that a piece of paper cannot pass through the cracks, and given that the Bible tells us that they did metal work and built cities etc., we can only answer that they were very advanced.

  1. Was the flood really worldwide?

The answer is yes and we include this question even though we agree with that author BECAUSE it provides one of the greatest points in support of a world-wide flood and everyone should read it his answer:

  1. If the flood was local, then God lied to Noah when he promised never to send a destructive flood again (Gen. 9:11). But there have been, of course, many local destructive floods since.

This answer basically puts an end to the worldwide v. local flood debate

  1. How did Noah possibly pack all those animals on board?

Many people try to answer this question and I am sure we have dealt with it before suffice it to say that God told Noah to bring KINDS not Species of animals on board. The category for kinds is not extensive in size thus there would have been plenty of space and food and water for everyone on board to survive the restricted living conditions.

Keep in mind that God did not need individual species to re-populate the animal kingdom. He designed the genetic material to operate in such a way that a pair of kinds, was all he needed to produce the variety we see today in the animal kingdom.

  1. Were there dinosaurs on board the Ark?

This is more of a depends question. We know from skeletal remains in Drumheller AB that many dinosaurs did not survive the flood and we know that their large size might make it impossible for some of the species to come aboard the ark, but again, God did not need a sample from every species to bring back the dinosaurs.

Then knowing what Ken Ham says on the issue, that the length of years breeds larger life forms, after the flood the baby kinds of reptiles and dinosaurs did not have a chance to grow into the large specimens we see in the fossil record.

So we can say yes there were but most likely not in the form that existed in the pre-flood world.

  1. Why do we not find animal fossils in Asia Minor, the place where the Ark landed?

We like his answer as well and we will add that fossilization is rare and decomposition, other hungry wild animals probably feasted on the bones and flesh etc., plus the ravages of natural disasters, wars hunting did their work to eliminate any possibility that certain animals would be found in regions not known today as their habitat.

We see no reason that God’s curse upon man, ‘from dust ye were made and dust ye shall return’ would exclude animals from that process.

  1. How did the animals get from Asia Minor to their present location?

We do not like that author’s answer to this question. To answer the question we only have to look at the modern world and the history of man to see that these animals could have a). stowed away on cargo ships. The aggressive non-native snake did that to Gaum.

  1. b) They could have been shipped in trade agreements, Hunting in some regions may have wiped out the animal from other natural habitats rendering one sole location as the only survivor of the true picture.

c). They could have been taken as pets or for future food sources.

There are a variety of ways for the animals to migrate to other lands.

  1. Has the Ark been sighted since it landed on Mt. Ararat?

NO!

  1. Was there an Ice Age?

If there was an ice age, which we do not think took place, then it probably was not as extensive and life interrupting as secular scientists claim.  We believe that the secular scientist is exaggerating the idea of an ice age and read into samples they study.

Assumption is never taught to be a good thing yet scientists seem to have ignored that lesson.

  1. What really took place at the Tower of Babel?

We know what took place and the Bible is very clear on that issue.

  1. When, where, and how did the distinct racial characteristics of modern mankind begin?

At creation. There is only one human race not 4 or 5 as evolutionists claim.  The idea of race and racism is confused with nationalism as people think that different colors of skin denote a different race of people. They do not know enough about genetics and how it works to come to a better conclusion.

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