The Genesis account of creation continues as a central theme throughout the Bible. Of the 66 books in the Bible written over a period of more than 1,500 years, 39 and 27 books in the Old and New Testaments, respectively, 26 reference the Genesis account of creation.
This bar graph by Chris Harrison of Carnegie Mellon University illustrates the interconnectivity of more than 63,000 cross-references in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. The number of references to Genesis increases toward the end of the Bible.
Quotations referring to the Genesis account of creation are available by book on the corresponding drop-down tab. The references are in the New King James translation.
Recognizing the Genesis account of creation is the key to understanding the authority and super-natural power of God over time, space, and matter. Even the concept of a seven-day week is founded on the seven days of creation.
Progressive creationism, like other “isms”, however, is not compatible with the Genesis account of creation as popularized by Hugh Ross, founder of Reasons To Believe, and Francis Collins, past director of the Human Genome Project and founder of the Biologos Forum.
According to progressive creationism, sometimes known as old Earth creationism and theistic evolution, in the millions of years of evolution leading up to the evolution of humans, “survival of the fittest” was the name of the game.
As Charles Darwin explains in The Origin of Species, evolution through “survival of the fittest” stems from “extinction and natural selection.” Extinction is envisioned as an ongoing process prior to the arrival of humans. Poet Alfred Lord Tennyson captured the essence of Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” theory in the now infamous phrase “nature red in tooth and claw.” Evolution is brutal, deadly, and incompatible with the Bible.
In contrast to evolution, the universe in the beginning was in perfect harmony: “God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” To support progressive creationism, the Bible must be wrong and God must be a liar since
- death is not “very good”
- suffering, death, and eventual extinction did not originate with Adam’s fall in the garden
The fragmented evidence to support evolution and progressive creation even fails as a scientific fact. There is no natural law of evolution. Nature demonstrates a mosaic pattern, not a continuous pattern of “innumerable” transitional links as advanced by the profitable and elite evolution industry machine.
In the same way that Hydrogen is distinct and unique from it’s nearest element, Helium, everything in nature is distinct and unique–not related to some unknown ancestral transitional series of intermediates. More importantly, not a single phrase or sentence in the Bible gives any credence to the concept of evolution.
While evolution was once a theory in crisis, now the theory of evolution is in crisis without even a theory. As cytogeneticist Antonio Lima-de-Faria, decorated by the Swedish king as “Knight of the Order of the North Star” for his discoveries on the molecular organization of the chromosome, declared –
“There has never been a theory of evolution.”
The scientific evidence is 100% compatible with the following declarations –
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
“All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:1-5
Scientific community recognizes the importance of these truths. Bernd-Olaf Kűppers, Director of the Frege Centre for Structural Sciences, in Germany declares,
“The problem of the origin of life is clearly basically equivalent to the problem of the origin of biological information.”
The Bible answers evolution’s glaring “the origin of biological information” problem since the “Word” was “in the beginning.” No alternatives exist.
The “Word” is pure love with beauty beyond our imagination. Life in the original garden was “very good”—not “red in tooth and claw.” Man through Adam, however, destroyed what God designed for good.
This page highlights the central importance of creation throughout the Bible written over a period of nearly 1,500 years by more than 44 different authors. Unquestionably, the credibility of the Bible hinges on the 7-day Genesis account of creation.