THE SIXTH DAY (The Year of the World 11,128 B.C.)
“And God said: Let the Earth bring forth living soul after its kind, cattle and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after its kind: and it was so … and God saw that it was good. And God said: Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So God CREATED MAN in his own image, in the image of God CREATED HE HIM; male and female CREATED HE THEM. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it … And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the Sixth Day.” (Gen 1:24–31)
Modern land animals (mammals) now were created, including both the wild beasts of the field and domesticated types. These are the highest form of animal life, with some 5,000 species recognized. They vary in size from the tiny bat to the giant land elephant. The major difference between these and those living creatures, which preceded them in the age before is that their young are all brought forth by live birth, rather than hatching from eggs like birds and fish and all the various reptiles, dinosaurs and etc. It is a most miraculous process involving conception, gestation, birth and growth to maturity.
The phrase “after its kind” used to describe the propagation of the new life in each era is of special note. This represents a basic and profound biological principle, which the Creator has imbedded in the core of every living thing. It means simply that every form of life was designed to reproduce only within a limited family grouping, to insure the integrity of the various orders. This principle of fixed species is the very opposite of evolution and absolutely forbids the gradual changing of one kind into another. A thorough study of the fossil record has never uncovered a crossing over of major kinds of life, going all the way back to Cambrian times!
We need not quarrel needlessly with Evolutionists. We will concede that, if God chose, he could have brought all the different species of animal life into being by a development of one from the other, or he could have developed each species separately from the original protozoan slime. We know not what method he adopted, for it is revealed neither in the Bible nor in the rocks. It is, however, clearly revealed that in whatever way God chose to accomplish it, he has fixed animal species, each “after his kind” in such a manner that they do not change; in such a manner that even the ingenuity of the human mind has not succeeded in assisting them to change.
Here is the stamp of the intelligent Creator upon his handiwork; for had “Nature” or “blind force” been the creator, we would still see it plodding blindly on, at times evolving and at times retrograding; we would see no such fixity of species as we behold all about us in nature.
Toward the close of the Sixth Day came God’s crowning work — the creation of man. “God formed man of the dust of the ground, breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul” (Gen 2:7). Thus MAN WAS CREATED DIRECTLY BY GOD, in his very own image (We are not to understand this “image” to be one of nature, i.e. physical shape or bodily form; but, rather, a moral and intellectual image of the Great Spirit, fashioned appropriately to his earthly conditions and nature.): this implies mental faculties of reason, judgment and will, moral qualities of love and justice, and the propensity to worship his Creator. Man was created as an EARTHLY representative of his SPIRITUAL Creator. Thus was God manifested in the FLESH of Adam, and as king of nature’s realm, he was given responsible dominion over the earth and the animal kingdom, and told to be fruitful and multiply, under conditions of Endemic bliss.
In view of our remarks, foregoing, that the Scripture language does not forbid the possibility of the plants, water-creatures and land-creatures being more or less developed, or evolved, in their various kinds, it may be well for us to note the wide difference in the language used when referring to man’s creation. The latter is a specific declaration of the direct exercise of divine creative power, while the others are not, but rather imply a development:
“And the earth brought forth grass,” etc.
“Let the waters bring forth the creeping creature,” etc.
“Let the earth bring forth living creature after his kind, cattle,” etc.
Here is where every believer in the Bible must take his stand. The wording is clear; there is no possibility of mistake. Man is not the end product of a long chain of evolution that began somewhere in the unknown past. The inspired record states plainly that man was CREATED BY GOD in his own image and that he began immediately thereafter to function as an intelligent human being. There is no support whatsoever for the “caveman” notion or similar concepts of “fossil man” — part human and part animal (ape or what have you) — as taught by evolutionists today. Such a God-dishonoring theory is not a product of valid intelligent thought, but of “Science falsely so called.” (See Romans 1:18–32.)
Here is the battlefield between God’s Word and so-called Modern Science, to which the whole world, especially the learned–including the leaders of thought in all the various theological seminaries, and the ministers in all the prominent pulpits, are bowing down–worshiping the scientific God called “Evolution,” (likewise known by the Greeks as Chronos the God of Time). The two theories are squarely at issue: if the Evolution theory were true, the Bible is false from Genesis to Revelation. If the Bible be true, as we hold, then the Evolution theory is utterly false in all its deductions AS RESPECTS MAN.
In contrast the possibility that an evolutionary process by which the lower creation developed up to the point of fixity of class, nature or genera under divine supervision is nevertheless a distinct possibly.
It is not alone the Genesis account of man’s creation in the divine image that must determine the matter, strong as are the declarations of the Word: the entire theory of the Bible supports the Genesis record, and stands or falls with it. For, if man was created otherwise than pure and perfect and mentally well endowed, he could not, truthfully, have been called an “image of ” God; nor could his Creator have placed him on trial in Eden to test his fitness for everlasting life; nor could his disobedience in the eating of the forbidden fruit have been accounted sin and punishable, as it was, by a death sentence; nor would it have been necessary to have redeemed him from that sentence.
Moreover, “the man Christ Jesus” is declared to have been the “anti-lutron,“ the ransom-price (an equivalent or corresponding price) for this first man’s guilt, thus he must have been considered a sample, or illustration, of what the first man was, before he sinned and passed under the divine condemnation of death.
We will take a look at the Seventh Day of Creation with our next post.