What of Christianity? A recent study(1) revealed that some 42% of Americans believe that God created mankind in essentially its present state sometime during the last 10,000 years. A similar survey (Gallup, conducted in February 2001) revealed that some 48% of American favored creation over evolutionary origins. Perhaps providing some insight into the large scale acceptance of creation in America is the fact that it represents the most populous nation of Christians in the world, with some 70.6% of the population claiming to be Christian.(2) Outside of America’s borders, such views are rare in most cases, and essentially extinct in others.
I am a Biblical creationist, and as such I personally adhere to and publicly advocate that stance without hesitation. Further defined, I am a Young-Earth Biblical creationist, taking the Word of God very seriously, and expecting that (with exception to instances employing figures-of-speech and visions) the Bible says what it means and means what it says. Biblical creationism, not limited simply to the Young-Earth variety, (1) is by no means the only form of supernatural creation, and the differences, though subtle in some cases, set it apart from all others. What is it that makes Biblical creation different?
There are at present approximately twenty major religions in this world, further divided into as many as three-hundred smaller classifications. With very few exceptions, most seem to be of the belief that theirs is the only “true” religion, and that all others are false. Some have suggested that all religions perhaps provide a path to that which we call God, yet by their very nature most religions are fervently exclusive for no other reason than their claim of truth, a declaration which immediately renders everything else a lie of some sort. Very few Muslims will suggest that a Christian will be happily accepted by Allah, just as very few Christian would expect a dedicated atheist to be found in Heaven. Advocates of such ecumenism – as it is called – are often woefully, perhaps even willingly, ignorant of this fact, yet it is absolutely vital in understanding that there can be but one path alone to the divine.
Things then began to move quite quickly indeed! Faster than the blink of an eye, the matter within the Deep separated. The majority of that hot matter pulled away on powerful, consecutive pulses of energy, with each wave reverberating through the ethereal corridor of swirling twilight like ripples on a pond, its oscillating wake like a banded pattern of denser and thinner concentrations of matter. The dense stream of matter thus began to ascended the well towards the distant event horizon, and a great gulf developed between there and the Euclidean Zone.
Where does that leave us after all these weeks of meticulously sorting through the details? With all the talk of unseen energy, crystalline-lattice canopies, and space-time distortion, one may find their head spinning as they attempt to reconcile it all. With that in mind, I offer you – as best I can – a brief glimpse into the goings-on of the first two days of Creation. Take it for what it is – high speculation at best – and feel free if so led to formulate your own construction of the synthesis between the Scriptures and science. All I can provide is what I imagine based on what I have come to believe…
As we come now to the end of our look at this Second Day of Creation, I want to take a moment to look at where we have been and yet are in Genesis in order to make one final point:
Returning to our examination of the tactile qualities of space and it’s malleability, we find Scriptural glimpses of just this. In a number of places we find clear, unequivocal evidence referencing His shaping of the heavens.
The power in simple, “empty” space would amaze you. Consider this: if a cubic centimeter-sized vacuum is dropped to a temperature of absolute zero (-459.67 degrees below zero), all atomic movement ceases. Even so, there is still a certain degree of detectable, irreducible thermal energy radiating from it. What can this be if all atomic energy has stalled?