God’s creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis, commencing in this way: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth. And the Earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, ‘Let there be light’: and there was light.” According to this account, the Creation took six days, with God creating Adam and Eve on the sixth day and resting on the seventh day.
As the Creator, God has authority over man and all of creation. For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:18)
God is the ultimate authority simply because He is “the LORD, and there is no other.” It is He who created everything, including mankind. God is the Father of mankind, and as such, He has authority over us.
The serpent questioned God’s authority back in the Garden of Eden, and deceived Eve (Genesis 3:1–6). Then Adam ate the fruit (Genesis 3:6), despite what God had told him (Genesis 2:17).
Adam ignored God’s authority by doing what God told him not to do. Consequently, sin entered the world, and each of us is born with a rebellious nature.
Because God is our authority in every area, we need to make sure that we know what His Word says, and strive to make it our authority in every area of life.
We need to recognize when the beliefs and philosophies of men are contrary to God’s Word (Colossians 2:8; Ephesians 4:14), bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:5), and respond by “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) to a world that has tried to deny the authority of the Father.
Many people have come up with dates for creation, such as James Ussher (4004 BC), Johannes Kepler (3992 BC), Gerhard Hasel (4178 BC), and Isaac Newton (~4000 BC).
Additionally, there are various chronologies competing with each other today (though all with the same ballpark outcome) which would be more precise than this blog, but also rely on assumptions that must come from a particular interpretation of the text.
It is not the purpose of this blog to choose any particular one of these chronologies, but rather to show how the plain interpretation of Scripture gives a straightforward chronology that leads us to believe the world is around 6,000 years old, regardless of which of these other chronological frameworks one uses.
We can be confident that God’s Word is accurate in its historical details as well as in what it tells us about theology.