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Please explain your interchangeable use of the Hebrew words bara (creation ex nihilo) and asah (making from what already exists)

Question from a reader:

Please explain your interchangeable use of the Hebrew words bara (creation ex nihilo) and asah (making from what already exists) in Chapter 9 of Heaven. With the distinction blurred, what does that do to the doctrines of origin?


Photos taken in Maui by Randy Alcorn, April 2005

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And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. (Genesis 1:20-23)

Intelligent Design Resources

Books and Resources that Mostly Assume an Old Earth

How can you state that macro-evolution does not exist, when you have also stated that micro-evolution does?

In the article “Ten Major Flaws of Evolution” you argue that “spontaneous generation” and “chemical evolution” are one in the same, however is DNA not made of the same basic “non-living” elements such as oxygen and phospherous, that you claim could not have “evolved” into living material? How can you state that macro-evolution does not exist, when you have also stated that micro-evolution does exist and has been observed? Would the first not be directly related to the latter?

You asked about the relationship of micro-evolution to macro-evolution. As you may be aware, there are several different competing evolutionary models ...

Should believers actively try to preserve the earth?

There are some things for which words cannot do justice—sights, smells, and sounds that make the heart come alive, that renew our passions, and that whisper to us of the presence of a good God.

What can you tell me about the Hebrew word for day (yom) used in the Genesis 1 creation account? What is the proof for it being a literal day?

You asked about the use of the Hebrew word for day—yom. First, let’s go back and list a few hermeneutical principles.

The Far Reaches of Christ’s Redemptive Work

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Eugene Peterson captures the universal implications of Christ’s redemption when he paraphrases Colossians 1:18-20 in The Message: “He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms-get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the Cross.”

Do you believe God created the earth in six literal 24-hour days?

Earth from spaceFirst let me say that many sincere people believe in the Bible and also believe in an old earth. They do this via the gap theory or day age theory or some other means of interpretation.

Secondly, let me say that I am not certain about the age of the universe, the age of the earth, or when the first humans walked the earth. I have read very persuasive scientific arguments for an old earth, and have read some counterarguments that may have merit. I don't feel qualified scientifically to make the judgment.

What is your position on the age of the Earth?

I do not know how many thousands of years old the earth is, but I don’t believe it is millions.

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