Thursday, May 2, 2013

Genesis 1:24-25 Day Six: God creates land creatures

"And God said,
'Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds:
livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals,
each according to its kind.
And it was so.

God made the wild animals according to their kinds,
the livestock according to their kinds,
and all the creatures which move along the ground according to their kinds.
And God saw that it was good."

Genesis 1:24-25 (NIV)

On the sixth day, God created the land creatures and mankind.  These verses in Genesis 1:24-25 first deal with the land creatures.  It seems that there are several distinct categories of land creatures:  livestock, wild animals, and a catch-all category of other 'creatures that move along the ground'.

Again there is quite an emphasis upon each category of animal being made "according to their kinds."  There is no mention of one type evolving from another.  Instead, this emphasis of the various kinds of animals seems to point toward an Artist carefully creating all of the creatures which He formed to live in the garden of Eden.
In fact if God did make a place for these creatures, and these various types were all present in the Garden of Eden, that would rule out a gradual evolution over millions of years.  Soon we will read of Adam naming these animals, and thus these various types of land animals would have to be contemporaries, and not steps in a process.

I know that all this will sound like nonsense to you if you do not believe in the Bible as the Word of God, infallible and inerrant.  I will get to that matter soon, those reasons why I believe that the Bible is true and trustworthy.  It is important, and I do not mind that you need to take your time and examine this matter carefully.  Spoiler alert:  There are good reasons to believe it is true.

Of course, the fact that God saw that all that He had created as 'good' is repeated.

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