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Creation Basics

The following basic concepts pertaining to creation are further developed in the book Bridging The Gap: The First 6 Days. Beyond demonstrating how creation as outlined in the Bible corresponds to the geological record, it proposes that the absence of the missing links in the fossil record can be readily explained by the creation concept. According to this concept, there were literally thousands of separate and successive acts of creation throughout the long history of the earth. The place where each new species appears in the fossil record marks the approximate time that they were created in adult form by the Creator, with the genetic ability to propagate offspring. This is in contrast to the theory of evolution which maintains that every species has evolved from a previous species.

Our basic belives include:

  • the Bible is the Word of God
  • that God created the earth millions of years ago
  • that the origin of sin occurred during the First Day
  • that God created Man in adult form about 6000 years ago
  • that the worldwide Flood of Noah took place about 4500 years ago

Here are some basic concepts that help us undestand the Biblical account of creation as record in Genesis.

1. The Triune God:
In relation to the universe, God the Father can be likened to the Master Architect who came forth with a master plan, God the Son as the Great Divine Creator who created, formed, made and sustains all things according to that plan, and God the Holy Spirit as the Infinite Indweller, whose role is to nurture and maintain all creation.
2. Four Hebrew Words:
There are four Hebrew words that are of fundamental importance when attempting to understand the methods by which God created the universe.Kun means to prepare something beforehand with a plan in mind.Bara has a primary meaning to create something out of nothing. It has a secondary meaning to change the form, state, and situation of matter, which is totally indisposed for such a change, and requires as great a power as to create something out of nothing. For example, God created man’s body out of previously existing dust, and He created his soul and spirit out of nothing.

Yatsar means to form something out of previous existing matter. This involves a process and it implies the work of a potter molding a beautiful vase out of clay.

Asah has a general meaning often translated as made. It has great latitude, but never to indicate original creation. It also means to appoint. For example, we read in Genesis 1:16, “He made (asah) the sun, moon and stars.” Applying the connotation of “appoint”, this can be interpreted to mean that God gave the sun, moon and stars a new appointment during the Fourth Day, although their original creation (bara) occurred during the First Day. In the meantime, these objects had been subject to a process of continual change (yatsar).

Often these words appear similar to each other, yet are quite different such as is found in Isaiah 45:18: “For thus says the Lord that created [bara] the heavens, who is God who formed [yatsar] the earth and made [asah] it; He has established [kun] it, He created [bara] it not in vain, he formed [yatsar] it to be inhabited. I am the Lord, and there is no other.”

3. Yom, the Hebrew Word Day:
Yom has three basic meanings; a period of daylight, a period of time or a 24 hour day. We maintain that each creation day is best represented by the first two definitions, when scripture in Genesis is compared with scripture in other parts of the Bible. We find that this is complementary to the geological data where each creation day is believed to relate to a geological age that could be millions of years in duration (see History of the Earth Chart, below or in our gallery under Prespectives ).
History of the Earth Chart

History of the Earth Chart

last updated: March 8, 2013
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