Is God fast or slow?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Many believers in the Bible think that God slowly did His work of creation over millions of years. With some juggling of the Word of God, they are satisfied with their mental gymnastics. But they should be consistent. We cannot apply one set of rules to God’s miraculous creative acts and then believe the rest of the Word to be factual.
If God created the heavens and the earth over ages instead of in six days, then what about the following?
1. How long did Noah’s flood take? A year of thousands of years, or a small flood every few thousand of years, with another little ark being built?
2. What about the rescue operation in Egypt where God did many miracles? Did the plagues take place in short periods, or long ages? Every few thousand years another catastrophe hit Egypt. If God was not able to create in six days, why would He have the power to turn water into blood, or send gnats, or mosquitoes, or darkness, or the death of only the Egyptian first born?
3. What about all the miraculous saving acts found from Joshua to Chronicles? Was God really able to perform them? It seems incongruous if one cannot believe the first few pages of Genesis.
4. But the best is still to come: did Jesus really come alive after being dead for three days? Wasn’t it after three thousand years (after all 2 Peter 3:8 says that ‘a day is like a thousand years’, and vice versa)?
5. Did Jonah also reside in the fish for three thousand years?
6. Finally, God promised the restoration of the earth. All sin will be purged and all the enemies destroyed. The earth will be burned up by fire. According to Revelation this takes place in a few years. But if the six creation days were long ages, it should take millions of years. If God is not powerful enough to create, will he be able to recreate? Maybe earth warming will set the earth alight to sterilize it from sin!
7. What about the saints who will be resurrected, and united with Christ? Will that take place as promised?
Conclusion: anyone who denies the omnipotence of God and ascribes to Him that He used the impossible process of evolution over millions of years to create (evolution is a scientific impossibility), has serious problems explaining to God why he regards Him as powerless. In many verses, especially in the Psalms, God is mentioned time after time as the Creator of the heavens and the earth, to encourage us to pray and to expect help from Him. Only a powerful, omnipotent Creator God can deliver what He promised. By distracting from His power, what is left for believers to hope for? Millions and millions of years pondering when things are going to happen? Forget it, God does miracles and is powerful and trustworthy. As He did, He will yet do.