Creationism Essay, Research Paper
Genesis 1:1?In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.? This quote, taken from the Hebrew Bible describes the belief that religious Jews and Christians follow. These two religions think that man, the earth, and the rest of the universe were originally created instead of the theory of evolution. This view on the origin of the earth is unique, because it was the first religion to practice monotheism (belief in one God), and that God alone created the universe. Contrary to African and Hindu theories, Jews and Christians believe that the world was created by one higher power. As explained in the Bible, God worked for six days. During these six days God created the entire universe. On day one, the planet Earth was formed in darkness. Then light was created from the darkness. This is the first indication that the planet is rotating, and the day and night cycle is produced. ?And God called the light day, and the darkness he called night?. The second day God constructed the Earth?s atmosphere, seperating the water into two parts: a) oceanic and subterranean water b) atmospheric water Day three God worked on making the difference between dry land and oceans. He then gave Earth vegetation. The Sun, Moon, and Stars were shaped on the fourth day. With the Moon?s creation, months, seasons, and years were produced. Water creatures and birds soon followed on the fifth day. Finally, on the sixth day God produced the rest of the animal kingdom and human beings. On the seventh day he rested. He ceases working, and the Bible?s second chapter establishes the tradition of the Sabbath. ?And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because on it God ceased from all the work of creation that He had done?(Genesis 2:3). Through this quote, God establishes the importance of the Sabbath. In the Bible, God never mentions the billions of years in which evolution takes place. The evolution theory is not an idea that stemmed from Judao/Christian beliefs. Evolutionists feel that the ?Big Bang explosion? created the universe. The Big Bang theory states that the world was formed by a chance explosion in the universe. The explosion formed the planets, and for billions of years the universe evolved. Plants, animals, and human beings came into existence by chance. The complexity of the way everything operates with in the universe was created by chance. The evolution theory is not logical. For instance, one could just as easily state that his/her pen was formed over millions and millions of years. The metal was formed in the ground. Then two birds fought and there blood spilled into a metal case. Over millions of years, through rain, snow and heat, a pen was formed. Is that any more remarkable than the entire universe, and the way it functions day in and out with all of its complexity was formed by chance?