Did God Really
CONTRADICTIONS IN THE ORDER
HUMANISTS ACCUSATION: Genesis chapter 1 says the first
man and woman were made at the same time, and after the animals. But Genesis chapter
2 gives a different order of creation: man, then the animals, and then woman.
love to take parts of scripture, impart to them whatever meaning they desire,
and then claim there are contradictions. There is little or no effort to understand
the context nor what scripture is actually saying. Words are important, and word
choice in scripture is important... even in our English translations.
There are three creation accounts in Genesis chapters one and two. The first,
Genesis 1:1 provides a broad overview. It is a summary of what God did. In many
respects it can be considered a title for this section of scripture:
the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. - Genesis 1:1
phrase "the heavens and the earth" is a shorthand way of saying
everything. In these ten words God is saying that He created everything. That
God created everything is confirmed in other parts of the Bible, such as Colossians
For by Him [Jesus] all
things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether
thrones or powers or rulers or authorities [or humanists]; all
things were created by Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16
1:2 through 2:3 narrows the focus, describing the creation week from the viewpoint
of the earth. It starts with the earth being formless and void, and moves through
each of the six days of creation. As Genesis 1:1 and Colossians 1:16 make clear
God created everything, even those things that are not visible to us, such as
seraphim and cherubim (angels). However, Genesis 1:2 through 2:3 describes things
that are visible, providing an overview of the creation week.
2:4 through 2:24 narrows the focus even more. These verses include a brief
summary of creation, but their main focus is day six of creation and the details
of man's first day.
So, does Genesis 2 give a different order of creation
than Genesis chapter 1 as the humanists claim? No. Here is a verse by verse
description of what Genesis 2:4 through 2:7 is describing:
Summary of Genesis
- 2:4-5 An introduction to creation and a summary
of days one and two of creation.
- 2:6 - Days three through five
are not described. This verse, as part of the overall summary, provides some additional
information describing how the earth was watered.
- 2:7 - We're
now in day six, and a detailed description of what God did when He created man.
The LORD God formed the man from the dust
of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became
a living being. Genesis 2:7
God did not need to use
dust to make man, but in doing this He shows us a master craftsman shaping
a work of art to which He gives life. He also established mankinds direct
relationship to the earth, in the sense of this is the place where we belong.
humanists state that in chapter 2 God is described as creating the animals after
man. I assume this is a reference to Genesis 2:18-19
the Lord God said, It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him
a helper suitable for him. Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast
of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what
he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its
This is not describing the original creation of
the animals and birds. What is the subject of these verses? That it is not good
for man to be alone. So what is God doing? He is showing Adam all of the animals
and birds so that Adam can name them, AND find out if any of them are a suitable
In chapter one scripture states that birds were created on day five,
and the beasts of the earth (field) were created before Adam on day six. My guess
is that Adam had not actually seen most of them yet, so its probably a good
idea for Adam to be introduced to his fellow occupants of the earth.
wants to show all of the birds and animals to Adam. Whats the best way to
do this and do it quickly? God forms them out of the ground, and does so right
at Adams physical location. There is nothing wrong with doing that. And
it does not contradict Genesis 1. This is not a second creation.
the different kinds of birds and animals to Adam, but no suitable helper was found.
So God makes Eve (Genesis 2:21-22). This is still day six of creation. God created
them male and female, and He did it all on day six of creation. No contradiction.
detailed information is available online from: Creation
Ministries International and the Institute
for Creation Research.
CONCLUSION: There is no contradiction.
ACCUSATION: Genesis chapter 1 lists six days of creation,
whereas chapter 2 refers to the day that the Lord God made the earth
and the heavens.
I could answer this simply by saying, Yes,
thats what it says. Whats the problem? As is common, the humanists
do not explain themselves. So we need to make some assumptions. The accusation
seems to be that the word day always means a 24 hour day. But, of
course you know that isnt true. It seems this simple little word is difficult
for humanists to understand, even though its meaning is clear. Whats going
on? Well get the answer in the next chapter.