Did God Really Say?

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Chapter 2
CONTRADICTIONS IN THE ORDER OF CREATION

Biblical Creation in Six DaysThe HUMANIST’S 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.

Humanists 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.

Background: 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:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. - Genesis 1:1

The 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 1:16:

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

Genesis 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.

Genesis 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 – 2:7

  • 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 mankind’s direct relationship to the earth, in the sense of this is the place where we belong.

The 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

Then 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 name.

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 helper.

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 it’s probably a good idea for Adam to be introduced to his fellow occupants of the earth.

God wants to show all of the birds and animals to Adam. What’s the best way to do this and do it quickly? God forms them out of the ground, and does so right at Adam’s physical location. There is nothing wrong with doing that. And it does not contradict Genesis 1. This is not a second creation.

God brings 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.

More detailed information is available online from: Creation Ministries International and the Institute for Creation Research.

CONCLUSION: There is no contradiction.

NEXT 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, that’s what it says. What’s 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 isn’t true. It seems this simple little word is difficult for humanists to understand, even though its meaning is clear. What’s going on? We’ll get the answer in the next chapter.