Statement on Creation & the Biblical Worldview

1) Genesis 1-11 is written in historical narrative and it should, therefore, be interpreted in a straightforward manner rather than poetically, figuratively, or allegorically.

2) God created all things in six consecutive twenty-four hour days (Genesis 1:1-31; Exodus 20:11).

3) On the seventh day, God established a pattern for worship, rest and the week. The seventh day is not ongoing—it ended twenty-four hours after it started.

4) Creation occurred approximately 6000 to 10,000 years ago. This date is derived through calculation of data from a straightforward reading of genealogies recorded in Scripture (Genesis 5:1-32; Genesis 11:1-32; Luke 3:1-38).

5) Adam and Eve were the first two people, specially created by God in His image—Adam from the dust of the ground, and Eve from Adam’s rib. They did not evolve from ape-like ancestors.

6) All living organisms are made with genetic boundaries in reproduction: “after their own kind” (Genesis 1:11-31, 2:1-25).

7) The original creation was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). Death, suffering, disease, thorns, and the curse entered this world as a result of man’s rebellion in the garden (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12).

8) The evolution paradigm (in the sense of molecules-to-man) and millions of years of past history cannot be found in Scripture. Other views seeking to harmonize the Bible with evolution or an old earth timeline are rejected.

9) All people on earth are descended from Adam and Eve, and subsequently from Noah and his family (Genesis 3:22; 6:17-18). Thus, there is no Biblical basis for racism, since we are all equally created in God’s image and made of one blood (Acts 17:26; Galatians 3:28).

10) The Flood described in Genesis 7 and 8 was global in extent (Gen 7:19-20), destroying all people and every air-breathing land animal except for those on board Noah’s Ark (Genesis 7:21-23).

11) The majority of fossils and sedimentary rock layers in the world today were caused by the global Flood described in Genesis, which occurred approximately 4,400 years ago.

12) God confused man’s languages at Babel, forcing man to scatter throughout the earth into different people groups (Genesis 11:1-9).

13) Jesus affirmed the historicity of the creation of Adam and Eve, Abel, Noah, and the worldwide extent of the Flood.

14) The events of Genesis 1–11 are foundational to the biblical worldview, providing us with the proper basis for understanding what we observe in the world today.

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