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CREATION VERSUS EVOLUTION
This Is Appendix 5 From The Companion Bible.
The Introduction to Genesis (and to the whole Bible) Genesis 1:1-2:3,
ascribes everything to the living God, creating, making, acting, moving,
and speaking. There is no room for evolution without a flat denial of
Divine revelation. One must be true, the other false. All God's works
were pronounced "good" seven times (see Appendix 10), videlicet:
Genesis 1:4,10,12,18,21,25,31. They are "great," Psalm 111:2.
Revelation 15:3. They are "wondrous," Job 37:14. They are "perfect,"
Man starts from nothing. He begins in helplessness, ignorance, and inexperience.
All his works, therefore, proceed on the principle of evolution. This
principle is seen only in human affairs : from the hut to the palace ;
from the canoe to the ocean liner ; from the spade and ploughshare to
machines for drilling, reaping, and binding, etc. But the birds build
their nests to-day as at the beginning. The moment we pass the boundary
line, and enter the Divine sphere, no trace or vestige of evolution is
seen. There is growth and development within, but no passing, change,
or evolution out from one into another. On the other hand, all God's works
In the Introduction to Genesis (chapter 1:1-2:3) fortysix times everything
is ascribed to direct acts and volitions on the part of God as the Creator
(see Appendix 4. I.)
God (or He) created
God (or He) called
Brought forward =
God (or He) made
|6 times (1:1,21,27,27,27; 2:3)
1 once (1:2).
10 times (1:3,6,9,11,14,20,24,26,28,29).
7 times (1:4,10,12,18,21,25,31,)
2 twice (1:4,7)
5 times (1:5,5,8,10,10).
7 times (1:7,16,25,31; 2:2,2,3).
1 once (1:17).
3 times (1:22,28; 2:3).
1 once (2:2).
2 twice (2:2,3).
1 once (2:3).
It will be noted that the word "God" (Elohim, see Appendix
4. I.) occurs in this Introduction thirty-five times (7 x 5), the
product of 7 and 5, the numbers of spiritual perfection, and grace. (See
There are also ten words connected with the word "God" ; this
is the number of ordinal perfection (Appendix 10).
There is only one verb used alone with the pronoun "He", instead
of "God", and that is the verb "rested". This makes
eleven in all ; for the significance of which see Appendix 10.
The word "and" is repeated 102 times : thus, by the figure
Polysyndeton (Appendix 6), marking and emphasising each separate act as
being equally independent and important.
Evolution is only one of several theories invented to explain the phenomena
of created things. It is admitted by all scientists that no one of these
theories covers all the ground ; and the greatest claim made for Evolution,
or Darwinism, is that "it covers more ground than any of the others."
The Word of God claims to cover all the ground : and the only way in
which this claim is met, is by a denial of the inspiration of the Scriptures,
in order to weaken it. This is the special work undertaken by so-called
"Higher Criticism", which bases its conclusions on human assumptions
and reasoning, instead of on the documentary evidence of manuscripts,
as Textual Criticism does.