Among the comments and e-mails we received this week, we selected several to answer in today’s Feed Back.
From: Charles P.
Subject: different races
Do you have any information on how the different races, ie colors, came about?Also is there any difference in DNA between the races?
Charles. Thank you for writing and asking about the so-called races.
To begin with Scripture teaches us that there is only one race, the human race. All of mankind is descended from Adam and Eve and from Noah and his family. When the Bible talks about people groups, it refers to them as tribes and nations. Today we generally refer to them as ethnic groups, not races. We know today that all people can interbreed and produce fertile offspring which shows that we are all the same race.
So how did we end up with so many different looking ethnic groups? Let’s start by reading Genesis 11:1-9:
1Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” 5And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth. And from there the LORD dispersed them over the face of all the earth.
In verses 8 and 9 we read where God dispersed the people across the face of all the earth. As each people group moved out in different directions they took their particular genetic makeup with them. We know from studies that it can take as little as a few generations for a given population to start selecting out certain genetic traits. These traits can include hair color, eye color, skin color, shape of the eyes, shape of the ears, physical stature, tendency toward certain genetic disorders, etc.
Since the deciphering of the human genome there have been many studies of our genetic makeup. According to the chart below the DNA of any two people in the world differs by only 0.2%. Of this 0.2% difference, there is more difference between members of the same ethnic group (85% of the 0.2%) than between the so-called races (6% of the 0.2% or 0.012% total difference).
From: Barbara L.
Subject: Sequence of Creation as in Genesis 1
I was VERY interested in the video that you have on Genesis 1. I finally found someone who agrees with my husband and me on when the sun, stars, and moon were created. According to Ken Ham, the sun wasn’t created until day 4, which is ridiculous from our point of view. He says that the light that was when God said ”Let there be light”, was God’s light, not the sun. That ”God’s light” is what illuminated the earth until God created the sun, moon, and stars on day 4. This does not even make sense and I don’t think it is biblical. Day one says God created the heavens and the earth, that to me means everything. Why would God wait until day 4 to create the sun. Where would the magnetism, gravity, heat, come from if the sun wasn’t created until day 4? What did the earth revolve around? But to say something different than what Ken Ham says, and other respected theologians say that go along with him, is considered heresy by many. When God said, ”it is good”, He meant that He did everything right, the first time, he didn’t have to go back and correct a mistake and do it again. Oops! I forgot to create a sun, I better do it now! I really appreciated this video from a respected source as you. I would like to know what translation you were reading when you made this video. I have also signed my husband up to your newsletter. I thought he already was, but when I showed him this video, he said he had not heard of you. I really enjoy your literature. It is very helpful. Thank you again, and may God bless you real good!
Barbara. Thank you for writing with your comments concerning Day 4 of Creation. However, I must admit that you have misidentified Creation Revolution’s views on the days of Creation.
I replied to your e-mail asking for the title of the video on Genesis that you were referring to so we could check it out, but as yet I have not heard back from you.
As for the days of Creation, we at Creation Revolution take a very literal stand on Genesis 1 and what it says about the order of events that took place on each day.
First I would like to ask you a simple question:
If you believe that the Bible is the Word of God then why are you unwilling to accept God at His Word?
I’ve asked this question to a great many well meaning Christians and have received a number of different responses. One pastor was so angry with me for asking this question that he refused to show up at my parent’s 50th anniversary party whish was held at his church. My parents attended his church at the time.
Most of the people that I put this question to respond that they do take God at His Word but that we cannot always be certain what He means in His Word. Over 90% of the time, they are referring to the first eleven chapters of Genesis. To this I usually ask if they have ever read a history book or a biography. When they say they have, I ask them if they understood the sequence of events in the history book or in the biography. They respond by saying that they understood the sequence of events to which I ask if they realize that the book of Genesis is a historical narrative just like those they read, except this one is God inspired. As such, why do they have a problem understanding the sequence of events that take place in Genesis, especially in Genesis 1.
This is when the truth comes out that they don’t accept a literal reading of Genesis 1 because of what other men have said. They start pointing to the evolutionary concepts of millions of years, radiometric dating, stellar evolution, the fossil record and millions of years of geology. In other words, they trust the word of man over the Word of God.
God gave us the Bible so that we would know Him. When He inspired various authors to write His historical narrative, He fully expected us to understand and comprehend what He was telling us. After all, the Bible was written for us, not God. When it comes to Genesis 1, He gave us the order of Creation in a plain and concise wording for us to understand. To read anything else into Genesis 1 is not from God but from fallible man who is not all knowing as is our Creator.
Additionally, if you can’t trust God on this one thing, then how can you trust Him on more important things like Jesus’ life, death and resurrection? Do you realize that if just one word of the Bible is not true, then the rest of the Bible must also be suspect?
God is incapable of making a mistake or lying and for anyone to say that He did not mean what He said amounts to declaring that God did make a mistake or lied when He said He created light on Day 1 and the sun on Day 4.
For those that have a problem with taking Genesis literally, I strongly suggest they obtain a copy of 15 Reasons to Take Genesis as History which does a good job of clarifying this matter.
If you still need more information on the issue of the sun being created on Day 4 when God already created light on Day 1, I would recommend the following articles:
Barbara, I hope this helps to explain why we take the stand we do and hopefully you will also see the need to take a literal understanding of Genesis and not try to read into it any of the wild ideas from sinful man.
What All Atheists Have to Believe
1.Belief that God’s Word (the Bible) cannot be trusted as plainly written.
2.Belief in millions of years of time having occurred in the past.
3.Belief in biological evolution of some sort.
One can believe in all three of the above and still believe in a Creator God and a Saving Jesus.
Hoite. Thank you for sending us your comments.
First of all the Scriptures are clear in that all it takes to be saved is to believe in Jesus as the Son of God.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:36.
However, I truly believe that your understanding of Jesus’ purpose on earth is grossly compromised by a belief in millions of years and a belief that the Bible cannot be trusted in as plainly written. Please see my response above to Barbara on the topic of trusting the Bible. If the Bible cannot be trusted as plainly written, then why would you trust your eternal salvation on something so untrustworthy?
Ask yourself why Jesus had to be born a man, live a sinless life and offer Himself up as the perfect sacrifice for our sins if millions of years of death and biological evolution were true? The entire foundation of the Gospel rests upon the a literal young earth understanding of Genesis 1 and a literal Adam and Eve falling into sin in Genesis 3.
If there were millions of years of death prior to the creation of Adam and Eve on Day 6, we have a major theological problem in that death would have part of what God declared to be Very Good. If death was very good, then God’s warning to Adam about eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil would have been an encouragement to Adam to eat, not a warning. If death was very good, then how could it be a punishment for sin? If death was very good and not a punishment for sin, then Jesus’ death of the Cross was meaningless and our faith in Him for eternal salvation is based on a lie.
Some people argue that the death referred to in Genesis 3 as the punishment for sin was only meant for man, but that is not Scriptural. In Genesis 3, God cursed the man, woman, serpent and earth. Romans 8:22 says: For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. The Greek word translated ‘creation’ is ‘cosmos’, the same word used to refer to the entire world and universe.
The father of the Reformation, Martin Luther faced a similar problem in his day, only some of the church leaders believed that God created everything in one day, not six days. I really love Luther’s response when he said:
How Long Did the Work of Creation Take? When Moses writes that God created heaven and earth and whatever is in them in six days, then let this period continue to have been six days, and do not venture to devise any comment according to which six days were one day. But, if you cannot understand how this could have been done in six days, then grant the Holy Spirit the honor of being more learned than you are. For you are to deal with Scripture in such a way that you bear in mind that God Himself says what is written. But since God is speaking, it is not fitting for you wantonly to turn His Word in the direction you wish to go. [emphasis mine]
Jesus Christ often quoted Genesis and accepted it as true history. He never once said it meant something other than what was written. I for one believe He knows better than I do so who am I to try to question or say it means something different?
Hoite, your trust in Christ Jesus for your salvation has nothing to do with your views on Creation, however, your relationship with Him and understanding of His redemptive work is greatly compromised by believing in millions of years of evolution and in not trusting the Word of God as written.