In this blog post I will look at the incompatibility between the order of events in the evolutionary model and the order of events with which Genesis 1 presents us. The differences between these two models are so vast that they can never be mixed.
Some evolutionary models portray the stars as existing millions of years before the earth ever existed. The argument that evolutionists commonly give for this theory is that the light from the stars needs millions of years to travel from their source to the earth. I will not try to explain some creationist theories regarding that, as I am an Arts student and not a Science major. (In other words, there is too much math and other complex terminology involved.) But I will suggest the book Starlight and Time by Dr. Russell Humphreys, for an explanation of how light was able to reach earth in such a short time. But let us go back to the statement saying that the stars existed before the earth. Well, this is contrary to what the Bible tells us. The earth, although it was without form and void, was created on the first day. It was not until the fourth day that the Sun, Moon, and stars were created. As, Genesis 1:14 – 19 says, “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.” Obviously, this verse proves that God created the stars after He created the earth. Also, this verse refutes a common error that some creationist have, regarding the tilt of the earth. Some believe that it was only after the flood that the earth had a 23.4° tilt on its axis, but that tilt is absolutely necessary for the seasons to exist, as it affects how sunlight hits the earth. Therefore, the tilt must have existed from the fourth day of creation, because that is when God created the seasons.
Second (to go a bit off topic) the plants were created before the sun was created. We are all aware that plants need sunlight to produce energy through photosynthesis. If each day were millions of years in length, all the plants would die because there was no sunlight. Thus, one cannot simply force evolutionary thinking onto the Biblical account of creation. One has to accept either creationism, or evolution. They cannot exist side by side.
Third, evolutionists state that the earth was created by something called the big bang, which resulted in the earth being a fiery mass of devastation. But the Bible has no such description of the earth in the beginning. As Genesis 1:2 says, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” The Bible does not describe fiery chaos; it says the exact opposite. There was water and darkness.
Finally, it has become quite a popular notion to suppose that birds are what evolved from dinosaurs. This is based on something called structural homology. Scientists will look at similar skeletal structures of one animal and compare it to that of another animal. If they are seen to be similar then they are assumed to have evolved from each other. For example it has been said that a dolphin’s fin is homologous with a man’s arm. Or that birds evolved from dinosaurs because their hip bones look similar and they are located towards the back of the animal. Well, the Bible throws this theory out the window. In Genesis 1 we read that God created birds before He created mammals or reptiles. Birds were created on day five of creation, while humans, mammals, reptiles, and the like were created on day six. Thus birds could not have evolved from dinosaurs. Nor could reptiles have existed before birds.
Thus, the order of events in the evolutionary model does not at all fit with the creation model. One cannot accept a bit of the Bible and a bit of evolution. They are not compatible.