When teaching on marriage Jesus asserted,
“From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female”
Thus according to Jesus, God created mankind fully formed as man and woman ready for marriage at the Beginning, not after billions of years of evolution following the Beginning.
While pronouncing woe on the Pharisees Jesus said, “…in order that the blood of all the prophets, shed since the foundation of the world,…from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah.” (Luke 11:50-51) Chronologically, Abel and Zechariah were the first and last martyrs of the Old Testament. We see from this that Jesus believed that Adam’s son Abel lived close to the foundation of the world and that Abel’s blood was literally shed.
Jesus taught about the last days, “For those days will be a time of tribulation such as has not occurred since the beginning of the creation which God created, until now, and never shall.” (Mark 13:19) According to Jesus, the suffering of the tribulation will be greater than at any other time since the beginning of creation. He clearly believed human suffering started at the beginning (when Adam sinned), not billions of years after the beginning. For otherwise there would be no point in comparing the tribulation suffering with a time when there was no human suffering, unless suffering really did begin near the beginning with the first humans.
Christ called Satan a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44), referring to the fall and death of Adam and Cain’s murder of Abel, all instigated by Satan (1 John 3:12). Jesus saw this as happening at the beginning of history.
These examples show that Jesus placed the creation of man at the Beginning, not billions of years after the beginning. For Jesus the creation of the universe, earth, and man all occurred at the Beginning with no intervening periods of billions of years between the events.
Soli Deo Gloria.
This is the sixth in a series of blog posts on the Age of the Earth.
Read the prequels:
1. How Old Is the Earth?
2. Why Is the Age of the Earth Important?
3. Earth: Young or Old?
4. Age of the Earth—Jesus’ View
5. Age of the Earth—Jesus Interpreted OT Literally
Read the sequel:
7. Age of the Earth—What Did Jesus’ Contemporaries Think?
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“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday June 18, 2008 A.D.
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD. Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. (Psalm 33:6-9)