“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:”
As we all know, there are 66 books in the Bible – no more, no less. And yet, from the way that many people interpret the first chapter of Genesis, it appears that they have added a sixty-seventh book to the Bible – a special “book” they use to interpret the other 66 books of the Bible.
The name of that sixty-seventh book is “science”. Many pastors – and even entire denominations – now interpret Bible texts in a way to make them compatible with this sixty-seventh book. For example, since this “book” contends that the Earth is billions of years old, Genesis must be reinterpreted to make it “fit” into an old universe. One way they try to do this is the “day-age theory.”
This theory holds that each “day” in Genesis 1 (in Hebrew yom) is a long period of time rather than 24 hours. It is important to note, however, that whenever yom appears in the Old Testament with a number attached to it, it always means a literal 24-hour day. In addition, whenever yom is modified with “evening and morning” – as it does 38 times outside of Genesis 1 – it always means a 24-hour day.
God’s people must get back to the careful handling of God’s Word. This means that we throw out the sixty-seventh book and that we start taking the Bible for what it says – not reinterpreting it in light of the latest pronouncements of so-called “science.”
Heavenly Father, I know that the words of fallible men must never be used to interpret the words of an infallible God. Rather, let me interpret the world around me through the light of Your holy Word! Amen.
Old earth creationist Hugh Ross, founder of Reasons to Believe, teaches the day-age theory and has likened nature to the sixty-seventh book of the Bible. Courtesy of Brandon Medeiros/Reasons to Believe. (CC-BY-SA 3.0)