Why Do Humanists Reject The Bible?
to contradictions and questions raised by humanists.
BOOK of GENESIS
Genesis chapter 1 says the first man and woman were made at the same time, and
after the animals. But Genesis chapter 2 gives a different order of creation:
man, then the animals, and then woman.
Humanists love to take parts
of scripture, impart to them whatever meaning they desire, and then claim there
are contradictions. There is little or no effort to understand the context or
what scripture is actually saying. Words are important, and word choice in scripture
is important... even in our English translations.
Background: There are
three creation accounts in Genesis chapters one and two.
Genesis 1:1 provides
a broad overview. It is a summary of what God did. In many respects it can be
considered a title for this section of scripture:
the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. - Genesis 1:1
phrase "the heavens and the earth" is a shorthand way of saying
everything. In these ten words God is saying that He created everything.
1:2 through 2:3 narrows the focus, describing the creation week from
the viewpoint of the earth. It starts with the earth being formless and void,
and moves through each of the days of creation as seen from the viewpoint of earth.
2:4 through 2:24 narrows the focus even more. These verses include a
brief summary of creation, but their main focus is day six of creation and mankind.
The details of each day of creation given in Genesis chapter 1 are not reiterated,
with God focusing on giving us the details of man's first day.
Genesis 2 give a different order of creation than Genesis chapter 1? No. Here
is a verse by verse description of what is happening.
Please note, the
chapter and verse divisions were added later to make it easier for us to reference
things in scripture. They are created by man and are not inspired.
- Introduction to creation and a summary of days one and two of creation.
- Days three through five are not described. However, verse six, as part of the
overall summary, provides some additional information describing how the earth
2:7 - We're now in day five, and a detailed description of
what God did when He created man. God did not need to use dust to make man, but
in doing this He shows us a master craftsman shaping a work of art to which He
The contradiction is supposedly that in chapter 2 God is described
as creating the animals after man. I assume this is a reference to Genesis 2:18-19
the Lord God said, It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him
a helper suitable for him. Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast
of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what
he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its
This is not describing the original creation
of the animals and birds. What is the subject of these verses? That it
is not good for man to be alone. So what is God doing? He is showing Adam all
of the animals and birds so that Adam can name them, AND find out if any are a
In chapter one of Genesis scripture states that birds were
created on day five, and the beasts of the earth (field) were created before Adam
on day six. But, now God needs to show them all to Adam. So what did He do? He
forms them out of the ground and brought them to Adam to be named. There is nothing
wrong with doing that. And it does not contradict Genesis 1. This is not a second
creation. This is not the :"making" of Adam's helper. That happens after
God demonstrates to Adam that his helper will not be found among the existing
After looking at and naming all of the different kinds of birds
and aimals, no suitable helper was found. So God makes Eve... this is still day
six of creation. So God created them male and female, and He did it all on day
six of creation. No contradiction.
More detailed information from Creation
Ministries International and the Institute
for Creation Research.
chapter 1 lists six days of creation, whereas chapter 2 refers to the day"
that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.
for the answer