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The first chapter of the first book of the Bible is
obviously foundational to every verse that follows, all the
way to the last verse of Revelation. It is the description of
the method God chose to spin up the universe. Here God
creates the constituent parts, both living and non-living,
and puts the whole works into motion. The importance of
its purpose and placement in the Bible canít be overstated.

The meaning of this foundational work, however, is subject
to various and often contradictory interpretations. For
example, the theistic evolutionist sees in the first chapter
an elegant representation of the unfolding of vast ages,
where each creation epoch builds upon the last according
to evolutionary steps. This is the popular view of most
Christians. It fits neatly into the evolutionary descriptions
of modern science.

In contrast, the strict creationist sees in each day-epoch
the events occurring in a literal twenty-four hour period,
all six emphasized by a literal evening and a literal
morning.

Which view is correct?

Notice the last words of these verses. Thereís something
unexpected written there:

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing
seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree,
in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it
shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to
every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon
the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green
herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that
he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the
evening and the morning were the sixth day.

(For those not familiar with King James vocabulary, meat in
this instance means
food. The phrase every green herb for
meat
may therefore be translated every vegetable for food. )

So after the grand description of Creation, after speaking
into existence every creature from galaxies to grasshoppers,
this most awesome epoch of all time concludes with a
menu. Why, for heavenís sake? Why elevate breakfast
lunch and dinner to such lofty heights? Also notice the
threefold emphasis on universal vegetarianism:
every beast
Ö every fowl Ö every thing Ö wherein there is life.
Not only
is this the concluding paragraph, but the repetition demands
our attention.

This is the meaning:

In the original world, death did not exist! Itís not
complicated. Thatís what it means. If animals arenít
eaten, then animals neither live in fear nor emit screams
of agony.

What does that imply for evolutionary theory?

Evolution depends on death as its driver. These most
important verses are unequivocally shouting that the
creation which was very good knew nothing of slaughter.
No babies were ever ripped from the nest, there was no
blood on tooth and claw, and therefore the Beautiful
Garden could not have been built on a bed of fossils.

Thereís your answer. Thatís what the Bible says with great
emphasis. The debate among believers is now over.

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