The Verbal Plenary Doctrine by Danny Pitts

Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Hebrews 11:3  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

 

The Biblical record of the origin of the heavens and the earth presents creation by God in six days. The majority of the scientific world has rejected the Biblical account as fantasy. They lay out proofs of the ancient existence of the universe from fields of archaeology, astronomy, and a host of other disciples.

Jewish and Christian Bible students have tried to find ways to explain the differences. Those with a low view of Scripture consider modern science to be correct and the Bible false. The Verbal Plenary Doctrine adopted by the BMA considers Scripture to be the inerrant and infallible words of God. Some with such a high view of Scripture give no weight to any scientific views which appear to contradict the Bible.

Some Bible students, however, seek to reconcile scientific truth with biblical truth. Creation scientists often lay out scholarly evidence showing inconsistencies in evolutionary theories. They often point out the failure to take into account the impact of catastrophic events such as a world wide flood on dating conclusions. Others have attempted to resolve the differences between the Bible and science by “the Gap Theory.” This view has creation in Genesis 1:1 of a perfect world. The description in verse two of the earth being “without form, and void” is perceived as the condition many millions of years later. Thus a pre-Adamic world existed during the gap which allows for the time and fossils which scientists point toward. Additional endeavors at reconciling have been made by suggesting that “days” in Genesis one referred to geological ages and the Creation Account was a type of writing not intended to be literal. As long as people end up with a confidence in the veracity of the Word of God, the particular explanation accepted by them does not bother me. Although recognizing that more may be in the text than what we see and that our understanding would not satisfy the scientifically inclined, some of us read the passages in the simplistic way in which we did as children. The Hebrew’s text suggests that all the evidence may not still be around. Ultimately we must live by faith.

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