The John Walton interview and what followed

Mr. Wheatley,

There is ZERO “strain” between Bible and science because the Bible is all true, God is not a liar, and true science totally supports it. “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth forth his handiwork”, which means that what we find out in the physical world is a reflection of what God said in his word.

The universe is NOT another book of the Bible, it is a testimony to the Bible. Every word.

I have read John Walton’s stuff before and understand it completely. He says we need to understand the Bible through understanding “how the ancient cultures” saw it.

But in the broadcast today, July 14, I did not catch whether the crucial starting point for his thinking was. I heard him on your program talk about a 7-day temple ritual for an “inauguration”, supposedly. Elsewhere in his writing he points to the Babylonian creation myths as helping us interpret Genesis One.

That is completely backwards. And it is very clearly against the way the BIBLE itself tells us to interpret scripture:

Isa 28:10 For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little:
Isa 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

So Mr. Walton has fallen backward and is broken, snared, and taken in his own words.

If the temple rituals were seven days and the week has seven days it’s because God told them to because he had created the universe, the heavens and the earth, in seven days. To say it’s the other way around is a torture of semantics, fingernails on the blackboard.

Jesus did believe Genesis One as plainly written:

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; maleandfemale created he them.

Mat 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female,

Mar 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

Make no mistake: The Hebrews knew, 100%, what the word “day” meant, and we all know that the Jews start their Sabbath Day on what we call Friday at sunset.

Gen 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And to say this is a “functional” description is just whacky. It makes absolutely no functional sense, even as a “functional” description of Creation itself.

What kind of “function” corresponds to plants before they are even in the earth?!

And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and [there was] not a man to till the ground.

Please note that there are 21 emphatic declarations by God, mutually self-reinforcing, that this is a description of a SIX-DAY Creation and nothing else. There are frequent references to that Creation and to Adam and Eve in the garden throughout scripture.

And what do you know, true scientific evidence is a testimony to it!

A.Each one of all six days of Creation is described as “the evening and the morning”.

B.Each one of all six days of Creation are told as ordinal numbers, not cardinal numbers. Ordinal numbers designate a sequence of six days, not a scattershot one day here, one there. They also point to actual days, not a semantically tortured “functionality”.

C.The seventh day is also expressed as an ordinal seventh day, and in other references it obviously comes immediately following the six contiguous days.

There’s much more Bible scripture corroborating six days of Creation.

The genealogies are nonsense unless they are literal, because they go from Adam all the way to Jesus Christ. If you believe in Christ, you have to believe in those genealogies.

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