I am writing about Creationism because I want you to know where I stand, and I think it is a critical piece to the plan of salvation. I do not believe that it is a nonessential part of the tenets of belief in God’s word. I have read all the scientific books like The Genesis Flood, and I have read Darwin On Trial. These books, and those like them, are a great resource if you are discussing this matter with a secular person. I want to relate my stance in regards to the opposing views within the church, old earth vs. new earth.
Those who believe in the old earth position believe that God used evolution to aid in the creation process. They believe that the Genesis account is an allegorical, metaphorical and/or a poetic description of creation. They have been duped by the account of the fossil record, which can be explained by the Flood. What that does not account for is death due to the sin of Adam.
Romans 5:12 states that “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.” And later in Romans 8:20-22, Paul writes that “all of creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth” and “creation itself will be set free from its slavery to corruption.” If we believe that Adam was created after the earth was around for millennia, then we must believe that there were cycles of death as well. That would mean death existed before the sin of Adam. If that is true then Adam’s sin would not be the original sin, and if his sin is not the original sin, then that would nullify the work of the Cross and the Resurrection of Jesus. His sacrifice would have been for naught.
The question of old earth vs. new earth is a spiritual question within the church, not a scientific one, because this also brings up the matter of selective belief regarding Scripture. One cannot believe that the Genesis account is allegorical and poetic, and believe that the rest of the historical content of the bible can be accepted as literal. One must believe that God performed Creation within the seven day week as literal, along with the rest of Scripture, or the bible becomes what the skeptics say it is: a book full of wonderful moral stories like Aesop’s Fables.