The Sixty-Seventh Book of the Bible
“I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book…” (Revelation 22:18)
As we all know, there are 66 books in the Bible – no more, no less. And yet, from the way that many people interpret the first chapter of Genesis, it appears that they have added a sixty-seventh book to the Bible – a book that guides them in their study of the other 66 books of the Bible.
The name of that sixty-seventh book is the philosophy of naturalism, so-called “science.”
Most pastors – and even entire denominations – now interpret Bible texts in a way to make them compatible with this sixty-seventh book. For example, since this “science” contends that the Earth is billions of years old, Genesis must be reinterpreted to make it “fit” into an old universe. One popular way they do this is the “day-age theory.”
“…and the evening and the morning were the first day.” (Genesis 1:5)
This theory holds that each “day” in Genesis 1 (in Hebrew yom) is a long period of time rather than 24 hours. We have to wonder, though, if these people are unaware that yom appears in the Old Testament with a number attached to it 2,291 times and that it always means a literal 24-hour day. Or do they not know that whenever yom is used in a plural form – as it does 845 times – it means a literal 24-hour day? And are they unaware that whenever yom is modified with “evening and morning” – as it does 38 times outside of Genesis 1 – it always means a 24-hour day?
It’s time for Christians to get back to careful handling of God’s Word. This means we must throw out the sixty-seventh book and that we start taking the Bible for what it says – not reinterpreting it in light of the latest pronouncements of so-called “science.”
Those are our thoughts. What are yours?
Shown in photo: Charles Lyell. His doctrine of uniformitarianism - with its belief in millions and billions of years - had a great influence on Charles Darwin ... and naturalistic scientists of our own day.