See I like these kinds of discussions and you brought up something that I have gone over before in my mind and it is this.You said that you think Noah's flood could account for the geologic and archeological record and it is possible but the thing that sricks out to me is the amount of death and excrinction in the earth that according to science tells us the earth is billions of years old,however I'm not sure I trust them because they look at everything from an evolution view point and they expanded it from millions of years to billions of years to give life enough time to evolve. As you may know it was mostly Christians who started modern science that discovered the earth was millions of years old and this was before evolution became a scientific theory. So I tend to trust these Christians but the bottom line is the earth is old and it is much,much older than the bible indicates if we go by Ussher's Chronology which I believe is right but the YEC interpretation is wrong.Philip wrote:There are some key differences in the two Genesis Creation accounts. And, traditionally, the church has glued them together to assert they were speaking of the very same sequence of events. But an interesting question is, based ONLY on what the text says, that MIGHT not be the case. And I am coming at this question as one who does not believe man is a result of evolutionary processes. I believe the creation of Adam was instant/God creating him from the dust, and Eve being created from part of Adam. It is possible that the two accounts, when it comes to creating man, are not talking about the same thing. That is, FIRST, mankind is created by God. Then a period, however long, separates the later creation of Adam and Eve, as the scene described shifts to the Garden. It MIGHT be that Adam and Eve are the first creations of Christ's human lineage. This would explain a lot of the mass spread of civilization that archaeology reveals to going back MUCH FURTHER THAN THE TRADITIONAL DATES for Adam and Eve, and later, The Flood of Noah. And, pre-emptively, this could account for the geologic and archaeological record, that requires no "former world." There are challenges to this idea, but the text can logically support it! But tradition has always married the two accounts into one narrative.
But how do we explain so much death and extinction in the earth before God created and made the life he did in Genesis 1? And how would this apply to both humans and neanderthals sharing DNA? You think you have it tough? We Gap creationists have a Gap to get over and explain it while ya'll don't.