Evolution: The Four Phases
“Big Bang” starts the Universe
Later formation of stars, galaxies, and planets
Life’s molecules form through random chemical reactions
Eventually living cells come into being
From the first living cells, all life forms eventually develop (“molecules to man” evolution)
Human beings learn agriculture, build cities, and continue to improve their technology and their culture
The universe began when God formed
the space-time-matter-energy complex, including a water-covered Earth,
on Day One, a few thousand years ago
God did not create the Sun, Moon, and stars until Day Four, after He had formed
the Earth on Day One and had rearranged it
so land appeared on Day Three.
The first life-forms were land plants,
which God created on Day Three.
The Basic Facts
The first animals were aquatic organisms and flying creatures, which God created
on Day Five. God created land animals
and Man just one day later.
The various types of land plants, aquatic organisms, flying creatures, and land animals were all created “according to their kinds,” with the capacity to reproduce themselves.
Basic types (“kinds”) of organisms were thus formed separately, not by evolutionary development from other basic types.
The Basic Facts
God formed the first man and woman as special creations, through unique processes. Among all life-forms on Earth, only man and woman were made “in the image of God.”
Humans did not arise by evolution from non-human primate ancestors
During a period of six consecutive
normal-length days, the universe, life,
and biological diversity were commanded
into existence by an Intelligent Designer.
At the completion of creation, everything was “very good”: there was no sin, suffering, disease, predation, carnivory, thorns, thistles, animal death, or human death