Human Reasoning: An aid to teaching

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Human Reasoning: An Aid To Teaching

David McPherson

Human reasoning is not the standard of authority today. It can however at times be of help in teaching the truth. One such example would be regarding the Days of Creation. We know that creation took place in six literal days foremost because the Bible says so. (Gen. 1; Exo. 20:11). But an additional way of expounding on that point is through the use of human reasoning.

David B. Smith writes, "Even the first chapter of Genesis bespeaks the nature of the days. Plant life was created on day three (Gen. 1:9-13), and the sun on day four (Gen. 1:14-19). Those who would assert that each day of the creation equaled thousands or millions of years must accept the impossible "fact" that plant life thrived for thousands or millions of years with no sunlight!" This is an excellent means of support to the literal six days truth.

Any inclined to take issue with such a method of teaching, ought to be reminded of the teaching of Christ. Warning against false prophets, Jesus reasoned "do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?" (Mt. 7:16). How about James and the tongue, "Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?" (Jas. 3:10). Likewise, "do plants live millions of years without sunlight?"- reasoning that helps make the point.

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