As a young boy, my faith in the Scriptures was a literal faith. I took the Bible at face value. In my mind there could not have been any other way to interpret the Creation account other than as a literal six-day Creation. Although I became a Christian as a boy and did not receive evolutionary instruction in school, I began to question the literal interpretation of the Creation account during my high school years.
My family and I had moved and I was attending a new church (supposedly conservative and evangelical). During church training for my age group, a seminary instructor introduced my class to the idea of the gap theory. (For an explanation-and refutation-see the Gap Theory section of our Q&A: Creation Compromises page) The gap theory was the lesson and not just a side issue. The instructor was indoctrinating us into questioning the authority of God’s Word. We were subtly being deceived into believing a lie. Although my friends and I did not change our minds then and there, the seeds of doubt were planted in my mind.
Even in the college science courses I attended the indoctrination of evolution was not as explicit as it was during that church training class. I wrestled with the different theistic evolutionary ideas [i.e. God-directed evolution] that were being put forth at that time. I did not know how to defend my faith in a literal Bible from a scientific basis.
Through friends, I was introduced to creation literature. One of the first books that I read on the subject was The Lie: Evolution by Ken Ham of AiG. Although I did not fully appreciate that book at the time, it propelled me to search further until I could become satisfied with the answers to my questions. By God’s gracious leading I became satisfied that the Bible could be trusted completely. Therefore, I believe in a historical literal six-day Creation, a historical literal Genesis, an authoritative Bible written in part and completely inspired by my personal Creator God-The Lord Jesus Christ.
-Dr Danny Essary