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BEREAN STUDIES ON CREATION
The Text-Book Used for this Course of Scripture-Studies is Series VI—Study I
(1) Is there any Scriptural foundation for the claim of some that original sin consisted in sexual intercourse on the part of our first parents? Give a full Scriptural analysis to this question. P. 41, par. 1,2.
(2) How should we regard the suggestions of some that the Scriptures mislead us into thinking of Adam as the first “of the earth, earthy”? What answer shall we give to those who urge a pre-Adamite race of man and who claim to find proofs of their hypothesis in various strata of the earth’s surface, some of which they attribute to a period long before Adam’s creation? Give Scriptural proof texts in contradiction to this theory and show their consistency with scientific facts. P. 42.
(3) State the views of Profs. Stokes, Bennett, Beale, Virchow and Barraude respecting the answer of geologists to the theory that man was developed from the lower orders of animals. P. 43, par. 1.
(4) Read to the class an extract from “The Meeting Place of Geology and History,” by Sir J. W. Dawson, LL.D., F.R.S.
(5) Prof. Pasteur is recognized as having been a great bacteriologist. Did he favor the Darwinian theory or not? Quote something from him pertinent to the subject. P. 44, par. 1,2.
(6) Quote the views of the Russian savant, Prof. Virchow, respecting the Darwinian theory of man’s evolution from lower animal species. P. 44, par. 3.
(7) Should we consider the unscriptural theories of Prof. Darwin and those who follow his suggestions as wise and logical, or otherwise? What proofs can be adduced to prove that humanity four thousand years ago no more had tails than we have—nor different toes and thumbs? P. 45, par. 2.
(8) What should be the attitude of the Lord’s people in respect to these evolutionist propositions of our day which are discrediting the Bible in the eyes of the learned? P. 45, par. 3.
(9) In view of what we have already seen respecting these creative epochs styled in the Scriptures “days,” what can we say of the Sixth Day, which we are now considering? When was its beginning and when its close? What would be the date of its close, counting from the beginning of the ordering of creation—the putting in order of the earth, the time of whose creation is not stated but whose setting in order is being accomplished during the seven great epoch days? Summarize the matter. P. 45, par. 4.
(10) We come now to the examination of the great Seventh Day of the creative period. Does it have an evening and a morning?
(11) What should we expect of this Seventh Epoch Day as viewed in the light of our findings respecting the six previous epoch days and what is signified by the statement that Jehovah God rested from his creative work during this Seventh Epoch Day? P. 46, par. 2,3.
(12) What has our Lord Jesus to do with this Seventh Epoch Day and the Father’s cessation from creative work? Why did the Father rest? Will the Son undertake the completion of the Father’s work? If so, why was it thus left to him? Make the entire matter clear. Let all of the class express themselves on this important question and have clearly in mind the matter of its great importance in God’s Plan and therefore in the understanding of it. Pp. 47, 48.
(13) Did this resting on the part of the Great Creator from further creative work and from actively rescuing his creatures from sin and its penalty imply a lack of love on his part? Or how shall we understand it? P. 49, par. 1.
(14) What can we know respecting the period in which the Creator rests from his creative work? In other words, according to the Scriptures, how long will this Seventh Epoch Day last and how do we reach information on the subject? P. 49, par. 2.
(15) May we be sure that our Creator’s expectations respecting the ultimate outcome of his purposes regarding the earth will be realized? Can we be sure that the Redeemer will accomplish all that the Father intended? P. 49, par. 2.
(16) Quote some Scriptures showing the ultimate victory of Messiah and the accomplishment of the Divine purpose. P. 49, par. 2; P. 50, par. 1.
(17) What grounds have we for assuming that the whole period in which God has been ordering the earth and developing it from the inert, void mass at the beginning down to the Paradisiacal condition at the close of the Seventh Day will be in all a period of 49,000 years—seven great days of 7,000 years each? P. 50, par. 2.
(18) Give a brief outline of this creative epoch from the Scriptural standpoint. Quote Scriptures applicable to the earliest beginning of the creative power, and other Scriptures showing the glorious consummation at the end of these seven great days. P. 51, par. 1; P. 52, par. 1,2,3.
(19) Does the first chapter of Genesis conflict with scientific discoveries, or merely with the theories of some scientific gentlemen? Quote the views of Prof. G. F. Wright, D.D., LL.D., on this subject and discuss these. P. 52, par. 5,6.
(20) Is the Genesis account compatible with scientific facts? Do not these facts corroborate the Genesis records rather than conflict with the Divine record? What does Prof. Wright say for himself on this subject and what does he give as the opinion of the great geologist, Prof. J. D. Dana of Yale College? P. 52, par. 6.
(21) We have seen that the Genesis record does not attempt to explain the creation of the earth as respects its matter—that the Genesis account merely relates that there was such a beginning and that the matter was created by God, but tells nothing whatever of the time of its creation, nor concerning how long a period elapsed before the ordering work of the seven epoch days began. Does this view appeal to others? Read to the class a quotation on the subject. P. 53, par. 1.
(22) The Genesis record shows a progressiveness in the matter of bringing forth of vegetable and animal life; in part, perhaps, an evolutionary process. Our contention is merely as respects man’s creation—that it was a distinctly separate work and in no sense an evolutionary process. What is the main point and argument of Prof. Darwin and his evolutionary followers? Read to the class what Prof. Wright has to say on this subject. P. 53, par. 2; P. 54; P. 55, par. 1.
(23) Let another read Prof. Wright’s suggestions as respects the difference between human reason and animal instinct. P. 55, par. 4.
(24) Let another read to the class Prof. Wright’s comment on man’s capacity for religion in contrast with the incapacity of the brute. P. 55, par. 5; P. 56, par. 1,2.
(25) Who discovered the principle of “natural selection”? What does Prof. Wright remark respecting his findings and respecting the disposition of humanity to wear clothing and use tools and respecting his musical capacity, etc., etc.? P. 56, par. 3, to P. 58.
— July 1, 1910 —