Strength 2 – Historicity

Introduction:

The second strength of the Calendar-Day view is titled Historicity. The following is this point as excerpted from the PCA Report.

“The Calendar-Day view raises no questions and leaves no doubt as to the historicity of Genesis 1-3.”

The historicity of creation is significant:

The account of creation is a significant historic record. The reader is introduced to the God of the Bible who begins to reveal His character and His attributes to humankind. Adam and Eve were both real people who lived in a real place. The God of the Bible begins his relationship with humankind. Historical events are best recorded by authors who were present when the events took place. God was present during the entire creation week. Adam and Eve were present from Day 6 onward.

The historicity of the Bible is significant:

The Bible is a book of history; the history of humankind from creation to the second coming of Christ. History deals with accurately describing real events. History deals with real time frames and timelines. Historic events are sequential and historical writing is typically sequential in form.

The historical events of creation and the flood are referred to by later writers. This is demonstrated by numerous examples in the Old Testament, in the gospels, the book of Acts, the epistles and the book of Revelation.

Salvation is rooted in real history:

Consider Romans 5:12: “Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” The passage is historical in that:

  • The passage describes events in the life of real people – Adam and Eve.
  • The passage describes events that took occurred in a real place – the Garden of Eden.
  • The passage describes a real event – the fall of man. Within the event are conversations and a description of human reasoning.
  • The passage is chronological with a linear progression of events that is sequential. Before the fall there is a description of the creation of humankind. After the fall there is a description of the consequences of the fall. Still later there is a description of the first family and the results of sin in that family.

Historicity is significant to all people:

Historicity is important to all people not just believers. Human history is a linear progression of events. The real events involve real people making real decisions and real places. History is studied and enjoyed by all people.

In Conclusion:

The second strength of the Calendar-Day view is historicity. Historicity naturally flows from a plain reading of scripture and the perspicuity of scripture. The historicity of the creation account introduces humankind to the Creator and begins human history.