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He suggested: “The first possibility is that God miraculously changed man’s life expectancy. There is no discussion of such a miracle in the Bible, but many miracles occurred during the creation which are not recorded in Genesis I. This may well be the answer, but since no skeptic would accept it we’ll consider some other possibilities” (1978e, p. 11). John’s point is that “since no skeptic would accept it,” he must find some other answer. This is in­ credible. First John suggests that because there is “no scientific evidence,” the great ages of the patriarchs must be questioned.

John believes that the Day-Age Theory and the Gap Theory are more consistent with the biblical rec­ ord than anything else, but then he says he hasn’t “espoused” those theories! In the 1976 edition of The Source, John discussed the time element involved in Genesis 1. He listed four theories that, in his judgment, have attempted to explain the chronology of this biblical text. He identifies the theories as: (1) The Gap Theory; (2) The Day-Age Theory; (3) The Anti-Science Theory; and (4) The Deception Theory.

If Methuselah lived 969 years (Gen. 5:27) this description seems a bit strained” (1976c, p. 6, emp. added). Apparently John is unable to place a verse in its proper context. ” Further, note just how wrong John’s private theology is when compared with plain statements of Scripture. , months), not years. ” Moses apparently understood the difference between a month and year. (2) The Bible also specifically presents men’s ages before they sired offspring, thus also eliminat­ ing John’s idea that men’s ages were not calculated prior to that event.

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