When it comes to reconciling faith and science, Christians need to start talking about the elephant in the room. That is the belief by many that God created the universe 6000 years ago in seven literal days compared with most scientific observations which places it at approximately 14 billion years. There are at least three basic ways to do this.1.Reject all of science and believe some guys interpretation of the reading of Genesis as saying the earth is only 6000 years old. (not recommended)2.Believe the science and believe in the good news of Jesus Christ and just don’t think or care about the debate going on. (better but still very unsatisfying)3.Believe that truth is truth. Know that the bible is true, and that science is also true and seek answers to apparent contradictions.I address this to those in the third group. There are some interesting theories out there that make good attempts to reconcile what we see with what we believe. I’ve seen a lot of them talked about except this one. To me this is a game changer because it accepts a literal interpretation of Genesis and fully embraces modern science. Give me a minute and I will get to this little talked about creation theory. But first let me get this out of the way.The Bible is not a science book. It is a book of covenants between God and Man. However, it does make certain absolute statements that we base our faith on and these are the points that we hope to find confirmation of in our search for truth. Here are what I believe are a couple absolute truths the bible states.1.God is the creator of the universe and therefore the universe had a beginning.2.All people are descended from Adam and Eve and are born under the curse of original sin3.There was a flood that wiped out humanity except those on the arkThese are what I call “Deal breakers.” If these are not true, one would have a hard time believing the rest of it. But I’ll just stop right here and say that for me, there are no deal breakers. I believe with all my heart that Genesis is true. However, if I was shown that it was allegorical, I would still be a believer and follower of Jesus Christ.There are interesting theories to support all three statements which I look forward to sharing. But for the purposes of this post we are dealing with number one; God is the creator and therefore the universe had a beginning.Modern atheists claim the “Big Bang Theory” as a triumph of science over faith. However, the truth is quite different. The discovery of the cosmic background radiation which confirmed the theory actually caused a consternation among some atheistic scientists who preferred to believe that the universe itself was eternal and always existed, negating the need for a creation, and a creator. So, the “Big Bang” replaced the “Steady State Theory” and remains to this day as a solid proof of the first three words in the book of Genesis. “In the beginning….”But while this should have been embraced as a victory for people of faith, it instead became a point of contention because they didn’t want to reconcile the billions of years apparent in the age of the universe and the BELIEF that the bible teaches a creation only a few thousand years old.And now I would like to share this little known or talked about creation theory. It accepts a literal interpretation of Genesis and yet has no contradiction with modern science!It is called the “Days of Proclamation.” I first heard about it from a man named Glen Morton. I found him online in the debate forums about creationism. Since then I have read all his self-published books and found his theories to be quite original and compelling!Briefly and in my own words it goes something like this:The six days of creation were six literal 24-hour days. In those six days God imagined, planned, designed, engineered and “specked out” the entire physical universe. He created the laws that would govern the properties of light, the laws of physics, quantum mechanics, the formation of galaxies, stars, and planets. He determined how all the elements would form in the nuclear fusion process of a star, then slowly burn and explode and scatter throughout the galaxy. He determined the boiling point of water, the properties of snow, the structure of a cell. He designed and picked an ordinary planet to evolve that would support life and give a good view of the universe. While the universe was created to be vast, it was designed to house a small insignificant planet where he would place his special creation‡ man.So, the six days of creation were six days of planning and proclaiming the world man would live in and the universe around them. On day seven, God rested. God rested from the work of planning and engineering. He set everything in motion with the singularity that began with the evolution of the universe 14 billion years ago.Much of the language in chapter one and two of genesis speaks of God saying for example, “Let there be light.” Or “Let the waters teem with living creatures.” I no longer picture this as God snapping his fingers and things instantly appearing out of nowhere. I prefer to think of it as him brooding in front of a set of blueprints and pondering changes to his plan before putting his stamp of approval on them. Or maybe a 3d model of the earth and the universe around it‡ thinking about the how placing the Andromeda galaxy 30 million light years away would capture the imagination of some of his creation. What would they think when they first realize this is a galaxy, equal to the one they are living in and the universe is suddenly many orders of magnitude greater than they thought?? Will their imaginations begin to understand my eternal power and divine nature??So, there it is. Simple, yet elegant. No need for debate about how light was created on day one and the sun was created on day 3. Or how could it be that land-based animals came before sea-based ones. The order is not necessarily how things evolved. It’s perhaps the order they were conceived in His mind. But certainly, the order they were spoken into existence. And the phrase at the end of each day, “and God saw that it was good.” Could be him looking at his multidimensional model‡ or looking into the future and seeing what the fruit of his labors would produce.God is a spirit and existed in the spiritual world before there was a physical universe. Now that we are beginning to understand the complexities of the physical world it is so much more interesting to think of God as a careful planner, a thoughtful and meticulous engineer, a patient farmer. It took a lot of thought, calculations, and planning to put together the blueprints for the universe in a mere week! Then he packed it all up into a singularity in such a way that all that he had spoken would come to pass.Then he rested. And waited…;"";""