6 Days of Creation

Someone asked if I believe in 6 Literal Days of Creation. What follows is my response.

I try to take the Bible at face value (where ever possible), otherwise it would be way too easy to minimize the possibility or likelihood of miracles, and just explain them away.

“In the context, the word day in Genesis 1 refers to six 24-hour days. Every time it appears with “evening and morning” or with a number like “sixth day,” it refers to a 24-hour day.” http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v5/n2/six-literal-days

It makes sense that day means day. Theologians world wide agree that the original audience, and everyone other than most modern theologians, believe the days were 24 hour days, and the order was the chronology. Modern day theologians change the original meaning of the text with what they are comfortable with – what popular science teaches. Yet, there are many scientists who believe evolution takes more faith than believing in a powerful God who created everything and sent Jesus to suffer and die for our sins and raise Him again on the third day.

Paul and Jesus used the creation story as if it were literal history. http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v7/n2/24-hours

Most church fathers believed it was 24 hour days. http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab/could-god-have-created-in-six-days

God does not lie, so why would He mean something other than what He said?

To believe it is NOT 24 hour days is to try to push our understanding of the universe from science onto our understanding of scripture. There are a number of scientists who believe the chronology and age of the Bible fit a young earth model.

As far as whether to believe in a young earth or an old earth, I think it boils down to how powerful you believe God is and can you trust God, and whether the Bible can the common man interpret the Bible in a nature way.  Is God powerful enough to create in a short period of time? Is God to be taken at face value?

For me, the answer to these questions is yes. So I think God used 6 literal days to create the universe, including earth, mankind, and all the plants and animals which were in it – without evolution.

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5 Responses

  1. If you are interested, I just published my Master’s thesis on “The Theological Meaning and Significance of Yom in Genesis 1” which (I hope) takes the conversation further.

  2. I agree with you that Biblical verses support the idea mankind and all other biological life forms were created about 6,000 years ago. As for the age of the angels, the universe and the earth, though, I disagree with you. The following are partial quotations from the page THE GAP THEORY on the website with the temporary internet address of temp.TithingHelpscom.officelive.com:

    “Genesis 1:1-2: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2. And the earth was without form, and void………” Although physical evidence indicates the Earth is far younger than evolutionists claim, especially the outer surface, an age limit of about 6,000 years for the Earth cannot be unquestionably proven Biblically because of the gap theory. Concerning the age of the Earth and heavenly phenomenon many Hebrew scholars believe that “was” in Genesis 1:2 “The earth was without form, and void……..” is an incorrect English translation in most Bibles. The original Hebrew word for “was” is “hayah,” number 1961 in Strong’s concordance, which can be translated “came to pass” or “became.” Here are some examples: In Genesis 19:26 the same hayah 1961 word appears and is translated “became” as Lot’s wife “became” (hayah 1961) a pillar of salt. Genesis 3:22: “Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man has “become” (hayah 1961) like one of Us, to know good and evil.” Genesis 2:7: “……..God……..breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man “became” (hayah 1961) a living soul.” Genesis 47:20: “……..the Egyptians sold every man his field……..so the land “became” (hayah 1961) Pharaoh’s.” In Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” the original Hebrew word for “created” is “bara,” number 1254 in Strong’s concordance, which means to create from previously nonexistent material with an emphasis on the initiation of an object, not the manipulation of it after its original creation. Bara 1254 has a relatively narrow definition. The Hebrew word for “made” in the Exodus verses (Exodus 20:11, 31:17) which state that the Earth and its life forms were made in 6 days, however, has a very different meaning. The Hebrew word is “asah,” number 6213, and its definition is much broader in scope and often emphasizes refining or fashioning objects or material already created. Some of the many meanings of asah 6213 include “to create, make, arrange, appoint, fashion, fulfill, furnish, finish, work,” and so on. “Lie waste, confusion, and worthless” are not words normally used to describe a new planet created within just the last few hours or days. Yet those are some of the definitions of the original Hebrew word “tohuw,” number 8414, often poorly translated into the English “without form” in Genesis 1:2. Tohuw 8414 has a very negative connotation which is inconsistent with Job 38:7 which mentions that angels sang and shouted for joy when the Earth was created, unless the Earth was severely damaged later by something such as a titanic battle between God and Satan. Also, in Isaiah 45:18 the Lord said that “………He created it (the Earth) not in vain………” The original Hebrew word for “in vain,” another sloppy translation, is tohuw 8414, the same tohuw 8414 appearing in Genesis 1:2. That important verse is worth repeating. God DID NOT originally create the Earth in a state of confusion, waste, and worthlessness. The way bara, asah, hayah, and tohuw is used in Genesis, Exodus, and Isaiah indicates that an original creation occurred in the distant past, then a secondary creation or “renewal” of the first creation occurred later more recently, in which the Earth would have an unknown age limit. Also, consider the illogical reasoning of mainstream creationists in their belief that the sun was created on what initially appears to be the fourth day according to Genesis 1:14-19. Genesis 1:3-5: “And God said, ‘Let there be light,” indicates an already existing source of light bright enough to establish day/night cycles on the Earth on the very FIRST day of the 6 days of re-creation. Apparently, the all out war between Satan and God was so intense that a massive amount of debris of all kinds, including dust perhaps, still surrounded the Earth either in the atmosphere immediately above it or possibly even on an interplanetary scale. The Lord had to remove the debris or somehow re-arrange it to let sunlight shine on the Earth. In Genesis 1:16 the original Greek word for “made” is “asah,” which does not necessarily mean that the sun was created from nothing on the fourth day. Most of the definitions of asah refer to a refinement of, refashioning of, or simply an appointing of the sun. The sun could simply have been repositioned at a more optimal location. Genesis 1:17: “And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,” supports the idea of some kind of repositioning of an already created sun. In addition, Genesis 1:11-19 makes little sense if sunlight dependent plants were created in the dark on the third day, an entire day before the sun was supposedly created on the fourth day. Why would the Lord create beautiful plants in the dark, plants that need sunlight from the sun for growth? Genesis 1:11-12 also indicates that a significant amount of plant growth may have occurred on the first day plants were created when the sun was still supposedly nonexistent, a process that normally requires sunlight. It is far more reasonable to believe that the angels, and the Earth, were created long before the 6 day week of re-creation.

  3. Wolfgang, I got all dizzy from reading your post. I got confused. Way too much intense thinking. I’m on my way out the door for a starbucks

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