ChristiaNet MallWorld's Largest Christian MallChristian BlogsFree Bible QuizzesFree Ecards and Free Greeting CardsLoans, Debt, Business and Insurance Articles

Was All Life Created In A Week

Was this earth and all life in it created within a week, or did it slowly evolve into that which we see today?

Join Our Christian Chat and Take The Creationism Quiz
 ---jerry6593 on 6/9/09
     Helpful Blog Vote (4)

Post a New Blog



It has been 2 days since the Lord's rez.,
if you look at it as a 1000 yrs a day and a day as a 1000 yrs., in fact we are early into the 3rd day since his rez.(sound familur?)

If you go by the word of God, were not that old, about 7000 yrs.

What the Lord say(?), that their was 12 generations from Adam to Abraham and 12 generations from Abraham to Him(Yahshua/Jesus).


Lets not forget that we used to live for about a 1000 yrs too though :)

trim your wicks and fill your lamps, He's Coming!
YLBD
---YLBD on 6/15/09


David: Your circumlocution notwithstanding, if we are still in the seventh day as you assert, then the first day has not yet started, and no one has to work. Yippee!

You also have the problem that the seventh day would be much longer than a thousand years - six thousand to be exact. So now you need to find a scripture that says "a day is as six thousand years." Good luck with that.
---jerry6593 on 6/15/09


Warwick, You're seeing only what you want to see!
You're saying "between one sunset and the next" While all the time saying sunset to "morning"
Are you reading what you write??
Can't you see what God is explaining to you?
Darkness-vague
Morning -bright
Of course they are the same length of time just as the days of the week are!
Every week they demonstrated creative days (in miniature)
---1st_cliff on 6/15/09


2Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not * ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Psalms 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
These are refering to God's timelessness and His patience. God created time and the signs to tell it. When God tells someone based on a schedule, it is for our benefit.
He not only rested on the 7th day for a sign,but also created the world in 6 days for a sign(7 day week).
---MIchael on 6/14/09


David thanks for the answer '..if a mere man says he is going away for 6 days, then that's what anyone would expect.'

In Genesis 1:5 God says 'one day' is the dark/light cycle as we see today-about 24hrs. Our 'day' not God's day-Scripture was written for us, not God!

In the Sabbath Commandment (Exodus 20:8) He commands His people to keep the Sabbath. Verse 11 'For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth,....., but He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.'

By your reasoning His people could not know what God meant by 'day.'

Having made nonsense of one Commandment are there others do you wish to negate?
---Warwick on 6/14/09




David, Peter isn't talking about creation, but about those who said Jesus was slow in returning. Peter points out that God does not measure time as we do, He being eternal therefore outside of time. Peter is not saying God's 'day' is of any length, well aware God has no 'days.'

The inescapable fact is Peter can only compare a 'day' to a 'thousand years' because we already know what these words mean! One being 24hours, and the other a thousand years.

BTW David, as you raised the issue have a look at verse 6- do you believe that 'All the high mountain under the entire heavens were covered', by Noah's flood?- Genesis 7:19. Do you believe that 'everything on dry land... died'-Genesis 7:22 or do you believe it was a local flood?
---Warwick on 6/14/09


'What constitutes one day? Darkness (night) then light (day). Exactly the same as every day we live.' (Warwick 6/14/09)

Of course, if a mere man says he is going away for 6 days, then that's what anyone would expect. But why do people like Warwick compare the Almighty to mere human beings?

Note how Peter expresses it: 'ONE DAY is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as ONE DAY.' 2 Pet. 3:8. (KJ)

Peter said: 'that ONE DAY is... as a thousand years.' What (to the Lord) constitutes one day, Warwick?

No one is saying the 7th day or any of the others are exactly 1000yrs in length, but ONE DAY with God IS AS a 1000yrs. Can we arbitrarily state each creative day is 24hrs long?
---David8318 on 6/14/09


1stCliff it appears you read neither Scripture, nor what people write.

In Genesis 1:5 God says evening (night) and morning (day) constitute 'one day.'

Therefore 'one day' is that period (part dark and part light) between one sunset and the next.

If God's creation days were just some vague unknowable creation periods why did He so carefully define a day as being composed of evening and morning?

Why did He (Exodus 20:8) say He created in 6 days and rested the 7th so His people should do exactly the same?

You must be saying the 7 days of the week are of indeterminate length. Not where I live!

Fantasy, Harry Potter would be proud of you!
---Warwick on 6/14/09


First, The vegetation created on day 3 would die pretty quickly if it didn't have sunlight until "a thousand years later" on the the next day. Second. The "day of rest" is in eternity existing outside of time. Scripturally you might come to the 7th day not yet ending, but I would have a hard time believing that everything else that has happened in scripture has occurred while God was resting. I think He was very involved and would be considered working during the destruction of Sodom and Gommorah, the Great Flood, the Exodus from Egypt, not to mention all the things that were done in Elijah and David's "day".
---scott_H on 6/14/09


2:2 And on the seventh day God ended(past tense) his work which he had made(past tense), and he rested(past tense) on the seventh day from all his work which he had made(past tense).
2:3 And God blessed(past tense) the seventh day, and sanctified(past tense) it: because that in it he had rested(past tense) from all his work which God created(past tense) and made(past tense).
And again it is not the 7th day that continues, it is the promise of our rest in Christ that continues. The 7th day ended so that the 8th day could start and so forth.
The Hebrews could not enter in due to unbelief even if they did keep the 7th day of the week holy.
You may change this to fit your opinions and what you consider logic.
James 3:13-18
---MIchael on 6/14/09




Whether one believes that the Creation was literally six of ouir days, or that the bible was metaphorically describing Creation & that it could have been over six immensely long periods, it is surely quite illogical to think that the seventh day has not yet ended.

If it had not yet ended, it would mean God is still resting ... and it is clear He is not.

Could He have been resting when He gave Moses the Law? or when ..., or when ... ?
---alan8566_of_uk on 6/14/09


Jerry6593 says I believe the 7th day will never end. In fact, I believe God's 7th day WILL end when the 'Lord of the Sabbath', the 'last Adam', Jesus Christ completes what the 'first Adam' failed to achieve- God's will on earth. 'Let your will be done on earth' the 'Lord of the Sabbath' taught us to pray. (1Cor.15:45,Mt.6:9,10)

Christ will accomplish God's will on earth at the end of his Millennial reign. If at the end of the 7th day YHWH declares the 7th day 'good', then I'm sure YHWH will say, 'And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, a seventh day.'

Why is it illogical to believe the 7th day is ongoing? jerry6593 obviously believes God is governed by earth's orbit around the sun. Jerry contradicts Heb.4:1-11.
---David8318 on 6/14/09


Warwick,The only time that "morning" ended a day is if you're on the night shift!!
Evening to evening was/is a full day in Jewish culture!
It was actually God's way of explaining creation. A creation day (time period) began Dark (vague an undefined) then by the finish of the time period it was bright as morning an a finished work!behold another creation day and He pronounced it "good"
As Jews observed the sabbath they were reenacting the creation days in miniature, separating them from the pagans.
---1st_cliff on 6/14/09


David: Your assertion that the Seventh Day is ongoing and of indefinite length is illogical. If the 7th day never ends, then the first day can't begin, and I'll never get any work done. That would make the Fourth Commandment self-contradicting in that it not only requires rest on the 7th day, but it also requires that I work on days 1-6.
---jerry6593 on 6/14/09


Genesis 1:3-5 God created light-the result was,'..there was evening and there was morning-one day.' What constitutes one day? Darkness (night) then light (day). Exactly the same as every day we live.

How does God describe the following five days? 'And there was evening and there was morning-a second day, a third day, a fourth day, a fifth day, the sixth day.' Creation was finished.

Having clearly established 'one day' as the period between sunset and the next sunset God calls the Sabbath the 7th day-therefore of the same length. See exodus 20:8-11

If lack of 'evening and morning' means the 7th day hasn't finished it also means it never began as evening and morning mark the beginning and end of a day!
---Warwick on 6/14/09


God never says that a creation day is a thousand years. Why do people keep saying this?

In the thousand year days idea Adam was created on the 6th day i.e. during the 6th one thousand year 'day' and lived less than a thousand years. Therefore he could not have made it to the seventh day, however we know He did. A fatal problem.

The straight forward reading of Scripture, that a creation day is one earth-rotation, makes sense, the other idea makes no sense at all!

Someone may like to answer this question. If I said I was going away for 6 days would anyone ask me how long my days are? If not why not?
---Warwick on 6/14/09


Read These Insightful Articles About Online Stores


If you think about it, in English 'day' has three meanings. It is the same in Hebrew, and other languages.

The three meanings can be summed up in one sentence~In my father' day by driving all day He could drive across Australia in 5 days.

What makes the last 'day' 24 hours? The adition of a number. There are 365 days in a year, 30 days in June, and always 7 days in a week. Is this not obviously so?

Then why do some persist in saying otherwise? Not for Biblical, linguistic or logical reasons obviously!
---Warwick on 6/14/09


ReallyOldGuy: "Warwick. I am convinced the entire bible points to Jesus."

On the contrary, it points to God the Father. He is the real power behind Jesus. When Jesus gave us an exqample of who to pray to, who was it? Who are we christians suppose to worship? We pray to God the Father in Jesus' name who is our mediator. There are many references in the new testament that refers to this.
---Steveng on 6/13/09


Warwick. I am convinced the entire bible points to Jesus. Because I believe Jesus is who he claimed to be I willingly follow his love command repeatedly stated in the gospel of John, defined in 1 Cor. 13. and detailed in Matthew 5-7. I do believe God created the world in six days. My salvation does not depend on ** deciding the speed of the earths rotation, ** the real meaning of the word day, ** declaring where Cain obtained his wife or **who the expressions "Sons of God" and "Sons of men" refers to. It depends on the Father seeing me only through the window of Christ's righteousness. Jerry I am 85 and I am sure God never misleads us.
---ReallyOldGuy on 6/13/09


Evidence suggests God's 7th day of rest has not ended. God has not declared the 7th day ending as He did with the previous 6.

The scriptures do not say: 'And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, a seventh day.'

This has not yet happened because God's Will for the earth is not yet complete. Christ, the 'Lord of the Sabbath' will ensure God's will is complete at the end of his Millennial reign.

To say it has ended is making the Bible inconsistent at Heb.4:1-11. God's rest could be a place, but one can spend 'time' in a place.

Jerry6593, of course the 7th day has been a long time from our perspective. But not from God's perspective. If 1000yrs are but one day, then God created Adam less than a week ago.
---David8318 on 6/13/09


Read These Insightful Articles About Business Training


Genesis 1:5 does not define 'day' in the creation account as a 24hr period. God is not governed by the earths orbit around the sun.

In the Genesis account of creation we have 'day' (Heb. 'yohm') used to refer to three different periods of time-

1. Daylight hours, as when we read: 'God began calling the light Day, but the darkness he called Night.' Ge.1:5

2. Both day and night, as when we read: 'There came to be evening and there came to be morning, a first day.'

3. The entire time period involved in creation of the heavens and the earth: 'This is a history of the heavens and the earth in the time of their being created, in the DAY that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.' Gen.2:4.
---David8318 on 6/13/09


ReallyOldGuy: Just how old are you? What do you make of the scripture:

Exo 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth?

If the first 3 days were anything but normal ~24 hr. days, don't you think that God was trying to mislead us in that verse?
---jerry6593 on 6/13/09


Tommy: Right on! I find it incomprehensible that people readily question the Word of God, but seem to never question the word of "science," regarding it as almost gospel. Scientists, like any other group of mere men, have their share of mistakes, deceptions and political agendas. As with the scriptures, our job is to "rightly divide" that which is true science from that which is false.
---jerry6593 on 6/13/09


ReallyOldGuy,you don't doubt God could create in 6-days but feel whatever you believe about this will not affect your salvation.

God defined what 'one day', in Genesis 1:5, confirmed by Exodus 20:8-11. Therefore do you not feel the position of a faithful Christian is to accept this as fact?

Consider:

Hebrews 11:3'By faith we understand the universe was formed...'

11:6 '..without faith it is impossible to please God..'

Romans 14:23 '...everything that does not come from faith is sin.'

What is there (other that mans failble, changing opinions) which stops us believing 6-day creation?

I am convinced by Scripture therefore that our beliefs about Genesis will effect our salvation.
---Warwick on 6/13/09


Send a Free Hi Friend Ecard


Warwick, I appreciate your comments and your reference to the Theophilus letter in your reply to Michael. Theo's statements reinforce God's ability to know in advance all things including men's thoughts. The letter (book) provides fascinating and inspiring reading but does require patience.

I do not doubt God's ability to complete the creation either instantly, in six days, or eons. While my salvation does not depend on my opinion of the timing of creation, I do find discussing such subjects to be enjoyable and educational.
---ReallyOldGuy on 6/12/09


It is clear in Genesis that the moon and sun were created on the fourth day. That means that the word "day" refers to a period of time, not any 24 hour period.
Science answers the Bible, it doesn't question it.
Since God did, in fact, create the universe and all that in them is, all discoveries of science can only confirm that fact. There is no discovery in science that refutes or conflicts with His creation. If we think it does, we are either entertaining a theory of science not based in fact, or we are misinterpreting the Bible. Tommy
---Thomas on 6/12/09


Michael I think Genesis 1:5 adequately answers that question. 'And there was evening and there was morning-one day.' There cannot be evening and morning without a light source and a rotating earth.

Interestingly in AD 180 Theophilus of Antioch, in a letter to Autolycus, said that God lit the earth with His own light, leaving the creation of the sun to day four as a statement against sun worship. God showed He can sustain the earth without the sun, it being something He created, not something to be worshiped.
---Warwick on 6/12/09


ReallyOldGuy day-length is controlled by the rate of earth-rotation, as we can see. The position or type of light source has no part to play in day's length.

The Scripture in Peter to which you refer was not about the length of day but written against those who were complaining about Jesus' return. It actually says that to God a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day-a different meaning than you inferred. It shows God is outside of time. We are not outside of time.

In Exodus 20:8-11 God shows that time, in this case days, were created for us, not for God. Therefore the length of day is from our perspective.

---Warwick on 6/12/09


Read These Insightful Articles About Software


The rotation of the Earth determines how long a day is. Did God create the Earth in full rotation on the first day or did He wait for the fourth day when He created the Sun to start it's rotation? The latter brings up some other questions.
---MIchael on 6/12/09


Phil the Elder: Um what? The Bible contains a bunch of trible stories created by different authors for the purpose of training the young? I think that there is a need for an explanation of your prior post.
---TIMOTHY on 6/12/09


Warwick and Really Old Guy, very interesting posts. No sun of course radically changes the behavior of the earth including orbit and the length of a day according to our understanding.

However sustaining the earth over 24 hour periods without the sun is possible only with God.

We do know God created man and animals as mature explaining the error pagans assume when aging fossils. And I wonder if days were shortened after sin which also bought us the curse of cold weather.
---larry on 6/12/09


The first few days of creation did not have a sun or moon in place to determine the length of an evening or a morning. As the day with the Lord is as a thousand years, how long are his evenings and mornings based on his time and not the non-existant sun?
---ReallyOldGuy on 6/12/09


Read These Insightful Articles About Advertising


David: Your assertion that the Seventh Day is ongoing and of indefinite length is illogical. If the 7th day is not 24 hours long, then this has been a reeeeealy long week. If the 7th day never ends, then the first day can't begin, and I'll never get any work done. That would make the Fourth Commandment self-contradicting in that it not only requires rest on the 7th day, but it also requires that I work on days 1-6.
---jerry6593 on 6/12/09


The 7th day is not continual, God's rest is.
God's rest is a place not a time.
God rested on the 7th day.
Today we can enter in to that rest.
God gave the Israelites the Sabbath to Observe. Even if they kept the day, they didn't necessarily enter into the rest of God.
Hence God is not contradicting himself when he says 'keep the sabbath' and 'they shall not enter into my rest'.
You may pick this apart as you see fit based on your reasoning.
May God bless us in our search for truth.
---MIchael on 6/12/09


David we know how long the 7th day is because God already defined what 'one day' is, in Genesis 1:5.

He confirms the length of day 7 day in Exodus 20: 8-11 calling it the Sabbath-same length as the preceeding 6. Otherwise people would unknowingly work on it and be executed.

Exodus 19:11 God tells His people to be ready by 'the third day.'-wash their clothes and vs. 15 to abstain from 'sexual relations.' vs 16 'on the morning of the third day..' it happened

If the days were of unknown length how would they know when to be there?

If the days were eons then there would have been no Israelites left having abstained from sexual relations!

Only the straight- forward reading makes sense!
---Warwick on 6/11/09


ReallyOldGuy, in English, Hebrew etc 'day' has three meanings:

1) Daylight. A 'day' at the beach!

2) A long but unbounded period of time, never a specific period-e.g. 'in my father's day' i.e. when my father was around.

3) When accompanied by a number i.e. 3rd day or 3 days it always means 24hrs.

There are 365 days per year, 30 days in June. Everyone knows what length these days are, don't they?

In Genesis God defines 'one day' as having evening and morning, as we still do. But 'day' in Genesis 2:4 is no. 2. It doesn't matter whether you believe the creation days were 24hrs, or 1000yrs plus it means 'when' the heavens and the earth were created. Therefore it does not contradict the 6-days being 24hrs each.
---Warwick on 6/11/09


Read These Insightful Articles About Eating Disorders


David we can only interpret literature, including the Bible, if language has meaning. God carefully defined 'one day' Genesis 1:5-that time period containing evening and morning. All that is needed is a revolving earth and a fixed light source. This God calls 'one day.'

If we still cannot know what 'one day' means (as you suggest) then language is meaningless & we can have no confidence in what the rest of Scripture means.

It is all very simple, just answer a question: If I said-I am going away for 6 days, would you ask-how long are your days?
---Warwick on 6/11/09


Genesis 2:4:These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

So God created the heavens and earth in generations. But wait the next phrase states God made the heavens and the earth in THE DAY. Of what length of time was THE DAY. Who can say that IF I believe the creation day is more than 24 hours I must also believe in evolution? I do believe Genesis records the exact order of creation. Archeological findings in the fossil stratus completely support the Genesis description. Taking time to create has nothing to do with the idea of evolution.
---ReallyOldGuy on 6/11/09


So, Phil the Elder, when do you believe the Bible stops becoming 'a story' and starts becoming historical record?
Adam? Noah? Abraham? Jacob? Moses? David? or maybe the whole old testament is a story and the new testament is historical?
Where would you like to draw the line sir?
---MIchael on 6/11/09


If you don't believe that the universe was created in six days, then you don't believe that Jesus healed people in a very short period of time - sometime even instantly.

Jesus even brought a person back to life within minutes - rearranging the cells of the body to it's original living form. That, in itself, should make you bleieve that God created the universe within days - creating and rearranging atoms to form the planets, the sun and the stars.
---Steveng on 6/11/09


Read These Insightful Articles About Travel Packages


Phil there are not two creation stories. In ch. 1 God gave necessary details of the 6-day creation. In ch. 2 there is a 'fleshing out' of aspects of this creation.

Jesus is creator and did not know of 2 accounts. In Mark 10:6 when explaining the basis of marriage He quoted from Genesis 1:27 & 2:24 with no hint of there being two creation stories.

What I read into the story is what God put there, no more, no less. Do not tell me Genesis, which Jesus and the apostles quoted from always as sober fact, is some tribal story. Are you aware they quoted from, or alluded to Genesis 1-11 no less than 107 times? Always as sober history.

Strange isn't it that the Bible is your source, you have no other, but you contradict it!
---Warwick on 6/11/09


With Respect to the two creation stories in Genesis. are both tribal stories originally oral traditions and eventually written down, Both have different authorship. The purpose of the 6 day story is to show that the god of the Hebrews is greater than all other gods of the peoples around them for Elohim can Baragh - create with out using raw materials and provide a reason for resting on the Sabbath. don't try to read more into the story the the story teller intended to communicate. These are not factual accounts of anything they are just tribal stories, they were designed to transmit religious concepts to the younger members of the tribe and nothing more than that.
---Phil_the_Elder on 6/11/09


Why would the interpretation of scripture be 'hopeless' if the Genesis word 'day' is not a 24hr period?

Why does one assume, just because the Genesis word 'day' is numbered, it must be a 24hr period?

Does this mean then that 'God's day of rest' being called the 'seventh day' (Gen.2:2), it is also 24hrs in length? If so, where is the declaration: 'And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, a seventh day'?

If 'God's day of rest' has ended then God's word is made illogical at Hebrews 4:1-11 because Christians are encouraged there to enter into God's 'rest'.

The 'first day' discusses Light and the division between day and night. Gen.1:3-5. The heavens and the earth have already been created- Gen.1:1-2.
---David8318 on 6/11/09


Obewan years ago evolutionists began writing about micro and macro evolution. Some suggest they did so to cloud the issue!

Variation in dogs occurs because God designed variability in.
---Warwick on 6/10/09

I don't disagree. You will notice I put scare quotes around my use of the word "evolved". That is in line with the spirit of the OP question. I think breeds did in fact "evolve" but not in the sense of huge random changes claimed by the real evolutionists.

Then too, we have the issue of new strains of flu virus that mutate and become resistent to anti-biotics. That is through selective breeding, and is the example of micro-evolution most "evolutionists" would cite.
---obewan on 6/11/09


Read These Insightful Articles About Credit Repair


There is no dispute that the Jewish Sabbath day, the 7th day of the week was a 24hr period. That is not the issue. The issue really is God's day of rest- Is 'God's seventh day' a 24hr period? Previously posted is scriptural evidence that God's 7th day was not only running in Paul's day, but also in ours. God has not yet said with regard to the 7th day: 'And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, a seventh say'. Thus, God's 7th day of rest has been running for over 6000 years. That obviously cannot LITERALLY be compared to the Sabbath day of 24hrs, although setting aside the 7th day of the week as commanded, the Israelites would have been reminded of the sacred nature of God's 7th day and used it for spiritual matters.
---David8318 on 6/11/09


Genesis 1:5 is not defining a 'day-length' of 24hrs. In fact as previously posted, Gen.1:5 is an example of how the Hebrew word for 'day' (yohm) is used in Genesis for different periods of time. In this verse, it is only the 'daylight' hours that are described as 'day', perhaps only 12hrs at best.

'Day' as used in the Bible can include summer and winter, the passing of seasons. (Zechariah 14:8) 'The day of harvest' involves many days. (Proverbs 25:13, Genesis 30:14.) A thousand years are likened to a day. (Psalm 90:4, 2 Peter 3:8, 10) 'Judgment Day' covers many years. (Matthew 10:15, 11:22-24) It would seem reasonable that the 'days' of Genesis could likewise have embraced long periods of time, maybe millenniums?
---David8318 on 6/11/09


It is no contradiction to say God's day of rest is not a 24hr period, and it is neither illogical. Rather, to say God's 7th day of rest has ended IS contradicting God's word at Hebrews 4:1-11. And again, nowhere in the scriptures do we find said with regard to the 7th day: 'And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, a seventh day.'

Can anyone show any scriptures that declare God's 7th day of rest as having ended, to correspond with the ending of the previous six, supposed '24 hour' creative days?

Simple answer is no. Why not? Because God's 7th day is still running. If the 7th day has lasted over 6000 years, then it is reasonable to conclude the previous six 'days' lasted longer than 24hrs.
---David8318 on 6/11/09


Phil: The Hubble telescope has indeed thrilled many with its astounding photos. It has created more questions than answers to those who ascribe to the secular (Big Bang) theory of origins. The 14 Billion light year distance is only a calculation based on the faulty assumption of this origin, and relies exclusively on the invariability of the Hubble "constant" - a quantity whose value seems to keep changing. If the Hubble "constant" is correct, then there exist quasars that are traveling at 8 times the speed of light - not a likely circumstance.
---jerry6593 on 6/11/09


Read These Insightful Articles About Christian Products


David wrote 'Planet Earth (and 'the heavens'), were created before the 6 creative periods began. Planet Earth could have existed billions of years before the first Genesis 'day'.'

Please supply Scriptural evidence for this.

Regarding 'day'-length the 19th century liberal Professor Marcus Dods, New College, Edinburgh wrote 'if for example the word 'day' in these chapters does not mean a period of 24hrs, the interpretation of Scripture is hopeless.'

There are no 'time units' in Genesis, only God created evening and morning, earth-rotation days. He should know.

The word 'day' without a number can mean daylight or a long, unbounded period of time. The Genesis 'days' all have a number, therefore = 24hrs.
---Warwick on 6/10/09


Phil 'the little matchbox' you say Betty has God in, is His word, the Bible. Those of us who trust God trust His word, knowing we know very little while He knows all. Whatever we discover he was there long before us. How feeble, sinful and arrogant man is!

Man's ideas about evolution and long-ages keep changing as new evidence contradicts the old. If such ideas were capable of scientific proof then we would have to think again. But they are not.

The available evidence confirms what God has already told us. That's what my numerous scientist friends and acquaintenances say.
---Warwick on 6/11/09


David God defined day-length in Genesis 1:5. He knows that a day is the cycle of night and day, darkness and light, having created it! He describes the following 5 days the same so they are earth-rotation 24hr days. If not then God cannot communicate and language is meaningless.

In Exodus 20:8 God says He created in 6 days, rested the 7th, the Sabbath. 'Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.' To claim this is not a 24hr day is contradicted by God's word, and is ilogical.

See Exodus 31:14-17 where God says the Sabbath, the 7th day, is a 24hr day and says twice that anyone who works on this day is to be put to death. It therefore has to be a 24hr day!
---Warwick on 6/10/09


In the Genesis account of creation we have 'day' (Heb. 'yohm') used to refer to three different periods of time-

1. Daylight hours, as when we read: 'God began calling the light Day, but the darkness he called Night.'

2. Both day and night, as when we read: 'There came to be evening and there came to be morning, a first day.'

3. The entire time period involved in creation of the heavens and the earth: 'This is a history of the heavens and the earth in the time of their being created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.' Gen. 1:5, 2:4.

Nowhere does Jesus say the 6 creative days were 24hrs in length.

Evidently, the 7th day of rest is still running.
---David8318 on 6/10/09


Read These Insightful Articles About Christian Divorce


Obewan years ago evolutionists began writing about micro and macro evolution. Some suggest they did so to cloud the issue!

They claimed that given enough time micro changes would add up to macro changes. That is the variations we see in dogs for example would lead to a dog becoming something which is not a dog.

This is wrong. For one kind of creature to become another kind requires large amounts of completely new, unique genetic information, which was not there.

Variation in dogs occurs because God designed variability in. It is the opposite of macro evolution as no new genetic information occurs. Actually there is loss, as the new variety of dog has lost some of the genetic information their predecesor had.
---Warwick on 6/10/09


I don't know if it took a week or billions of years. It seems the universe is billions of years old, judging from astronomers' calculations.
---eric1968 on 6/10/09


Betty, this is the definition of a light year.
lightyear noun
Date:
1888

1 : a unit of length in astronomy equal to the distance that light travels in one year in a vacuum or about 5.88 trillion miles (9.46 trillion kilometers)

Have you ever taken the time to look at any photos from the Hubble telescope there are some that are over 14 billion light years away. These heavenly bodies are very beautiful and YHWH made them all. It is time to take God out o the little matchbox you try to keep him in.
---Phil_the_Elder on 6/10/09


obewan- cross-breeding is not evolution.

---Betty on 6/10/09

Maybe not by your definition, but by most evolution texts it is. It is the premise of evolutionary theory. They say "changes" occur through breeding over time.

The way the blog question is worded is what tricked me. I believe that "different" dog "breeds" did "evolve" over time, but not in the sense of a dog evolving from a rat.

I don't think that God created a Doberman and a German Shepherd at the same time. But who knows what order they came in?
---obewan on 6/10/09


Read These Insightful Articles About Christian Marriage


david- God said what He meant. He is not limited in power. Are you an Encyclopedian or a Christian. Was man there to know what happened at creation? No. Jesus was there, and He did not deny that Heaven and earth were created in six days.
---Betty on 6/10/09


I'm gonna beleive God, not only because Jesus beleived God, but also because the Bible testifies to itself.
There is support for a literal six day creation from many angles as presented by the previous posts.
---MIchael on 6/10/09


Planet Earth (and 'the heavens'), were created before the 6 creative periods began. Planet Earth could have existed billions of years before the first Genesis 'day'.

A Religious Encyclopedia (Vol. I, p. 613) observes: 'The days of creation were creative days, stages in the process, but not days of twenty-four hours each.' Edited by P. Schaff, 1894.

The entire period of the six time units or creative 'days' dedicated to the preparation of planet Earth is summed up in one all-embracing 'day' at Genesis 2:4: 'when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.'
---David8318 on 6/10/09


obewan- cross-breeding is not evolution.

david- Since God was powerful to create in the first place, why would he have to wait for evolution? It would be an incomplete work. The Bible says that heaven and earth were created in six days, it did not say it was an on-going process. God looked at all He had created and saw that it was good before He created man. Each day He created new things and pronounced them good before He created on the next day.
---Betty on 6/10/09


Read These Insightful Articles About Debt Consolidation


OBEWAN: I have no issue with your statement, there is clear evidence that several species evolved within themselves but not across species as evolution suggests. I guess the interpretation of the questions purpose must be supplied by the writer as the wording is somewhat slippery. However I do believe that the genetic coding for any species mutation was completed in that six days.
---TIMOTHY on 6/10/09


Warwick- You made a good point about the evening and the morning verses.
---Betty on 6/10/09


The question says was ALL life created within one week.

I do not believe in drastic evolution like from slime to an ape to a person, but I do believe in evolution in the form of selective breeding.

For example, birds with better beaks eat better and end up in dominance.

And, not all dogs were created in the first six days. There are probably hundreds of different breeds that have evolved from the original dogs over a period of thousands of years. And new breeds are being created today from cross breeding. The same might be true with other species or even with humans. I mean, what "breed" is a mulato?
---obewan on 6/10/09


All six creative days have ended, it being said regarding the sixth day (also for each of the preceding five days): 'And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, a sixth day.'

However, this statement is not made regarding the 7th day, on which God proceeded to rest, indicating that it continued. (Ge.2:1-3)

More than 4,000 years after the seventh day began, Paul indicated that it was still in progress (Hebrews 4:1-11). 'Let us therefore do our utmost to enter into that rest.' By the apostle's time, the 7th day had been continuing for thousands of years and had not yet ended.

Exodus20:8-11 does not prove God's creative week is six, 24hr periods because the 7th day has run for 1000's of yrs.
---David8318 on 6/10/09


Read These Insightful Articles About Refinancing


Genesis 1, The universe was created in six days, "the the evening and morning". Genesis 2:2, "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made." Only someone who was there could testify to the facts, but I will take Gods word for it. There has been some adaption though, and we are subject still to the effects of the fall.
---Glenn on 6/9/09


Anyone who knows Hebrew poetry understands Genesis ch. 1 is not poetry. If Genesis is poetry then so are the 10 commandments!

There is only one version of creation, and that done in 6 days. God defines the length of one day in Genesis 1:5- '....And there was evening and there was morning-one day.' We still use that definition to define one day, it being that time period composed of evening and morning, darkness and light, 24hrs. Everyone therefore knows how long 6 days are!

In Exodus 20:8 God confirms (as if this were necessary) the length of His 6 creation days and 1 of rest by saying they are the same as our 7 day week.

If God did not want us to believe in 6-day creation why did He so specifically define it?
---Warwick on 6/9/09


Amand when we 'focus upon Jesus' we see that He and the apostles clearly believed Genesis to be factual history, quoting from or alluding to Genesis 1-11, as sober fact, 107 times! Should we not accept that the Creator both knows what happened and tells the absouute truth?

The NT also teaches that the early events of Genesis are the only foundation for the reason that Jesus came to die in our place, and rise again. If Genesis is not historical fact then Jesus did not know this! Also we therefore have no historical foundation for the gospel!

Who are you going to believe sinful falible men who were not there or the perfect Creator God? Easy isn't it?
---Warwick on 6/9/09


I think rather than struggling over an issue in the Bible, we should instead focus on Jesus. We are not going to know everything. It sometimes seems as if we are consumed with knowing everything. Even if we know we can't know everything while on this Earth, we sometimes wonder if we will know everything when we finally make it to Heaven. It's not important to know everything. It's important to know Jesus.
---amand6348 on 6/9/09


Read These Insightful Articles About Franchises


Gen 1:1 "In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth." STOP. If you can not get past this first line of the Bible then don't read on, the rest of the book is not for you. This is the first litmus test, the first seperation of the wheat from the tare. There is a reason that this account appears first in the Bible, why it is the first sentence. I can not fully explain the process but this is the faith part of our walk. We can not pick and choose our favorite parts of the Bible or the parts that are most easily defensible. God made it very clearin Genesis 1, believe it or stop wasting everyones time and move on.
---TIMOTHY on 6/9/09


Read your Bible. There is NO such thing as evolution - the Earth and everything in it was created by God in six days. Things visable were created by things invisable - Earth and all in it was created by God through Holy Spirit, spoken words (sound), and light.
---Leslie on 6/9/09


God created the heavens and the earth in seven literal days. Why would He need to wait so long to do it? He is all-powerful God Almighty. Nothing is impossible unto Him.
---Betty on 6/9/09


philelder- Why are you trying to cast doubts on the Bible and God's ability to create things so fast? Beware of bearing false witness about the Bible. Light years are a figment of man's imagination. Who could ever prove it is true? Nobody. Who could ever have discovered light years? Nobody-it's a theory-a fairy tale.
---Betty on 6/9/09


Read These Insightful Articles About Lead Generation


Darwin's Galapagos experience proves certain elements of evolution theory as fact, however these principles of our existence existed long before one man made observations of it. Is evolution true? In part yes, but it fails when trying to explain the origin of life.

The creation week remains unfailingly true, as Jesus himself quoted the Genesis in explanation of proper marital relationships.

The Judeo/Christian creation account is the only origin theory that begins outside of time as we know it. (2 tim 1:9, Titus 1:2) The evolutionist holds a theory that time existed even before we knew there was time which is partially correct, his assumption however insists that the universe is formed of cosmic chance devoid of purpose.
---Pharisee on 6/9/09


I'd answer your either/or question with a "Yes."

Remember, God doesn't perceive time the same way we do.

Next, since the sun wasn't created till the third day, and we measure days by the earth's rotation, it's unlikely that the first two "days" were terresitial ones.
---Cluny on 6/9/09


Since there are multiple creation accounts contained n the modern Bible. The older one day account starting in Gen. 2:4b, the more poetic 6 day account starting starting at Gen. 1:1. John's account of it being spoken into existence at the beginning of his gospel and old account in Job ans several in Psalms. Non of the accounts should be treated as a factual explanation God made the universe. How he did it is immaterial theologically we can see from the Hubble telescope that the universe is greater then 14.6 billion light years in radius from our view point and we are certainly not the center of the universe. God made it it works and you can ask YHWH how he did it after the resurrection of the dead and judgement.
---Phil_the_Elder on 6/9/09


Copyright© 1996-2015 ChristiaNet®. All Rights Reserved.