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God Created The World In 7 Days

Did God really create the world in 7 days in what we would consider to be 7 days?

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We now read-what was written then.Written in ancient Hebrew-some aramaic-and greek.
Unlike our English alphabet,each ancient Hebrew letter holds a meaning.For this cause each letter formed-defines the words written-God inspired.My encouragment is to see what was written in the ancient Hebrew.Not to discourage. The Holy Spirit teaches regardless of what bible version you read.
Acrostic Psalm 119- Has a letter before each verse-the first word of each verse is defined throughout the verse itself.(Some english omit)
The Word of God is inspired by God down to each letter-God is aleph to Tav-Alpha and Omega-Beginning to End.
This does not change.
---char on 6/14/10

And yet God told Israel after the Exodus that He created in 6 days, well past pictographs and recorded by Moses in Hebrew.
Well before greek translations.
shesh yowm- six days as Israel understood a day to be- nothing abstract about it.
---micha9344 on 6/13/10

Your statement includes survival of hebraic mixed with Roman-greco-thinking-beautifully put.

Your words//...seem to get my arms around(action) how Dinosaurs fit in, when and for that matter why?(Roman-greco)//

Genesis-is greek not hebrew the abstract mix is evident in translation.My understanding-God has given us dim sight for a reason.In this day-morning and evening-Light and obsurity is the cycle of man.In this day-whatever reason- Dinosaurs no longer exist,just evidience-maybe? Fossil fuel and "He moveth his tail like a cedar" (Job40:17).Just as with a Host(now army) in heaven and glimps of before(all sang-harmony) Job38:7 Humbled before God-Comparison in wisdom?-we know there's none.Lam5:17,1Cor13:12
---char on 6/13/10

6/12/10-Good thoughts.
Going back to the origin of writings-the hebrew used pictures first-then words.(pictorgraphs)
The thinking was concrete action not abstract(past-present or future)as today.
Ex: a picture of a nose meant-anger,Why?
When one is angered-thier nostrils flare.
A picture of a hand and what looks close to an m is day-why? You use your hands to work, the mm-is a picture of water current moving when you put them together it is what they did during the day-they worked.
What's the point? As you read scripture, the evidence of Greco-Roman translation is evident.Hebraic -Bereshyt-gives a story of action-not a absolute time-of beginning(abstract thought) as the translators attempted.
---char on 6/13/10

Higgins being an ex-farm boy I can tell you that foals can gallop and avoid holes and fences within 20 minutes of being born. God has created them this way for survival.

Considering this I have no problem understanding God created Adam as a fully functional, intelligent and knowledgeable adult. All programmed in by the first and far the best programmer. We are fearfully and wonderfully made.
---Warwick on 6/13/10

Gen 1:1 God made the universe.
v2 Earth was formless(liquid), empty, and dark
vv3-5,14-19 Lightened that which was dark.
vv6-10 Formed that which was formless.
vv11-13,20-30 Filled that which was void (empty).
v31 Everything was very good...and will be again.
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
---micha9344 on 6/12/10

Higgins, Char, Donna66, Jerry, Micha and Warwick always thank you.

Its 6 days whether we accept it or not and the only issue is the length of the days. I thank God for the brother and sisters in Christ who illuminate questions of creation and faith with scripture and interpretation.

What I have trouble grasping is 1:1 of "void and without form" and was that glob there before time began denoting an old earth that is actually older than time and followed by 6 days of creation.?

And in spite of the great efforts from Warwick, Cluny and others to explain it I can seem to get my arms around how Dinosaurs fit in, when and for that matter why?
---larry on 6/12/10

I apologize, I didn't have enough sets of zeros.
6 days is 86,400,000,000,000,000,000,000 (or 8.64x10^22) times slower than 6 trillionths of a nanosecond.
It seems God created quite a bit slower than He could have, but not as slow as people seem to suggest He did.
Why? To set up the calendar week of course. He did set up the day, lunar month, and solar year after all.
Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
---micha9344 on 6/12/10

To my understanding-The glory of God is beyond human(adam)comprehension.Since our eyes are closed-we see things dimly.Only In-Christ-through the Word of God-by His Spirit is Light to see.Bereshyt records the declaration of the End from the Beginning.Is46:10.Mk13:23

We are given truth,which we see in a dim view of when the sun,moon and stars were filled in heaven as signs and seasons-foretelling-of the ONE to come.Gen1:14-19,Jer10:2,Ps19-all
The sons of God(Job38:7)now divided-the beginning of the Host formed(bara)as army.Gen2:4,2Kg6:17
A beginning of this day-God declares His Victory-Gen3:15/Rev21:23-Gen37:9/Rev12-all
---char on 6/12/10

Isa 55:8-9 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
God created male and female before day 7-Gen 1:27
God created male-Gen 2:7
Adam named animals-Gen 2:20
God created female-Gen 2:22
God said 'be fruitful and multiply' before day 7-Gen 1:28
Adam was created able to understand, reason, work, decide, have authority, and communicate. A fully functioning, knowledgeable human adult.
---micha9344 on 6/12/10

Since God did not create in 6 trillionths of a nanosecond and chose 6 days to be a sign for the week, does that say that God rushed it?
1 day = 86,400 seconds
6 days is 86,400,000,000,000,000 times slower than 6 trillionths of a nanosecond.
---micha9344 on 6/12/10

Dear Donna66:

What I find hard to get around is the sudden life of Adam. I picture The Almighty intently watching His prized creation as Adam opened his eyes for the first time. I can see The Almighty watching with excitement as Adam first noticed his own hand and how it moved. I can see Our Father laughing as He watched Adam running through the meadows and discovering a strange wetness called water while watching animals drink and swim.

But, some tell us that Adam and His Father didn't have time for self-discovery and pleasure because Adam had to do his chores, name all the creatures on the planet, feel lonely, make time to go under the knife and recover just in time to meet Eve before nightfall. I just can't see it.
---Higgins on 6/12/10

In the beginning was the Word... first words we have written are hebraic.
The poetry of the hebriac writings are repetitive. This form was considered inproper english so was changed.
An example: hebrew writing would be-
The painter,painted the painting.
For english proper it would be change to read,
The artist, painted on the canvas.
How many times can you change morning and evening? Day and night? it could have been from Sun rise to sun set. If we move pass the 24hr debate and observe the end from beginning as told, we could see morning is light and wisdom yoked with evening-darkness and obscurity.Cycle for man
until-the Day of the Lord-In that day-we transform-He is our Light. Until then we see dimly-obscure-as night.
---char on 6/12/10

Higgins God defines one day in Genesis 1:3-5. He says "And there was evening and there was morning-the first day." Evening is the end of daytime. Morning the end of nighttime. This describes only an ordinary 24hr day.

The following 5 creation days follow this exact evening/morning pattern therefore are of equal length.

Then in Exodus 20:8-11 God commands the Israelites to work 6 days, rest the seventh. Why? "For in 6 days the Lord made the heavens and the earth..." Therefore both "6 days" are of equal 24hr length.

You may believe what you like but what you believe is contrary to God's word. Why do you therefore hold such a view? Not for Biblical reasons.
---Warwick on 6/12/10

char: Thanks for the explanation. I agree with Donna66 that God seemed to go to great lengths to convey the notion that He created in six literal days and established the Sabbath rest on the seventh day to commemorate that creation. This is especially forceful in His own account in Exo 20:8-11. My question to those who believe in a creation other than six literal days is: What is it that causes you to believe in an alternate account? Certainly not the Bible - it gives no hint of such a creation. It must be the flawed pseudoscientific imaginings of the secular humanists. But I can't seem to get them to admit it. Further, if God did indeed create in a time frame other than that recorded in scripture, then He is a deceiver.
---jerry6593 on 6/12/10

I could easily believe that the "days" in the Genesis account of creation were some indefinite period (other than 24 hours) of time that we could not pin down. it would avoid a lot of difficult questions.But it strikes me that that the Scripture takes special pains to say:
(Gen 1:5) And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Gen 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day

Gen 1:13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

The narrative continues repeating specifically words evening(dark) and morning(light).. for each of six days.

---Donna66 on 6/11/10

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

I do NOT believe in a literal 6 days of creation. Is it possible for the Almighty to have created everything in 6 days? Well, sure, in fact The Almighty could have created everything within 6 trillionths of a nano-second if He wanted to, but why would He? I mean, what was the hurry?

I know my Father in Heaven to be the greatest Artist, Architech and Engineer of all time. Our Father loves to create things of beauty and enjoys the creative process, but I find myself asking why The Almighty would feel pressed to create the cosmos, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals and man within one week. I have known Almighty YaHWeH for many years and I can tell you that I have never known Him to rush anything.
---Higgins on 6/11/10

1st-before God-His thought are so much higher then ours.
2nd-before brothers and sisters,In-Christ.
There's so much to the story of Beginnings-
I will only encourage. The understanding of the Hebraic perspective-helps. There's much missed in translation to English,mixed with the roman-greek perspective. This is where the contrast of concrete action and abstract-clash.
Definitive point-not taking my word-your word or anyone elses word for truth-but to rely on the Word of God-seeking scripture.Encouraging others-in love-to wait-trust the Holy Spirit to confirm.He will teach.

Bereshyt-states-In Beginning God(Jn1:1)-an action of filling-separating and dividing-in six days-follows.
---char on 6/11/10

char: And your point is .....?
---jerry6593 on 6/11/10

It is obvious to me those who say the days of creation were not ordinary 24hr days are not getting this from Scripture.

Why believe God created at all (which we get only from God's word) if you do not believe 6 24hr days, which comes from the same word of God? Do people imagine some of His word is right and some wrong?

How do we decide what bits are right and what bits are wrong? Why believe Jesus rose again? Maybe that bit of Scripture is wrong?

But maybe it is all God's revealed Truth, the only Truth there is!
---Warwick on 6/10/10

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Bereshyt-Inbeginning-God is the beginning-Complete.Light comes from within Him-He calls it out.
God declares the End from the beginning.
Light-shLM- in hebrew comes from three pictures(pictorgraph).First picture is an ox-meaning strenght and power and is the letter "A".
Second is a mans arms with open hands-meaning an agreement or Yoking two together an is the letter "Y".
Third is a mans head,meaning the top of a man and the letter "r".
Yoked Power-From the begninng-the yoking together
Gen 1:3-2Cor4:6
For God,Who commended the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give]light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
---char on 6/10/10

My understanding-
Ex 20:11
For[in] six days the Lord(made-ahsh)heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them[is] and rested the seventh day: whererfore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Six days God (ahsh)worked to fill the heaven and the earth.
Six is the number for man-seven is the number for spiritual completion.
Create(bara) means to fill or fatten Gen1:1.Gen1:26 Man(flesh) was not made from nothing, he was formed from dust-earth.
on the sixth(ww)day(yom).

God's Kingdom is eternal and unseen-the heaven and earth-is its image(flection).Heb11:1-3
The fattening and filling of Heaven and earth for adam(mankind-flesh) begins the story-In bereshyt(hebrew). The greek roman translation is Genesis.
---char on 6/10/10

every single time day(yom) is followed by a number it is interpretated, translated, unerstood as a typical day with only 1 morning and 1 evening. Why then would Gen 1 be different if it has all the same symptoms, evidence, criteria, M.O.?
---micha9344 on 6/9/10

James: "We are not told about how long a day is"

God made it perfectly clear (Exo 20:8-11) that we were to work six days and rest on the holy seventh day. He further specified (Lev 23:32) that a day lasts from sundown to sundown - a period that is consistently about 24 hours - never thousands or millions of years.

What would make you think that creation took anything other than six literal days? The opinion of some secular humanist professor perhaps?
---jerry6593 on 6/9/10

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LOL actually light was created before the sun

There was darkness and light ( not sunlight) before the sun, and there was evening and moring before the sun

So hus said the lord: Genesis 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Leave it to God to make light, and then make the sun.
---francis on 6/8/10

Jerry, while I agree that the days SEEM to be 24 hours (no evidence to prove otherwise) in the first three days, since there was no sun or moon, exactly HOW time was calculated, before the sun or moon, is hard to say

Yes, God does say 'day', and clearly everyone took that to be 24 hours, but your statement 'God says you are wrong' is maybe a bit too much

We are not told about how long a day is, there are a [very limited] number of cases where the Hebrew word is also used for a period of time, though that is rare

But in general I agree that 24 hours is correct
---James on 6/8/10

Exodus 20:11 For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Exodus 31:17 It [is] a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
--And ye say it wasn't six days.
--If God said it, why not believe it?
Genesis 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
---micha9344 on 6/7/10

"God did make the world in 6 days but it most likely is not 6 /24 hour days.. 1 day can be 1 billion years more or less."
---Mina_Hanna on 6/7/10

God says you are wrong.

Exo 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

How could we possibly work 6 billion years and rest 1 billion years. Unprovable man-made theories are no substitute for the truth of God's Word.
---jerry6593 on 6/8/10

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god is omnipotent and not bound to the things humans are bound to. that includes time as well. God did make the world in 6 days but it most likely is not 6 /24 hour days.. 1 day can be 1 billion years more or less.
---Mina_Hanna on 6/7/10

We are limited-in flesh.
God isn't.
Six days-day and number of man.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen...
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God,so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
vs13...strangers and pilgrams on the earth.
Gods kingdom is not limited or subjected to mans limited-timeframe-it is eternal.
2Kings 6:17And Elisha prayed, and said,"Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see."And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw,and ,behold,the mountain[was]full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
-A completely different world then this one-
---char on 6/6/10

Chabella -- How come it took God 6 days to
create the world? You're asking the wrong people. God's the only one with the exact answer.

The nice thing about being God is, you can do things any any you want. It could be He knew how much daylight and how much dark would be optimum for all the fauna and flora he was creating. It may be He wanted to establish a system of days and weeks on earth for man to measure time. The fact that He used 6 days to create the world, probably has less to do with creating the earth, than with how life on earth was to proceed.
---Donna66 on 6/6/10

"Umm just one question ..."
---Chaballa on 6/4/10

Congrats for digging this one up from the past. Actually you asked more than one question, but your following anti-Bible, university 101 pseudoscientific drivel is what concerns me. Why did God take six (not seven) days to creat and rest the seventh? For you! So that you could rest every Sabbath day. God's creation was instanteneous.

Psa 33:9 For he spake, and it was done, he commanded, and it stood fast.

The estimates of the number of galaxies and age of the universe you give are flawed with false assumptions.
---jerry6593 on 6/6/10

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Moderator is funny, Moderator is correct. "In the beginning God created". Genesis 2:2>>>"By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done....God was not tired. But, we do get tired. So rest on the Sabbath.
---catherine on 6/6/10

God has the power, authority, and ability to create in any timeframe, but He chose 6 days, Why?
To set up the week which includes the day of rest.
There is no other reason to follow a 7 day cycle than from the creation week.
He established all references for time on creation week.
The universe being 14.4 billion years old is a fallacy. You will know this to be true because this number has changed many times and will continue to change dramatically as so-called science has to fit in all they have imagined.
---micha9344 on 6/5/10

Umm just one question, if God is sooo powerful how come it took him 6 days to create the world? couldn't he do it in 6 nano seconds, n he won't need a rest after that, even Superman or Santa Claus don't get tried.

And fact is there are 200+ billion galaxies in the universe, and each galaxy has at least 200 billion stars(solar systems). Universe is ~14 billion years old, so if u do the math..

Lets say it would take God ~2 weeks (including all the planets n rest time) to create an average solar system. At that rate it would take God ~7.7 billion years to create just one galaxy, ~1.5 trillion years to creat the whole universe.
---Chaballa on 6/4/10

People people, please remember the flood. If the crust of the earth was broken open and the fountais of the deep rushed out and it rained for appx. 100 days, what effect would this have on the strata. It would dredge it all up and over a period of time after the waters stopped increasing, the sediment would settle in nice layers. Like strata with like strata. These are the layers of the earth we see.
---Greg on 12/8/07

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Cont. Now why would certain fossils be in certain layers? Well those that live on the bottom would be covered first. That is why some scientist believe these are the oldest animals found. But many of them are being found alive today. The animals that were the best swimmers or were made of tissue that suspended at certain depths would be next. The land animals would be last because the ones that could ran and ran to the highest placest, the places that were covered last by the water and then the sediment.
---Greg on 12/8/07

cont. Also scientist have found layers of earth that have man and dinosaurs in them. Of coarse you don't hear about them because they would hav to explain it. There are many things we have not heard for this reason. Remember those wave things that had two different color of sand in them. If you shook it or turned it upside down the sand always landed in layers. The like colors were together. And the fossil record shows this same thing. Only far more type of minerals and so more types of layers.
---Greg on 12/8/07

Genesis 2:1-3 confirms that the heavens, the earth and all of the hosts were created in 6 days. The seventh day was created by Yahweh and He rested on this day (as well as He blessed it and sanctified it), but by this time the earth had already been fully created in the previous 6 days.
---AlwaysOn on 11/9/07

There are numerous creation accounts in the Canon, a one day creation account starts in Genius 2:4b there are other creation accounts in Psalms, Job and John. Reputable biblical linguistic scholars reject Mosaic authorship; rather they ascribe to the multiple source of: J E P D R for the writing of the Genius Deuteronomy. Multiple documentary authorships does not diminish the message it simply accounts for the intuitively obvious variations in the writing styles found in that portion of the Hebrew text.
---notlaw99 on 11/9/07

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NO HE DIDN'T. He rested the seventh day, it took Him only 6 days (each one 24 hours long I believe) as the moderator has pointed out. There are many answers to this question on this website under similar headings.
---Xanthi on 4/30/07

jeffrey, you miss that this refers to man who lose patience with God's promise to return. SCOFFERS OF MEN will come, saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as from the beginning of the creation.II Peter 3:3,4. TO GOD Jesus has only been gone for 2 days, but TO MAN he has been gone over 2000 years. If you keep a closed mind to the word, then you cannot receive any meaning from God. Scripture is inspired so you must be in spirited to understand.
---Eloy on 8/18/05

Eloy, I've held forth the accuracy and integrity of God's Word to you as best I can. But you insist on reading the words "to man" into 2 Peter 3:8 when they're not there - not in the verse and not in the context. The verse says, "with the Lord" and that's what it means!

The greatest spiritual problem in the world today is the accuracy and integrity of the Word of God. People, for the most part, just do not believe that God "breathed" it accurately.
---Jeffrey on 8/17/05

jeffrey, Every word of God is defined and has meaning. My job as preacher, prophet, teacher and translator of God is to open the Word to the hearer, so that they can understand it and receive it. i did not "rip" anything out. i kept perfect context: (1 day to God is as 1000 years to man, therefore don't think that God is slow in his promise to come again.) Careful, it is all in paranthesis, so it might be adding untruth. But you will believe whatever you desire.
---Eloy on 8/17/05

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Eloy, whether in parentheses, in teaching, or in your thinking, you still added words, ripped the verse out of its context of "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise," changed its meaning from 'With the Lord, a day and 1000 years are alike' to '1 of God's days = 1000 of man's years', and inserted it into the context of Gen 1.

Of course you want to save the lost! But look what value God placed on His Word!

Psalm 138:2b
for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
---Jeffrey on 8/17/05

jerry, On the contrary, i am correct, but you misapply the scriptures. This verse is not referring to the sabbath day. "Think you not that I came to undo the law or the Prophets: I came not to undo the law, but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, till heaven and earth pass, one mandate or one point will not fail from the law, until all happen." Please read Colossians 2:14-16; Matthew 5:17,18; Mark 2:27; Luke 14:5,6; John 5:16-18; Romans 14:5,6,13.
---Eloy on 8/17/05

Xanthi;The old argument that God can do "anything" dosen't mean He did! He couldhave created it all in one day, for that matter, but the scripture shows 6 time periods. As the rings of a tree tell he "history" of that tree, so the earth's STRATA tells a history of "time-periods" and does not indicate all things created in 144 hours,but rather thousands of years! The proof is there to see!
---1st_cliff on 8/16/05

Eloy, According to Jesus, you are mistaken. He said "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law" - Mat 5:18
---Jerry on 8/16/05

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jeffrey, I never add any thing to God's word, i only magnify and emphasize it. Why did you think i put the words in paranthesis? Jesus and all of us saints expound the word, we never wrest it. We are out here to save, and not lead astray. Do you think i want to be here? i didn't ask to be here and i am not here for myself, He put me here on earth for him alone and to try to save the lost.
---Eloy on 8/16/05

Is God perfect? Is His Word perfect? Are the words in His Word perfect as originally written? Is the order of the words in God's Word perfect as originally written?

Didn't God use the perfect words when He authored His Word? Did you help Him?

Many people teach around the Word, but that's not God's idea!

If you think something in God's Word should be changed or "clarified" maybe you ought to send a delegation up to God and have Him rewrite some of it for your benefit.
---Jeffrey on 8/16/05

The italicized and other added words in KJV often reflect the theology of those who added them. Try reading it without them and many places you'll see a different meaning.

If Eloy can add his words that agree with his theology into that verse, then I can add mine and you can add yours. Then what will we have left? Not the Word of God, that's for sure!

Someplace along the line, you have to decide: Is this the Word of God or is it just words some men wrote about God?
---Jeffrey on 8/16/05

Cliff " Could you eat fruit from a tree planted just 3 days ago?" My belief is that, just as God made Adam and Eve instantly with the seed for reproduction already there inside them, He would also have made all living things with the seed for reproduction already there. I am convinced that the fruit on the trees would have been mature fruits ready for eating and/or shedding their seed. Genesis 1:11.
---Xanthi on 8/16/05

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I would say that the 7 day week is definitely a model for man to follow. We need one day of rest after working for 6. If, for some reason, that day off cannot be the Sabbath then make it another day, but rest we must or we will pay for it. As for adding words to scripture. We obviously have to use our own words to explain scripture but that is not the same as ADDING TO scripture. If we could add to scripture anywhere we choose what would we be left with? A hotchpotch of ideas.
---Xanthi on 8/16/05

Eloy's adding his parenthetical comments, is no more "adding to the Word of God" than the insertion of various words in italics by the editors of the KJV. Those italicized words were added for clarity, they were not in the original.

Things added in parenthisies are not intended to be part of the original.
---Bruce5656 on 8/16/05

Jeffrey, that warning in Revelation applies to that book only..not to the whole Bible. Personally, I don't think there is anything wrong with adding your own wording to Scripture if it is meant to help explain a certain passage, not to change the meaning or make it say what you want it to. If there was no explanation, there would be no understanding.
---Ann5758 on 8/16/05

Eloy, you're adding those words that you put in parentheses to the Word of God! How dare you? Where does the scripture say that?

When you add to the Word of God, you no longer have the Word of God!

Doesn't the prophecy in Revelation 22:18-19 mean anything to you?
---Jeffrey on 8/16/05

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Genesis Ch 1-10 is a blending of multiple oral traditions from various sources. These are simply accounts of primitive people trying to explain their origins, they teach precepts they were never intended to be taken as literal history. The only important thing is that God did the creation the length of time is of no consequence. God did not only create the Earth but a vast universe of galaxies, nebulas, black holes etc. Search for the NASA JPL Hubble New Release Photo Gallery it beautiful
---notlaw99 on 8/15/05

jerry, God made days, weeks and seasons for our sakes to count, and not for his sake, for he has no need of time, nor has he no need to rest. If you read the N.T. Jesus plainly states that God works on the Sabbath day, and thus he himself works on the Sabbath also. The 7 day week is a model of God's 7000 years for man to follow. Sabbath keeping is the O.T. law, and not the N.T. law, and thus irrelevant for christians today. Please read Colossians 2:16.
---Eloy on 8/15/05

jeffrey, scripture is not myth. Let me elucidate, " day is with the Lord (in heaven) as a thousand years (on earth to man), and a thousand years (on earth to man) as one day (in heaven to the Lord). Not only is it possible, but we will indeed live and reign with Christ a thousand years. Please read Revelation 20:4-7.
---Eloy on 8/15/05

God gave humans brains so we could work out simple problems using "reason" First of all why would he create this whole complex system in just 144 hrs? what was the 'Urgency? why the "hurry"? Could you eat fruit from a tree planted just 3 days ago? This planet was luxurious by the time man was created! especially Eden.
---1st_cliff on 8/14/05

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Exodus 20:11 reaffirms the creation of heaven and earth in six literal 24-hour days to be followed by the seventh-day Sabbath of rest (for 24 hours). This He commands us to remember (verse 8), but how anxious many are to forget. Logically, the seventh day must be the same length as the first six. And if the creation days were 1000 years each, why then would God command us to rest for 1000 years, knowing that we wouldn't live that long?
---Jerry on 8/14/05

Eloy, that myth has been promoted for years because people don't read the whole verse!

2 Peter 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.

If this verse is saying that 1 of God's days is 1000 of our years, then it's also saying that 1000 of God's years is 1 of our days.

What it's really saying is that time is immaterial to God. Check the context!

Psalm 90:4 says the same thing.
---Jeffrey on 8/14/05

Thank you Wayne,Paul;others for answering the liberals and 'long-agers' here! BUT for those with scientific minds who might wonder how a scientist can believe Genesis is history: "Day" is never _defined_ in Genesis as exactly 24hrs. (nor is a solar day today); whatever it's exact period, God is both truthful and consistent: Days before the sun would have been the same length as those with it; Israel never had million-year "rest days" either!
---Daniel on 8/14/05

The Bible seems very clear about "days" and though I would not argue with others about "length", etc., as Christians, we believe the Bible to be the authority. Inferring that God's "days" of creation were different than His days when He gave the ten commandments seems strange. God tries to speak in language we can understand. Moses surely would have not written "days" if he knew it was 1000 years as he was trained and educated in the greatest nation of his day.
---Wayne87 on 8/13/05

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He created it in 6 of his days, which would be 6000 years to us, for 1 day to God in heaven is equal to 1000 years to man on earth. Please read Genesis 1:1,26,31; Psalm 90:4; II Peter 3:8; Genesis 2:16,17; 5:5.
---Eloy on 8/13/05

Actually, Cliff, they were created on the 4th day- but who's counting. I was wondering that exact same thing myself. All it says is that God separated the light from the dark, and there was evening & morning. There WAS no sun or moon for those first 3 was time measured then?
---Ann5758 on 8/13/05

The sun and the moon would have come out when God was good and ready to bring them out. He Himself would be sufficient light until then as we read (in Revelation) He will be on the new earth. I wasn't there! so I cannot say how and why God did things the way He did but I can see nothing in the bible to indicate that 'day' meant thousands of years but I can see much that says 'day' meant 24 hours.
---Paul on 8/13/05

Check out Answers in Genesis on the Internet - a reputable science-based source for the answer to your question.
---marya4586 on 8/12/05

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God creted it in 6 days as we know it. Why would he need millions of years? He spake and it came about. And He said what he made was good which eliminates "survival of the fittest", evolution, etc. Until sin, creation was perfect. Renowed scientists believe in 6-day creation, and good science supports it.
---marya4586 on 8/12/05

Paul; Only problem with your answer is that the sun and moon were not created 'till the 3rd day.what rose and set the first 2 days???
---1st_cliff on 8/12/05

God created the heaven and the earth in Gen 1:1. The Hebrew word translated "was" in Gen 1:2 is the word for "became". Isaiah 45:18 confirms that He created it not "in vain" (the same Hebrew words as "without form, and void" in Gen 1:2).

It became "in vain" when Lucifer fought God (Is 14:12-14). But God restored it in in Gen 1:3-2:3. (Note the use of the word "create" vs. "said" or "made". They are not synonymous!)
---Jeffrey on 8/12/05

God uses terms that we understand when the creation is mentioned - evening, morning, lesser light (moon) greater light (sun). What else could He have been referring to except a 24 hour day? The sun doesn't come out for a period of time every thousand years, it comes out every day (24 hour period).
---Paul on 8/12/05

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The 6 days of creation were 6 "time periods" not 24hr.days . Gen 2.4 " in the DAY(singular) He made heaven and earth!" KJV
---1st_cliff on 8/12/05

How long is a day in God's clock? Probably it is not 24 hours as we know it today. It could be a year a decade, or a century, or a million million years.
---chuck on 8/12/05

The Bible says that He did it in six literal days and rested on the 7th day Sabbath which He set aside, sanctified and kept. Then He commanded us to remember it also as a memorial of His creation and as a way for us to worship Him with thanks for His salvation.
---Pierr7958 on 8/12/05

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