Creation: A Literal Seven Days?
Science says our existence is a result of millions of years of processes. This has become the model used in explaining how we got here on earth. As Christians we believe that God created all things seen and unseen. We believe that God created everything on the earth in six days and on the seventh day God rested. Our belief in the seven days of creation has been rejected by the world of science, which has made evolution the god of all living things.
There are also some Christians that interpret the seven days as not a literal seven days. They state it to mean seven thousand years or longer, giving creation a timetable to evolve. This kind of compromising the Bible account of creation with evolution is a result of taking scripture out of context. Those who hold this view use 2 Peter 3:8 as their way of interpreting the word “day” in Genesis 1 to actually represent a thousand years. This view would undermine the authority of God’s ability to create everything on earth in six days. But before we address what Peter wrote, let us first have a look at 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.”
The passage emphasizes four different events that occur during a twenty-four hour period. Each event God named and ordained, the day, the night, the evening, and the morning. These patterns of four events that God ordained occurred on the first day and is still in progress to the present, this has not changed. Now concerning the word day in Hebrew, which is “Yom.” The word Yom or day by itself can refer to a period of time longer than a twenty-four hour day. However, when the word Yom is used with a numeral, it can mean only twenty-four hours. If Genesis 1 did not have a numeral following the word “day,” a case might understandably be made for a much longer period of time. The numeral following the word Yom automatically limits the time period to twenty-four hours, a literal day. The fact that the evening and morning events are mentioned, confirm the limited twenty-four time frame to a day. Furthermore when the Sabbath law was given in Exodus 20:8-11, it was based upon the six days of creation and the seventh day of rest. These could not apply without a twenty-four hour time period. Also when we look at Genesis 1:16-19 in regard to this issue, it states the events of days, years, and of signs and seasons showing that this was the normal system of time as it operates to this very day.
Let’s expand the discussion more. God ended his creating and rested thus giving us the weekly cycle we still have today proving this is ingrained in our history. It is quite obvious after a thorough reading of Genesis that the authors had a complete understanding of both numbers and the concept of days, months, and years. Many things which required counting and the introduction of numbers -- for example, a person's age or an event's duration -- were clearly and precisely kept.
Gen 1:14-18 Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; "and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.”
On the fourth day God makes permanent fixtures in the expanse of space to continue the order that he had set from the beginning. Notice the same words and phrases are used
The terms day and night and day continue on the 5th to 7th God also distinguished the word day from years, so if day becomes extended periods (like thousands of years what does years become?) this makes man a superior interpreter of the word than God simply explaining to man what took place.
Now that we have established a twenty-four hour time period for the word “day” in Genesis 1, we now can focus our attention on 2 Peter 3:8 which some misinterpret by taking it out of context. Peter’s point is not that whenever one sees the word “day”, it means a thousand years. This phrase is a figure of speech emphasizing that God is simply not confined by time as man is. What man regards as a very long time is but a moment to God. Peter is not teaching that a day equals a thousand years in Scriptures. If God says something took a certain number of days, Day one Gen.1:5, Day two Gen.1:8 etc.) it has to be accepted as being that many twenty-four hour days. Otherwise we lack faith in God by denying His ability of accomplishing the task of creating everything on the earth within a six day twenty-four hour time frame. We who profess to be Bible believing Christians believe that God is almighty in power and nothing hinders his ability to accomplish His will. We who profess the faith know without a doubt that this vast universe has been brought into existence by a word, as it is written in Psalms 148:5: “Let them praise the Name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created.”
The “progressive creationists” (liberals that do not believe in a literal translation of the Bible) want to mix and match creation with the current views of science, views which have changed over the course of history.
The earth was made first with the heavens before the sun and stars that were made on the 4th day to give light to replace the light from the Lord. How can this be evolution?
God said for the earth to bring forth all the creatures at the same day except man. How can this be evolution? God discussed making man (Gen.1:26), so man had no evolution.
In Gen. 2:7 God formed man from the ground apart from the other creatures and gave him life, evolution cannot be put into this clear statement. Man was made and then given to rule over the other creatures that were made the created mature to sustain life. The creating ended on the 6th day, this disagrees with evolution; there was no process. God was actively and intimately involved in expressing Himself in all that He made.
Evolution is based on the big bang as its beginning. Where did the space for the universe come from? If there was an explosion (from gases) would this not be from two properties that were not conducive. Where did these properties come from? Where did this explosion occur in the universe. How long did this energy stay without change in the universe? What made it change? Where did matter come from?
When and exactly where did life come from dead matter? How did this happen, life from non life how did life learn to reproduce itself? Most scientists are anti - supernaturalists, they cannot explain creation as an effect of a being that can do something beyond man; they cannot comprehend it nor accept it. Human reason becomes the determiner of what is or is not true. Yet they ignore that even their explanation of the big bang becomes a supernatural event.
If one insists that God used evolution how does one use the Scripture and remove God from what He himself explained how He created in Genesis? The only alternative is to either believe evolution and deny God’s word or believe God and His Word and deny evolution.
Those who merge evolution into the Biblical record are believing men over God. It does not matter if these men are scientists, they are still men with theories.
Jesus made 25 references to Genesis and interpreted them as true, historical and literal and those who believe in Jesus should have the same point of view otherwise they are not believing the truth.