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God created dinosaurs long before God created Adam
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Did God create everything in six 24-hour days?

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Here's where we combine the eight Insights to get an informed biblical answer

God is Creator, but we don't know details about His methods and timing

Genesis 1:1-2 says that, at first, the earth was formless, empty, and dark. Now it has form, content, and light. We know from the Bible that the earth was NOT created instantly in its present form. Enormous changes have occurred over time in the earth's structure and content.

This Bible study does not raise any questions about whether or not God created the world. The world didn't happen from nothing by itself by chance. God created the world according to a divine design plan!

The only questions discussed here are about God's methods and timing, which do not in any way alter the New Testament gospel message. The questions are raised by doubters and unbelievers, and they deserve intelligent answers from Christians. The wrong interpretation of a single Hebrew word (yō·wm) – and the refusal of most Christians even to talk about it – is repelling people from the gospel message.

An informed interpretation of the word yō·wm reconciles God's Word (Bible) with God's World (science) and removes a huge barrier to faith.

A better understanding of the earth's age does not alter the Bible

Many Christians think that any interpretation of 'day' which means more than 24-hours is altering the Bible. It rarely occurs to them that maybe it's the traditional interpretation that's done the altering and that a re-interpretation of 'day' is needed for the true meaning.

Many Christians seem to think that if God takes more time, He is less powerful. With God, time has nothing to do with either capacity for work or quality of work.

It's not heresy to re-interpret a word (yō·wm) in the original Hebrew text based on better evidence from scholarship, science, and our own common sense understanding of the actual world in which we live.

Failure to fully acknowledge God's amazing unfolding design over time diminishes His creation and dishonors Him.

The Bible does not preclude long 'days'

This study shows that the Bible does not compel a six-day interpretation. One person studying the Bible can conclude that God created the universe in six 24-hour days. Another person studying the Bible can conclude that God created the universe over billions of years.

The Bible's description of creation is broad enough to accommodate both interpretations. The important thing is that GOD DID IT!

This site takes the view that God created the world in stages over a very long period of time. This view is preferable because it is confirmed by all modern knowledge and eliminates push-back from unbelievers.

Conversations with unbelievers should make it clear that one does not have to believe in six-day creation to be a Christian.

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BIBLE CREATION DAYS

Did God create everything in six 24-hour days?

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Insight 1: Bible credibility
INSIGHT 1

Why timing matters

The real issue here is whether or not the Bible is a credible book of truth. People conclude that if the Bible is wrong about our origin, it's probably wrong about our destiny too. This is a big barrier to faith.
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Insight 2: yō·wm is Hebrew word for Bible creation day
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'Day' (Hebrew yō·wm) is an 'age'

From the original Hebrew manuscripts, the word 'yō·wm' has been translated as 'day' in English. This is a correct translation but it can mean either a 24-hour period or a long indefinite time, depending upon the context. See how a careful reading of the creation account in Genesis 1 shows that 'day' is a long period of time.
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Insight 3: What God created in each 'day'
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What God created in each 'day'

See what God made in each stage of His master design plan. The sequential order is not intuitive, but now confirmed by modern science. The ancient writer of Genesis could not have known God's method and sequence more than three thousand years ago without special knowledge direct from the Creator.
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Meaning of 'evening' and 'morning'

The Bible uses a repetitive phrase at the conclusion of each stage of creation, but that doesn't necessarily mean a 24-hour period. In fact, time as we know it didn't even exist until visibility of the sun in Day 4.
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Evolution is only within walled categories

There is abundant evidence of evolution within each major category of life, but a life form in one category never morphs into a life form in another category. Humans are not evolved but are a special creation in God's own image. The attributes that most define humans – intellect, laughter, music, art, mathematics, language, worship, etc. – are not evolutionary.
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Real age, not 'apparent age'

The apparent age theory says that the earth is not actually old but just looks old. This theory is not biblical, requires a world of fakes, and is incompatible with God's character. God is not deceptive.  
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Bible gives eight reasons for long 'day'

See eight passages of scripture which show, right from the Bible, that creation 'day' is longer than a 24-hour calendar day. These verses are usually overlooked in a casual reading of the first three chapters of Genesis.
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Tradition vs. Bible

Common Christian belief about the days of creation comes more from tradition than from the Bible. Theologians have debated it for centuries. Prominent theologians have concluded that the Bible does not compel a 24-hour meaning for each 'day.' See reasons why this topic is usually buried in silence.
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Here's where we combine eight Insights to get an informed biblical answer: Did God create everything in six 24-hour days?

The insights here are like pieces of a puzzle. Put the pieces together and see the big picture! Now you'll be prepared to engage intelligently and coherently with anyone on the subject of God's creation days. Also see reader comments.
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You have an interesting take on how to reconcile the time difference challenge between Bible time history & archeology . I don’t think it will matter about which time viewpoint ya right. What matters is faith & trust in Jesus for forgiveness of sin & gaining eternal life
Not sure what to think of this bible study. If nothing else it compels you to really dig deep and think,read and pray for understanding which I think is a good thing.
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I have struggled with references to people before Adam, and coordinating it with science. This makes sense to me. Thank you for helping me with my dilemma.
Excellent points here.
Great information, it is worth further studies. Kept up the good work, all of us need to read and study the bible more including me. We need to remember Christ is the Only Way to eternal life.
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Adam was the first man created to have a living soul.
Unbelievable. Was man there at the beginning to make this determination. No. The human race is so arrogant and ignorant.
This sounds interesting.
2nd law of thermodynamics disproves big bang & evolution.
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Great explanation of something I've wondered about.
Please pray for me as I ponder the input you've provided online.
Proof of the absurdity of ALL religions, thanks.
Very good and educational, explaining how it all connects and coincides with the Bible’s account.
I am in to deep thinking concerning the Bible, while holding on to Biblical fact. Being open to possibilities where things are vague is food for the soul, yet being careful of being deceived into false teaching.
Excellent reading
Thank you for the article! There are several nonbelievers in my life that I love deeply. My heart breaks for them. Every time I share my faith, I'm bombarded with science. Perhaps this will help. Thank you. God bless you.
I applaud you on your studies and have to say that I do not disagree with what I have read. You seemed to have covered this subject very thoroughly.
Thank you. You have clarified how to teach what I have always believed. I didn’t know how to explain it to others.
Thank you for the Bible verses about hell. This is a very difficult subject that many people that believe in Christ have adopted as truth. I have yet to understand why.
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I now have Biblical support for my belief.
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What you have said makes so much sense to me. I would love to read more of what you think.
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Very interesting, food for thought. I have often wondered about this and have had many questions Thanks
Wrong all wrong
If for nothing else, this at least may cause someone to dig deeper.
Thank you for a good read on this subject: the indisputable existence of humanoids and civilizations before Adam.
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I love the premise of this site and its focus on engaging the modern doubter or unbeliever, and can't wait to see the new material that is planned.
I am 75 years old. I was raised as a Roman Catholic. I have studied religions all of my life. I have so many problems with the Bible starting with Genesis. I agree with your assessment that Adam wasn't the first human on earth. The more that I learn, the less I believe in the bible and religion as a salvation. But I shall continue researching.
I have read all with an open mind. I heard bits and pieces of theory but never this much evidence.
Fully embrace this information. By the Spirit I have been convinced before reading this. Any serious thinker who is honest and observant will become agnostic in trying to remain with the ultra conservative ideas of literal six day creation. What a beautiful creation was being made by a glorious intelligent designer!
Wonderful subject thank you I want more Bible studies
This is a great Bible study, it explains everything perfectly so there is no confusion anywhere, it just helps understanding the Bible and God's word so well.
So interesting. Thanks for sharing. Keep them coming. Enjoy reading them so much.
I really liked what is written and honestly agree with the reasoning. May the Almighty broaden my mind to perceive and digest these facts.
Do you offer a textbook?
I want to learn it all.
Since your website is new and still in the making, it leaves me excited yet hungry for more understanding.
Yes to have a intelligence conversation is of most importance.
I learned one key thing and that is to be very careful w/pastors speaking lots of stuff from their memory bank & not reading from the word of God to express truth. Recently, I heard a famous pastor out in Georgia saying that Adam was the 1st man and I automatically remembered how my friend asked then where did Cain's wife came from if it were only Adam & Eve plus their 2 sons, that provoked me to open up my bible and see for myself and went further to discover that Cain was even afraid that other people would kill him (key that other people existed).
Thank you for this! I have had many conversations about science and Christianity. I am not very smart but now I am a little smarter.
False teaching. Repent
Nice to read a legitimate attempt to harmonize the traditions of the Bible with scientific discoveries.
Some scientists are open to intelligent design, the problem is some scientists think they are trying to bring church into the classroom.If some scientists find out that some believe in intelligent design they will lose funding.
I like it! I always wondered about the dinosaurs, and whether other people lived before Adam. You see, the Bible says that Cain was worried about being slain by other people. So, what does that tell you? It's more to the Bible than some clergymen are letting on.
I appreciate this study.
I appreciate your thorough investigation into the Word of God.
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Bullshit. Just utter bullshit.
I'm a pastor in NE Ohio. Good stuff!!
Really enjoyed
Thank you
Very interesting
This has certainly opened my mind, I believe in the Bible but could never get a lot of answers to my questions. Thanks
This is utter nonsense in my opinion
Great read very needed in this current time thank you
Excellent
Very interesting please keep me posted
Fascinating to think about. Here is something also to absorb. Let Us make man in Our image. Who is Us? Why not let Me make man in my image. Sounds plural to me. Thank you for the compelling argument Adam is not the first man:)
Thank you for this most interesting discussion of genealogy re: the timing of the first man as relates to both the Bible as well as archaeology!!!
The reason the doctrine of original sin arose, was that Augustine couldn't read Greek and there was an inadequacy at certain points in the Latin translation, resulting in a misunderstanding.
Amen. Thank you.
I find your explanation very compelling and appreciate that we do need to answer questions of unbelievers, there needs to be effort in this direction. So I thank you for your efforts
You should just go away. You are preaching heresy.
Just came across your website, want to commend you on believing the Bible can and should be read as the Truth. I have always believed that if I cannot make sense out of the scriptures, it is my deficiently not the Bibles. God Bless.
awesome info keep up this good work
I am looking forward to reading through the rest of the Thinkers website. Thanks for investing in this work. It’s so important! Especially in these times. 
Does the bible really say humans will burn forever in hell or is it really more like thrown in the fire and destroyed? Ps I already know the answer!
Just happened upon this site and wow! This is fabulous. I will be back. Thank you for putting this together and sharing it with us all. God bless you and your family.
An extremely good read.Would like very much to hear more.
Adam was the first person on this earth bottom line
This is the best information a believer can get. Where can I donate. Big Bang is consistent to the Bible, great news. Let’s ge smart about religion. Saying the Bible is wrong has helped millions become non believers. This news can reinforce the beliefs in those who strive to believe but need a more firm and also scientific reasoning for the existence of a God. Great web site!
This is such clarity I wish I could've given this argument earlier.
This is fascinating! I stumbled across this site and have been questioning what I was taught. This is an answer to prayer!
Very interesting to read.
It's my first visit. Thanks for sharing.
When are you going to have more?
Thank you for helping to break down these scriptures, I found out now a lot of what I thought I knew was actually just tradition, most of which was confusing up until now, very grateful.
Of course there were people before Adam. Adam and Eve were created for a line through which Christ would come.
God bless.
Right!
My views on original sin have changed. Romans 5:12 says "all men die because all have sinned". What it doesn't say is "all men die because Adam sinned".
You have developed material that is vitally needed for reaching the newer generations.
Thanks you so much for your willingness to put your website together to help those of us asking questions about traditional lines of thinking. I look forward to reading more!
I admit that I have some struggles with your interweaving of science and the Bible, but that will not stop me from reading and considering the material.
I'm preparing to teach my first Religious Instruction lesson for the year in a public Australian school tomorrow and we'll launch straight in to the creation story from the Bible. So thank you!! I feel confident now to answer any questions the kids might raise.
Very informative and interesting.
This is a fantastic article , thank you
When are more topics coming?
Amen Amen Amen!!!
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Rational Evangelicals. Exellent.
Great work! Keep up the war against the ignorant churchians, and supporting Christian enlightenment!
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