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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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INSIGHT 4

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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INSIGHT 5

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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The problem with "science" today that too much of it is based on theory and not enough observation.
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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.
As much nonsense and stupidity as I have heard since big bang or evolution.
Trying to reinterpret the Bible according to man’s interpretations that are based on unprovable assumptions destroys the authority of the Bible. God was there. Man was not.
Beautifully done and very reasonable. I’ve been struggling with the contradictions in the Bible and science for years. I believe that there is a God but I wasn’t always sure if the Bible Was Gods word or man made. Thank you! Makes so much sense!
Very interesting to read.
It’s too bad that the Christian community cannot allow for mistranslation of both an ancient language and understanding of that language.
How great it is to have a resource to help in ministering to the sceptical. Thank you. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to upcoming studies.
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Much of what you share are things that have been revealed to me by the Spirit of God. Finally your site is out and does not counter Biblical script and does not hinder the Christian witness. Thank God.
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.
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!
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.
This is such clarity I wish I could've given this argument earlier.
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Enjoyed the read. I am a believer.
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I like that explanation it makes since it has scientific evidence to back it up
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I am a person that right now I don't practice any religion whatsoever. Very interesting, thank you
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.
Great work! Keep up the war against the ignorant churchians, and supporting Christian enlightenment!
Have always believed in this way ,read and ask for understanding and it will be given to you.
You really don’t understand the Bible at all.
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
Thank you so much for confirming what I had always thought!!! Our Father makes wonderous wonders!!!
Adam was perfect because it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that he had body aches and gray .
Yes, I agree there is a lot of evidence to substantiate what you say. I have often thought about this myself. Thank you for all the research you have done.
Excellent reading
I appreciate your efforts at presenting the Bible as an accurate portrayal of what science has found to be true.
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.
Thank you I knew about these things but I did not understand
Will this material be made available in print form for purchase?
I agree there had to have been other people before Adam. The sons had children, with whom? Certainly not with their own mother or the gene pool would have died out.
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.
2nd law of thermodynamics disproves big bang & evolution.
Your are wrong
I found this to be extremely informative. I'd always had doubts about the "original sin" and being punished for my ancestors sins, but this explained why "original sin" doesn't really exist in a way that resonated with me. Thank you. I will definitely check this site more often.
This is great stuff!!
You’re freaking idiots led by Satan! Change the Bible, go to hell! Hope you enjoy it!
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!
Thank you for a good read on this subject: the indisputable existence of humanoids and civilizations before Adam.
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!
I have always thought this to be true but have never heard it said! Praise God!
I don’t think Adam was the first human on earth. I am 72 in age. Most people my age and older do not have this perception. But from my bible study I believe this Genesis points to others.
Blessings to you!!
By observing ruins etc firsthand, my personal opinion is that man existed before Adam. Adam was the first God breathed His Spirit into.
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.
Right!
Yes to have a intelligence conversation is of most importance.
It's constructive that science keeps indefinitely improving with better observations and verifiable facts. Immutable good scriptures should simply keep itself relevant by subtle changes in its interpretation to complement and coexist with science. Good work!
Came across this site and it's fantastic and so relevant.
Interesting to read. Will research further.
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!!!
Mainstream science is wrong about almost everything.
I do not believe in a Supreme Being who created us in his image and likeness as quoted in the bible
Not bad, I'll have to check the Hebrew to double-triple check, for this kind of study the KJ is almost useless.
Bullshit. Just utter bullshit.
very well done.!!
Interesting and thought provoking.
Your site is great for discussions and other questions about the bible. I hope that it continues.
Thank you for your wonderful website. I have linked to it from my own. I'm looking forward to your expanding list of subjects.
Great read very needed in this current time thank you
Nice to read a legitimate attempt to harmonize the traditions of the Bible with scientific discoveries.
Interesting !!
Please let me know if it is available in a hardcover or paperback book.
I have believed for many years what you have written here, but who among my friends and fellow-Christians will believe me? I stand alone. It took almost two hundred years before the church—or church members—believed that the earth was not the center of the universe. Will it take that long before Christians will believe that Adam and Eve were not the first humans created?
Since your website is new and still in the making, it leaves me excited yet hungry for more understanding. Thank you so much for putting your website together to help those of us asking questions about traditional lines of thinking. I look forward to reading more!
I love this web site. I have always wanted to know more about what the Bible means. Please, please keep expanding this site.
FInally someone uses their brain instead of emotions to explain what I have thought and tried to say for sooo long. Thank you!
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Dumbest thing I've ever read!
Pure sophistry for the purpose of setting aside the claims of God upon us.
This is from the devil. The Bible says Satan is a liar and the creater of it. This is a lie created by Satan to deceive people. Adam was the first man and the first sinner. His sin is what started death.
I will read this in its entirety. What I've read so far is right on according to my extensive studies over 27 years.
Don't know, don't need to know. It'll all be revealed by & by.
awesome info keep up this good work
I am eagerly awaiting more topics.
I’m learning so much. Thank you.
I ran across your website this morning. At age 50, I lead a women's Bible Study in Florida. I am at a place where I am questioning so many things about what I have been taught - traditions handed down for generations. To continue teaching is becoming challenging. I have a daughter who is also a believer but wrestles aloud with questions concerning Adam and original sin, eternal hell with eternal suffering, etc. Honestly, I think her wrestling has led me to stop and think more. So now I am seeking…
All bad things on the face of the earth are connected to sin , by one mans sin we were all condemned.
Proof of the absurdity of ALL religions, thanks.
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