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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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Very interesting. Verification of my own thoughts.
Have always believed in this way ,read and ask for understanding and it will be given to you.
I like that explanation it makes since it has scientific evidence to back it up
Just another Satanic attempt to change God's WORD. More likely made up of Liberal Kids that don't know any better.
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Your site is full of heresy. Repent.
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.
This is wonderful. Would like to read more.
Yes there were people before Adam, the cave Men and the ice Age.
So interesting. Thanks for sharing. Keep them coming. Enjoy reading them so much.
The problem with "science" today that too much of it is based on theory and not enough observation.
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.
Will this material be made available in print form for purchase?
I am a person that right now I don't practice any religion whatsoever. Very interesting, thank you
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!
Bullshit. Just utter bullshit.
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You have answered so many questions for me! Thank you!
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I don't think I believe this
This site is a literal God send! I've been struggling with reconciliation of what scripture says and what I've been taught through various denominations and their individual traditions. I'm so grateful, honestly, to have permission to think critically and to allow the Holy Spirit to teach me directly.
Your site is great for discussions and other questions about the bible. I hope that it continues.
Adam was the first person on this earth bottom line
This is great, I am going to read more of your topics!
Scientists lie to us. They lie about the age of the earth.
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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. 
This has certainly opened my mind, I believe in the Bible but could never get a lot of answers to my questions. Thanks
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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.
I now have Biblical support for my belief.
By observing ruins etc firsthand, my personal opinion is that man existed before Adam. Adam was the first God breathed His Spirit into.
praying Gods direction, provision, and anointing on this site and everyone, like me, blessed enough to have been led to it .
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Thank you I knew about these things but I did not understand
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Please pray for me as I ponder the input you've provided online.
When are more topics coming?
This is great. God has shown this to me some time ago, but you are the first that has ever confirmed it. God is good.
No scripture to back up your words.
Very interesting
Very good explanation
God created everything that was created in six literal days.
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.
This makes me better understand that you need to "dig deeper" in Bible study.
What a great and informative article! This information is invaluable when discussing biblical concepts with others, both Christian and non-Christian.
When are you going to have more?
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.
Great read very needed in this current time thank you
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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Please let me know if it is available in a hardcover or paperback book.
I was just told about your website and it's so fascinating.
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Not bad, I'll have to check the Hebrew to double-triple check, for this kind of study the KJ is almost useless.
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.
I hope this excellent presentation penetrates the evangelical church where sadly a majority of Christians believe that the Big Bang is an atheistic concept rather the Fingerprint of God that it is!
Very interesting, food for thought. I have often wondered about this and have had many questions Thanks
Very,very informative! Thank you
This is great stuff!!
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 have read all with an open mind. I heard bits and pieces of theory but never this much evidence.
If for nothing else, this at least may cause someone to dig deeper.
So far you make a lot of sense, I do believe in God.
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 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.
I really enjoy your website. I find your arguments compelling.
Adam was perfect because it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that he had body aches and gray .
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…
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Only when ignorance, in the name of science, tries to be wiser than what scripture say, is when Gods Word is twisted, unto their own destruction
I do not believe in a Supreme Being who created us in his image and likeness as quoted in the bible
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!
Great explanation of something I've wondered about.
Thank you for your wonderful website. I have linked to it from my own. I'm looking forward to your expanding list of subjects.
Mainstream science is wrong about almost everything.
Very good
I discovered this site while I was at work. I will take time out and read through it. I think it is very interesting and it's good to know so I hope and pray that I can and will be able to venture a little bit more. Thank you and continue to have a blessed and prosperous day.
I’m learning so much. Thank you.
The big bang is a theory. God is a fact.
this page can go to hell the bible is the truth idiots science is what a man created not GOD!
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".
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.
I stumbled on your website recently, and was impressed by the scope of it and the balance evident in it.
It's my first visit. Thanks for sharing.
Yes
This is a very interesting read and I'm going to be reading it again. 
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.
Interesting topics. The bible is good for salvation but not for earth history
Fascinating and deightfully clear!
Dumbest thing I've ever read!
Thank you. You have clarified how to teach what I have always believed. I didn’t know how to explain it to others.
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.
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