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God created dinosaurs long before God created Adam

Did God create everything in six 24-hour days?

COMBINE INSIGHTS
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.

The Bible does not compel a six-day interpretation

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 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.

Day-or-age is not altering the Bible

Many Christians are so indoctrinated by tradition that they think that any interpretation of 'day' which means more than 24-hours is a way of 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 to get the true meaning.

It's not heresy to re-interpret a word 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.

Longer time does not diminish God's power

Some Christians have a strong adverse reaction to the idea that God created the universe over millions or billions of years. They have an instinctive emotional response that tries to protect God. They seem to think that if God takes more time, He has less power, as though time has something to do with divine capacity for work.

Time has nothing to do with God's power. Of course, God can speak anything into existence in any form in an instant. The question is not about how much power God has to accomplish something within our timeframe but rather how God works in His timeframe.

Actually, the power and majesty of God is greater in a creation that unfolds with majestic precision over ages of time than a creation that pops into existence all at once in static form.

For example, think of a rose:

God could speak a fully-formed rose into existence in a nanosecond. But that's not the way God creates a rose. His method is slower and more awesome.

Instead of instant appearance, the rose begins as a seed and slowly grows into a bush. In time, a bud appears on a branch and blooms into a flower, opening slowly, revealing petals of intricate beauty.

The wonder of the rose is not just how it looks but the incredible design that makes it all happen with majestic precision over time.

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

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Thinkers Bible Studies / Topic 1.2

BIBLE CREATION DAYS

Did God create everything in six 24-hour days?

SEVEN INSIGHTS
for an informed answer
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.
Insight 2: yō·wm is Hebrew word for Bible creation day
INSIGHT 2

'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.
Insight 3: What God created in each 'day'
INSIGHT 3

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.
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 creation of the sun in Day 4.
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.
INSIGHT 6

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.  
INSIGHT 7

Eight reasons based on what the Bible actually says

This Insight lists eight passages of scripture which show, right from the Bible, that creation 'day' is longer than a 24-hour calendar day. See the verses that are usually overlooked in a casual reading of the first three chapters of Genesis.
INSIGHT 8

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.
COMBINE

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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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. 
So far you make a lot of sense, I do believe in God.
I appreciate your efforts at presenting the Bible as an accurate portrayal of what science has found to be true.
I really liked what is written and honestly agree with the reasoning. May the Almighty broaden my mind to perceive and digest these facts.
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
I do not believe in a Supreme Being who created us in his image and likeness as quoted in the bible
Just another Satanic attempt to change God's WORD. More likely made up of Liberal Kids that don't know any better.
Since your website is new and still in the making, it leaves me excited yet hungry for more understanding.
Love the study
So interesting. Thanks for sharing. Keep them coming. Enjoy reading them so much.
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".
This is a fantastic article , thank you
I like that explanation it makes since it has scientific evidence to back it up
Scientists make mistakes, and when the scientists' beliefs don't match the Bible then God's word, the Bible, is right, and the scientists are wrong.
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!
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.
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Very good explanation
I’m learning so much. Thank you.
Thank you for this summary. Very large and difficult task and worth the time taken. I am a believer in Jesus Christ, His eternal life, His death burial and resurrection. I believe the Bible is the Word of God.
Great work! Keep up the war against the ignorant churchians, and supporting Christian enlightenment!
An extremely good read.Would like very much to hear more.
This is utter nonsense in my opinion
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:)
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
There are too many pastors and theologians who take the simplicity of God's Word and try to make it profound when they should be taking the profoundness of God's Word and making it simple.
I stumbled on your website recently, and was impressed by the scope of it and the balance evident in it.
I have read all with an open mind. I heard bits and pieces of theory but never this much evidence.
The big bang is a theory. God is a fact.
I have always thought this to be true but have never heard it said! Praise God!
Scientists lie to us. They lie about the age of the earth.
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!
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!
Adam was perfect because it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that he had body aches and gray .
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).
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!
All present dating methods are based on assumptions that cannot be proven. The methods do not meet scientific requirements of being observable, repeatable, and testable. They can reliable determine chemical compositions, but they CANNOT reliably give age..
awesome info keep up this good work
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.
False teaching. Repent
I was just told about your website and it's so fascinating.
I really enjoy your site.
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!
Proof of the absurdity of ALL religions, thanks.
I will read this in its entirety. What I've read so far is right on according to my extensive studies over 27 years.
This sounds interesting.
You are very much on the right track.
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.
Your are wrong
Very interesting please keep me posted
Adam was the first man created to have a living soul.
If for nothing else, this at least may cause someone to dig deeper.
I now have Biblical support for my belief.
With this pandemic going on, I have many of these conversations with myself.
awesome info keep up this good work
Dumbest thing I've ever read!
Nice to read a legitimate attempt to harmonize the traditions of the Bible with scientific discoveries.
Will this material be made available in print form for purchase?
This is heresy. I hope you repent and trust the Scriptures.
Rational Evangelicals. Exellent.
Excellent
This is great, I am going to read more of your topics!
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.
You have answered so many questions for me! Thank you!
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.
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.
The problem with "science" today that too much of it is based on theory and not enough observation.
I don't think I believe this
Very,very informative! Thank you
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.
O my how i wish i could find a friend would be willing to discuss the bible openly with me.
Great Information. I've been teaching these studies for some time to hopefully help Christians have a true biblical world view and not just a churchy world view. Glad yall out there.
Very interesting. Verification of my own thoughts.
This makes me better understand that you need to "dig deeper" in Bible study.
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.
Death and suffering had not taken place until the original sin, so no one was before Adam.
Thank you for this.It helps me understand my youngest grandchild(age 31). Also this affirms my teaching as a science teacher and pastor.
This is fascinating! I stumbled across this site and have been questioning what I was taught. This is an answer to prayer!
You guys are doing an incredible job of bringing science The Bible together as one truth thank you Please continue this valuable work to awaken the public that the Bible and science are truly God's truth not contradicting each other
Enjoyed the read. I am a believer.
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.
Interesting to read. Will research further.
Fascinating and deightfully clear!
Not only do I thoroughly enjoy the topics you discuss but also the motivation behind their writing.
When are you going to have more?
Do you offer a textbook?
I am eagerly awaiting more topics.
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.
What a great and informative article! This information is invaluable when discussing biblical concepts with others, both Christian and non-Christian.
Good points
The main reason people believe that Adam was the first man is that is what someone told them. It’s man following man and not man reading the Bible for the truths that are in it.
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.
Thank you. I have visited this site before.
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.
Either believe the world or believe God. We cannot have both.
Bwahahahahaha!!! Religion, please go away and die.
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!!!
Don't know, don't need to know. It'll all be revealed by & by.
Your Thinkers site is the best Bible site I've come across.
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!
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