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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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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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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.  
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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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2nd law of thermodynamics disproves big bang & evolution.
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Adam was the first man created to have a living soul.
About time!
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I do not believe in a Supreme Being who created us in his image and likeness as quoted in the bible
Do you offer a textbook?
Someone has never had a real encounter with God and does not know the assumptions he is making with the scientific evidence. Sad when you don't know either God or Science
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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 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.
Scientists lie to us. They lie about the age of the earth.
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.
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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 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).
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Of course there were people before Adam. Adam and Eve were created for a line through which Christ would come.
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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.
As much nonsense and stupidity as I have heard since big bang or evolution.
O my how i wish i could find a friend would be willing to discuss the bible openly with me.
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?
If for nothing else, this at least may cause someone to dig deeper.
Interesting topics. The bible is good for salvation but not for earth history
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.
This is awesome, very detailed information and totally makes sense, thanks for sharing!
Thank you for a good read on this subject: the indisputable existence of humanoids and civilizations before Adam.
Thank you for your wonderful website. I have linked to it from my own. I'm looking forward to your expanding list of subjects.
An extremely good read.Would like very much to hear more.
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I stumbled on your website recently, and was impressed by the scope of it and the balance evident in it.
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.
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It’s too bad that the Christian community cannot allow for mistranslation of both an ancient language and understanding of that language.
By observing ruins etc firsthand, my personal opinion is that man existed before Adam. Adam was the first God breathed His Spirit into.
What you have said makes so much sense to me. I would love to read more of what you think.
Found this to be very helpful. Answered my questions.
This is a fantastic article , thank you
Enjoyed the read. I am a believer.
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
This is such clarity I wish I could've given this argument earlier.
I have read all with an open mind. I heard bits and pieces of theory but never this much evidence.
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Your site is full of heresy. Repent.
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!
this page can go to hell the bible is the truth idiots science is what a man created not GOD!
So far you make a lot of sense, I do believe in God.
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.
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Very enlightening and interesting, Thank you
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The information that I read was very informative.
Would like to keep you on my site for further study. You made me think.
Just another Satanic attempt to change God's WORD. More likely made up of Liberal Kids that don't know any better.
Very good and educational, explaining how it all connects and coincides with the Bible’s account.
This sounds interesting.
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.
Thank you for this.It helps me understand my youngest grandchild(age 31). Also this affirms my teaching as a science teacher and pastor.
Humans were around a lot longer the 4000 bc. Thats not even as old as Sumer the first proven civilization. Evidence strongly supports that civilization may have existed long before Sumer.
I like that explanation it makes since it has scientific evidence to back it up
I have always thought this to be true but have never heard it said! Praise God!
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