Sunday, January 01, 2006

The Creation of the World: Six Literal Days

The creation of the world is one of the most common Bible stories told. In six days, God created the entire universe. It is the first moment of the world's history, and it shows the awesome might and power of God. But many modern-day Christians interpret the story differently. Their theory is that God created the world over a space of six ages, not days. They believe that the days the Bible mentions are not literal days, but actually a space, any space, of time.

The following is my belief ( and reasons) that the days, mentioned in the Bible, are literal, 24-hour days:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

The Hebrew translation of the word "day" (used in Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, and 31) is "yom", and the plural (days) used is "yamim." The words, "yom" and "yamim", are used frequently throughout the Bible; they mean a literal day and literal days, respectively. Their meanings remain the same when they are used throughout the Bible.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. -Genesis 1:5

The reference to an "evening and morning" shows that the Bible is talking about days, our days. These terms "morning" and "evening" refer to 12-hour periods!

The "evenings" and "mornings" had to be around 12 hours because if it was evening or morning for too long the vegetation might burn up ( scorched) or freeze. Therefore these "evenings" and "mornings" are literal evenings and mornings which compose literal, 24-hour days.

But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. -Exodus 20: 10-11

This passage talks about the Sabbath, one literal day of the week and compares the Sabbath day to the literal day God rested. This passage talks about our seven day week and compares it to the literal seven day week in Genesis 1-2.

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: -Genesis 1:15

Surely the days mentioned in this verse are actual days, and the years, actual years, and the seasons, actual seasons?

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. -Genesis 1:16-18

This part of the creation story shows the creation of the sun and moon. The sun rules by day, and the moon shines at night. When does the sun shine? During the day. Over a 12-hour space. When does the moon shine? At night, over a 12-hour space. The day that is mentioned here in the Bible was a 24-hour, literal day!

I believe the Bible. I believe it as fact and as truth. I believe that the flood waters were upon the earth for 150 literal days. I believe that Noah let the dove out of the ark after being on Mt. Ararat for 40 literal days. I believe that the children of Israel compassed the city of Jericho for 7 literal days. I believe that Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 literal days and 40 literal nights. I believe that Jesus rose from the dead after 3 literal days. Of course, I believe that God created the world in 7 literal, 24-hour days.

For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is.... Exodus 20:11


  • Great post! I think it is sad that some Christians feel the need to change their beliefs just to fit in with an unproven theory. They try to massage the Bible into fitting a man made box.

    By Blogger Rabenstrange, at 7:28 PM  

  • That was cool! You always have the most creative posts! :-)

    By Blogger Kaitlin, at 8:06 PM  

  • Thanks! I have always wondered about that since I sometimes hear people talk about the six day creation not being literal.

    By Blogger Polka Dotted Pickles, at 9:49 PM  

  • I've posted comments previously and I hope they aren't taken too harshly. I'm trying to understand where you are coming from so bear with me if I seem skeptical...

    Do you believe that most of the bible is literal, or just this one area?

    By Blogger Boxcar Hobo, at 12:23 PM  

  • Well, besides the parables Jesus taught and some that David talked of, yes, the entire Bible is literal. There really is a God, and He truly died on the cross. The Bible stories, heard so often, are literal ( Daniel in the Lion's Den, The Crossing of the Red Sea, Jericho, David and Goliath, etc..)

    The parts of the Bible that are illustrations are pointed out as such.

    By Blogger MVB, at 3:02 PM  

  • Great post Zach!

    By Blogger Sara, at 3:13 PM  

  • I believe in the creation account in Genesis, as Jesus did, however, I cannot agree with the creative day being 24 hours in length.

    On the sixth creative period, God created wild and domestic animals as well as Man - that is Mankind - he created male and female - Adam and Eve. Genesis 2:18-22 tells us that before God made Eve, he brought all the animals of the field and all the birds to Adam for him to name and find a helper or compliment. When Adam was unsuccesful at finding a helper, God created Eve from Adam's rib. Sorry - but the activity of bringing all the animals and birds to Adam to name took more than 24 hours.

    By Blogger Rick, at 8:56 PM  

  • Great post. I hope that you also keep the Sabbath, like it says in The Bible.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:37 PM  

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