Wednesday, August 12, 2020

If the Days in Creation Week Varied in Length

People have trouble accepting the literal creation week of 24-hour days, mainly because they have been heavily influenced by secular science philosophies. Some have legitimate questions about the irreconcilable difference, others look for excuses to shoehorn creation into deep time.

I took this picture of a nice flower bush while walking down the street
Someone had an interesting question about whether or not the days in creation week were variable. Part of them were actual 24-hour days, but the first three may have been much, much longer. Context, people! This idea would not work, causing more problems than it would appear to solve when considering other parts of the Bible and science.
D.J. from the United States writes:
I just listened to the creation video discussing the word day. I can understand the context argument if we add that God created the earth with age, much like the creation of Adam. But, you can’t simply add that day mean 24 hours given the fact that the sun and moon were created in day 4. Remove the moon and the earth spins every 6hrs. Remove both and the rotation could be … eons? Chapter 2 in the day the Lord created …
My point is the rotation of the earth does not have to be restricted to a relative time table to be faithful to the text. Second, the earth indicates some level of age, whether hrs or ions—Yosemite Valley, Yellowstone. Both can reflect God in creation.
It has always seemed like the 24hr day forces an unnecessary issue.
CMI’s Shaun Doyle responds:
To read Shaun's response, click over to "Did the Genesis 1 ‘days’ vary in length?"