I am writing this in response to a recent column by George Smith, in the 9/16/18 edition.
The Bible is a document of logic and reasoning (Isa 1:18), not a treatise on what someone “thinks” it aught to say. Years ago, so called, “scholars” decided to compromise doctrine with supposed scientific ideas and developed the doctrine of “Theistic Evolution.” This concept is what this particular column is teaching.
However, the Biblical concept of creation is based on a literal 7 days of literal 24 hours. Looking at the wording of Genesis chapter 1, some have chosen to conclude that these 7 days were comprised of eons of time instead of 24 hours to our understanding.
A few points to consider:
1. The timeline of the creation account. Genesis 1:2, light is created; Genesis 1:3, the firmament and gathering of the waters; Genesis 1:11, all manner of vegetation; Genesis 1:14, sun, moon, and stars. Eons of time, or literal 24 hour days; let common sense be your guide- Plants need the UV rays of sunlight to metabolize the nutrients brought in through the root system. If the plants were made before the sun (Notice: Plants Day 3; Sun Day 4), and these days were separated by thousands of years, where did the UV rays come from for the however many thousands of years transpired to enable the foliage to grow and reproduce after its own kind?
One only needs to lay a plastic bag on the ground for a few days to see what happens to grass (plants) when no sunlight is allowed to make its way to the greenery beneath, yet, these plants lasted thousands of years without UV light from the sun? Logical conclusions reveal this not to be the case. The plants created 1 day before the sun would accomplish this without detriment to the plants. Eons of time would NOT.
2. How did the individuals to whom Moses wrote these words understand the use of the word “day?” Exodus 20:8-11- Exodus 20 contains the recording of the 10 commandments that Moses was to give to Israel. The 4th of the 10 commandments was to remember the Sabbath day, the explanation of this remembrance was, “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 20:11 KJV). Israel was commanded to work for 6 days and rest on the 7th (Sabbath). If it is to be understood that the days of creation were eons (thousands of years) of time, how was Israel to understand this command? Logic and proper hermeneutics dictate that the people of Israel would have to work for 6 eons of time, then spend the 7th eon of time resting…… Dear reader how does this make logical sense? If they understood that a day was of 24 hours, and that they were to work 6 literal 24 hour days, because God created everything in 6 days, they would then rest the 7th day, because God ceased His creation the 7th day, they would understand that God created in 6 literal 24 hour days and ceased on the 7th literal 24 hour day. We should understand the terms the same way.
3. What is the difference in days, seasons, years? “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 1:14 KJV). What is to come of these statements if, in fact, each individual day was an eon of time? If a day and a night are thousands of years, what is then alluded to by use of “seasons” and “years?” Is this supposed to be the place where “millions” of years are inserted into the accounts of creation to allow for the “evolutionary” process? Why would it make sense for the God of Heaven to leave information for us which is confusing? It would NOT. The information is not confusing. The same thing understood as a season and a year today, was understood the same way when Moses recorded the Genesis (which means “beginning”) account. Therefore, the only conclusion that fits is that of a 24 hour day, as we understand it today, as Israel understood it then, as Moses understood it when he wrote the words.
4. The Hebrew word “yom.” The word “day” in our English translations comes from the original word, “yom.” This word has been seen to mean 1, 24 hour day, as well as an extended period of time. If the use of this word in Genesis 1 could mean an extended period of time, then there would be little need for further discussion in this area. Either scenario could be understood. Then, and only then, could the answer be whatever each man’s opinion of the matter is. However, the “yom” is not used independently in Genesis 1, but, is coupled with a qualifier. Each day of the account is given a numerical value. Every instance, throughout the Old Testament, where the word “yom” is used in conjunction with a numerical value, the “yom” or “day,” refers to a 24 hour period of time. Since the text of Genesis 1 uses the conjuncted version of “yom” and a numerical value, proper language study and hermeneutics reveals this to be 1, 24 hour day.
5. The purpose of the creation comprising 7 days. Some would say that this writer is taking away from the power of God in the creation to do what He pleases. Therefore, if God wanted the days to equal eons of time, He could. This writer would not argue that point. What this writer would argue is this, without the Bible, tell me what you know about God. Without the Bible, tell me what you would know about right and wrong, morals. Without the Bible what would you know about God’s redemptive plan? The only answer to these questions is, you would NOT know. Therefore, the Bible is the revelation which tells you and me what we need to know in all of these areas. In fact, the Bible contains the answers to everything you and I need to know (2Peter 1:3). This writer understands that an all powerful God has the ability to do whatever He desires, whenever He desires, however He desires. Since He is NOT the God of confusion (1Corinthians 14:33), this writer ascertains that He has left proper knowledge to understand Him. With this in mind, turn the thoughts back to the creation.
Before Genesis 1:1, what is known as this world, was non-existent. There were no elements of the periodic table. There was no “time.” There was no day or night, as this is what He called the comprising of the 1st day (Genesis 1:2). Without the acknowledgment of time, where did man come up with the idea of 24 hour days, and a 7 day week? Research reveals that every civilization known has made use of the 7 day week consisting of 24 hours for each day.
Where did those ideas originate? Since civilizations differ so much in ideas one fromanother, (one only need to look into the different spiritual thoughts of current nations) how could all civilizations have this one understanding in common? The simple answer is, they could not. This writer believes that God could have created everything with the simplest minute breath of thought in one instant, yet, He did so in what we understand as, a normal seven day week. Therefore, as He established the boundaries for everything known in those days,
Make yourself as the noble Bereans and study to see what is truth (Acts 17:10-11) and to show yourself approved unto God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).