Six Days, Six Millennia, Six Megayears, or Six Gigayears?

Thursday, June 30, 2011

“Six days shalt thou labour…but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work…For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day…” (Exodus 20:9-11 KJV).

How long did it take God to create the heaven, the earth, and all living creatures that reside in them? Six days? Six thousand years? Six million years? Six billion years? In a desperate attempt to reconcile the old-earth theory with Scripture, “Day Agers” have questioned the precise meaning of “day” as found in Genesis 1 and 2, usually erroneously citing 2 Peter 3:8 (which has nothing to do with Genesis).

Could “day” in Genesis refer to an indefinite period of time—i.e. long period of time—and not necessarily a 24-hour period? Not at all. Unfortunately, for the Day Agers and others who try to harmonize the Bible and evolutionary theory, today’s Scripture silences the “Day-Age” gibberish.

In today’s Scripture (the Fourth of the Ten Commandments), Israel was instructed to work six days and rest on the Sabbath, just as the LORD worked six days and rested on the Sabbath (Genesis 2:1-3). What Jew worked 6,000 years? Who worked 6,000,000 years? What about 6,000,000,000 years? Ridiculous!

Genesis 1 defines “day” six times: “And the evening and the morning were the … day” (verses 5,8,13,19,23,31). One evening and one morning equal what? Only a 24-hour period!

Some argue against this by saying since the sun was not made until Genesis 1:14-16, the verses previous could not refer to a 24-hour period. We refute that contention with the fact that God could know the exact length of a 24-hour period without the sun being there to serve as a way to measure the time.

The Bible is quite clear that God created the heaven and the earth, and all the life forms therein in 144 hours, or six consecutive 24-hour periods. If someone persists in arguing at this point, they are fools. Let them go quarrel with the clear evidence found in God’s Word.