Thoughts on Creation - #1
In the first chapter of the first book of the Bible, Genesis 1, God creates the universe in 6 days. To me, Genesis 1 is straightforward. There’s nothing to question. As I have stated before, I accept God’s word as truth. God is God, and from my perspective, He had purpose in stretching creation to six days instead of six seconds.
However, there are other Christians that have different thoughts about Genesis 1. Generally, their thoughts try to assimilate creation with scientific theory. Then there are atheists that scoff at Genesis 1, as if their theories are not also based upon faith.
I’ll continue in this post with theories that dispute the 6 days of Genesis 1 as meaning 6 consecutive 24-hour periods. One thought is that each single day was actually millions, if not billions, of years long. Another thought is that each day was 24 hours long, but the time between each day is millions, if not billions, of years long.
I’ve heard one Christian radio host, who claims himself to be an authority on the Bible, support these theories with the following discussion. He postulates that the earth must be millions, if not billions, of years old since light from distant stars is now just reaching us. These stars are millions, if not billions, of light years from earth. He stated that if the earth’s age is not practically limitless, then the light just now reaching us from said stars would equate to God lying to us. In other words, if the light took millions of years to get to us, then the earth must be millions of years old.
In response, I point to Exodus 20:8-11. In Exodus 20, God is speaking to His chosen nation, the Israelites, delivering and explaining the 10 Commandments. In Exodus 20:8-12, God is delivering the 3rd Commandment; “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy”. In verse 11, God tells the Israelites why they must rest on the Sabbath Day, because He rested on the seventh day (perhaps this explains His purpose in taking 6 days) after creating the world the previous 6 days. God is speaking directly to His people. God knows His people understand the time span of a day to be 24 hours. God also knows that the Israelites would understand Him to mean 6 consecutive days. So, if God does not mean 6 consecutive 24-hour periods here, then He is lying. God does not lie.
God’s creation was made in a mature state. Vegetation could produce seed and fruit. Sea creatures were blessed with the ability to procreate. Adam was created as a young man, old enough to walk and desire a partner. I believe this maturity extends to the cosmos as displayed by its organization. Moons orbit planets, planets orbit stars, and solar systems exist in galaxies with all of the cosmos spinning in perfect balance. So it is obvious that God created stars millions and billions of light years from the earth as part of His mature cosmos. The light from those stars invades our field of vision periodically to show us the exorbitance of God’s creation. The unperceivable size, the order, the beauty, and perpetuation of the cosmos all display God’s power, imagination, logic, and existence.
Perhaps we should return to using the Bible to explain science instead of the other way around.