The days of the Bible's Creation account signify literal 24-hour periods. Typical of how the Old Testament people of God measured time the expression "the evening and the morning" [ GEN 1:5,8,13,19,23,31 ] specifies individual days with the day beginning at evening, or sunset. [ LEV 23:32; DEU 16:6 ] There is no justification for saying that this expressions meant one literal day in Leviticus, for instance, and thousands or millions of years in Genesis. The Hebrew word translated day in Genesis 1 is YOM. When YOM is accompanied by a definate number, it always means a literal, 24-hour day (e.g. GEN 7:11; EXO 16:1) -- another indication that the Creation account speaks of literal, twenty-four-hour days. Creation week did not involve the heaven that God has dwelt in from eternity. The "heavens" of Gensis 1 and 2 probably refer to our sun and its system of planets. Even considering that eacy day of Creation was a mere 1,000 years in length would cause problems. With such a schema, by the evening of the sixth "day" -- his very first "day" of life -- Adam would have been much older than the total life span the Bible allots to him. [ GEN 5:5 ] Those who cite 2 Peter 3:8, "with the Lord one day is as a thousand years," trying to prove that the days of Creation were not literal twenty-four-hour days, overlook the fact that the same verse ends with "a thousand years" are "as one day." The point being made is God is timeless. Perhaps the galaxies and all that abounds existed well prior to our being put here. (Speculation, nothing more.) Before the time of our creation, as an example of sin, there may have been zillions of years of peace and existance of other things; or perhaps the downfall of Lucifier was instant. There are two count of creation. The first is Genesis 1:1-2:3 and the second, which is not in chronological order, but does provide more detail, is in Genesis 2:4-25. And they harmonize. One point often over looked is that God could have jump started the universe into a stable condition. The light from the stars could have been set into motion; but again, this too is speculation. The language and scientific knowledge available at the time of the writings would have been nearly impossible to describe with comprehension the full scientific account of exactly how God did what He did. We know the steps, the reasons, the purpose, the symbolism, the examples by doing it that way. As much as it displeases us, we may not be ready for the full answer yet. Already we do know that it IS possible to create something from nothing; a large quanity of energy can be converted into matter and anti-matter. If God has infinite power, then all that exists would be feasable under creation.
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