Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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Until the 18th Century most Christians believed in a young earth that was created in 6 ordinary days. Around this time Charles Lyle came on the scene promoting an earth that was millions of years old. Around the same time Charles Darwin published his famous book On the Origin of Species which promoted goo to man evolution. At this time Christians began compromising. Even though the Bible clearly speaks of a young earth as we'll later see, they didn't want to be mocked and instead wanted the respect of the atheists in academic circles.

I don't know of a way God could have been clearer that the days of Genesis 1 are literal 24 hour days.

Genesis 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Exodus 20:11 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.

Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

Exodus 31:17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

Day comes from the Hebrew word YOM. It can have many meanings but when used with numbered days like we see in Genesis 1 it always means an ordinary day. When "evening" and "morning" are used with the word day like it is in Genesis 1 it always means an ordinary day. In 1984 James Barr, a Hebrew scholar at Oxford, in a personal letter wrote:
. . . probably, so far as I know, there is no professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe that the writer(s) of Genesis 1–11 intended to convey to their readers the ideas that:
  1. creation took place in a series of six days which were the same as the days of 24 hours we now experience
  2. the figures contained in the Genesis genealogies provided by simple addition a chronology from the beginning of the world up to later stages in the biblical story
  3. Noah’s flood was understood to be world-wide and extinguish all human and animal life except for those in the ark.’
As you can see the Bible is clear on the days of creation. Not only is rejection of scripture a problem with belief in millions or billions of years you also will end up believing in death before sin. If you believe animals have been around for countless years before the fall of man you need to accept death and suffering took place before the sin of Adam and Eve. The Bible clearly tells us this is not the case:

Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. 

Genesis 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. 

Genesis 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.

1 Corinthians 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Even though I don't agree with all of the doctrine of these organizations they have some great information on this topic:

Answers In Genesis
Creation Ministries International

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