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Originally posted by Foundryman
Couldn't God create it all in one step? He is all-powerful right?
reply to post by Poveglia
My question is simple. A 24 hour day is measured by the earth rotating in relation to the sun. My question is, if the earth was created in 7 literal days, then what was the unit of measurement used to measure a day, if God didnt create the sun, moon, and stars until the 4th day of creation? In layman's terms, if there is no sun until day four, then how can you say days 1-3 were a "literal" day?
Originally posted by Poveglia
First off, my father is a Fundamentalist Christian. If you tell him Christianity is a religion, he will firmly deny that it is a religion, because religions are man-made, his beliefs come from God. Anyways, he believe (like many others) in the 7 literal 24 hour days of creation, as told verbatim in the Bible, so he says.
My question is simple. A 24 hour day is measured by the earth rotating in relation to the sun. My question is, if the earth was created in 7 literal days, then what was the unit of measurement used to measure a day, if God didnt create the sun, moon, and stars until the 4th day of creation?
In layman's terms, if there is no sun until day four, then how can you say days 1-3 were a "literal" day?
Originally posted by Poveglia
I also brought up the verse (in Hebrews I believe) which points out that 1000 years is as a day to God, and a day is like 1000 years. Now, they really didn't use modern day mathematics back then (at least commoners didn't), so I'm assuming that the 1000 years is not a literal "1000 yrs+ 1 day to God". I'm assuming it meant that God has no perception of time since he is eternal, and a 1000 yrs is simply used because it represents a "big" number for those times.
So, if my assumptions are correct, then why can this not lead Christians to also subscribe to evolution and it's "millions of years" processes?
Originally posted by TC Mike
The light that God created on the first day was sufficient to light one side of the earth in order to have day and night. Looking at the original hebrew word for day, which is yom, any hebrew scholar will tell you when the yom is used with a number it can only mean a 24 hour literal day. Take the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, same thing here, it can only mean a literal 24 hour day. To further reinforce a literal day, even evening and morning is mentioned. Also later on in the Bible in many places it brings up that God worked six days and rested on the seventh, a model for the week that man should keep as well.
This place in the Bible of the 1000 years like a day is an analogy. It is not an equation to plug in everywhere in the Bible where the word day is used. Instead it is telling us about the patience of God, and how God is not constrained by time, but the master of it. In other words, God isn't limited by time and has all the time He wishes to have.