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A day by any other name would still be 24 hours
long. But sometimes Christians who believe the truth about God creating
the world, as described in Genesis
1:1-2:25, still fall into the trap of believing a very dangerous
lie. Because some so-called "experts" claim the earth is millions or billions
of years old and that people "evolved," even some Christians think it might
be true, despite the fact that God's Word clearly tells us it is not. It's really
not too bright to take some person's word for it when God's Word says otherwise.
After all, just who was there when the world came into existence–the "experts"
Still, some need convincing that God really did create
the heavens and the earth and everything in them, including humans, in
six days–that's six 24-hour periods of time or 144 hours or
8,640 minutes. One way the devil, the father of lies (John
8:44), adds confusion is with the lie that the word
"day" found in
1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31 and Genesis
2:2-3 must not be a literal day as we know it–it must mean
an extremely long period of time such as thousands of years. This is known
as the "day-age" theory. So, how can we be sure that God created it all
in six 24-hour days?
"Day" is defined in the scriptures.
One need look no further than the same verse as the word "day" which is
in question. In Genesis
1:5 it clearly says, "And
there was evening, and there was morning--the first day."
Likewise, this same definition is repeated for the second, third, fourth,
fifth, and sixth days of creation. So "day" is defined as a period of time
consisting of evening and morning.
The same word is used elsewhere in the scriptures.
The word which is translated into English as "day" in the creation account
is from the Hebrew word "yôm." This same word is also translated
as the English word "day" in Genesis
7:13 which tells us that Noah and his family entered the
ark on a particular day. Isn't it amazing that we don't hear anyone arguing
that it took Noah thousands of years to enter the ark on that particular
"day"? Of course not. It's common sense–just like the "day" mentioned in
the account of creation in Genesis. There are many other places in Genesis,
not to mention the entire Old Testament, in which the same Hebrew word
"yôm," translated "day" clearly means a 24-hour period of time. Just
a few are Genesis
8:4 (the day when the ark containing the flood survivors
came to rest on the mountains),
17:23, 26 (the day when Abraham, Ishmael, and the other
males were circumcised), Genesis
31:22 (the day Laban was told that Jacob had fled), Genesis
39:11-12 (the day when Potiphar's wife tried to seduce Joseph),
40:20 (the day which was Pharaoh's birthday), and
42:18 (the day when Joseph said, "Do
this and you will live, for I fear God."
Could anyone reasonably argue that the same word "yôm" or "day" means
a long period of time something like thousands or millions of years? Could
it take that long for the ark to rest on the mountains, for the men in
Abraham's household to be circumcised, for Laban to be told that Jacob
had fled, for a woman to attempt to seduce a man, or for Joseph to speak
a sentence? Do you know of anyone's birthday which lasts for thousands
or millions of years? Obviously not. The same is true of the same word
in the account of creation found in Genesis.
Jesus made it clear. Last, but certainly
not least, Jesus Himself made it abundantly clear that the "day-age" theory
and the theory of evolution (both asserting that it was thousands or millions
of years until humans were on the earth) are nothing but lies. Jesus
clearly said, "But
at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.'"
10:6 NIV) Did you catch that? He said "at the beginning,"
not "after a few million years." Jesus said "at the beginning" and
that's exactly what He meant. It's not difficult to understand at all.
In summary. The scriptures make it
clear that the heavens and the earth and everything in them, including
humans, were created within a period of six 24-hour days. Anything else
is a lie. Don't believe it. If you do, you are opening all of the rest
of God's Word up to needless doubt. That's what the devil uses to deceive,
and that's what makes believing a lie about creation so dangerous. Remember,
a day of creation is the same as a day now–-evening and morning. A day,
or yôm, by any other name is still 24 hours long.
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