REFORMATION RUMBLINGS “For in six days the Lord made the heavens” [universe and our solar system] “and the Earth, the sea, and all that is in them” [Exodus 20:11]
BUFF SCOTT, JR.
More On The Age Of Earth And
The Hebrew word for “day” is “yom”
and is defined by Hebrew scholars as a common solar day, beginning with verse 5 of Genesis, chapter one. It is used in the same sense at least 358 times elsewhere in the Old Testament scriptures. There is no logical reason why the first chapter of Genesis would be the exception. When we contemplate God’s awesome power, there’s hardly any question but that He could have created everything suddenly, just as He did Adam. “In the beginning”
of time, however, He chose to complete His creation in six solar days.
But another problem with the conception that God utilized billions of years to create everything, or what He created is billions of years old, is that He instructed the Jewish people to rest on the seventh day and keep it holy. If each day consisted of millions or billions of years, I’m not out of the loop by inquiring, “Were His people to rest billions of years on each seventh “day”?
“Day” is employed in the same vein in referring to the seventh as it is used in referring to the other six. Thus whatever we attribute to the first six days, 24-hours per day or billions of years, we must also attribute to the seventh day. And if each of the six days comprised millions or billions of years, the Jewish people, who were told to rest on the seventh, should have rested for billions of years.
If we must understand the days of creation figuratively or metaphorically, what is wrong with understanding metaphorically the days Jesus’ body was in the tomb—three solar days or billions of years?
True, “day” is sometimes used symbolically, such as in the Book of Revelation
, which is largely written in signs and symbols, but not in relation to creation and the time Jesus’ body was in the tomb.
Could the material from which the earth and universe were made have existed billions of years? I understand verses one through five of the first chapter of Genesis the first 24-hour day of creation. It was on this first day that God created the substance from which He formed the universe, created the light, and separated the light from darkness. “And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day” [v. 5]
. God took a chaotic mass of material He had made and fashioned our immaculate universe! The supernatural power of our Creator cannot be doubted by those who seek heaven’s answers with receptive hearts.
Geologists, of course, tell us the earth and the universe are billions of years old. And a few Geologists and non
-geologists on Grace Centered
affirm the same. Perhaps the earth does appear
to be millions of years old, and perhaps the universe appears
to be billions of years old. Let me express it in this fashion: If God’s awesome power could create a man—Adam—as opposed to a child, and make him look biologically older than he actually is, could He not create a planet and universe and make both appear older than they actually are?
Logic demands a “Yes” response!
Yes, this in spite of National Geographic’s
long essay on radioactive carbon dating and the “expansion rate of the universe,” known as the “Hubble constant” [Sept., 2001]
. As I view it, God’s unequaled power created the stars and transported their light to earth instantaneously—not over a period of millions or billions of years.
And speaking of National Geographic
, they say their evidence “yields an age of the universe to be about 13 billion years.” “About” 13 billion? They’re not always certain! Could they be a few billion years off—say about 13 billion? This is the history of evolutionists, scoffers, and skeptics. They can’t even agree among themselves as to the precise
age of our universe. I suggest they permit God to help them. He says six days
One of our Grace Centered
writers affirms the earth and the universe are 14 billion years old. If one skeptic is off one billion years, and another is off three billion years, and yet another is off nine million years, how in heaven’s name can anyone trust their “scientific findings” called “evidence”? I’ll take God’s testimony above the reckless and uncertain testimony of evolutionists, scoffers, and agnostics.