Did God Create in 6 Literal Days?

The Bible is not the words of man.   Man wrote the Bible, but God is the author.  When I write a letter, I’m the author not my pen.  God is the author; man was just the tool in God’s hand to write down His words.

2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”  When the Bible speaks, it is God speaking.

Proverbs 30:5-6 says, “Every word of God is pure…do not add to His words, lest He reprove you and you be found a liar.”  Every word is in the Bible because God put it there.  Let us listen to His Word and not think that we can tell Him what He really meant to say.  But the issue is greater than did God create in 6 literal days; the issue is the authority of Scripture vs. man’s ideas.

The Bible does not teach that the earth is billions of years old.  There is no support for billions of years in the Bible.

The Bible also teaches that death came as a result of Adam’s sin not as a result of millions of years. (Gen. 1:29-30).  You can’t have death for millions of years and then have a perfect environment like Adam lived in before he sinned.  “God saw that it was good.”  Millions of years of death are not good, so millions of years undermine God’s Word.

Death was the just penalty for sin.  Since no sinful man can ever atone for man’s sin, Jesus Christ, became a man, born of a virgin, suffered and died on the cross taking the punishment that we deserved.

We broke God’s laws and Jesus paid our fine.  Now God can legally dismiss our case. What we must do to be saved is turn from our sins and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.  There are no mistakes in the Bible.

We have an eye witness to the days of Creation, God.  He was there, He ought to know. God used the word “day” to mean a 24 hour period.  In Genesis 1, the word “day” in the Hebrew means, “yom.”  Yom means a 24 hour period, not billions of years.

Also, Genesis 1 uses the phrase, “evening and morning” for each of the six days of creation.  Outside of Genesis 1 the word “yom” is used 410 times and each time it means an “ordinary day.”

Also, God actually inscribed these words on stone, “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth.” (Exodus 20:11).  You can trust the Bible when it clearly teaches that the earth is about 6,000 years old, not billions of years old.

Also, to have a day you don’t need the sun, all you need is light.  There was light on day one.  “God called the light day.  So the evening and the morning were the first day.”  That pattern is used for every day of creation.  We also have a 7 day week all because God created in 6 literal days.

Lastly, 2 Peter 3:8 says, “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day” that verse has nothing to do with the days of creation.  This verse is not saying “a day IS a thousand years” – it is comparing a real literal day to a real, literal thousand years.  The context of 2 Peter 3:8 is the second coming of Christ.  God is outside of time.  What may seem like a long time for us is nothing to God.

If one uses 2 Peter 3:8 to claim that a day means a thousand years then to be consistent one would have to say that Jonah was in the belly of a fish 3,000 years, or that Jesus has not risen from the dead yet.

But the bigger issue is the authority of Scripture.  Do I believe that God’s Word is infallible, inerrant, inspired, and sufficient revealing the perfect will of God concerning us in all things necessary?  If so, then I take Him at His Word.

Christians can still disagree on this issue, but if we compromise one part of His Word than that opens up the danger of compromising other parts of His Word.  And we are not to add to His Word or “God will add to him the plagues that were written in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life.” Rev. 22:19.

Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not a man, that He should lie.”  Since Genesis chapters 1-11 is literal history and the foundation of the rest of the Bible, then we would expect to see passages from the New Testament to confirm the historical nature of Genesis.

Since the Bible is self-proving, we would also expect to see passages outside of Genesis to confirm Genesis to be literal history.

Here are just three references that show the literal history of Genesis 1-11:  (There are more than these three).  #1 – Romans 5:12-15 which is the first Adam and the Last Adam – Jesus, #2 – Rev. 22:3 which is the removal of the Curse.  #3 – Acts 17:26 which shows we are all one blood and descendants of Adam.

The Bible is perfect and true from beginning to end.  God’s Word is the final authority; therefore, we can stake our eternity on God’s perfect Word!

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About Pastor Douglas Graham

Dr. Douglas Graham started MadeToFish in 2007. MadeToFish is about "Growing and helping others grow in the Gospel." Doug is the Pastor of Cedarville Nazarene Church. Our church website is: MadeToFish.com
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3 Responses to Did God Create in 6 Literal Days?

  1. DK says:

    Hey PD! It’s cool to see you blogging!

    Dr. Brown, the president at Cedarville University, used to say that we don’t believe the Bible because it says it’s true. That’s a circular argument. (E.g., what if I choose to believe my brother is telling the truth because he says that he’s telling the truth? If he’s lying, then he probably lied about the fact that he was telling the truth, so I haven’t really established anything about his truthfulness.)
    But if the Bible’s true, we would expect it to say that it is. So we start by believing that the Bible is God’s Word, and it confirms that it’s the truth by saying that it is the truth.

    • I agree Daniel. It’s not circular reasoning to say the Bible is true because it declares to be the truth. My proof for this is a soldier can stand on ground while defending that ground. You can fix your eye contact while using your eye to do it. God’s Word is true because God is true, therefore, He created in 6 literal days, just like He said. -doug

  2. Thanks Teresa for your comment. Here’s what I’ve learned through Answers in Genesis on this issue: Genesis 2 is not a different account of creation. It is a more detailed account of Day 6. Genesis 1 is an overview of the whole creation, but Genesis 2 gives details surrounding the creation of the Garden, the first man and his activities on Day 6.

    At this point I’m going to quote or refer to an article from AiG:

    “Genesis 1:1–2:3 provides us with a chronological account of what God did on each of the days during the creation week. Genesis 2:4–25 zooms in on day six and shows some of the events of that day.1 Let’s take a look at what happened on day six, according to Genesis 2, and we’ll see there is no discrepancy here.

    ■Adam is created (Genesis 2:7)
    ■Garden of Eden created (Genesis 2:8–9)
    ■Description of river system in Eden (Genesis 2:10–14)
    ■Adam put in Garden and given instructions (Genesis 2:15–17)
    ■Adam names some of the kinds of animals (Genesis 2:18–20)
    ■God creates Eve (Genesis 2:21–22)
    ■Description of Adam, Eve, and marriage (Genesis 2:23–25)

    The particular issue that people have with Genesis 2 is that the order of the creation of man, animals, and trees seems to be contrary to the order stated in Genesis 1.

    Genesis 2:7 describes the creation of man.

    And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)
    Following the creation of man, Genesis 2:9 mentions that God created trees, including the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

    “And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:9)

    Then Genesis 2:19 mentions the creation of certain land animals.

    Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. (Genesis 2:19)

    At first glance this seems to be a contradiction because Genesis 1 has the animals and trees created prior to the creation of man; however, both issues can be resolved by an understanding of the original language and the translation process.2 The Hebrew word for “formed” in both passages is yatsar. The New King James Version (quoted above) translates the verb in its perfect form.

    However, this Hebrew word may also be translated in its pluperfect form. In this case, it would read that God “had formed” these creatures, as some other translations have it (e.g. ESV, NIV, etc.) For example, Genesis 2:19 in the NIV states:

    “Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them.” (emphasis mine)

    This rendering eliminates any problem with the chronology because it refers to what God had already done earlier in the creation week. This would mean that the plants (Genesis 2:9) and the animals (Genesis 2:19) had already been formed by God earlier in the creation week. William Tyndale was the first to translate an English Bible directly from the original languages,3 and He also translated the verb in its pluperfect form.

    And after that the LORD God had made of the earth all manner beasts of the field, and all manner fowls of the air, he brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them. And as Adam called all manner living beasts: even so are their names. (Tyndale, Genesis 2:19).

    Tyndale and the NIV are correct on this verse because the verb in the sentence can be translated as pluperfect rather than perfect. The pluperfect tense can be considered as the past of the past—that is to say, in a narration set in the past, the event to which the narration refers is already further in the past. Once the pluperfect is taken into account, the perceived contradiction completely disappears.

    I’ll add another point: In Matthew 19:3-6 Jesus quotes from both Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24 when referring to the same man and woman in teaching the doctrine of marriage. Clearly, Jesus saw them as complementary accounts, not contradictory ones. So, I believe we can still take both chapters as real literal historical accounts.

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