24-Hour Creation Days?

Fundamentalists have gotten in trouble for being too literal with God’s Word while combating the liberal tendencies that shook up American Christianity sometime around the 50’s.

One of the main areas of Fundamentalist literalizing was Genesis 1. Evolution was making strides and people saw Genesis 1 more figuratively to fit more nicely into an evolutionary understanding.

Fundamentalists responded by saying that not only did God create in six days, those days were 24-hour periods. Did Fundamentalism go too far? Do we really need to read those days as being 24-hour days?

Seemingly those who believe they were 24-hour days are ridiculed as hicks and morons, backward living people who deny science.

Of course, questioning the literalness of Genesis 1 is nothing new. John Calvin in his commentary on Genesis says:

“Moses describes the special use of this expanse, to divide the waters from the waters from which word arises a great difficulty. For it appears opposed to common sense, and quite incredible, that there should be waters above the heaven. Hence some resort to allegory, and philosophize concerning angels; but quite beside the purpose. For, to my mind, this is a certain principle, that nothing is here treated of but the visible form of the world. He who would learn astronomy, and other recondite arts, let him go elsewhere.”

Calvin doesn’t think Moses is speaking straight, and points to others in his day who think this is allegory, so if you want to learn how the universe works, don’t go to the Bible. I would agree that the Bible is not an astronomy textbook, but the fact that Calvin can’t make sense of Moses makes me doubt Calvin more than Moses. Not so for Calvin, however!

Hence our dilemma–if we don’t understand how God did what He did, do we fault God or do we fault our understanding? I tend to fault human understanding.

God created the heavens and the earth, He did not use evolution, nor billions of years, He spoke it into existence just as He’ll speak it out of existence, if He couldn’t do the first we should not fear the second.

I’m a hick, moron Fundamentalist. I think God created in six days and those days were strikingly similar in length to our days. I fail to see what is gained by playing with it further.

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  1. Also, if God couldn’t create in such a short period, then this strikes very much against the Gospel, which is supposed to be the manifestation of creative power to renovate the soul.

    If it takes millions of years for fish to form out of slugs, then it’ll probably take millions of years for us to overcome sin and develop good characters. But this is very contrary to what the Gospel promises us.

    Jesus used the healing of disease as an illustration of the healing of the soul, and very often the healings were instantaneous, or at least much more rapid than normal laws of nature would allow for.

    Another argument for literal days is the Sabbath. God rested the seventh day. The Sabbath was “made for man.” Therefore, by logic, God rested the seventh day with Adam and Eve in the garden. When God wrote the Law down for Moses, the days of creation and the day of rest are used by God as a reason for keeping the Sabbath.

    With regards to the science of today, we must always remember that the methods of dating assume that the conditions of the earth were the same since the beginning. If the conditions were different, the dating methods can be way off. I’m sure when we are in heaven, we’ll be able to view the history of the earth, and will then understand the simple reasons why the science of our day made such huge mistakes in dating archeological specimens.

    In the meantime, I’m also going with God on this one. His principles and character are far higher than anything man could conceive of. And the Bible’s ability to unmask our foolishness speaks of it’s divine origin. It’s not surprising that sinful people want to disprove the book that condemns them.

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