So i was reading an article in Modern Reformation, See here:. I will give a quick summary of what i found really important.
The main scope of this article is that we need to, as Christians, focus our energy on essentials and not waste our time or energy on non essentials. More specifically issues like how long were creation days, women in military, schooling children…ect.
His main point, and I think this is very important to note, is that we shouldn’t focus on these issues for two main reasons: 1. The Bible isn’t clear enough on them for us to be dogmatic, and 2. They have nothing to do with our salvation, or Godly living. Holding to these issues in any direction will not ultimately have any affect on your godliness.
Think about Creation day length, does it really matter if God created in 6 literal 24 hour periods, or is the real point that He created at all? Does your worship of God revolve around 24 hour periods of creation days? Does your witnessing revolve around it? Do people come to Christ because God took 24 hours to create each day? Does the world run better having God create in 24 hour days? Now I’m exaggerating for effect, but it is a serious question.
How important to Christianity is 24 hour creation days? It isn’t according to this article, in fact, it is argued that 24 hour creation poses more problems than the other views. To name a few: so how is there morning and evening on days before the sun was created? Why is the 7th day seeming longer than the other days?
In Conclusion I personally believe Christians shouldn’t argue how long God took to create, but that He did, and there is no acceptable view otherwise. For Christians to fight over how long He took to create, or to fight with evolutionist scientists over 24 hour creation days, i think is a mistake and hurts Christianity It is an argument where to win would gain us nothing because the win is properly found in proving God did it, not chance.
To argue this way costs the Church in resources and energy, as well as our image as being perceived as narrow minded, and yet we gain nothing by arguing this way, nor if we “won” the argument as i stated earlier summed here: if the world believed in literal 24 hour creation and a young earth, nothing would change because it believed in the 24 hour period, but rather everything would change because they believed in a creator God, see the issue is Creator God not time. The argument with evolutionists is properly found in Creation in general vs spontaneous existence of matter from non matter not how long creation days are or how old the earth is.
We are still saved by Jesus alone, even if the earth is 10,000 years old, just as much if it is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 years old. God still created in both, God still rules in both, people still sin in both. Age has nothing to do with Christianity, it is a side issue that the Church shouldn’t waste its resources or time on. Yes to fighting for Creation, No to fighting for young earth.
P.S i say no to young earth, because if you are an old earther, you can get right to arguing about God’s existence and dont get caught up with needless time arguments like young earthers tend to.