Thoughts on 6 literal days of creation

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.

2 thoughts on “Thoughts on 6 literal days of creation

  1. Vern

    you’re missing the point of the young earthers. It’s about epistemology and trust of the bible rather than the age of the earth. the key here is to point out that there are biblical arguments that justify an old earth.

  2. Coram Deo

    Oh i think i understand the point of the young earthers, my point is they are focusing on the wrong point with the evolutionists.

    The Young Earther wants to talk about how the earth is young, thus God had to create it, and we know its young because…well the Bible says its young, and also look here *they point to science which the evolutionist doesnt buy*

    So then they get all tangled up with the evolutionist in arguing the age of the earth. The evolutionist ends up rejecting the Bible as stupid because he thinks it contradicts science, and he rejects the christian because the Christian is trying to push on him this Bible which seems totally against what he sees in the world, and rejects the Christian’s science, because it too is against what he sees in the world.

    Of course the evolutionist is wrong, and of course if the BIble did actually teach a young earth, the Bible would be right and science would be wrong.

    My point, well the point of this article’s author, is that this isnt what the christian should be arguing. His point is paraphrased: “it doesnt matter to your Christianity, or to witnessing, how old the earth is” and “christians shouldnt focus on age arguments, they dont help our cause.”

    So the point i am trying to make is, and i have found this to be very effective, that when you argue with an evolutionist, just let them say the earth is however old, that doesnt matter. Time can not account for all these other reasons why evolution is wrong.

    And if they bring up the Bible, say that all the Bible teaches is that God did it, and it really doesnt say how long. And when they bring up the Christians who argue for a young earth, i just brush them off by saying “not all Christians really know their Bible”.

    I really dont think Christians get it. The Bible isnt clear about how old the earth is, it doesnt care to be clear. So to say the Bible is one way or another is to make the Bible look foolish to the unbeliever who will then not listen to it when it talks about Jesus their only hope for salvation. I think by arguing for a young earth based on the Bible is to turn people off to Christ and to hurt our efforts to bring people to Christ.

    If you need to use the Bible to argue something, use it to argue for the Resurrection, and Incarnation, things that matter to Christian living, not the age of the earth, which doesnt matter to christian living.

    Please i ask someone to show me how the age of the earth really impacts the way we live as Christians, and our salvation, and us bringing others to Christ.

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