The seven-days-of-creation account in Genesis

Genesis chapter 1 (continuing through the first three verses of chapter 2) tells a seven-days-of-creation story. But is that story a documentary that recalls reality? Or is it an unscientific story or myth designed by someone to give an answer to ignorant ancient people?

That question has long been debated.

Is the Genesis seven-days-of-creation account literal, and is it true?

Actually, yes – it is true; it is reality.

How do we know?

There are two ways, or reasons, that we know:

First, the Bible tells us in a way that can only be disbelieved (once we understand that so much in Genesis 1, later in that book, and throughout the Bible can be proven) if we turn away from clear evidence that is stronger than what is needed to convict in a court of law.

Second, basic knowledge of science and logic prove that what is stated about creation in Genesis chapter 1 has to have occurred within a short period of time. –At most it could not have been more than a few weeks or months, so since God says it occurred in one week, who are we to disagree?

See the tab for Genesis 1 and the pages linked to it for more details (including the full wording of Genesis chapter 1). What follows is a short summary:

Genesis 1 tells us that God created certain things on earth over six days. (Genesis chapter 2, verses 1 through 3, tell us about the seventh day of creation, but that is not needed to make the points on this page.)

Background - Perspectives of this website

First, a couple of background items to give you the perspective of this website. To be fair, there are other ways that Genesis 1 has been interpreted by scholars. But what is presented on represents a “comprehensive” approach that withstands objections and seems “correctly scientific” (since “science” has set up some bogus tests or requirements that are not logical or sustainable – thus probably fitting what the Apostle Paul spoke of as “science falsely so called”).

First, Genesis chapter 1 verse 2 does not immediately follow verse 1, in the sense of being the same second, day, or even year. We do not know how much “time” or what all events occurred between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2, but it was a lot – and could possibly have involved the “billions of years” that some scientists speculate. (More explanation about Genesis 1, verses 1 and 2, is given at a link under the "Genesis 1" tab.)

Secondly, not only is evolution untrue, some who support its teaching know that it is a lie!

Next, Genesis chapter one, verses 5, 8, 13, 19, 23, and 31 all end with the words “And the evening and the morning were the ____ day.” -Just fill in the blanks, in order, with “first”, “second”, “third”, “fourth”, “fifth”, and “sixth”. To the ancient Hebrews and the nation of Israel before Jesus Christ came in the flesh, and to the Orthodox Jews today, the literal, 24-hour day started at sunset and was composed of the evening and the morning. (Each continued from those beginnings, up to the next; that is, the evening began the day and continued throughout the night. Then, the morning began and continued through the afternoon, to the next evening, to finish one day.)

It is thus clear that the Bible says in Genesis 1 that six literal, 24-hour, days were involved between sometime in verse 2, or in verse 3, and the end of verse 31.

What about the creation of light?

Now, honest questions can arise, such as how there could be an evening and a morning for each of days one, two, and three (with verses three through five saying that God created light), but it is not until verses 14 through 19 that the sun and moon were made – and that was during the fourth day.

-Good question, right?

Remember that the story is told in a way that makes sense to one who has the perspective of being on the earth, looking out or up toward what later could be seen as sky and heavens. And remember the “assumption” (which is not really the best word; “conclusion from other facts” is a better way to state it) that the earth was not just then (i.e., that same week) created – and the sun and moon were not just created, either.

So, a logical conclusion is that when the earth “was”, or, more likely,”became without form and void”, in verse 2, the earth, moon, and possibly also the sun were NOT a pretty site and were wastelands. (More explanation is given under the "Genesis 1" tab.)

Thus, the sun and moon, though “made” in verses 14 through 19, existed previously but were perhaps “rehabbed” or renewed and re-positioned on day four.

All this means that, in verse 3, God was probably letting different light begin to shine on earth, after near- or total darkness, or He was beginning On day one) to clear up some of the darkness so it could be determined that light did exist out in space – but it was not clear as a bell until the fourth day. (Since “God is light” I John 1:5), either or some other explanation is possible.)

Six days of creation in Genesis 1

Therefore, we can now list a brief summary of what was created on each of the first six days in the seven-days-of-creation account in Genesis 1:3-31:

• Day One: Light (day and night)

• Day Two: Firmament, or Heavens, with water above it and below it

• Day Three: Waters separated so dry land appears; vegetation created

• Day Four: Sun, moon, and stars become visible from Earth

• Day Five: Sea-dwelling creatures and flying creatures created

• Day Six: Land animals and then mankind created

Were the six days literal 24-hour days?

Besides the fact that God said these things occurred on those six days, we know that they had to occur within a few weeks or months time at the absolute longest, because . . .

The life forms created on days three, five, and six are interdependent! If all of them had not been created at approximately the same time, some would have died off before the others could support them.

And that is the basic reason why evolution could not have occurred. –Even though it is not possible that “billions of years” could somehow result in a tree or a monkey, or a man “evolving”, it is all the more astronomically impossible that “chance” could result in ALL of them – and everything else needed for them to exist TOGETHER – evolved.

Why not take that one step further: Take the matter of sex. Although not possible that a single, male or female, monkey or goat evolved, HOW could male and female monkeys, goats, sheep, dogs, cats, squirrels, llamas, horses, chimpanzees, rats, armadillos, skunks, bison, bears, jackrabbits, . . . and mankind ALL have evolved near enough to the same time that they all exist today?

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