My first year of college, I went to a liberal “Christian” college. I remember being taught that the days of creation were not “real” days, but were periods of time, millions of years long and were representative of the long ages of evolutionary history. This is a common belief in our world today. However, I believe that there are many reasons to reject this “Day-Age Theory” and to confidently affirm the literal accuracy of the Creation account in Genesis.
First, God called them “days” in Genesis 1 and then affirmed them at the giving of the Ten Commandments. Ex 20:11 says: “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day.” At Mt. Sinai, God spoke these words directly to the people of Israel and later inscribed them on stone tablets. Down through history, the Jewish people believed them. Jesus never questioned the Genesis account, or offered anything but a strictly literal interpretation of it. Neither did the prophets or apostles. That should be good enough for us, but there is so much more.
Second, the word used for “day” in Genesis 1 is “yom.” This Hebrew word is overwhelmingly used for a literal day throughout the Old Testament. However, to add force to this, when used with a numerical modifier (e.g. first, second, third), it always means a literal day. Then, to make it even more emphatic, the words “evening and morning” are used to define the day, and further clarified by associating night and day with darkness and light. How could you make it any clearer?
Thirdly, the evolutionary/long-age theory undermines the whole basis of the Gospel message. If indeed the days of Genesis are representative of long ages of evolutionary history, then death is a normal part of physical existence and there have been long ages of death and struggle leading up to man. However, Scripture clearly teaches (Gen 3, Rom 5:12, I Cor 15) that death came into the world because of Adam’s sin, that Jesus died on the cross as payment for sin, and that death is an enemy which will one day be done away with.
There are many other reasons from science and Scripture to reject evolution and the long ages associated with it. I would encourage you to study further that you might be prepared to “give an answer” and to teach others also. God’s Word is true. We can believe it from beginning to end.
Originally published in the September/October 2007 issue of Think & Believe newsletter.
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