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Perfect Theology:
How Long is a Biblical Day During Creation?

It has been an interest to me for some while as to the length of a biblical day regarding creation. Over the past 34 years I have gone back and forth in what I believed. During my early years, I took the Bible for its word that a day was across the span of 24 hours.

As I became more educated (in Greek thought), the thought was planted in my mind that a day in the biblical account of creation was for certain a day, but could exceed 24 hours. Something in the metaphysical aspect of the world must have been different at the beginning, beyond our comprehension, making the day longer.

I also had considered that the word “day” might just signify a “period” of time. Then there is the notion, when studying the book of Peter, to bear in mind that 1000 years is as a day, and a day as a thousand years. Perhaps the day, or unit of time, was as long as a thousand years. I have even heard this theory taught from the pulpit.

Which of these ideas is most accurate? Is there any real proof or evidence?

I believe, indeed, there is. But there are also hypotheses.

Regarding “1000 years is as a day, and a day as a thousand years”, when looking at the context Peter was using, it had nothing to do with creation, so I think it is poor theology to tie this text toward the creation account. Also, the word “as” clearly makes the phrase comparative, not declarative. This means, the author of the text is NOT saying 1000 years is a day.

I have also come to the conclusion, after many long years, that the word “day” in the biblical creation account was not signifying a “unit of time”. There are many reasons for this.

This controversial passage regarding creation arrives once we crack open the Scriptures.  One hypothesis that some scientists conclude is that between the first two verses in Genesis there is a pause as much as billions of years.

This theory puts dinosaurs roaming the earth far before man. Just as I mentioned in my blog  Perfect Theology: How Old is the Earth? an article that was quite convincing regarding an old earth, I have found another convincing dinosaursarticle explaining the theory of a long gap between these first two verses in Genesis. It is called Biblical Evidence for Long Creation Days by Rich Deem.

He assumes the age of the universe is no longer disputed, that it is billions of years. With that I must disagree. And he explains his stance on a lengthy day in creation. He suggests there is no biblical evidence that the day is a 24 hour period. He then gives biblical reference to a long day. He says the Genesis 2:4 declares God made all six days in one by saying, “This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven.”

Deem notices that the seventh day of creation isn’t “closed” in that it doesn’t add, “there was evening, and there was morning.” He quotes the psalmist and Peter comparing a thousand years. He states that God certainly would require more than a day to plant a seed and create a tree and vegetation. The sixth day, too, would require much more time to unfold, considering its events.  Adam could not receive the animals in a day, name them, fall asleep, have a rib removed, wake up and find Eve.

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