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 article 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