This is in response to most believers, who I love in Christ, to see why I believe that the Genesis account should not be literal as often a 6-day creation model would imply. Before I start let me make it clear that the purpose of this post is healthy discussion. You can share your thoughts, my aim is not to attack the YEC position but rather clear up some misconceptions and also why I no longer believe in a 6-day creation account (Yes, I used to).
I believe there are ample reasons to simply conclude that the genesis account is not entirely 24 hour periods.
So ladies and gentleman open your bibles because we need to look down somethings. 🙂
First look at day 3, it says
Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with seed in them, on the earth”; and it was so.
And the earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.
Look, God lets the earth bring forth all vegetation. The Hebrew word used is dasha (Strong’s #H1876) which means growing from seeds or seedlings. But this is problematic, because it certainly takes longer than 24 hours to actually have happened. It might take years for some plants to be mature enough. In fact no plant can grow to maturity in 24 hours. That is a proven thing. Worse a new problem arises when we find that the trees and plants are bearing fruits as well. The text, if even followed literally would suggest that the earth brought forth all kinds of vegetation. for fruits you need seasons.
God did not interfere miraculously, at least that is missing in the text and anyone believing so would have to assume their view correct to begin with to fit in the instant miraculous touch, even though the text states other wise and does not mention any speeding up process.
Look at day 6 now, God is pretty busy on day 6
1. He plants a garden.
2. Brings all the animals to Adam, so that he could name them.
3. Adam is alone and therefore God puts him to sleep and makes Eve.
Alright, the first thing again. God plants a garden on the sixth day but as I already said, it takes more than a day to get a garden actually grow up and mature, not to mention it produces fruits as well. This is more than clear that one day is not 24 hours period.
Second, God brings the animals to Adam,
Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
“Wait a minute,” you say, you are in chapter 2. Yes, and eve’s account of creation is in chapter two and the naming of the animals happens before God makes eve, so if eve is going to made on the sixth day then the naming of the animals also took place on the sixth day.
Ok, so just saying that we take all the land animals and “all the birds of the sky”. That would mean, at least 30,000 to 40,000 species, and that includes some (not all since that is just staggering) of the extinct ones, since they would be present on day 6 of creation. Also, since the account does not mention sea creatures, I am not going to include those.
So Adam gets to name them, and boy he has to be fast because even if you give him the entire 24 hours of the sixth day. Adam has to name around 1500 animals per hour, 25 animals per minute, he exactly 2.4 seconds to name each animal. He would have hardly thought, and he took no bathroom breaks, no breaks at all. He would have to keep naming every land animal every 2 seconds to complete the count and that would take him full 24 hours which leaves no time to sleep and God forming eve, also how God made Eden in 24 hours when Adam had to name animals all through the 24 hours day. Not to mention, Adam didn’t have breakfast, did not look around as soon as he was formed, God made him sit, fast forward all the animals(which would take him more than 24 hours, likely) and then God made him sleep and then made the woman, viola, we have a day. Worse, the Bible says all of this happened before evening, so time check, you are 12 hours short. Whoops, this means Adam had to name the animals at a double speed, yup 3000 animals per hour, 50 animals a minute, 1 second for every animal to name and that is if you grant him all 12 hours.
Come on guys, how fast do you want him to go? just so that we can get a 24 hour period done? It does not make sense, is hardly likely and I have not come to the last point yet.
Eve, yes Adam got lonely in just a day, seriously? if he did, the guy had no imagination. Please imagine, he would need more than a day just to look and be awed by creation. The animals and the plants and everything. This means he did no exploration whatever. God brought all animals to him, no suitable helper was found. Not to mention Adam kept naming animals all day. God made Adam sleep and made Eve.
A literal interpretation at this point is only good if you are reading it superficially, if you actually imply what is being said, you need more than a day guys. Think about it, do not let what you have been always thought to be accepted without much questioning. In the end, you have to reconcile the scriptures with prudence and common sense. I am not questioning God’s abilities, I am simply saying he just didn’t do it like in a day. The question is not “can not God make earth in six days?”, the question is, did He?
I welcome all people who believe a 24 hour time period to be literal to share their thoughts and if so, shed some light on the problem I have demonstrated.
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