Old Earth…Young Earth…


I've read on this for a while (years) and I remain a creationist.  I believe that God created - not evolved.  I don't think that God-directed evolution is correct.  God created.

I'm just not sure that the "day" of Genesis 1 represents a literal 24-hour period.

Then Justin Taylor wrote "Biblical Reasons to Doubt the Creation Days Were 24-Hour Periods"

One of his points I've heard before.

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Okay...are we reading a prelude, a heading title, or a summary of what follows?

Taylor writes:

Genesis 1:1 tells us that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

This is not a title or a summary of the narrative that follows. Rather, it is a background statement that describes how the universe came to be.

In other words.

At some point in the past, God created the universe.

Then (starting in Genesis 1:2) He formed our planet into our place.

At some point, the universe came into existence, then some time later,

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:2-3)

In this case, even the six days of creation took place inside of a larger history.


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2 thoughts on “Old Earth…Young Earth…

  1. bethyada

    Okay, my name's not showing up in your comment form. (You can delete the first comment)

    Justin's point here is largely irrelevant. There is significant discussion over whether Genesis 1 is prior, or a summary statement. But if God did make the heavens and the earth, then created in 6 days, what of it. We have the heavens (space) and an earth void. Nothing else. No light, no sun, no animals.Then creation starts and it is over in 6 days. But long agers want deep time to allow for stars to come into existence, for animals to exist for eons before man. Yet none of these things were made any longer than 5 days before humans.

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