Was The Earth Created In 6 Days?

Do Christians need to believe that the Earth was created in a few days? Let’s examine that question.

There are truly many young-earth creationists out there, and it’s perfectly fine to maintain such a belief, but I want to argue that it is possible to accept a literal interpretation of Genesis and yet not accept six-day creationism. Now, I’d like no one to throw a spear at me just yet — examine what I have to say about the Bible first, and then decide if my head comes off or not. If you have any objections, comment below and we shall discuss them.

Classically, there are the obvious “first day”, “second day”, and so forth passages in Genesis 1.

[Genesis 1:5] God called the light “day,” and He called the darkness “night.” Evening came and then morning: the first day.

Pretty clear, right? There’s just one thing to point out — and that is the meaning of the word ‘day’ in the original Hebrew. This word has four independent meanings in the original Hebrew, and one of them is merely ‘a period of time’.

The Reasons To Believe ministry (their website receives almost 200,000 monthly viewers), argues that there are good reasons to believe that this is the meaning of the verse. For example, this ministry argues that the events of the ‘sixth day’ could not possibly be relegated to a 24-hour period. Travis Campbell, a member of the ministry and a PhD in Philosophical Theology notes nine events that took place during the seventh day, in which some could be quite lengthy;

  • created a host of creatures to live and flourish on the land (Genesis 1:24–25);
  • created human beings (Genesis 1:26–29)—albeit in two stages, the first one being the formation of the man (Adam) out of the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7);
  • planted a garden in Eden (Genesis 2:8);
  • caused trees and plants to grow in the Garden of Eden in accordance with the same ordinary providence He exercised over creation from the beginning (Genesis 2:9; cf. Genesis 1:11–12, 2:5);
  • placed Adam in the Garden (Genesis 2:15) and appointed him as its keeper;
  • made a covenant with Adam (Genesis 2:16–17; cf. Hosea 6:7);
  • recognized that Adam was alone and noted that this was not a good state of affairs (Genesis 2:18);
  • introduced Adam to the animals, and allowed him to name them (Genesis 2:19–20);
  • put the man to sleep, made a woman (Eve) from a part of Adam’s side, and then brought her to Adam (Genesis 2:21–22).

Take a look at the eighth point, for example. This point regards the following passage;

[Genesis 2:19-20] So the Lord God formed out of the ground every wild animal and every bird of the sky, and brought each to the man to see what he would call it. And whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every wild animal; but for the man no helper was found as his complement.

In other words, Adam named all the livestock, all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. There are no doubt, thousands upon thousands of all of these three organisms. Not only does he name them, but he even takes the time to decide that not a single one of them was a viable helper for him in the Garden! How long would this take? This really all occurred in a single day? Remember, this entire point here is completely Biblical.

Now, a second point to make. After Adam names all the livestock, wild animals and birds of the sky, God puts Adam into a deep sleep in order to take out his rib.

[Genesis 1:21-22] So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place. Then the Lord God made the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man.

If Adam was sleeping, that event must have taken a bit of time itself. Remember, to say I am wrong is to say that all of this fits into a single day. There is one third point that can be made to show that this did not all take place in one single day.

[Genesis 1:23-24] And the man said: This one, at last, is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; this one will be called “woman,” for she was taken from man. This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.

Adam, in reaction to finally finding a suitable helper or partner for him after rejecting all the livestock, wild animals and birds of the sky, in relief, says “at last”, implying that this entire course of events all recorded in the sixth day alone lasted quite the amount of time to say the very least. All this, including the fact that the word in the original Hebrew is not limited to the meaning of an actual 24-hour day, may go well to imply that it does not actually mean a single actual 24-hour day at all. These are all Biblical reasons to take such an interpretation into account.

One last point I want to make — regarding a debate that I highly recommend everyone should watch here. If you have not already seen it, watch the debate between Hugh Ross and Kent Hovind. This is one of the best debates I’ve ever seen, and if you still bear that I am false in my claims and position, give this debate an opportunity to change your mind. This is the debate that entirely changed my view. Just to inform, Hugh Ross is also a Christian and he is a PhD in Astronomy. God Bless everyone, and remember, if you think I made any errors here, tell me in the comments.

[Psalm 24:7-8] Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is the King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle.

The Bible and the Shape of the Earth

Truly, idea that the Bible claims that the Earth is flat has always been a common lie by the atheists against the true and holy scriptures that we bear witness too — here, we will see how all their claims that the Bible claims a flat Earth are utterly false, and we will study our scriptures and reveal that the Bible unequivocally tells us that the Earth is actually spherical. This should shed some light onto those who do not accept our scriptures as truth because of these unfortunate misunderstandings, that do not originate from pure intentions.

First, let us address common verses quoted by the unbelievers who deceive that they use to attempt to show that the Bible claims the Earth is flat. We will explain them away with ease. Let us begin.

[Isaiah 11:12] He will lift up a banner for the nations and gather the dispersed of Israel; He will collect the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

One of the first verses quoted will be one that has the Bible saying that the Earth has four corners — which thus somehow translates to a flat Earth. However, it is clear to note that these ‘four corners’ are simply referring to North, South, East and West. We can confirm this by seeing that the Bible later affiliates the four corners of the Earth with the four winds of the Earth. Behold:

[Revelation 7:1] After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, restraining the four winds of the earth so that no wind could blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree.

As we can see, the first attempt to show the Bible invokes a flat earth is utterly inconsequential. Moving forwards…

[Job 38:13] That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?

[Daniel 4:11] The tree grew large and became strong And its height reached to the sky, And it was visible to the end of the whole earth.

This verse implies the existence of “the ends of the earth”. However, all “ends of the earth” means is simply the “entire Earth”, nothing more. There is one more type of verse that these people try to use to show the Bible claims the Earth is flat, and it is the following:

[Job 26:11] The pillars that hold up the sky tremble, astounded at His rebuke.

If the Earth has pillars, it must be flat! It might be somewhat confusing what the ‘pillars’ of the Earth in the Bible mean, but this problem simply disappears when we take a look at the Scholarly commentaries on Job 26:11 and understand what these verses truly mean.

Cambridge Bible Commentary:

The “pillars” of the heavens, if the conception be not wholly ideal, may be the lofty mountains on which the heavens seem to rest, and which, as they are lost in the clouds, are spoken of as belonging to heaven. At God’s rebuke, when His voice of thunder rolls, or when earthquakes shake the earth, they tremble with terror of His majesty,

Benson Commentary:

The pillars of heaven tremble — Perhaps the mountains, which by their height and strength seem to reach and support the heavens. And are astonished at his reproof — When God reproveth not them, but men by them, manifesting his displeasure by thunders or earthquakes.

Pulpit Commentary:

The pillars of heaven tremble. The “pillars of heaven” are the mountains, on which the sky seems to rest. These “tremble,” or seem to tremble, at the presence of God (Psalm 18:7; Psalm 114:4; Isaiah 5:25) when he visits the earth in storm and tempest, either because the whole atmosphere is full of disturbance, and the outline of the mountains shifts and changes as rain and storm sweep over them, or because the reverberations of the thunder, which shake the air, seem to shake the earth also. And are astonished at his reproof. To the mind of the poet this “trembling” is expressive of astonishment and consternation. He regards the mountains as hearing the voice of God in the storm, recognizing it as raised in anger, and so trembling and cowering before him.

So, these ‘pillars’, after thorough examination of the biblical evidence, simply mean the the mountains of the Earth.

Now that we have seen any attempts to coincide the Bible with a flat Earth turn out to be very disappointing, we will show that the Bible very clearly explains that the Earth is actually round. The Bible gives us three descriptions of the shape of the Earth that will allow us to piece this puzzle.

[Isaiah 40:22] God is enthroned above the circle of the earth; its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like thin cloth and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

The Bible tells us that the Earth is circular in some sense.

[Ephesians 4:9] But what does “He ascended” mean except that He descended to the lower parts of the earth?

The Bible tells us that there are ‘lower parts of the earth’, in other words the Earth has multiple layers/regions. It has thickness.

[Matthew 12:40] For as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.

The Bible tells us that the Earth has a ‘heart’ or perfect center.

Now that we have collected this information, let us list the three criteria of a shape needed in order to qualify as the Biblical Earth.

  1. It must be circular in some sense
  2. It must be a thick object, with the capacity of having multiple layers (three dimensional)
  3. It must have an absolute center or ‘heart’

The fact is, the only shape in the world that fits all the criterion for the Biblical shape of the Earth is a sphere. Flat circles do not qualify for the second criterion, and cylinders do not qualify for the third (as if the Bible could imply the Earth is a cylinder). However, a sphere is circular, is a thick three dimensional object that can have layers, and has a center in the middle of it. This means that there is no possible way the Bible says the Earth is flat, it evidently and very clearly necessitates the Earth to be a sphere, based on the evidence we have just seen.