Did God Create in 6-Days?
Yes He did! This is extremely important because understanding origins in the book of Genesis is the foundation to the rest of the Bible.
- If Genesis, chapter 1 and chapter 2 don’t tell us the truth, then why should we believe anything else in the Bible?
- If Genesis chapter 1 is not meant to be understood factually then when should we begin to believe the Bible factually?
- Why should we believe what Jesus said about the forgiveness of sins, or about heaven, or about anything else?
So, what we believe about creation has implications that effect how we understand the rest of Scripture. The matter of biblical origins is absolutely critical to all human thinking. It is critical to how we conduct our lives as human beings. Without the right understanding of origins, there is no way to comprehend ourselves. Thus, getting Genesis chapter 1 right is paramount!
Hebrews 11:3 states: By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Fiat Creation is the interpretation by which the idea that God, by a direct act, brought into being instantaneously everything that is. God spoke and the universe as we know it came into being. Genesis 1:3: And God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. Genesis 1:6, says Then God said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the heavens’, and that’s what happened. Over and over again we read that “God spoke” and it was created! The Bible is clear that God created the universe in 6 days (Genesis 1:1-31).
The things God created on each of the six days are as follows:
Day 1 — the universe, light and time (Genesis 1:1-5);
Day 2 — the sky and “separated” waters (Genesis 1:6-8);
Day 3 — land, bodies of water, grass and plants (Genesis 1:9-13);
Day 4 — the sun, moon, stars, and planets (Genesis 1:14-19);
Day 5 — birds, fish and all sea creatures (Genesis 1:20-23);
Day 6 — land creature and Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:24-30; 2:7,15-25).
Day 7 – On the seventh day God rested from his work (Genesis 2:2-3).
A Day Was 24 Hours, Just As It Is Today
The days of creation were not eons-long “days,” but six normal days. Moses said, For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them (Exodus 20:11). From the above passages the most natural way of understanding “day” in the creation account is a reference to what we know as a 24-hour time period.
Genesis is the foundation for creation in 6 days
Genesis 1:5: God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. “Day” in Hebrew is “yom” and always, without exception, refers to a literal 24-hour, normal solar day when modified by a number like the “first day,” “second day,” “third day,” etc. There’s no other way to interpret Genesis chapter 1! R.C. Sproul said it this way: “One must do a great deal of hermeneutical gymnastics to escape the plain meaning of Genesis 1 – 2 .”
Do God's Words of Genesis Matter?
YES! Sadly, some evangelicals are saying “NO!“. I believe they are capitulating to the pressure of the academic and scientific communities. They are saying it really doesn’t matter what you believe about origins as long as you believe in Jesus. That is a sad commentary because it implies that you can believe what you want in the Bible and not believe what you don’t want.