First, God did not make the universe in seven days; He made it in six and rested on the seventh. Second, no one knows why He chose six days, but by that choice He set the standard for how man should regulate his life (work six days; rest one day).
It was during the time of Noah. He said that he regretted having ever made man and that it was time to destroy everything. At that time, the earth was the center of the cosmos. Destroy that, and all is gone. 8th day was tongue in cheek.
I don't. But that wasn't the question. I'm just relating the story as written. I don't happen to believe in a god. I accept a deliberate universe, but that doesn't default to a 'god.' Don't you think? :-)
Given the choice between believing that everything came into being by time and chance, and believing that an omnipotent Creator spoke it into existence, I choose to side with the Genesis account. So many other reasons exist to refute atheism.
What is there to explain? Atheism is a lack of a belief in a god. It has nothing to do with how life began or whether or not evolution is true. Even if evolution was proven false, it would not affect my atheism.
How about this... Creation remains a mystery. Big Bang, God, poof--whatever the case may be, we may well never know for certain. It's not agnosticism; rather, it's acceptance. I do not know. Of that I am certain. Most scientists, too, if honest.
He created this second earth age in 6 of His days. On the 7th, He rested. 6 stands for mankind in Biblical numerics and 7 for spiritual completeness. Those "days" are actually milleniums. One of God's days is as a thousand years to us and a thousand years to us is one of God's days. II Peter 3:8 documents this. This is why no one has ever lived through one of God's days. He told Adam and Eve that if they partook of the forbidden fruit then in the same day they would die but we know that Adam lived to be 930 years (Genesis 5:5) If this wasn't true, then God's word would be a lie and we know it isn't. So God created this second earth age in 6,000 years to us and 6 days to Him.
If one is going to use scripture, then recognize this: God made the sun and moon AFTER the first day. What gave light to the first day? And saying God himself does not count. In other words, it's a fairy tale turned into literal history by fundies.
It is my understanding that when God established the 24 hour day, He established OUR 24 hour day, not His. The millennium in the end is spoken of as the Lord's day. I believe that 2 Peter 3:8 is correct. Our 24 hrs. is His 1,000 years.
In the book of Genesis the Hebrew word yôm was used for the word 'day' combined with numbers 'first' day, 'second' day, etc., along with the words 'evening and morning' the first time the word was used to define yôm as one night/day cycle or 24 hrs.
The translation of the Hebrew word according to Strong's concordance is "a space of time defined by an associated term" (figuratively) or literal (as in sunset to sunset), that is the translation and that is the meaning given.
And yet Strong's Concordance is not the Word of God, and neither is any mortal interpretation. Learn the difference between the letter and the spirit of His Wisdom. Let go of the crutches of this world, logic and ego
The OT was written in Hebrew, that is a fact. I do not speak, write or read Hebrew. This is fact. Therefore I use other books (besides just Strong's) of translation to understand the meaning of the Hebrew words in their context.
There is a great deal in Genesis that cannot be taken literally. Some, if not most, is symbolic or metaphorical. For instance, God said that Adam would die on the day he ate of the forbidden fruit, but we have Adam being kicked out of the Garden and living to the ripe old age of 930. If the Garden was a purely spiritual place and both Adam and Eve died spiritually, all of the physical description would merely be metaphor for the fall from spiritual grace.
What if the "days" of Genesis 1 were zero time, outside of the space-time continuum -- and even before it existed? In creation, you start with a template or blueprint -- a thought in the mind of God -- the "Word."
What if God's "day of rest" was the final ingredient which gave, as @Etta33 says, its "completeness" or "perfection?" In that case, we would be living in God's day of rest -- all 13.7 billion years of it.
Seven is a number used to indicate perfection. The sevens in Genesis 4 have been discovered to link to sevens in Genesis 5 for perfecting the biblical timeline, so that now we have one that is compatible with the timelines of science.
And we now also have evidence that the Jewish Kabbalists were instrumental in writing Genesis, because their "Tree of Life" is embedded in two chapters of Genesis.
And with this new timeline, we now know the reason for Noah's Flood, as well as the identity of the culprit who made it necessary.
Or, and I'm guessing here, Genesis might have nothing at all to do with the origins of the universe. Perhaps mystery really is mystery and explanation may be long in coming. I tend to lean in that direction. I don't like the god of the Bible.
Adam died spiritually when he ate the fruit; that spiritual death planted the seed of his physical death some 900-plus years later. What do you mean by "the Garden was a purely spiritual place"? I believe the text indicates that the Garden was a real
Glynch1: It seems you may be adding interpretation where none is due. If one takes the Bible literally, Adam did not die spiritually. The passages refer to physical death. He did not die after eating. The serpent told the truth.
lone star 77, The wages of sin is death: spiritual death immediately, and eventually, Adam died physically. That has been the orthodox position since the beginning. The Garden of Eden was not heaven. Where did I say that heaven is not real?
As far as I know, that 7 days--well, that's not even 7 days because Genesis stated that God rested on the 7th day so it's actually 6 days--is not to be taken literally. Maybe a day during those times was not equivalent to 24 hours just like what we have now. Maybe that 7 days were really a billion years. The Bible has lots of secrets and it's really hard to decipher it.
If GOD really did create the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th, why do we have dinosaurs and other gigantic fossils here on earth?
I believe GOD created the world in 6 million years, and rested, awaiting for the time Christ will return...soon. You will see that the world is older that men, even older than the oldest fossils ever found.
Well that is a pretty simple question to answer, God made the world in six days and took a day off, to show us how many days a week we are supposed to work, the perfect balance of work and play, then us being foolish humans, invented the 5 day work week and look where that has landed us
We were taught and conditioned that God made the world in six days and rested on the seventh day. There has also been a lot of conversation in my life time that our definition of time is different than God's definition. One day to God could be a million years to us, as an example. We only know what we are taught or conditioned to believe until we choose what type of belief system we will embrace to help us overcome concerns and fears of unknown subjects.
Adam and Eve - Truth or Myth?Do you believe Adam and Eve are real people or allegorical figures. If they are physically true, why or how do you know, and if allegorical, what is the meaning or purpose of the story?