Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Tuesday Top Seven

Seven Reasons not to believe in Young-earth creationism

1. The original Hebrew translated "day" means more than a solar day The Hebrew word translated day is "yohm" and this word not only is restricted to a solar day, it can also refer to a period of time, a year, the daylight hours, or twenty-four hours.

2. All six days are referred to as one day
Gen 2:4 says "in the day that Jehovah God made earth and heaven."
How strict can we be about the literalness of the days considering this?

3. The seventh day has evidently not ended
The preceeding six days concluded with the phrase "an evening and a morning, the first day", etc. but the seventh day did not. Gen 2:2 states "he proceeded to rest on the seventh day from all his work that he had made". Here "rest" is in the imperfect state which means incomplete or continuous action. Also in Heb. 4:3-11, Paul states that the seventh day was still continuing in his day.

4. "Evening" and "Morning" also have figurative uses.

Thou causest man to return unto dust, And hast said—Return, ye sons of Adam! For, a thousand years, in thine eyes, are , As yesterday, in that it passed away, Or as a watch in the night. Thou hast snatched them away, A sleep, do they become, In the morning, they are like grass that shooteth up, In the morning, it sprouteth and shooteth up, By the evening, it is cut down and
- Psalms 90:3-6 (REB)

Now, the revelation of the evening and the morning which hath been told, faithful, indeed it is,—but, thou, close up the vision, because it is for many days. - Daniel 8:26 (REB)

5. The Sun
If you take the Genesis account literally, for every spot on the earth to have a "morning and a night" would take 48 hours, not 24 hours.Also, a Jewish day begun at evening. The evening that marks the new day is sundown, but the Sun was not visible until the fourth creative day.

6. Jehovah's viewpoint
"However, let this one fact not be escaping your notice, beloved ones, that one day is with jehovah as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day" (2 peter 3:8, NWT)

7. Time
The events portrayed in the creative week cannot be restricted to solar days. For instance, the growth of vegetation in Day 3 would take alot longer than twelve hours of daylight would allow for. To have literal solar days would also require Adam to be able to get comfortable in his new garden home, name all the animals and get married to Eve in less than 12 hours after coming out of his deep sleep.

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