The days of creation in Genesis 1 is a contentious issue. The question is whether the Bible is correct that God created in six twenty-four hour days?
Why does intense hostility often accompany a discussion of the length of the creation days? It is because it is an authority issue. If God did not create supernaturally in six days, it is obvious that He has no authority. The only alternative is evolution over millions of years, but that has nothing to do with God’s omnipotence. It is supposed to be just a natural event.
Nobody has authority over something he or she did not create. Why would it not be true for God?
If life evolved randomly and naturally by chance, what rights has God to rule in a creation that is not His own? Yet in chapter 2 of Genesis, we already see that God takes the lead and puts Adam in the Garden of Eden. God gives him a command (don’t eat from a certain tree). In the rest of the Bible the pattern remains. God is in command and He says what must or should be done, and what will happen in future.
The fact that God is in command, tells us that He earned that right because He created everything. That implies ownership. Yet people (who call themselves ‘Christians’) regardlessly persist that all of nature evolved. They don’t realise that if anyone can change one part of the Bible, why not other parts like the virgin birth, miracles and the resurrection? In the end there is only one person who benefits from this squabble over the creation days. It is the arch enemy of God, the devil.
What does the devil gain by fomenting unrest over the issue? He knows how people’s thoughts function: doubt a little… doubt a bit more… and more… and eventually nothing remains. What emerges out of the ashes of doubt about the length of the creation days in the Bible, is a brand new unbeliever straight on his way to the same destiny as the devil. The devil loves it. He relishes it. That is why he causes people to doubt Scripture.
Conclusion: The next time you hear people argue about the length of creation days, remember:
- God is either all-powerful (omnipotent), or He is not.
- He either has the right and the authority to rule because He is the Owner of the universe, or He doesn’t.
- If He is not the omnipotent Ruler of His creation, the rest of the Bible falls away. How can He then promise eternal life on the new heavens and earth? Without an omnipotent Father, there is no omnipotent Jesus and no omnipotent Holy Spirit.
Then the Bible fails the test and can be dumped into the rubbish bin. The devil will love it. As a loser, he will be dumped one day, but it is unfortunate that all people who believed his lies about Scripture will join him. Don’t let the devil triumph. Jesus our Lord is the Victor for ever.