I’M WONDERING SOMETHING about the folks out there who believe God created the universe in six 24-hours days and then rested on the seventh day.
If you’re one of them, here’s my question:
Why do you believe that?
I know that’s how it was preached in generations past.
And I understand if you’ve got that brainwashing thing going on—if you think that’s the problem. I know how hard it is to shake a lifetime of inaccurate teaching—even after we realize we’ve been led down the wrong path. I was taught that dancing was a sin, in spite of all the dancing that goes on in the Bible. I still don’t know how to dance; and frankly, it ticks me off.
I realize that the Bible uses the “day” word, the meaning of which scholars debate. But most Bible experts don’t take that “day” literally anymore. Even the Bible says God didn’t create the sun and moon—the tools we use to measure 24-hour days—until “day” four. Science seems to have amassed a heaping helping of evidence indicating that the universe is about 14 billion years old. You can hear that put to music in the sacred theme song of the “Big Bang Theory,” in reruns when the show is on hiatus.
Many Christians, perhaps most these days, don’t seem to have any trouble with the Big Bang theory of creation. They figure God pulled the trigger.
Yet I get accused of not giving equal time and energy to the traditional view of creation when I report on Genesis in my books. I really do want to present a balanced view. But honestly, the evidence seems incredibly lopsided in opposition to the view that most of us have heard preached in years past.
What’s your take on the Creation story?
I’m especially interested in any arguments that would make most skeptics say, “My goodness. I never thought of that. Now the six-day creation makes perfect sense.”
Or at least a smidgen of sense. I’d print that, in a Creationist’s defense.
I really do get the feeling that most Christians don’t buy into that traditional view any longer, in light of the new insights we’ve been discovering as we continue to explore God’s creation.