Day of Plain Speech
“If creation in Genesis took six literal days, where do people get the idea of ‘day-ages’ or long periods of time in Gen. 1?”
Well, before evolutionary theory was popular, most Christians understood the Bible account pretty much the way we’ve explained it. But as more and more people latched onto the theory of evolution as an alternate and so-called “scientific” explanation of where we come from, some Christians have felt the need to help God out of this interpretational jam, by altering the way it’s understood. But that is just plain compromise. We have to decide which we’re going to believe: the God Who gave us the Bible or the scientific naturalist who can’t seem to make up his mind.
When you read the account, there’s no suggestion it is anything other than a simple narrative that follows a normal time-line of one week. You’d have to see some indication that the terms were figurative before you went with that assumption.
Some believers will say, “I want to believe the Bible, but I don’t know how to react when someone offers this interpretation of the creation story that seems to allow for evolution.” The answer is, it just doesn’t square with a straightforward understanding of the passage.
I’m always a little skeptical of those who have to have some secret key to interpreting the Bible. There’s no mysterious language being used here. There’s no indication it should be read as allegory or anything other than just an historical narrative. Yes, it’s inspired by God, but it should be read the same way we read anything else – take it at face value and usually that makes more sense than reading between the lines. God says what He means and means what He says.
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