Bogus Reasons Humanists Reject The
Is the following a contradiction in the Bible?
QUESTION: Genesis chapter 1 lists six days of creation, whereas chapter 2 refers
to the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.
is what Genesis 2:4 says:
This is the account
of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord
God made earth and heaven
People love to arbitrarily assign a
meaning to the word "day" without considering the context. But,
the meaning of the word day varies depending on it's context... and we can know
that meaning. For example:
1) In my day we were polite and respectful.
It was a three day hike to the lake.
3) It took a full day to travel to
In each of the above examples "day" has a different meaning.
"Day" means some time in the past.
2) A three day hike could be
a hike that started at 10 AM on Friday, and we arrived at the lake at noon on
Sunday. So it included part of two separate days, and all day Saturday. So "day"
might be referring to 6 hours on Friday, 10 hours on Saturday, and 3 hours on
3) In this case "day" refers to 24 hours.
chapter one we see the word "day" used with a number (one day, a second
day, a third day, etc.) and this context tells us it is a 24 hour day. It is also
used with the phrase "there was evening and there was
morning" verifying that the context is that of a 24 hour day.
is not the context of verse 2:4.
The context of 2:4 tells us that "day"
in this case is not a 24 hour day. It refers to a time in the past, similar
to example #1 above. Just as the first verse of Genesis summarizes all of creation,
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
verse 2:4 is also a summary of creation. Both the day by day account of creation,
and the focus on day six of creation, start with an overal summary.
is no contradiction.
1:2-3 claims that God created light and divided it from darkness on the first
day; but Genesis 1:14-19 tells us the sun, moon, and stars werent made until
the fourth day.
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