Young Creation: When is a Day, a Day?

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18-20).[1]

Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have” (Luke 24:36-39).

Medical science and its practitioners, particularly those who are materialists[2] and/or atheists, tell us in no uncertain terms that true virgins cannot be pregnant, and that dead men cannot rise from the grave. Despite this, genuine Christians have steadfastly believed for the last two millennia that not only did the Virgin Mary give birth to Jesus Christ, but that He also rose from the dead on the third day after His crucifixion and burial. What is the primary reason Christians everywhere believe these things? It’s because the Bible tells them so. This follows since orthodox Christianity holds the Bible to be God’s holy word, inerrant and infallible. However, many of these same orthodox Christians readily accept the consensus scientific viewpoint that the earth and universe—all of creation—are billions of years old.

Regarding the days of creation found in Genesis 1, anyone coming to the text without a preconceived bias from “science” as to the age of the universe, rightly concludes using sound, basic interpretive principles that God created all things in six literal days just a few thousand years ago. As an example, Dr. James Barr, distinguished professor of Hebrew at Oxford University, England, himself denying that Genesis is true history, nevertheless states, regarding the language of Genesis 1:

So far as I know, there is no professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe that the writer(s) of Gen. 1–11 intended to convey to their readers the ideas that: (a) creation took place in a series of six days which were the same as the days of 24 hours we now experience, (b) the figures contained in the Genesis genealogies provided by simple addition a chronology from the beginning of the world up to later stages in the biblical story.[3]

Dr. Barr sums things up pretty well.  For a deeper look at the “days” of Genesis, including textual and contextual proof that God meant them as ordinary, 24-hour solar days, check out the short video “Days of Creation” found on the Answers in Genesis website:

The Bible plainly teaches that God created all things over the course of 6, 24-hour days. Bible-believing Christians should be skeptical of any scientific claim which clearly runs counter to the Bible’s teaching. At the very least, Christians should move slowly before they abandon otherwise reliable Bible interpretation in favor of scientific theories. Noted apologist Norman Geisler, author of the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, though he himself appears to favor an old-earth creationist view, states the issue well when he says “there is no demonstrated conflict between Genesis 1–2 and scientific fact. The real conflict is not between God’s revelation in the Bible and scientific fact; it is between some Christian interpretations of the Bible and many scientists’ theories about the age of the world” (emphasis his).[4]

Next post we will examine the Genesis genealogies to discover how far back in the past the Creation event took place, hopefully convincing Christians like Norman Geisler to embrace a young-earth creationist view—sola Scriptura!

[1] All Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version of the Bible.

[2] Materialists are those who would find themselves in complete agreement with the late astronomer and science popularizer Carl Sagan, who famously said “The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be.”

[3] As quoted from a personal letter James Barr sent to David C.C. Watson, dated April 23, 1984. From Don Batten, ed., “Did God Really Take Six Days,” in The Revised and Expanded Answers Book (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 1990), 39. You can also find it online at

[4] Norman Geisler, “Genesis, Days Of,” Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, Baker Reference Library (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1999), 273. Logos Bible Software.


Author: Biblical Worldview

Good day! I am a former Air Force pilot and current airline pilot, married, father to 6 and grandfather to 5 (and counting . . . right, kids?). I bowed my knee and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at the age of 36, and I encourage all who read this to do the same. If you have questions about how or why Jesus should be your Lord and Savior, too, put it in a comment and I will answer in a blog post. As a Christian, I believe the Holy Bible is God's inerrant, infallible word to all humanity, past, present, and future. I also fully subscribe to the historic creeds of the Christian faith (Apostles, Nicene, etc.), the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message, the Manhattan Declaration, and the Nashville Statement. Please check out the various links provided in my profile.

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