Why is the answer to did creation take seven days or 14 billion years Yes
Why is the answer to the question was creation done in seven days or 14 billion years yes. That's a unusual statement so lets see what the crazy man is talking about. The answer is in genesis 1. In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth.
Let us start with the earth and go back to the heavens. The Hebrew word used here for earth is haaretz this means earth, land, soil, dirt etc.. Soil is made up of mixtures of elements and each element is made up of atoms. Atoms are made up of electrons spinning around a nucleus of protons and neutrons. Our main subject is this realm but let us have a quick look at the heavens.
Paul tells us there are at least three heavens. This third heaven that Paul tells us about is a place where Jesus dwells. So it is highly unlikely there would be a fourth heaven above it. If we look at scriptures you see three very distinct heavenly places; Paradise, Sheol, (called Hades) and the other we will call the kingdoms. The kingdoms are places that surround the earth and Paul tells us about them in Ephesians 6 – ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’ So we have three distinct places, three distinct heavens.
If we look, can we see any effect that these realms have on us physically? We have shown by modern science that we can only see 1 to 3% of our universe. The rest we describe as dark matter and dark energy. Dark matter being 30% and dark energy being the remainder, even though invisible energy would be a better description. However, we can see the gravitational effect dark matter has on us. So we can guess that one or more of the heavens has gravitational fields. They were all made at the same time and all disappear at the same time. The second heaven or kingdom is very close because beings can move from one to the other with ease. Often you will read that the heavens are made up of paradise, the stars, and the sky; paradise being a realm that God promises as a home to those who know and love Him. However, the stars and the sky cannot be called the heavens in a Genesis 1 sense because these are made up of atomic particles. These came into existence when God made the earth not the heavens.
Let us get back to the 14 billion year or seven days problem. The bible doesn't tell us much. It says God made the universe that
the earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Hebrews 11.3 says so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.’ and several times it says that the universe was stretched out. The big bang theory of the creation of the universe is the current accepted science model. It has a few problems and gets more each day. It is popular because it seems to be in direct opposition to the bibles seven days. Number one on the list of problems is that if there was a big bang the universe would have a particular shape to it. But it doesn't and there is an amazing evenness to the galaxies, the brightness of the most distant galaxies is not right and to the non Christian they are all moving away from us which makes the Milky Way the centre of the universe. It was argued that it is an optical illusion caused by even expansion. However I was watching a lecture by an atheist called Lawrence Krauss, a genius and a gifted speaker. He was saying that none of the arguments for us not being the centre of the universe were any good but his one. It seemed really good but when you looked closely at it, it required the galaxies directly in front of us to be travelling at twice the speed of light. This is not possible and he effectively proved we are the centre of the universe. I was a bit overwhelmed to think that we are the centre of the universe. Static universe does not fit the maths, expanding universe does not fit the observation. It is as though some guiding hand stretched out the universe in a controlled manner so that every thing was even and in the place it should be. Fits the observation, the maths and the scriptures. What about the universe being made of things unseen. We can not see individual atoms or the protons,neutron and electrons they are made up of. However, when you pile them to get in a big enough pile you can see them. That is you and me. There has been a lot of news about a thing called the Higgs boson. This is a particle produced by the Higgs field that gives things mass. This field and the bosons are completely unseen and we can only see the results of it. Hebrews says things, plural, so in time I speculate that they will be saying that the Higgs field is just one of a number of fields that give the universe substance. This Higgs field was found at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. CERN being the name of the agency a hadron is a name for a group of particles that protons and neutrons are a part of. They have been zooming the protons around and smashing them into each other. They have shown that Hebrews 11.3 was a very accurate description.
Now this description that the earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Is this a description of matter floating around the universe waiting for gravity to join it together. The maths says that is impossible as 14 billion years is on where long enough. So it must be a description of the earth itself before the sun ignited. The land had no shape and there was no life. The world was covered in water and it was dark.
Let’s have a quick look at time and our galaxy. Time is a puzzle because it is actually minutely different for everybody. Time is affected by the speed you are travelling at. So if I go into the kitchen to make my wife a cup of tea, the act of walking into the kitchen slows down my time zone. You can also question whether time rally exists at all. Everything around us is just a sequence of events that start with the smallest things reacting in their natural parameters affecting the next thing and so on. Each thing affecting the next and larger thing. We measure these things as time as one thing moves to the next. But rather than giving empirical value to time we say that this perception of time is just in the mind of the observer and in fact has no empirical value to the sequence itself. That when went things travel faster it is not time that is slowing down but a kind of resistance is forming that slows the sequence down. This resistance is probably caused by the Higgs and other yet unfound fields. One of these wave fields is acting like fiction. The down side to time not having an empirical value and is nothing more than a though in the mind of an observer of sequential events is that both time travel and space travel will be impossible. All those Scifi programs will be ruined.
Some of the latest string theory is removing time from its equations.
We have two perceived time zones, the one we are aware of that changes with speed. There is also the time zone that our spirit has. Our spirit is from God and God’s realm has a time zone. Because even in heaven things happen in a sequential manner. Time in effect is the measure of things that happen in a sequence with each event affecting the next in the sequence. We measure time in terms of the rotation of the earth but in the beginning there was no rotation of earth so the beginning of Genesis is a sequence of events that happen not in our time, but in God’s time. The time man is allotted to live is in relationship to our spirit’s time. I reason this because we are now aware that the speed of light is slowing down. A day of our time could appear as billions of years in the past. If the relationship of our spirit’s time is changing to our flesh time our life expectancy is going to change. If light is slowing down then time is speeding up. Our ancestors would have had far longer life spans than ours although our spirit’s life span would be the same. This view of our perception of time can explain how we get seven days or fourteen billion years being yes but we will soon see a better reason.
Lets get away from time and back to the universe.
So when God said let there be light it was not a big bang experience but he ignited the sun - now let’s see what happens.
God saw that the light was good and God separated light from the darkness. What can this mean? Let’s speculate. To separate light from darkness is not just separating day from night for all night is shadow and our nights are not without light but just a lot less light. As we discussed previously, four places have been created ... and one is a place without light. So there are no electromagnetic waves hitting Sheol, they must pass straight through.
Then Genesis 1:5 ends with the most overlooked words in the Bible by far. The real reason why the answer to the question is yes.
‘And there was evening and there was morning on the first day.’
Evening comes before morning. The day ends at sunrise which makes the first day any amount of time you want it to be because it does not have a start. The first day could be a billion years long or just 15 minutes. Now the sun is ignited and the solar system is starting to warm up we should see the results.
The second day and from now on we are dealing with actual days or one rotation of the earth.
‘And God said let there be an expanse in the midst of the water, and let it separate waters from waters. And God made the expanse and separated waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. God called the expanse heaven and there was evening and morning on the second day.’ The earth is heating up and the sky is getting cloudy. Remember that the clouds were one big covering that did not rain.
The third day
The next verse describes how the process continued until land appeared. Then on the land God put vegetation. Vegetation has the same kind of DNA structure as humans. In fact we are all 60% the same DNA as bananas. We are as much as 80% the same as some trees, although after reading this some of you may think that my percentage is a lot higher.
The fourth day
When the scriptures talk about making the sun, moon and stars it is talking about positioning them to rule the day and the night. God would not have created the vegetation the day before to die in the dark. This is making an elliptical orbit of the earth to create seasons and placing the moon in the right place to create tides and things like that.
The fifth day
Everything is now in place to make the higher creatures. The DNA was made a little more complicated to virtually the same as what man was going to have. All living things have the same DNA structure. This complex double helix molecule is the base of life. The double helix molecule is a program that allows creation to maintain the same form. It is an incredibly complex series of connections numbering in the billions. The probability of this occurring naturally is zero. Evolution is now incompatible with scientific theory. Though probably not so funny when you think it is the main source of racism. Making Darwin the father of racism. There is a benefit to evolution for Christians. If you look at evolution from any science; from biology, chemistry, mathematics and even palaeontology it fails. Just pop over to the creation sites and you will get overwhelmed with rock solid proof. If you are really smart and want to believe it you have to really lie to yourself. If you are not so smart then it fails at a holistic level. You don’t need to understand the science and you can see it as a lie. Just look at the majesty of creation and you can’t help but see it was created and that is also inbuilt into our being.
This is the end of the creation story and the beginning of our story.
One last little point ... when the Lord gave Moses the story of Genesis and described a day - if he didn’t mean a day in Moses’ time, He would not have said it unless he meant one physical day. Light was moving faster so time was going slower and remember that there is a time zone for our spirits. At this point when God was teaching Moses they must have been the same. The average age was 120 compared to our 80. That is two thirds, so we need to multiply the five days that the Lord created everything before man, by two thirds. So that means God created creation in three and a third days of our time.
I hope you find my take on Genesis enlightening and interesting..
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