A day is one rotation of the Earth, and God created the Earth in six days?

But before he created the Earth, how did he know how long a day was?

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  • Elijah
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    A Religious Encyclopaedia (Vol. I, p. 613) explains: “The days of creation were creative days, stages in the process, but not days of twenty-four hours each.” - Edited by P. Schaff, 1894.

    Gen. 1:2 and on describes God's preparation of planet Earth over a period of what the account calls as "days". However, these "days" were most likely NOT literal days, but rather figurative "days" such as the descriptive sayings: "Back in the 'day' of my youth" or "In the 'day' of the dinosaurs". Even the entire period of the six time units or creative “days” dedicated to the preparation of planet Earth is summed up in one all-embracing “day” at Genesis 2:4.

    Simply by examining the Genesis account itself, it can be seen that the events that occurred during those "days" had to have been a much longer length of time than a literal 24 hour period.

    To illustrate, all of the islands of Hawaii used to be under the ocean's surface an extremely long time ago. Due to volcanic activity, these islands slowly built up with time. The Big Island is still growing. Compared to the continents we see today, Hawaii is relatively small. The time it took for the natural process for all of this dry land to appear must have been much longer than a literal day or two. And yet, Gen. 1:9-13 tells us that dry land appeared within the third creative "day" or stage.

    Additionally, it is hard to imagine that grass can shoot forth, vegetation can bear seed and fruit trees yield fruit in just one single literal 24 hour day. (Gen. 1:11-13)

    Further reading:

    Is the Earth really only 10,000 years old?


  • 1 decade ago

    Your question is flawed. God didn't create the earth in six days, he created it on the first day and it was already rotating for the rest of the days to be considered days by one rotation each.

  • 1 decade ago

    "Day" not always mean the period of time that the Earth needs to complete a rotation.

    Even if we think that the "creation days" represented days like "one rotation of the Earth", God knowledge is more than enough to calculate how much time it would take for a planet of a given mass & dimensions, to rotate around its own axis given the location God planned to put it in, and the relative distance of all relevant body of mass (sun, other planets, moons, etc) that may influence the rotation speed / time via gravitational forces. God even know if there are any variables to consider in the formula to determine rotation time that I'm not aware of.

    God does not need to create the universe and then take a stopwatch to calculate time needed for a planet to complete a rotation or to complete an orbit around the star at the center of its planetary system.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He didnt' create the earth in six days. He restored or set things in order in six days though. The bible talks about a preadamite earth before "darkness was upon the face of the deep." God never creates anything messed up. He creates things perfect. God said "every good and perfect gift comes from above, and cometh down from the Father of LIGHTS, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

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  • 4 years ago

    Genesis 1 doesn't speak about the physical creation but the Spiritual / Mental blue print which actually took no time because He does things instantly and Genesis 2 Speaks above the unraveling of Genesis one in the progress of time which is still going on today. The bible is not a world history book so the billions or millions of years before Adam didn't mean one thing to God but only served a temporary purpose. Evolution does not disprove the bible or God but only someones theological interpretation. On the idea of whether there is a God or not, good science yet remains neutral. Since God is tracing genes in the bible, doesn't that mean that God new about evolution before science? Does Genesis 30:39 where Jacob is dealing with the flocks of sheep reveals that God had taught him something about genes and how they are passed from generation to generation? The things spoken about in Genesis 1 that God did in an instant mentally/Spiritually is still unraveling in the progress of time and Genesis 2:1-3 from the point of view of the physical has not yet happened. Now Adam was the start of a new segment of time called the Adamic age (of which the bible deals with) within a much older segment of time that could be millions or billions of years old. Adam was something new introduced to this world. Time is actually insignificant to the God. Genesis 6 speaks about Adam's offspring (called the Sons of God) being mixed with the humanoid evolved creatures, that were here before Adam, through their daughters. Noah was mixture and so are we. Adam's offspring introduced language and objectivity to the purely subjective and emotional world of the animal. Adam is the missing link that science has yet to find because of his origin as an angelic genes that were placed in a physical body his bones dissolved after death and so did his descendants that were giant. Because the Giant were not able to breed with the smaller people they became more and more inbreed which produces mental and physical problems. Since not all were physical giants though but some were mental and spiritual giants yet of a small size and could breed in a bigger gene pull their traits survived. Adam's genes remain on this planet but only mentally and spiritually.

  • 1 decade ago

    Six-days is a human translation that we can understand, anyway, if it's accurate, God created the earth and the sun, so He knew how long a day would be.

  • Seriously I Listened something about this last night Go hear. TRUST ME I had the same Question and this answered it. Listen closely its pretty long but answers all questions about genesis with science.

    It is an audio under a picture called Genesis and the Big Bang, And the title of it as well.


    “The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books - a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.”

    - Albert Einstein

  • Joline
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    He created the Earth and set it spinning. After the sixth spin he decided to rest and decided that one spin of the Earth would be one day. So what's the big mystery here ?

  • 1 decade ago

    He didn't have to. "Day" is just the period of time that it took for him to do something. A day isn't always 24 hours. On Saturn, a day is between 10 and 11 Earth hours. One of God's days could have been five minutes, or a million years.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The earth was created in one day but everything in ti was created in six days

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