No. He created it in six.
My point being , if you are going to discuss such things then you need to read the text in question and be clear about what you are asking. And properly read it, not just try and remember what you were taught at primary school. Or what others, with their own agenda, may say about it.
So what does the Bible actually say? Well I am not going to cover the entire Bible in one blog! Clearly. Not least because I haven’t read and understood it all.
What I do understand is the following:
1 – we should think about these things.
- Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?
- Psalm 8:3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them,human beings that you care for them?
2 – no-one knows when Genesis was written but it was possibly written about 1400 BC. One thing is for sure, it was written long before modern scientific understanding. Yet it describes a series of events, in stages, in pretty much the right order (given our current knowledge) significantly beginning with nothing much, chaos even, and ending with the creation of humans. I find this rather compelling. If Genesis was based on guess work, then the writer did a pretty good job.
3 – each of the first six days end; “and there was evening and there was morning – the first day.” The seventh day doesn’t. A mistake? It just got left out? Maybe. But if not, then the seventh day hasn’t ended yet and has therefore lasted an awfully long time – about 200,000 years at least. Couldn’t the other six days last longer than 24 hours?
Some have said that Genesis Chapter 1 is a poem and we shouldn’t take it literally, just as we shouldn’t believe that Robert Burns’ great love is “like a red, red rose.” This may or may not be true. What I am certain of is that we shouldn’t just dismiss it. Genesis Chapter 1 may be enigmatic but it is surely more than just an interesting fable. To say that science has disproved it is lazy and ironically, unscientific.