Bible Study


Are humanists irrational? Their reasoning is not logical nor is it based on reality. But, the truth is, they are acting in a very rational manner. If you do not want to be accountable to God, there are only two rational options: Deny God exists. That's the approach humanists have taken. Or create a god in your own image (Islam, Buddhism, Mormanism, JWs, etc.) However, creating an alternative "reality" that only exists in your mind will not save you. Only Jesus can do that. Please, you know you are disobeying God, believe and trust that Jesus can save you from His justice. And He'll do it in a just and rational way.

Another Reason Humanists Give For Rejecting The Bible

BUT, is this actually a contradiction in the Bible?

HUMANIST 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.”

Here 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.

Six Day Creation

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 accurately know that meaning. For example:

1) In my day we were polite and respectful.

2) It was a three day hike to the lake.

3) It took a full day to drive 1000 miles to Miami.

In each of the above examples the word "day" has a different meaning.

1) "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 lakeside camp ground at noon on Sunday. So it included parts 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 Sunday.

3) In this case "day" refers to about 24 hours.

What Does "Day" Mean In Genesis?

In Genesis chapter one we see the word "day" used with a number (one day, a second day, a third day, etc.), verse 13 for example: "There was evening and there was morning, a third day." This context tells us it is a 24 hour day. When days are counted in the Bible, they are 24 hours days.

Also notice that the word "day" is used with the phrase "there was evening and there was morning."This context also tells us that "day" is referring to a 24 hour day. So God has given us two ways to know, for sure, these are 24 hourdays.

Earlier this year I was visiting a church where the pastor told me the phrase "there was evening and there was morning" shows that scripture IS NOT talking about a 24 hour day. His position was that from evening morning is just the night time, not a full 24 hour day. So Genesis 1 could not be talking about 24 hour days. There are multiple problems with this interpretation. The most significant is that for Jews in the first century the phrase "evening and morning" was an idiom for a complete 24-hour day. So, based on how the words were used at that time, scripture is plainly saying "24 hour day." This demonstrates that the problem of misunderstanding scripture is not limited to atheists. Genesis clearly and plainly says that God created in six 24 hour days. To say otherwise is to change what scripture says.

But, the question the atheists are raising has to do with a supposed contradiction between Genesis chapter 1 and Genesis 2:4. So let's now look at Genesis 2:4... We have something different in Genesis 2:4. The context is different and, just as in English, that changes the meaning.

The context of 2:4 tells us that the word "day" in this case 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 broad summary of creation. Both the day-by-day account of creation (Genesis 1), and the focus on day six of creation (Genesis 2), start with an overall summary.

So there is no contradiction.

Next question...

Genesis 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 weren’t made until the fourth day.

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