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How Long Did Creation Take? Contradictions in Genesis on How Long Creation Required

By June 4, 2011

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Genesis accounts of the time needed to create heaven and earth are arguably contradictory. The first creation story in the Bible takes six days and is better known. The second creation story in the Bible is shorter and depicts heaven and earth being created in just one day. How much time was really required for creating heaven and earth?

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June 5, 2011 at 1:05 am
(1) cag says:

Let me assure you that the stories in Genesis are not bulls***. No, they are guano and bats***. This is like asking which lie is the true lie.

June 5, 2011 at 1:12 am
(2) Edmond says:

The simplest and most obvious apologist explanation is that, in the second creation account, where it says “in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens”, the phrase “in the day” simply means “in the time of”. It’s no different than saying “in the day of the dinosaurs”. Dinosaurs didn’t live for a single day, it’s just an expression.

It doesn’t matter how the bible arranges its creation story (or stories). Forget that it doesn’t agree with cosmology, astrology, geology, paleontology, biology or botany. As soon as the omnipotent creator needed to REST, it all comes apart.

Why does he need to REST, if he’s ALL-powerful? What happens if he DOESN’T rest? Will he suffer from stress, or collapse in exhaustion? Was he rebuilding his strength? What external source does he get his strength FROM? Was he vulnerable while he rested? Does he rest often? Does he sleep?

I hope these nonsense questions help illustrate the nonsense inherent in such anthropomorphic gods. Gods that need rest are NOT gods. They are fairy tales.

June 5, 2013 at 7:27 pm
(3) Jeanne says:

If the bible says day, why doesn’t it mean day to some people? Does the bible only to be taken literally when believers agree with it? If so, how does one decide what is to be taken literally and what is not?

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