WARNING: The article we’re going to discuss here is so utterly fouled up that it may constitute a genuine hazard to your mental equilibrium to read and think about it. Your Curmudgeon has been wading through these swamps for years, but even we are not completely immune to the bewilderingly toxic effect of what you’re about to experience. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own risk.
The article is in the form of AIG’s answer to a question they received from a fan. We’ll begin with that question and then you’ll be exposed to some excerpts from AIG’s response, with bold added by us. Here we go:
I have been a Christian for over forty years. I have yet to find anywhere in the Bible that mentions the date of Creation even after studying the subject for more than five years from every angle. Since time did not begin until after Day Four, how can you connect a date of 4004 BC as the date of Creation?
Aaaargh!! Time didn’t begin until after Day Four? Well, that question was certainly sent to the right place. Let’s read what AIG has to say:
There is not one specific verse that states, “The creation of the world occurred in _____.” Instead, the date of Creation can be derived by using the Creation account in Genesis 1, the genealogies found in Genesis 5 and Genesis 11, and so on.
We know all about the Ussher chronology. Let’s continue:
Many have tried to argue that billions of years could be inserted somewhere before the creation of Adam, through ideas like the Day-Age Theory and Gap Theory. However, they neglect the fact that Jesus said Adam was created “at the beginning” (Matthew 19:5; Mark 10:6).
Okay, no billions of years before Adam. What about this Day Four stuff? Adam was created on Day Six, and the scripture passage quoted by AIG says that’s the beginning. This is so confusing! Here’s more:
Actually, time did not begin on Day Four. Let’s take a look at what Genesis says about that day.
[Quoting Genesis 1:14-16] 14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also.
We see the questioner’s problem. He’s confusing the phenomenon of “time” with the “clock” of celestial bodies. Let’s see how AIG handles this:
Although the argument is increasingly common, nowhere in the text does it say that time began on the fourth day. Instead, God made the sun, moon, and stars, which can be used to measure time. Time actually began “in the beginning” (Genesis 1:1), or else it would not have been “the beginning,” which is a time reference. In fact, “day” is a time reference, and there are three of those prior to day four.
That’s not bad, actually — in the context. Even AIG recognizes that the sun, moon, and stars “can be used to measure time,” but they literally aren’t the same as time itself. That still leaves the problem that if there wasn’t yet much of anything in the universe, what is time all about? And what about Adam’s being created “in the beginning” — on Day Six? Let’s see how they deal with this:
Some respond by pointing out that if the sun, moon, and stars weren’t around for the first three days, then there was no way to determine time, so the first three “days” may have been periods of indeterminate length. The problem with this is that God was the one who measured the length of the first three days and He revealed that the first three days were a period of “evening” and “morning,” just like the last three days.
Got that? If so, explain it to us. Anyway, let’s move along:
Also, God confirmed in Exodus 20:11 that these six days, plus God’s day of rest, comprised one week and formed the basis for our workweek. This is repeated in Exodus 31:17–18, with the additional comment that these words were written by God Himself.
Well, okay. That’ll have to suffice, but we’re still unsatisfied about Day Six. Here’s the end of the article:
Finally, your argument proves too much if one is hoping to make allowance for billions of years. If time did not start until the fourth day, then the earth and universe would actually be three days younger than we claim.
Good point! But we think this “beginning” business is still an open question. Your Curmudgeon encourages all of you Time Started on Day Four believers to be proud of your belief, and to argue it with vigor on all creationist websites. We urge the same for the Day Six believers.
Teach the Controversy!
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