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GENESIS "CONTRADICTIONS"



Posted: 11/08/08

Genesis "Contradictions"

"Did it take God one day or six days to create?"

"These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens" (Genesis.2:4). SEEMING CONTRADICTION: "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. ... And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day . . . And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made" (Genesis 1:3 - 2:3).

EXPLANATION: The word "day" (used in Genesis 2:4) is a reference to a period of time (not millions of years). In science we use it to describe a "solar day"--a division of time equal to the time elapsed between two consecutive returns of the same terrestrial meridian to the sun. The Hebrew word (pronounced "yome") means "a space of time defined by an associated term."

PLEASE NOTE: I am speaking at a church of 7,000 in Paris, this Sunday (I didn't know that there were 7,000 Christians in France)), so I may not have access to the blog.

I return Tuesday (God-willing). Christians--I value your prayers. Atheists, please continue to think for me. Thanks.

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By Ray Comfort

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THE WORD DAY HAS MANY MEANINGS
Posted On: 11/27/08 08:01:05 AM Age 65, OH
Dear friend, this argument about Jonah is not valid at all. There are many meanings of the word DAY in the dictionary. Day can mean a 24 hour period. Day can mean the "light" as is it day or night out. Day can mean a long period of time, as in your fathers day. Day can mean a 8 hour period of time as in a days work ( not many work for 24 hours). The meaning of the word day in the story of Jonah is easy to interpret, for the scripture says "Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights". This statement clearly shows the meaning of the word day as the "light". It is not directly referring to time, but the passing of light to night three times over. For anyone to say that the scripture means anything but three daylights and three nightimes would be silly. But it is just as silly or blind to say that the DAY in Genesis has to be a 24 hour day. In fact the scripture CLEARLY shows that it does NOT mean a 24 hour day. The 1st day of Gen 1 is from evening to morning and I do not know of one person who thinks that is 24 hours. From evening to morning is about 12 hours. God defines the word DAY the first time He uses the word in Gen 1. The scripture clearly states, God called the LIGHT day. Gen 1:3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the LIGHT "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. - It seems very clear to me that God is referring to nothing but the LIGHT that He just spoke "let there be light". God is simply saying, there was darkness and He made the light. There is no way to use logic and deduce that the 1st "day" is a 24 hour period. The only way one can come to the conclusion that the 1st day is a 24 hour period is to follow the tradition of men instead of the scriptures. This tradition was started by the pope. The pope said that the Greek pagan Aristotle was correct and the universe was centered around the earth and therefore the day was an earth day or 24 hours. The pope was proven wrong by Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo long ago, but the church kept this tradition of the pope even though the pope persecuted the godly men that proved him wrong. It is very hard for mere men to admit they are wrong once they have took a position and defended it for years. I took the bother to ask The Lord Himself about this matter years ago and repented from my mistake. I chose to believe the scriptures instead of my beliefs that were wrong. Lou Newton



OLD EARTH
Posted On: 11/16/08 06:47:59 PM Age 65, OH
In the few words that I am allowed, I can only address a few points of Ray's article. My post stands for itself. I believe that The Bible is the inspired by The Lord Jesus Christ who is The Creator of everything that exists and is totally true. Jesus has no beginning and no end and exists outside of space-time, and of course also inside of space-time. Jesus of course created space-time and He has total control over everything. Is the earth old or young. Well Genesis does not tell us this. But the creation of The Lord Jesus seems to point to a really old earth. But how old the earth is does not seem important, or Jesus would have addressed it in Genesis. Lou

YOU PRESENT NO ARGUMENT
Posted On: 11/16/08 06:36:03 PM Age 65, OH
One thing I have learned, is that people who have preconceived ideas and conclusions do not seem to be able to read. Where did I ever speak against the fact that The Lord Jesus Christ created all that exists. Did you even read my post or just see that it disagreed with your doctrine and then decide that I was then totally wrong. I believe what God has written. You do not show ONE argument against the scriptures I have quoted. Are you saying from evening to morning is 24 hours and NOT 12 hours IF it is speaking of time. Are you saying that God does not say, " and God called the light day". God defines what the WORD DAY MEANS. For God called the LIGHT day. the word day is simply referring to the LIGHT as God has said. Are you saying that God does give and end the the 7th day, in Genesis. If the 1st day is not 24 hours and the word day is referring to the light that God created, and the 7th day is not 24 hours, what makes you think the other days are 24 hours. If my logic is flawed as you claim, it should be easy to show the flaws. But you do not show even one. Lou



and in conclusion
Posted On: 11/13/08 08:23:52 PM Age 45, MO
In "Day does not refer to a solar day" I read your comment, and believe that I understand the direction of your theories. However, what I don't see is your conclusion. Are you highlighting things that Mr. Comfort spoke on, or disagreeing with his statements? Is the Earth old? Young? Do you believe in a lesser God that has no control over time or the elements that He Himself created? God created time. Is the rest of this discussion moot?

Flawed logic
Posted On: 11/13/08 10:32:51 AM Age 53, AK
What kind of flawed logic is this? Besides totally ignoring all the other references to Creation in the rest of the Bible. I suggest you read them....



Genesis
Posted On: 11/12/08 04:23:13 PM Age 68, WI
Ray: Thank you for your short piece about Genesis. ..and the importance to understand the nature of the creation days as being 24 hours. Today I heard Ken Ham speak,on the radio, about another ramification of thinking these days were a long period of time... i.e. a day is like a thousand years, etc... He noted that if Bible scholars are going to be consistent, they should see Jonah's time inside the fish as being, not three 24 hour days but 3,000 years! Nonsense. Dan Schobert Plover, Wisconsin

DAY DOES NOT REFER TO A SOLAR DAY
Posted On: 11/10/08 09:30:18 AM Age 65, OH
In Genesis 2:4 God does say that in the DAY he created the heavens and the earth. God is using the term DAY to refer to the period of time that He created the universe. The scripture does not tell us how long this DAY was. God is sovereign and He is patient and He could have taken all the time He desired to create the universe. In the scripture, "And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day" . . .God is not referring to a solar day, for a solar day is NOT from evening to morning, for that would be only 12 hours if the solar day was the same as now. God defines what a DAY is right in the scripture IF we will believe Him instead of the traditions of men. God says that He called the LIGHT DAY. The 1st day is simply the first coming of the LIGHT. We still use the word DAY the same today. We ask, is it day or night outside? If one reads the scripture with care, you can see that the 7th day also can NOT be a solar day. For it has a beginning with the end of the 6th day; but the 7th day has no end that is given in the scriptures. We could still be in the 7th day. For in the 7th day, God entered into a REST from creating. God is still in that rest, as He has stated in the OT. Lou

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