Interview Responses: Bible Studies

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Interview Responses For this exercise, I interviewed three of my friends including Alex, Grace, and James. Below, I offer their responses to the questions I asked. Question: How long are the days in Genesis 1? Why? Alex's Response The days were ordinary-length days, i.e. they were basically 24-hour days. The Bible clearly states that God made both heaven and earth in six days. If the days were in any way longer than 24 hours, the Bible would have stated so explicitly. Grace's Response The six days stated in Genesis 1 are most likely symbolic. Taking the term "day" literary in this context would be erroneous. This I say because creation (from the Genesis account) was done from a divine (not earthly) perspective. James' Response The days were just like the normal days we are used to, i.e. 24 hours. My response in this case is largely based on what is written. Stating otherwise would be contrary to what is written in the Bible. My Response The days in Genesis 1 were not equivalent to 24 hours. It is important to note that depending on the context, the word "day" could have different meanings. For instance, a day could be used to refer to that period before darkness, a 24-hour period, etc. We cannot therefore assign the term "day" in Genesis 1 a definitive meaning. In the final analysis therefore, the only thing we can do is speculate as to how long the days in Genesis 1 really were. As Till (1986) observes, "neither geology nor astronomy can answer questions about
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