The Sun And Moon Are Not Present Until The Fourth Day

2595 Words Jun 9th, 2016 11 Pages
Given that the Sun and Moon are not present until the fourth day, how can it be maintained that the first three days are days in the sense that we now understand them? Our current day is delineated via the earth’s rotation in relation to the Sun – no Sun, no 24 hour days. Even the passage itself says this, for it says in Gen. 1:14: “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be . . . for days”. It may be objected that, regardless of whether or not we had a distant object in relation to which we might measure the progression of the earth’s rotation, it nonetheless remained similar to what it is now. But this is by no means clear, for the text itself maintains that the earth was radically and fundamentally different at that time, being “without form and void” (v. 2). As such, any claim that the earth’s rotation then was similar to what it is now is based on an assumption: namely, that in spite of the fact that the earth itself was physically different, natural processes such as its rotation were the same then as now.
This is a rather curious claim to make, for it is one of the primary charges leveled against those who adhere to other interpretations of the days (and correspondingly, the age of the earth) by those with whom we are disputing. Proponents of the calendar-day interpretation frequently charge those with whom they disagree, whether secular scientists or other believers, of assuming that natural processes in…
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