The Sun And Moon Are Not Present Until The Fourth Day

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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 …show more content…
But still, the irony of this should be apparent to anyone who is inclined to argue that the earth’s rotation in the first day was without a doubt the same as it is now. When a geologist determines that, natural law being uniform and the rates of natural processes being relatively so as well, the earth is quite old, he is accused by calendar-day proponents (acting in their capacity as young earth creationists) of allowing his prior assumptions to determine his conclusions. But when a calendar-day proponent insists that the earth’s rotation must surely have been the same on Day One as it is now, it is regarded as an acceptable assumption and an example of being true to the plain sense of the text. Nor is highlighting this inconsistency an exercise in abstract thought, for there are some who maintain that, all things considered, the first three days must still have been twenty four hours in length,11 or who at the least imply or assume as much.12
Then there is the problem of the early state of the earth itself, already alluded to above, but more fully considered here. The text says (v. 2) that the earth was “without form and void,” a powerful description which shows how different the primeval earth was from the planet in which we now prosper. The various modern translations render the phrase here in
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