Okay, I know this topic has been brought up before and I wanted to start a separate thread as some threads were going off topic discussing this issue.
As a young earth creationist, I believe that God created in 6 literal days, not periods of time. Here are a few of my reasons.
In the very beginning of Genesis, starting with chapter 1, vs. 3, God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness "night." And there was evening, and there was morning-the first day.
Now, without getting into the literal meaning of the word 'day' (yom), if you were to simply read this passage, do you interpret this as a day like we know it or some unknown period of time? It should be very clear that 'day' means a literal 24 hour day (And there was evening, and there was morning, the first day).
What does God say about the 7th day? In Genesis chapter 2, vs 2, it states: "By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
God rested on the 7th day. Did he rest for billions of years? Did God bless the billions of years and make those billions of years holy?
I've read other posts where some individuals believe the New Testament made the Old Testament obsolete. This is far from true. There are some excellent articles here:
If you believe God used evolution during creation, why? Forget man and the theory of evolution. We all know man is fallible. The theory of evolution is constantly changing. The bible has not changed in 1000s of years. The book of Genesis is no exception. There are some very strong verses that support creation. I urge you to read all of these and again, forget the evolutionary mindset and attempt to read these passages as if evolution wasn't a contender. What part or parts of the bible support God using evolution? Are these verses null and void because man and evolution have trumped scripture? I've bolded a few key parts of some of the verses:
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
2 Peter 3:3-6 (Note there is a reference to Noah's flood in the last sentence)
Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.
For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
I would like to avoid using evolution in this thread, i.e., "Well, according to the theory of evolution, 1, 2, and 3 occurred because of X, Y, and Z".
What is your biblical support for an old earth and evolution? Where and how did God use evolution? Do you believe we (humans) evolved from apes and if so, why? Again, biblical support only please.
I would like to see a theistic evolutionist or someone that doesn't believe in a literal 6 days post a timeline of events from the beginning to present, i.e. Discuss the 6 days and what happened on those days to the best of your ability. How many years ago was it? When did Christ come into the picture? How many years ago was it? Did dinosaurs exist with man? Once again, biblical support only please.
As Christians, we must always continue to strive to learn the truth. God and His Word are truth. Man will constantly try to sway us from God and have us believe we space dust. Man will tell us the bible isn't true and science can explain everything. Who's word do you chose?