Can you answer one question about Genesis 2? I thought it was a good old earth point, and I haven't looked for a young earth response yet.
On the sixth "day" God created Adam and Eve. The Genesis 2 account says that on the sixth day, Adam started the day by naming all the animals. I've heard some suggest that he observed their behavior first, and then named them accordingly. It's anybodies guess as to how many animals were in the garden, but how long do you think it took Adam to do all this?
Some estimates put the number of kinds
of animals Adam would need to name at 2000. So, at a clip of one animal per 5 seconds, he could have done it in three hours.
Also, I don't see why the context of Genesis 2 requires this task to be started and completed on day six.
Later, Adam was put to sleep and God made Eve. Adam responds "At last!" the man exclaimed. "This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called 'woman,' because she was taken from 'man.'"
The old earth point is that it seems that quite some time had passed for Adam to say "at last." If only 12 hours had passed, it doesn't seem as likely that Adam would be lonely and yearning for one of his own yet.
Nowhere does it say that Adam said "At last!", which gives the illusion of "Its about time!" as if he were waiting a while. It was God who decided it would be good to give Adam a mate, not Adam. I'm sure however that Adam was absolutely thrilled with the gift he received. Eve was probably the most beautiful woman who ever lived, she would have been without a single blemish of any kind, her genetic load (as well as Adam's) would be zero. Hmm, I wonder if talking a lot is a mutation.
Please consider the following. The Hebrew word for day is yom
, and is essentially identical to the English word day -
both can mean a literal day, and both can mean an era of time. In both Hebrew and English, we always know categorically what the word means based on the context. For example, whenever an ordinal is used with day, we know it means a literal 24 hour day. If I say, "I'm heading out of town on the 25th", we know I am referring to a literal day. If I told you I actually left on the 26th, you would not even remotely think it was due to poor grammar use, you would instead think I mispoke, or was delayed for some reason. If I told you "I'm going to respond to your post tonight", you know I mean a literal 24 hour day. If I respond a week later, and you ask why I didn't respond when I said I would, what if I said "well, I meant I would respond in a reasonable period of time". You would either think I used poor grammar, or just plain rude. So just like the Enlgish word for day
, whenever the hebrew yom
is used with an ordinal, or with a qualifier such as tomorrow
, it always, without fail, means a literal day. Now look what God did, He wants to make Himself crystal clear, with NO chance, I mean 0% probability, of misunderstanding the context of what He is saying:Genesis 1:5-13:God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters."Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so.And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so.And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so.And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.So the evening and the morning were the third day. ETC...
I hope you see the point. There is no possible way, grammatically
, to get anything but a literal day out of this passage. If there is something more than a literal day here, than God is bad at grammar. God was especially redundant in these passages, He wanted there to be no question that his creation transpired in a literal 6 days. For one last added emphasis, He repeats this in Exodus 20:11 - For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
The only place in all of literature throughout the world that the context of the word day is not universally accepted can only be found in Genesis chapter 1 of the Bible. This makes perfect sense once we recognize the motive behind it - get people to doubt the rest of the Bible. If you can't trust clear grammar and history right out of the gate, why trust it the rest of the way through the book? If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do? (Psalms 11:3)