The six literal days from Genesis have always been difficult for me to accept.
According to the creation account of the Bible (God's Word) the Earth is 6,000 years old (based on genealogies, e.g. Adam, Seth, etc), but according to science the Earth is 4.54 billion years old. That's a big difference.
However, once you understand the true nature of this universe, a young Earth is not that hard to accept at all. Please keep reading, and I'll try and explain that to you.
When looking at scientific theories, please keep in mind that that's just what they are - theories. Theories written by man, which do change from time to time, whereas the Bible has always remained the same.
The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the Big Bang did not happen, scientists believe.
- Telegraph UK
So for me, science actually requires more faith than God's six day creation.
Some say that the word yom (meaning 12 hours, 24 hours, or any other time period), used in Genesis for "day", could be used to stretch the "day" to longer periods of time.
However, when the word yom is used with "evening and morning" AND "the first day, the second day, etc..." it can only mean one thing, and one thing only, which is that the word yom refers to a literal 24 hour day. God clearly wanted to set up a pattern of the week (six days work, 1 day rest) for us, and kept it simple so we could understand.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
- Exodus 20:8 (KJV)
There can be no mistake, both the Creation week and our week are seven days long.
God doesn't explain the science behind it at all, and in fact almost immediately goes to the Adam and Eve account. I'm pretty sure the first generations knew exactly how old the Earth was.
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain.
- Psalms 104:2 (KJV)
As you can see from that verse, several additional statements about the Creation week have been made throughout the Bible. If God truly stretched out the heavens that may well be the reason why people talk about a 'big bang', but that doesn't mean there was a 'big bang'. It just seems that way.
Here's my opinion on why a young Earth is perfectly legit:
- God is a Spirit
- As a Spirit, you can't just go 'outside' to get materials for a universe
- So God must have created the universe in His Mind
- With that in mind, God can do anything He wants with this universe, e.g. six day creation, flood, miracles, prophesies, etc
What is seen, is not made out of what is visible.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
- Hebrews 11:3 (KJV)
This is God's universe, and therefore, with faith, anything is possible.
If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
- Matthew 17:20 (KJV)
The mountain will move when the time comes.
God doesn't want to show "signs and miracles" all the time to prove that He exists. He wants you to believe in Him on faith.
So have a little faith, that's all that God is asking.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
- Romans 1:20 (KJV)