A: As you know, some believers interpret the six days of creation as being literal 24 hour days while other believers interpret the days as indefinite periods of time. Ultimately one’s position on this issue isn’t critical in the sense that it would affect whether or not we’re saved as Scripture doesn’t place the length of the days of creation on the same level as the person and work of our Lord Jesus and trusting in Him alone for salvation.
Three crucial things to remember regarding these issues:
- Throughout Scripture we’re taught that our God is the creator of all things. We’re not here by chance.
- Scripture consistently affirms that Adam and Eve are historical people that were tempted by an actual devil and that Adam’s disobedience plunged the entire human race into a fallen condition, resulting in separation from God (Matt. 19:4-6; Luke 3:38; Acts 17:26; Rom. 5:12-19; 1 Cor. 11:8- 12; 15:45-49; 2 Cor. 11:3; 1 Tim. 2:13-14). That’s the bad news. The good news, of course, is that the eternal God entered into His creation as the Second Adam (Rom. 5:12-19; 1 Cor. 15:45-49) to take on the curse brought about by the First Adam and in turn, our Lord is bringing about His “new-creation”—those who trust in Him and are being renewed into His image (2 Cor. 5:17; 3:17- 18; Rom.8: 28-29; 1 Cor. 15:45-49; Eph.4:22-23; Col. 3:9-11). One day we’ll inhabit a new earth together (2 Pet. 3:13ff; Rev. 21:1ff; Isa. 65:17; 66:22; Rom. 4:13; Heb. 11:8-10, 13-16; 12:22; 13:14; 1:10-13).
- When discussing the creation issue with non-believers, keep in mind that they ultimately know God did in fact create them and the universe—they’re actively suppressing this truth (Rom. 1:18-20). Just as God spoke the created order into existence, so too He must dramatically intervene in their lives to bring about a new creation (2 Cor. 4:3-6). Pray for Him to do just that as you dialogue with others!
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