Not Enough Time in a Day

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Welcome to week 3 of In The Beginning. Over the last two weeks I showed you how:
1. The Big Bang / Evolution model and the Creation model cannot both be true.
2. Evolution of living things by slight modifications and natural selection is less probable than randomly picking a single marked atom out of all the atoms in the universe – millions of times in a row.
I also said, that while that extreme improbability does exist, those that adhere to the evolutionary mindset simply bank on it happening anyway if given enough time.
If you remember the graphic from the University of California at Berkley, the best explanation for how goo turns into you is
(known and observed small scale processes) + (lots of time) = (magic)
Billions of years. The prevailing belief among almost everyone today is that the universe is 14 Billion years with our sun and earth being about 4 Billion years old. And they contend that during those 4 billion years – inanimate chemicals became a living thing that could reproduce, and that as time went on we came to the amazing variety of life we see today.
And while many Christians don’t exactly buy into the evolution of goo into you, most people who profess a belief in the Bible as being the literal Word of God still have a very hard time taking the timeline described in that Bible at face value. And I know that many of you, right here in these seats, also struggle with this. Which is why today, my goal is to show you both from within the Word of God and from observational evidence that again, you don’t have to check your brain at the door to believe God’s Word instead of Man’s lies. I’m going to show you that it’s really not that difficult to take the magic bullet out of the evolutionary gun.
So, let’s begin.
First, let’s go through the Genesis account again, focusing on the time verbiage. I’m doing a little skipping around for the sake of time.
Genesis 1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formlessand empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And 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 he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees … And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night…God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars…. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” And God saw that it was good. 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds… And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
There you have it. Six days.
  • But was it literal 24 hour days like what we have today?
  • Or were these days longer – say millions of years? (Otherwise known as the Day-Age theory)
  • And how do we know there wasn’t a lot of time between verse 1 and 2? (Otherwise known as the Gap Theory)
These questions can easily be answered simply by looking at the text and by looking elsewhere in Scripture.
Now, I must warn you that we are again dealing with non-falsifiables. Which if you remember from last week, means that we are dealing with beliefs based on probabilities and not hard and fast facts. Everything I will show could be seen in different ways, but I hope to show you that the logical conclusions don’t require big stretches in meaning and context of the words.
Here we go.
What is a “day”?
Looking through this chapter in Genesis, we see the word “Day” a lot. It takes us through what looks like a historical narrative of things happening in a certain order over a period of six days.
In verse 3, “day” is even defined for us as the period of “light” and “night” is the period of darkness.  This definition is followed immediately by “there was evening and there was morning, the first day.”
Also when He made the sun and the moon – the Sun was to govern the “day” and the moon “night” and this happened on the fourth “day”.
And all days except the 7th, end with the same statement: “there was evening and there was morning, the X day.”
So, within the context of Genesis 1 only – the plain reading of the text would seem pretty obvious that the author is referring to the same kind of day that we experience – day vs night, and evenings and mornings.
But, since the Hebrew word for day “YOM” can actually be used for other types of time periods, it’s not cut and dry, though it would seem pretty silly in verse 4 to say “And he called the light day..and there was evening and there was morning the first billion years. But maybe that’s just me.
Fortunately we have more than Genesis to go on. Another book written by Moses records the exodus from Egypt to the promised land. During that trip, Moses met God on a mountain and God gave him the ten commandments. Here is what he wrote:
Exodus 20
And God spoke all these words:
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
“You shall have no other gods before me.
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work…11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
This is God himself speaking – even writing this with his own hand the first time. What does he say about the sabbath? Why are we humans to work for six days and rest for the seventh? Because God says of himself that he made the heavens and earth, the sea, and all that is in them…in six days and rested on the seventh day.  Is he telling us to work for 6 billion years and rest for the last billion? Is he telling us to work for 6 24-hour days as sort of a human sized version of the billions of years that it took Him to make everything?
Again, that scenario is not impossible – but again, just reading it as God said it and not requiring mental gymnastics – it seems clear that at least God thinks he created all of this in 6 days.
Oh, but that’s all old testament – who even reads that anymore? Didn’t Jesus come to make all of that stuff void?
Well, Jesus didn’t think so. In fact, Jesus quoted from the Old Testament all the time.
  • He used it when he was being tempted by Satan.
  • He used it to show that he was the Messiah spoken of in Isaiah.
  • He even specifically said that he was not here to abolish the Law (books of Moses).
Matthew 5
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Sounds like Jesus took the Old Testament pretty seriously..and pretty literally. And He should, since he was there when it all began:
John 1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
And did Jesus say anything about the beginning?  Sure did: One day when the Pharisees were trying to trap him by asking about divorce, Jesus said this:
Matthew 19
“Haven’t you read, that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’…
Jesus just quoted from Genesis – Day 6.
Not only does he know the scriptures – he IS the Creator that they speak of!
If there was something wrong with their understanding of the text – He would have corrected them – as he does several other times throughout the Gospels – but here, he simply says “Haven’t you read…” implying that what they read is correct and true.
That there was a beginning – a starting point – not a starting eon, and that at that very beginning, God made human beings male and female. He didn’t start life with the first cell and help it evolve over the millions of years that must have been the sixth day (Theistic Evolution)
…. right there, at the beginning, the Creator created – and it was so, and God saw that it was good, and there was evening and there was morning – the sixth day.
Now, you could still do some mental gymnastics and stretching of terms to try to squeeze millions of years out of those days and that beginning…but why?
Because SCIENCE shows the world and universe are so old?
We’ll see…
One more biblical reason to believe in the literal creation account comes from Romans as Paul is laying out the theology of the cross and our salvation. He’s explaining how it is that we are all sinful, even without the law because of the sin we inherited from Adam. Within that, he says a very interesting thing:
Romans 5
12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.
This squares with the more famous verse from Romans:
Romans 6:23
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
You see, before there was sin – there was no death.
If you read the Genesis account, you will see that God gave all of the plants to Adam and the other animals for food. It wasn’t until after the flood that God said we could eat animals.
So, if death never happened before Adam and Eve sinned – how could millions of years of life and death happen? Of course, Adam and Eve and all the created animals could have been in the garden for millions of years before they ate the forbidden fruit – we don’t know – but even if that were the case, still no death, still no evolution, still all created completely formed – so what’s the point in assuming millions of years in there when the text obviously says DAYS?
It seems like a lot of effort to make it say what it doesn’t – and for what?
The bottom line is this:
You either believe the biblical account as it is, or you don’t.
Quit trying stretch it all over the place to fit what I’m about to show you is yet another lie meant to lead you away from God’s truth.
And as a segue, let me read one more scripture
2 Peter 3
Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”
They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.
But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.
Hopefully this passage answers the “thousand years” question. Clearly, Peter was not suggesting that when God says “day” that what he really means is “1000 years”. He’s using a hyperbole to describe how God is not as slow as we perceive him to be when we want something really bad. But that God is patient with us because to him, time really means nothing because God exists outside of time.  And because of that, he doesn’t get impatient with us and just end it all before the decided time. He waits. And that’s good news for us.
Also in this passage we have the answer to why so many people have bought into and even invented this lie about millions of years:
“From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created….They deliberately forget…”
What Peter said 2,000 years ago describes what we know as UNIFORMITARIANISM. It’s the presupposition that as things are today – they have always been that way. This is especially believed in the world of geology and astronomy.
It’s the geologist looking at the grand canyon and seeing how the river has worn away all that rock, then he looks at what he can see right now is the rate of erosion and he assumes it was always that rate and thus took a very long time.
It’s the astronomer looking at the light from distant stars and assuming that they were not created fully formed but had to be born through natural processes and since we know how fast light travels and how far the star is, that it must have taken a long time for the light to get here.
Before the 18th century, as most of the Western World was majority Christian – the assumed age of the earth and universe was about 6,000 years based on the genealogies in the Bible, and that the global flood caused much of the geological phenomena that we see today.
But as the Age of Reason started taking over the world and man’s reason was elevated above God’s word, something began to change. People started advocating that science and scripture had to be separate. And that Scripture should just be about moral teaching and leave the history and real knowledge to us.
They deliberately forgot about special creation and a global flood and began assuming that things have always gone on as we see them now, requiring long periods of time for the things we observe. And when Darwin published his ideas on how life also did not require a Creator it only accelerated the process until we see today and from last week that people will go to any lengths to keep alive this lie so clever it sounds like the truth.
But we are not fooled. And God will not be mocked. The heavens cry out his majesty, and since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, his divine attributes have been clearly seen…if you actually bother to look.
So, let’s look at some physical evidences that show us that our world is indeed young.

The Grand Canyon
Many people look at this marvel and assume that it took a really long time to form as the Colorado River cut through the layers of rock causing erosion over millions of years. And all those layers of rock that are clearly visible represent the various eras of time through Earth’s history. Sure, it’s true that if things have always been as we see them now – that that explanation would have to be true.  But what if there was ever some kind of catastrophic event – like a global flood? Could that have carved the canyon quickly?
The answer is yes and was proven by another catastrophic event that we even have on film.
We will cover this in more detail when I talk about the flood in week 5, but hopefully you can see from observable evidence that such a thing as the Grand Canyon did not necessarily require lots of time to form.

Just think of what else a worldwide catastrophic flood could bury a bunch of living things quickly enough to promote fossilization.  You see, not just any dead animal or plant will be fossilized. In fact, most will not because bodies decay and are scavenged. Left in the open, most dead bodies don’t last more than a month.  The only way for fossilization to happen is for something to be buried very quickly and trapped in the right chemical conditions. This is why we see so many fossils that look like they were actually still alive when they were buried.
And as far as fossilization taking a long time, let’s talk about Carbon 14 dating. The reason why Carbon 14 dating and fossils go together is the fact that Carbon 14 dating only applies to things that were once living.  Check out this video to see how it works:
The maximum age that Carbon 14 can account for is less than 80,000 years. After that, we don’t have instruments that can detect the minuscule amount of Carbon 14 left.
But guess what!
All those old bones from fossils that are supposedly millions of years old and shouldn’t even contain a trace of Carbon 14 – they do, and plenty of it!
But that’s not all. Awhile back a scientist by the name of Mary Schweitzer came upon an accidental and seemingly impossible discovery about dinosaur bones…
Since that time, the evolutionists have come up with some interesting explanations for this and still call us idiots for thinking soft tissue and Carbon 14 in a dinosaur bone could actually mean it’s younger than millions of years, but did we expect anything less? It’s actually quite funny watching some of the other interviews done at that time and how it never entered their minds that this could indicate young age – only that it’s fascinating how everything we know about science has been violated here with these things surviving so long…but since we see it, it must be true – organic material CAN survive for millions of years….
They may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; (Mark 4:12)
Another conclusion could also be that these bones are not as old as you think and that fossilization really doesn’t take that long. But that conclusion is prohibited.

Which brings us to the famed GEOLOGIC COLUMN. This you will find in all science textbooks and natural history museums. It’s the tried and true observed all over the world layers of rock with the oldest being at the bottom and the youngest being at the top. These layers, of course, came to be via the same natural processes we see today of very slow and gradual sediment deposition. Therefore the oldest layer is about 500 million years old.
Here’s a couple of facts about this Geologic Column that may interest you:
1. It doesn’t actually exist anywhere in the world in it’s complete form. This is why there are no pictures, only drawings.
2. If it did exist somewhere in the world it would be 100 miles from top to bottom. Just to put that in perspective, jets only fly at about 5 miles above the surface.
3. The dates on the layers have nothing to do with the dating of the rocks….
The way the layers are arranged have nothing to do with relative depths but with what fossils are in them.
Back in Darwin’s day, those who believed his theory started arranging the fossils they found into an order that they believed was the order of evolution with the “simpler” life forms at the bottom and evolving into fish then reptiles, then birds and mammals.
So, when they find what’s called an “index” fossil – a particular fossil animal that is “known” to be in a certain layer, the rock they are digging in is then classified as that layer…no rock or fossil date testing. If you find a trilobite, you are in Cambrian rock. If you find a T-rex, you are in Jurassic.
If you want to know the date of the rock – just ask how old the fossil is. If you want to know how old the fossil is – ask what layer it’s in.
Notice the circular reasoning? Unfortunately I’m not making it up.
  • These layers don’t actually exist.
  • The order of fossils doesn’t always happen that way.
  • And as you saw a minute ago – the dates on the fossils themselves are suspect if you actually bother measuring.

But what about those rocks? Doesn’t radiometric dating show rocks as being millions and billions of years old?
We’ve already talked about Carbon 14, which is a form of radiometric dating, but there are others that are supposed to work on rocks that were not originally living.
These other forms of dating work the same way with different unstable elements that decay at “known” rates. The way it works is that rocks that are formed in volcanos and such are “new” rocks and should contain a certain amount of unstable isotopes. Wait awhile and those isotopes decay. You measure how much is left, and based on the known rate of decay you know the age.
This would seem pretty straight forward and reliable, but the problem is that there are some assumptions here that may not be true.
There are three assumptions in radiometric dating:
1. The original number of unstable atoms can be known. IF things have always been as they are now as the uniformitarian view believes, then this can be known. But WE know that things have NOT always been as they are now. So we CANNOT know what the original makeup of the rock was.
2. The rate of decay has been constant always. This is a big assumption that cannot be known because we can’t travel back in time. But there HAVE been scientific experiments that have shown that decay rates have, in fact, not been the same for all time – they even change now.
3. All daughter atoms present are produced by decay. In other words, how do you know the rock didn’t already have some of the daughter atoms in it when it was formed? You don’t.
With these three big assumptions – any one of them being wrong would throw off all the dates. And I already showed you that at least two of the three have been scientifically proven to be false.
And it’s not like these dating methods have been shown to be reliable for even known dates of rocks.  Here’s a short list of how accurate the most reliable of radiometric dating methods is:
And besides with so many assumptions, wouldn’t it just be easier to pick an age and then adjust your assumptions that make the math work out in your favor? Not saying they ever do that….
Anyway, I hope I have shown that, if nothing else, these tried and true old ages are not so tried and true.

But is there any evidence that shows the earth/universe to be young as opposed to just not necessarily old?
Why yes.
Here are just a few of several I found, as I don’t have much time left.
1. Not enough mud or sodium in the sea. Based on current erosion rates of continents into the sea and the amount of mud and sodium in the seas, this process could not have been going on for more than 12 million  years. Far less than 3.8 Billion years.
2. Magnetic Field of the Earth is decaying at a rate that it should have been gone already and life destroyed on earth. The current decay rate dictates that it can’t be more than 20,000 years old.
3. We already talked about Carbon 14 – there shouldn’t be any of it in these old rocks or fossils, but there is – enough to limit ages to thousands of years, not millions.
4. Too much Helium in minerals. This one is complicated, but basically there shouldn’t be any helium in these old rocks because it leaks out. The current amount of helium present indicates it’s only been leaking for about 6,000 years.
5. Human history only dates back about 5,000 years. If people have been around for 200,000  years, why is there only 5,000 years of history?
There are several others, but just to be fair I also looked up the evidence for an old earth just to see if they have any – other than “it just has to be” – and while I found many supposed evidences, they all fall under the 2 Peter 3 syndrome of assuming things have always been the way they are now.
In fact, the only thing that actually requires the earth and the universe to be old instead of young is so that the evolution of life from nothing has a chance.
Other than that, if you actually do some research, you will find there really is no compelling evidence for why all of this has to be old – especially if you believe in the God of the Bible. The God who not only created all of this with His words, but also has intervened at times.
  • The plagues of Egypt.
  • Parting the Red Sea.
  • Manna from heaven for 40 years.
  • Making Jericho’s walls fall down.
  • Making the earth stand still and even go backwards.
  • Shutting the lion’s mouths.
  • Elijah and the chariot of fire.
  • Jonah and the Big Fish.
  • David and Goliath.
  • And that’s not to mention Jesus.
  • God in the flesh.
  • Miracles upon miracles – things that cannot happen in the natural world –
  • walking on water,
  • calming the storm,
  • making the blind sea, the deaf hear, the lame walk, the dead rise.
  • Then Jesus dying and rising on his own.
If you believe that. If you believe in Jesus, who…In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God…and all of the other miracles of the Bible, why is it necessary to stop that belief in the first few chapters?
Why do we require God to do things in a way that we can understand and explain?
Why couldn’t our all powerful God create all of this in six days or six seconds for that matter? Fully formed?
Why couldn’t the God who created Adam and Eve as adults, and the sun and moon fully formed also create the stars – whose purpose it was to light the earth – with their light already reaching the earth regardless of how far away they are?
The answer is He can and He did, and His creation screams at us to listen, yet so many refuse to do so.
Peter predicted this 2,000 years ago – read it again:
2 Peter 3
Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires.
Is this not exactly what we have seen? They hate us. They scoff at the truth – why? So they can have things their own way.
They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”
Everything has remained the same – Uniformitarianism.
They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.
Deliberately forget – forget what? The flood, yes, but more than that – the Judgment of the flood. Because if you can convince yourself that there never was a judgment, then perhaps you will believe there won’t be another one in the future so you can live however you want.
But it begins with doubting the Word of God or at least compromising it.
As I said during the first week. Im not trying to convince the skeptics. Im trying to show you, who do believe Gods Word, that you actually can believe every word of it at face value. You dont have to compromise because the masses have believed and propagated the lie.
Let us not be the scoffers that Peter talks about. Let us not deliberately forget, but let us remember and hold tightly to the way, the truth, and the life.
Let’s pray.