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February 17, 2007 

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Q: Aren’t the days of Genesis 1 just an issue of language?

A: The true meaning of the days of creation is, in part, a language issue. After all, the only way words have meaning to all of us is because we stick to the rules of grammar for a particular language. But many people—including some Christian leaders—want to change the rules when it comes to the meaning of the days of creation.

The word “day” as used in Genesis 1, according to the rules of the Hebrew language, means an ordinary day in that particular context.

Yet even though most theologians agree that the word “day” in Genesis 1 means a 24-hour day, many say it can’t mean that because the universe is obviously billions of years old.

By doing this, they are actually saying that the fallible dating methods of fallible man are more important than the actual words of the Bible that God inspired people to write. Thus they’re making man the authority—not God.

Yes, this is an authority issue. The Word of God should be read as written and used to judge the fallible words of man—not the other way round!

For more information about the meaning of the word “day” in the Bible, see How long were the days of Genesis 1?.

Answers Education Online

The deadline for registering for the spring session of the online course Foundations in Creation Apologetics is quickly approaching. Registrations will be taken through February 26. The 12-week course will begin on March 4 and continue through May 26. Cost for the course is $139 and you can find out more about the course, including the topics and activities covered in the course, at We hope you will consider taking this course to strengthen your understanding of the diverse issues involved in defending the Bible’s authority.

Recommended resources:

The NEW Answers Book
The NEW Answers Book
LOGOS Bible Study Library
LOGOS Bible Study Library
The Six Days of Creation
The Six Days of Creation
Six Days or Millions of Years?
Six Days or Millions of Years?

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February 13: If humans and dinosaurs lived together, why don’t we find human fossils with dinosaur fossils?
February 14: “Hobbits” were true humans!
February 15: Evolution Exposed Online: Introduction
February 15: Evolution “restored” in Kansas?
February 16: Do creationists “need remediation” in science?
February 16: Feedback: The “harsh” God of the Old Testament

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