Time is how the creation story is generally organized. It is said that God created the world in seven days. Whether these are 24-hour days, or something else, is often questioned.

2 Peter 3:8-9 says ” But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”

An important factor to remember is there is no such thing as absolute time. Gravity largely affects how time moves, and it is always changing. The more gravity, the slower time moves. Therefore, an hour on Earth is relatively longer than an hour on a satellite.

The first day of creation does not use light or days as a measurement of time. The earth is not rotating, and light means something different other than just the sun. The description of the light created first lasts briefly.

Light itself does not determine a length of time. A day is simply a rotation of the earth 360 degrees. The days on earth are actually getting longer.

The fourth day of creation takes place approximately 10 billion years after the first day, and time means something different. The earth begins rotating, and multiple elements, such as hydrogen and helium, are created, which contribute to light and the overall makeup of the earth.

So, what is time’s role in the Bible? There are many expressions of time, from time that has passed to a person’s age. Could this change how we determine things?


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