Sorry Creationists, Let Me Tell You Why Earth Wasn’t Created in Six 24-Hour Days

creation-grumpyWhenever a creationist tries to tell me that the Earth was created in six 24-hour days, my head nearly explodes.  Oh, and on the seventh day He “rested.”  But all I usually do is shake my head and think to myself, “Wow.”



Let’s look at this with some simple logic.

Humans, through science, created the “hour.”  And we’ve based that hour, and our 24-hour days, off the rotation of the Earth as it rotates around the sun.

Except not all planets rotate the same way Earth does, nor do they have the same orbit.  So a “day” on one planet is completely different than a “day” on another.  If an “hour” is an hour, why wouldn’t God have made all planets have the same rotation and orbit around the sun?

If God is infallible with design, why is time not precise?  After all, there aren’t exactly 365, 24-hour days in a year.  There are 365 and 1/4 days in a year.  That little nugget of fact is brought to you by science.

You would think if God was so precise with creating everything that our year would be exactly 365, 24-hour days.  But it isn’t.  There’s that little “1/4” extra in there which gives us a “leap year” every four years.

Besides, the Bible doesn’t list that it was made in our definition of days.  Who’s to say that a “day” wasn’t a billion years long?  Even two billion?  Humans shaped our days, hours, weeks and years based on science – not faith.

So if faith (aka God) created that, why was it humans using science which officially determined what is or isn’t a day?

Because God didn’t come down and tell Christians what a day is.  The 24-hour clock dates back over 2,000 years before Christ.  In fact, some of the earliest accounts of a 24-hour clock were found in Egypt.  Not exactly what I would call people who followed the Christian God.

You had people from all over the world, from many different forms of religion, following this same clock based on science – not faith.

On “Day One” God created “light” for day and darkness for night – except we now know that the sun gives us day for daylight and the absence of sunlight is what creates night.  So if the Earth was created before the sun, as the Bible says, how did God determine what a “day” was when there was no sun to provide sunlight for day and night until “Day Four”?



Or did God have a watch and just magically say, “I’ll make the Earth rotate at a random time of 24 hours!”  Why the heck would it have been 24 hours?  Why not 30?  Or 20?  Twenty-four seems like such a random number, doesn’t it?

I’ll just stop there, I think most people by now get my point.  Humans, using science, determined how long a “day” is.  If you want to believe in God, as I do, it is possible to believe that a “day” to God was much – much longer.  It’s also possible to believe in God and use common sense at the same time.  Something these creationists seem unable to do.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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