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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  • John Masters

    You can’t reason a person out of a position they didn’t reason themselves into to begin with.

  • Kenneth Johnson

    Time is relative to your speed. Energy moves at the speed of light. Assuming God is energy, his time is very very slow, compared to humans, We would be but a blink in God’s eye. I guess a creationist could explain the time scale. And God rested? Absolute zero motion! Need a creationist to explain this and the workings of GPS .

  • bribriny

    I never did understand why they get so upset..someone created it all..maybe just not like in their “stories” (which they are…did any of them take a religion class in college?)

    • Amy

      Most of them didn’t go to college.

  • Why5ks

    Love the movie “Inherit the Wind” Spencer Tracey and Fredrick March play this argument out so well in the courtroom during the “monkey trial.”

  • David Watson

    Then there is that problem that before man came a long, the earth rotated once every 6 hours, and the moon was a lot closer, And it’s taken a really long time for it to slow down to what we have now- again Science gave us that answer.

  • Eddie Krebbs

    Even in the strongly fundamentalist church of my youth (couldn’t join the Southern Baptists as they were too liberal), they taught that perhaps the length of a day at the time of creation wasn’t the same as it is today. And even that until the sun and stars were created, who knew when it actually was a day. In short, even the fundamentalists are becoming more deeply entrenched.

    BTW, you have an even stronger case – A year isn’t even actually even 365 and 1/4 days. More something like 365.225……. days. Plus with atomic clocks, they even need to add a leap second every few years. But as you can tell, I don’t hold that exact, whole numbers is the same as perfection; they just make the calculations easier. Think on how various numbers were at one time philosophically perfect, such as pi 😉

  • Unknown

    I agree with all your arguments. But I’m afraid it doesn’t lead to a solution that allows side by side living of various beliefs – which imho should be the overall goal. No matter if you believe in a God, in Science, in Nothing, or in the Great Pink Turtle of the Depths, religion for a person is always the source of a sense of longing and solace – and for a sense of wonder. Why would someone destroy this sense of wonder for someone else, just out of spite? Doesn’t that diminish our own sense of wonder we experience through our own, very personal, belief?

    • 2Smart2bGOP

      I don’t believe that anyone wants to deprive anyone else of their religious beliefs. I have a strong belief in a higher power that I call God, because that’s a universally acceptable term, but I have a stronger belief that our governing system needs to be religion-free. There are too many different religious beliefs in our country to be able to have a faith-based government that serves ALL of its citizens.

  • Gary Menten

    I suppose that if your creation myth stated that it took God a billion years to do this and a billion years to do that, people might think that he’s either very lazy for an all-powerful being, or maybe just not all that powerful.

  • poppaDavid

    Read the Bible. The problem is more basic than you describe.

    Day and night were created before the earth was created. Which means the phenomenon we call day/night which is caused by the earth’s rotation, existed before there was an earth to rotate. And, the earth was created before the sun was created, so there was day and night before the sun existed to light the earth during the day.