The Day-Age Theory is a theory that accommodates the uniformitarian concept of historical geology by assuming that creation days of Genesis were not literal 24-hour days but were creative periods of time. It is assumed that God allowed varying periods of time to intervene between successive creations, and that animals and plants were created in the sequence required by the geological column.
Following the publication of Darwin’s theory in 1859 and the apparent support from Charles Lyell”s geological studies, there have always been Christians prepared to go only so far with their faith in Scripture. These theories and interpretations given to geological findings that made it seem more rational to believe that the Earth was created millions of years in the past rather than only a few thousand years.
Hugh Miller (1802-1856) a popular Scottish writer, geologist and evangelical Christian who was very familiar with rocks and fossils wrote a book titled, “The Testimony of the Rocks“. He argued that the creation days spoken in Genesis chapter one were actually the days when Moses received his revelation of creation on Mount Sanai! In this way, Miller believed he had reconciled the six days claimed by Scripture with the millions of years demanded by geology. But something happened to him. After he completed his manuscript, he was deeply depressed and very troubled and shot himself on the eve of Christmas in 1856.
The concept of the Day-Age Theory has severe Scriptural problems as well as scientific difficulties. There is plenty of conflict with common sense. For example, if these “days” were each millions of years, then we might wonder how the grasses, herbs, and fruit trees created on the third day survived until the Sun was created on the fourth day.
Perhaps the most serious objection to the Day-Age Theory is the fact that the Creation account concludes each day’s event with the formula “so the evening and the morning were the first day, second day, third day, etc. The Jewish people have always counted each day to be from sunset to sunset. We in this modern economy go by midnight to midnight for each day. Either the words of Scripture are meaningful or they are not.
God has plainly told us that the “days” in Genesis are 24-hour periods of time. The passage in Exodus 20:11 says, “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” This passage in Exodus also clears up another mystery. If God is omnipotent, surely He is capable of creating the universe instantaneously. Why did He take six days? The answer is to provide a pattern for our workweek. We are to work six days and rest one, just as He did. The seventh day rest is commemoration of His perfect work of Creation.
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