How do you know the “Days” of Genesis 1 were literal?
There are several linguistic reasons that demonstrate that “day” in Genesis 1 refers to an ordinary day (Lyons, 2001). There are also scientific reasons to draw the same conclusion. One indication is the presence of symbiosis in the created order. Symbiosis is defined as “the relation between two different species of organisms that are interdependent; each gains benefits from the other” (“Symbiosis,” n.d.). Mutualism is a form of symbiosis in which both species benefit. Many mutualistic relationships are obligative, that is, neither species can live without the other. For example, the Yucca plant and Yucca moth are completely dependent on each other for survival. The Yucca plant is unable to pollinate itself to grow more seeds and reproduce. It depends specifically on the Yucca moth for pollination. The moth depends specifically on the Yucca plant to provide the means to hatch new moths. The two were clearly designed to function together. But according to the Genesis account, plants were made on Day 3 while insects were created on Days 5-6. So the moth and the plant had to come into existence in close temporal proximity. They could not have been separated by millions of years. Nor could they have “co-evolved”—a meaningless, nonsensical notion that fails to account for the inherent and irreducible necessity of mutualism from the beginning of each organism’s existence.
Lyons, Eric (2001), “Were the Days Really Days?”http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/1624.
“Symbiosis” (no date), Word Net, http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn? s=sym biosis.
The answer to this question strikes at the very heart of the accuracy of the Bible. Due in large part to the influence of Enlightenment thinking, no part of Scripture has been under greater scrutiny than the first three chapters of Genesis. In this significant and needed work, Dr. Joseph Pipa and Dr. David Hall present a collection of essays designed to further an accurate understanding of the six days of Creation. Literal and non-literal views are presented, defended, and critically examined. You will come away from this book challenged and better informed of all views in this important debate.
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