On the fourth day of creation, God created the sun, moon and stars to give light to the earth. If God created them on the fourth day, is this proof that the first three days were longer than 24 hour days?
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day
Day-age creationists have the theory that this is an indicator of an old earth age. The presumption is that the absences of these celestial bodies imply the impossibility of a 24 hour day. So, day one through three was probably much longer than a 24 hour celestial cycle, which could be the answer to the evolutionist assertion that the earth is old. This theory leads us down a path that causes us to contradict scripture and undermines a vital principle of God’s word.
Take a look, if you will, at verses five, eight, and thirteen. Notice that each of them read something along the line of “the evening and the morning was the…” along with a day numbered off. Also, note that on the first day God created the light and he separated it from the night. This gave us our night and day until God created the sun, moon and stars to be that light. The NIV says “…and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years.” So, not only were they a light source for us, they were also a measurement of time, as in, a 24 hour day. The light was already there, we just needed a visual in the ski to mark what time it was and what season we were in.
The problem with believing any old earth theory, for a Christian, is that it undermines important godly principles. If we give into the relentless onslaught of evolutionism telling us that there are millions and billions of years in our history, then we give into the concept of death and dying prior to Adam and Eve which compromises important principles.
What is the important Christian principle? It is that death is the direct result of Adam and Eve’s sin. If death, dying, and disease were present before Adam then God’s word is a lie; if death came not by Adam then Jesus’ death on the cross was in vain because he died for a problem that man did not cause. The Bible teaches us different, that God created the heavens and earth in 6 days and that Adam rebelled against God, and that Jesus was sent into the earth for man’s redemption. Anything that contradicts God’s word is a lie and should not be entertained.