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    We know that the Bible is not always clear about what it is saying.  A bible passage can produce a variety of interpretations.  In the Second Epistle of Peter from the King James Version of the New Testament, verse 8 of chapter 3 reads: "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."  This is typically interpreted to say that one creation day is one thousand years.  The first two chapters of the Book of Genesis suggest that we are still in the seventh creation day.  This means the Earth must be between 6,000 and 7,000 years old.

    Verse 8 seems to repeat that one day is a thousand years within it.  But, to say "one day is with the Lord as a thousand years," "and" "a thousand years as one day," could be interpreted as providing two pieces of information.  The "and" in the verse may indicate that additional, not redundant, information follows.  If so, then the days and years mentioned in the first clause may not be the same days and years referred to in the second clause.

    To explore this; first, we denote the days and years in the first clause as Days and Years (beginning with upper case letters).  Next, we denote those in the second clause as days and years (beginning with lower case letters).  Now, the verse says: 1 Day = 1,000 Years, and 1,000 years = 1 day.

    Let a "Day" be a creation day, a "year" be a year as we know it, and a "Year" be 365 "days." Then, 1 Year becomes 365,000 of our years, and 1 Day, 365 million of our years.  This would make the Bible’s six creation days (6 Days) 2.2 billion of our years.  This is about half the 4.5 billion years geology says is the age of the Earth.  

    We can go one step further with this line of thought.  In verse 4 of Genesis, God divides the light from the darkness.  Then, in verse 5, He calls the light, "Day," and the darkness, "Night."  To distinguish between Day and Night suggests that they are two independent entities, not two parts of an entity, "Day."  If we assume that God divided them equally, then a Night is as long as a Day, or 365 million of our years.  Since there is a Night after every Day; then, in addition to the six creation Days, six creation Nights have also elapsed.  This means that we have to add another 2.2 billion years to the Bible's Earth age, making it 4.4 billion years.  This is essentially the same as the 4.5 billion-year geological age of the Earth.


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