Why do people waste time with this trivial garbage? To the literalists: God created light on the first day, the heavens on the second, and the land and sea on the third. In other words, the universe, the stars (including the sun), and then the Earth. That means until the third day of creation, THE EARTHLY DAY DIDN’T EXIST. Gee, think our omnipotent God who exists beyod our understanding of time might have his own definition of “day”? One not limited by our mortal existence? And that He might have simplified the explanation for a bunch of people with no understanding of cosmology?
And yeah, I know that’s not directly related to the old/new Earth debate, but the same concepts apply.
Also, does it matter? Nope, waste of time. Do you believe in Him, believe He bacame man and died for our sins, and then He rose of the third day? Do you try to emulate Him in your life even while realizing that you can’t because only He is without sin? Those are the ONLY things that really matter, right? How does being right or wrong about the age of the Earth affect ANY of that? It doesn’t. It just gets in the way, esp. with respect to bringing others to Him because non-believers (and frankly many believers) hear “the Earth is only x thousand years old” and dismiss us Chistians as nuts.
You are making the heretical implication that God doesn’t measure his “yom” (Hebrew for Day or Age) by the rotation period of a planet he had not yet created? Blasphemy!!
Maybe it strikes you as trivial because you don’t understand the issues involved. God created both the Earth and light on Day 1. And the Earth must have been created already rotating because the Bible says that there as an evening and a morning on the very first day of creation.
Because believing in God isn’t enough - you have to believe the exact same way they do.
Don’t understand it myself - but that is what it looks like to me.
2 Peter 3:8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
How many Biblical passages introduce themselves by saying ‘pay particular attention to this fact’?
And yes, sunrise and sunset a first day; as well as sunrise and sunset day two; just MIGHT be poetic language, seeings as how the actual SUN had not yet been created.
Reminds me of the old joke:
A man walks up to God and asks, "What is a million years to you?". God responds, "It is but a second."
Then the man asks God, "What is a million dollars to you?" And God, replies, "It is but a penny."
Then the man asks God if he could lend him a penny. And God responds, "Yes, in a second."