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Some Christian faiths believe the world was created in six days. Is this belief legitimate?

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Was the Genesis account of Creation meant to be taken literally?

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  • God did create Earth in six days literally. He is God after all, don't you think He is supposed to be that good? For some reason people don't want to believe it because according to us, it is impossible. Fact is, God can do all things, even those things that seem impossible to us.


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  • Genesis is an mythical, not factual, story on creation. The account in Genesis is only the Isrealite account of creation. The first chapter of Genesis is a wisdom poem, and was not written as a modern science book. The account merely shows the Isrealite people that they should worship God, and not the sun etc. It should be taken, therefore, as an allegory instead of as literal, factual truth.
  • Genesis myth was created by primitive nomadic peoples. This was in the Middle East, at least as far back as 1000BC. They struggled to survive. They felt threatened by nature and desperately needed a story to put things into perspective. The Genesis myth evolved because it was both simple and plausible, considering the limited knowledge these people had. It fulfilled a psychological need for answers to troubling questions. The dire circumstances these people lived in did not offer room for debate or serious research, nor for allegory or vaguely symbolic poetry. The stability of the tribe was at stake. If an authority figure told a story, it had to leave no room for doubt.


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