Questioning the logic
Dear Bill Tinsley, I just finished reading your column (Jan. 8) in the Religion section and must question the logic referring to the day/year statement. The Bible teaches that God exists outside of time. The scripture you quoted is a mathematical equation, (X + Y = Y + X). My dad used to say it this way: “That’s one half dozen to the other.” In other words, if you are talking doughnuts, it doesn’t matter which half-dozen you choose. They’re all doughnuts!
My God and his word state that He created the universe in six 24-hour days.
The Biblical word for a 24-hour day is “yom.” This is the same word used when Jonah was in the belly of the fish, the days the Israelites marched around Jericho, the days Jesus was in the tomb and many more. Genesis 1 states, “there was evening and there was morning on the _ day.” Therefore, unless you believe Jonah was in the belly of the fish for 3,000 years, the Israelites marched for 7,000 years, Jesus was in the tomb for 3,000 years and it took 6,000 years for God to create the world, you can’t believe that God thinks a day equals 1,000 years.
— Bryan King, Longview