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    any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it" (Exodus 20:8-11).

    The same Hebrew words are consistently used for "day" and "days" in these verses. There is no hint in the context that some "days" are literal twenty-four hour periods and other "days" are not. Man is not to work for six periods of millions of years and rest for one such period. Man is instructed in this commandment to work for six twentyfour-hour days and to rest for one, as God did.

    4. Genesis 2:7 informs us that "the LORD God formed man of the dust (literally, the 'powder' or 'dry crumbs') of the ground." The theistic evolutionist believes that "dust" must also be interpreted symbolically. Since man gradually developed from animals, "dust" must mean "lower life forms. "

    This interpretation encounters serious difficulties in the following chapter of Genesis, however, where God proclaims to Adam and all mankind: "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return" (Genesis 3:19).

    The Hebrew word for "dust" and "ground" are identical in both verses. Neither verse is placed in a context requiring symbolic interpretations. If "dust" refers to "lower life forms," then Genesis 3:19 means that man will return to lower forms of animal life when he dies!

    5. Each day representing long periods of time presents numerous contradictions to God's natural laws. For instance, plants were created on the third day and the sun on the fourth. Plants need sunlight to exist. If one day represented millions of years, how would plants have survived for millions of years without the sun? Insects were created on the fifth day. Plants need insects for crosspollination. How would plants have reproduced for millions of years without insects?

  • Context - The entire passage; the words and sentences which precede and follow a certain word or thought

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    And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

    And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He Seas: and God saw that it was good.

    And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

    And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit whose seed was in itself, after its kind: and God saw that it was good.

    And the evening and the morning were the third day.

    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:

    And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

    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.

    And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

    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.

    And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

    - Genesis 1:9-19

     

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