“But you must believe earth was made in six literal days–it’s biblical!”
“No, it’s not. It’s biblical to believe it may be millions of years old.”
“Oh, stop it, Jack. You know that’s a load of rubbish. It is clearly written in the Bible that God made the world in six days!” Ed looked at his friend with determination in his eyes, and continued, “It can’t be any clearer!”
“Ed,” Jack said, “who wrote Genesis, the book you’re quoting to me?”
“Moses,” he replied quickly, and proudly.
“And who wrote psalm 90?”
This time Ed wasn’t so quick. He had no idea, and it frustrated him to have to say so, especially to Jack. “Not sure, why do you ask?”
“Because, I happen to know who wrote it, for it is attributed to Moses. The very same Moses who wrote Genesis. Now, do you know what Moses wrote in Psalm 90, and what the Apostle Peter quoted to the early church?”
Ed gave a blank stare.
“Here’s what the Apostle Peter said: ‘But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.’ and let me quote what Moses said to you: ‘For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.’ Those, my friend, are the words of the same man who wrote that the Lord made the world in six days. So, although he wrote in Genesis that God made the world in six days, we know from Scripture that he didn’t mean it literally, it could have been six days, but it could have also been six thousand years, or six million years, the point was not the actual duration, but that God was the sole creator, and he was the completer of the creation of the world.”
“Jack, you just want it both ways, you can’t believe in science and God.”
“Hey, don’t sidestep what I’ve just shared! Don’t try to get angry and brand be faithless because you want to avoid what I just told you; be a man, tell me–isn’t it possible, and that from a biblical perspective, that the world was created in a much larger period of time than six literal days?”
“NO!” Ed screamed.”
“Why not? I just explained how it is all together possible.”
“Because, if you don’t believe in a literal six days of creation you aren’t even Christian!”
“And I suppose you think that’s biblical too?”
“Yes, I do!”
“Ed, you believe your pastor and his obsession with a six-day-creation theology. That’s what you believe, but don’t think you are simply believing the Bible. If anything, you’re rejecting the Bible in order to maintain your current belief.”
“You are the rejector, Jack. You are the one who wants to be a scientist instead of a Christian, not me!”
“Ed, you’re just side stepping the real point here. Again, what did Moses say?”
“He said six days! He said six, literal days!”
“No, he didn’t – you have added this word ‘literal’ into the story, don’t you see that? You’re adding information into the Bible that’s not even there!”
“Liar!” Ed screamed.
“Calm down,” Jack replied.
“Scientist!” Ed screamed again.