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The Days of Creation: Literal or Figurative?

Moses, inspired by God, penned the beautiful words describing the account of creation in the first chapter of the book of Genesis. The first words that were written were “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” (Genesis 1:1). In the verses that follow it is commonly understood that creation took place over a period of six days. There has been much debate, however, among brethren, especially during the ongoing controversy between brethren and a few of the Bible teachers at Florida College, over this teaching that affects our entrance into Heaven. Some say that the days of creation are literal, while others believe that the days are figurative. Then, there are those who say the days could be both, in the name of unity-in-diversity. But, what does the Bible say?

The word “day” is used both literally and figuratively throughout the Scriptures. In order to identify which, it is necessary to consider the context first. After this has been accomplished, it is possible to know what the word “day” is referring to in a particular passage. Before we examine a few examples of the word “day,” the following table from a previous article, The Gift in Acts 2:38 that I wrote, found at:,
illustrates how some words and phrases are used differently in various passages.

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