It feels rather strange among God’s people to be considering the matter of the days of creation (literal 24 hr. days) compared to ages of time. Young people have learned for years that God created the earth in six literal days (24 hrs.) and rested on the seventh day. Before I became a Christian and attended a denominational church I learned as a small child that God created the earth in six literal days and rested on the seventh. I am glad that I did not meet any of these day/millions of years brethren when I was learning about the truth of the Bible and obeying the word to become a Christian. Had I heard this kind of nonsense I never would have been persuaded to become a Christian. To top it all off, we have brethren telling us it makes no difference what we believe on this matter.
It is quite clear from the scriptures in three areas of study that it does make a difference what we believe about the days of creation. It also makes a difference in the matter of teaching the gospel to the lost and in fellowship among brethren. These areas of study are faith, the inspiration of the scriptures, and God’s testimony of Himself. These are fundamental facts to the Word of God and our salvation and fellowship among brethren. If we cannot speak the same thing on these matters fundamental to the faith then there is no grounds of fellowship. Paul puts it this way in 1 Corinthians 1:10, “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” We are commanded to be of the same mind on matters of faith. Those who give uncertain sounds are not to be heeded. “For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle?” (1 Corinthians 14:8). Those who give uncertain sounds on the matter of faith will be held accountable for those who follow, ( compare Ezekiel 33: 1-6; & James 3:1). Continue reading » Does It Really Matter? (Days of Creation and Fellowship)