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a matter of days: an excerpt

August 3, 2010

“Some young-earth creationist leaders link the length of the creation week to the doctrine of God’s omnipotence… Two fallacies underlie this line of reasoning.

One is that God’s speed in creating correlates with His power. It does not. Six days would be too long. For that matter, six nanoseconds would be too long. If time were the measure of His power, God would have created everything in an immeasurable instant.

The second fallacy lies in the assumption that an all-powerful God is under compulsion to exercise all His power all the time. He is not. A man capable of running a four-minute mile may choose for any number of reasons to walk a mile in 15 minutes. God also can choose whatever time frame He pleases.”

– “A Matter of Days” by Hugh Ross, page 94

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I am just about half-way through A Matter of Days by Hugh Ross. It has been a very interesting (deep and intense) read. I can only read a chapter or so at a time because there is a lot to think about.

Though his perspective on the length of the creation days might be a bit controversial in traditional Christian circles, Ross has done an excellent job so far of outlining both sides – reaching back into Christian history and delving into research and information and hard facts to make his case.

Besides the point that God is God and can do whatever He wants, however He wants, whenever He wants (omnipotence denotes unlimited power), Ross’s other main point is that – when all is said and done – the issue of the length of the creation days really is an issue akin to the discussion surrounding pre-millennialism, post-millennialism and amillennialism. In other words, it is not a matter of salvation.

And I agree with him there. When I stand before God, it won’t matter whether I thought the creation days were actual 24-hour days or not. That’s the truth of the matter. Still, it is an interesting topic, one that I haven’t really thought much about before this. I am interested to see where my thoughts lie by the time I reach the end of the book.

If you’re up for a “can’t-check-your-brain-on-this-one” summer read, you can purchase A Matter of Days through Amazon.com.

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