I have written numerous posts talking about God and Science and I feel that people may not be convinced that they can embrace science and not give up their beliefs. I don’t propose to be a Bible teacher but rather a philosopher. I do want to suggest to those reading the Bible that the writing was guided by God with the intention for us to understand God’s teachings with what we know.
The saying that we don’t know what we don’t know is very appropriate for the writers of the Bible. The stories had to be with information that us humans could understand and was written at a time of the writers knowledge of our great universe.
I want to try to clear up the use of time in the Bible and the use of time in the world of science. Two things need to be understood, first the measures that we use here on Earth have no meaning to anybody besides humans living on the Earth. All the measures have been created by humans. These measures are not measures from God. Our measures are a convention for humans to understand our environment and how things relate to each other. Second, the Bible contains stories which were written to teach ideas. The best way to communicate ideas is using things that people can relate.
The time referenced in the Bible is to provide general understanding and not as an absolute. The time referred in science books is also to provide understanding of material relationships but are not absolutes as the relationships are man made and not absolute.
A key point is that a day is the time that it takes for the Earth to rotate once on its axis and a year is the time that it takes the Earth to make one trip around the Sun. Now imagine the Earth not being in existence, what value do these measures of a day and year have? None.
Should this change what we believe? No. The teachings of the Bible are for communication of ideas such as the world was created in seven days. It teaches that there was a progression of events which is also supported by science. It is not to be interpreted that it actually took seven human days to create.
There is no time in God’s world just goodness.