The Holy Bible is Fact, Not Fiction
The Hebrew word used for "day" is the word yom. Every other time the word is used in the Old Testament in conjunction with a number, a literal, 24-hour period of time is being described; what we know as a day. The word is never used metaphorically in the Bible.
The verses most commonly used to say that the word day in Genesis could mean more than a 24 hour period are Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3, which quotes Psalm 90:4.
Psalm 90:4 -
For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it passes by, Or as a watch in the night.
2 Peter 3:8 -
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like ...view middle of the document...
If we were to assume that Creation lasted more than 6 24 hour days, the "sign" the second passage speaks of would be a pretty poor sign - a comparison between a 6000 year creation and our 7 day week wouldn't be very meaningful. But look at all the meaning in these two passages, the model for our week that God created when creating the world.
Some people argue that scientists can determine the age of rocks fairly accurately. Actually, scientists like to make you think they can work out the age of the rocks accurately. Think about something for a moment. One strong argument of the scientists is that it takes millions of years to compress all the rocks in sediment. This could be very true, but it assumes that nothing drastic happened. We know from the Bible, though, that Noah's flood occurred. Looking at the description of the account from the Bible and the mass destruction that occurred then gives us a pretty good explanation of how all the sedimentary rocks were formed, with all the fossils in them and such. Back to the main point here, though. Even if we didn't have the evidence of the Flood, scientists' dating has been proven wrong. For example:
Shortly after its death, a seal was dated using carbon dating. The result of the scientific dating: it had died 1300 years prior.
Living mollusc shells were dated scientifically at up to 2,300 years old.
Living snail shells were dated at up to 27,000 years old.
Gotta love that accuracy there, huh?
Adam was created on day six, according to the Genesis account of Creation. That means he lived for part of the sixth day and the seventh day. Then, in Genesis 5:5, we see that he died at the age of 930. Were the days in Genesis longer than 24 hours, say 1000 years apiece, or a million years each, Adam's age at death would be completely different. One could attempt to argue that the counting of his days didn't begin until leaving the garden. But look at the language of Genesis 5:5: "So all the days [yom] that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died." Can the Scriptures be any clearer? ALL the days Adam lived were 930 years.
Look at the context in which the word day is first used in the Bible. Genesis 1:5 says, "God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day." What do we know our day as today? Light and darkness - night and daytime; NOT 500 years of light and 500 years of darkness.
Why is it so important to believe in a 24-hour day, as described in the Bible? Well, in short, if we don't take the Bible at face value and add fallible, human interpretations to it in one area (such as Creation), we're bound to do that in other, SALVATION-CRITICAL areas of the Bible, such as...