How Long Was Each Day of Creation Week?
"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." – 2 Peter 3:8
This verse is a favorite proof text for those who believe that the Bible supports long periods of time for each day of Creation Week. Though much has been written to show that the days of Creation Week were literal, 24-hour days, some creationists persist in saying that each day of Creation Week could be a thousand years … or even longer.
So we'd like to ask them a question. For the sake of argument, let's say that they're right and that each day of Creation Week is a thousand years. According to Genesis 5:5, Adam lived to the ripe old age of 930 years. This means that Adam died during Day 6 of Creation Week. And according to Genesis 4:8, Cain killed his brother Abel during Day 6.
So how do you explain Genesis 1:31: "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [it was] very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day."
Death, murder, sin – all these things occurred during Day 6 of Creation Week, according to your way of reckoning time. So why did God call Day 6 not only good but very good?