I have always believed that the Bible is true. I still believe that the Bible is true. But I have wondered how others reconcile the truth of the Bible and science.
I have always said that the seven days of creation were not literally seven days. It seems like that ought to be obvious because the sun is what makes a day and there was no sun until day 4.
This article explains this belief clearly and articulately. I even learned something from it. As the days go through in creation, it says “It was evening and it was morning.” Here’s something I didn’t know.
Nachmanides says the text uses the words “Vayehi Erev” — but it doesn’t mean “there was evening.” He explains that the Hebrew letters Ayin, Resh, Bet — the root of “erev” — is chaos. Mixture, disorder. That’s why evening is called “erev”, because when the sun goes down, vision becomes blurry. The literal meaning is “there was disorder.” The Torah’s word for “morning” — “boker” — is the absolute opposite. When the sun rises, the world becomes “bikoret”, orderly, able to be discerned. That’s why the sun needn’t be mentioned until Day Four. Because from erev to boker is a flow from disorder to order, from chaos to cosmos. That’s something any scientist will testify never happens in an unguided system. Order never arises from disorder spontaneously and remains orderly. Order always degrades to chaos unless the environment recognizes the order and locks it in to preserve it. There must be a guide to the system. That’s an unequivocal statement.
Something I did not know is there is a difference between the description of Day One and the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh day.
Only on the first day does the text use a different form: not “first day,” but “Day One” (“Yom Echad”). Many English translations make the mistake of writing “a first day.” That’s because editors want things to be nice and consistent. But they throw out the cosmic message in the text! Because there is a qualitative difference, as Nachmanides says, between “one” and “first.” One is absolute; first is comparative.
Nachmanides explains that on Day One, time was created. That’s a phenomenal insight. Time was created. You can’t grab time. You don’t even see it. You can see space, you can see matter, you can feel energy, you can see light energy. I understand a creation there. But the creation of time? Eight hundred years ago, Nachmanides attained this insight from the Torah’s use of the phrase, “Day One.” And that’s exactly what Einstein taught us in the Laws of Relativity: that there was a creation, not just of space and matter, but of time itself.
The author is a PhD from MIT. He’s written books. Those might be interesting to read. He’s very clear and understandable.
Note: In the article he only talks about the six days of creation, but on the seventh day God rested. How many millenia do you think he might rest? I think day seven should be included in the non-calendar counting.