The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
The -seven days | of creation imply the passage of discrete periods of time. How
rock hard should we be in addressing that number? There are seven days assigned to the
period of time that we call our week. This ordering seems to have emerged from out of
the mists of time from as far back as Man felt the need to number things. Ten digits, the
sum of both of our hands, would logically imply that all numbering systems should have
been built upon the base-ten system common today, but there have been other orderings.
A base-twelve system is implicit in the manner that we number the discrete periods
of time in our year called months. Historical evidence indicates that some societies used
that system, while others, by implication, used differing methods, including a base-seven.
The Bible and other literary works mention the number seven often as a number of great
mystical, even magical significance.
The original creation story that we still have some small evidence of even today,
carried within it a sense of several passages of time. Seven may have always been the
number indicated, or it might have been insinuated into the generational retellings as a
memory guide because it was a terminal number or because it was considered a lucky
number and would enhance the value of stories reiterated across the myriad of centuries.
If this -seven days | is a parable, a simplified version of a grander communication,
then the number of the periods might have less significance than that there were several
periods of time in which particular things transpired.
In geology the longest unit of time is called an Eon which seems to be a very long but
indefinite period. It appears to be made up of two or more Eras, the next lower order of
time. There are five identifiable eras within the geologic time scale. That‘s as far as Man
has been able to probe back into geologic history with any certainty. These probings
largely rely upon life-forms embedded within rock layers. Very possibly, the earliest life-
forms have left insufficient evidence of their existence for undisputed discovery. Any
formative processes that preceded the advent of life would also have gone largely
-Then God said, =Let there be a firmament—‘ And God called the firmament Heaven.
So the evening and morning were the second day | (Gen. 1:6–8, NKJV).
A current theory in astronomy postulates that after the first light had been smothered
in the dark soup of rapidly expanding primordial particles, some uneve nness in that
expansion began to form which coalesced into galaxies of stars which brought the second
order of light into being.
-Then God said, =Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one
place, and let the dry land appear—‘ So the evening and the morning were the third day |
(Gen. 1:9, 13).
Astronomers have postulated that our Milky Way galaxy exploded into star-birth light
approximately 14 billion years ago, with our solar system in a second or third generation
of star formation coming into existence about 8 billion years ago. After the planets
coalesced, then solidified, they cooled rapidly, as geologic time is counted. As the
gaseous envelope around our planet dispersed the heat, one of its heavier constituents
descended toward the surface and began to precipitate.
Our earth has been called a water planet with two-thirds of its surface so covered.
One theory states that at one time water, which may well have been hot enough to boil for
a considerable length of time, completely covered the earth‘s surface. This direct contact
with the hot rocky crustal portion would have facilitated the even more rapid cooling of