This is a response to my article published on sbctoday.com, 6/4/14 entitled, A Day Is a Day Is a Day of Course: Unless That Day Challenges Evolution! Part I. I also posted this article on this blog, December 22, 2014. I am sorry about the disconnect. This should have been published sooner. I have a couple more of the responses to this series that I will publish in the next two post.
The blogger wrote:
“My seminary Old Testament prof used to say, ‘The Bible was never meant to be a book of science. For instance, most writers of the Biblical revelation believed the world was flat, and that the sun revolved around the earth. Instead, the Bible is the record of God’s revelation to mankind. There is more truth in the Bible in that reality than we can ever digest, understand, believe, and live.’ We invite all manner of problems when we try to turn it into a book of science.”’
I appreciate your reading the article.
You said, “The Bible was never meant to be a book of science.”
While I agree that the Bible was never intended to be a “book of science,” I do believe it speaks understandably and accurately (corresponding to actual reality when all the facts are known) when it speaks in areas of science—or any other area for that matter. Additionally, I did not argue that it was intended to be a book of science.
You said, “Instead, the Bible is the record of God’s revelation to mankind.”
I disagree with you regarding this statement because I do not believe the Bible claims to be a “record” of God’s revelation but rather God’s revelation to mankind. Therefore, it is accurate in everything it reveals, and the truth about cosmogony is no exception.
You said, “There is more truth in the Bible in that reality than we can ever digest, understand, believe, and live.”
I may be misreading you, and if so I apologize, but it appears to me that I believe there is more truth in the Bible than you do since I believe it is His revelation rather than a mere “record” of revelation. That is to say, I believe the Genesis revelation is precisely accurate in everything it proclaims, and this in a manner that can be understood according to the context and genre of literature, prose.
Additionally, that “There is more truth in the Bible…than we can ever digest…” seems irrelevant to whether or not Genesis actually reveals the truth about Creation or whether God meant day to be understood as a normal day.