How long did it take God to create the world? How long did it take God to create man? People ask these questions usually because they doubt that it is possible to create all that there is in several days (i.e. less than 7!) and also because there is “evidence” for evolution, and also because there is “evidence” showing that certain things in the universe or universes are several billion years old. Before I try to explain what my thoughts are on how long it took God to create the world, or to create man, I would like to look at several things as they have been or documented to have been.
If somebody asked a Physician today, how long it would take to cure a person with full blown AIDS, or cancer, or leprosy, or whatever “incurable” disease, he or she would probably say, it is not possible to cure such a person. They may also say, we can try to contain the disease,… or in the case of cancer, that we could try chemotherapy and hope for the best. All of this is reasonable, and is consistent with our understanding of life and disease and medicine as we know it today, 12/25/2008. Let us assume that there was “evidence” that it took 45 years for a person to be fully cured of AIDS, or Cancer, or Leprosy, then with that “knowledge” we could say that there is no way, God could cure somebody of any of these diseases in less time.
If somebody asked a Chef how long it would take them to prepare meals (from scratch) for several thousand people. They may say, several hours, or days… depending on what you are preparing, how much help you have, how many microwaves, stoves, etc. With the knowledge that we have today, of how long it takes to prepare food, (well done, medium, or whatever) – it is reasonable to say, that nobody can have food for several people prepared from scratch within seconds… Now, if I think I am ready to share my answer to the question of how long it took God to do anything – for example, create the world or man.
First, I must say that I believe whatever is written in the bible about Jesus… that the essence of the Old Testament points to Jesus – and everything after that points back to Him. With that belief, I see that the things that are beyond human understanding or capacity, for example, healing a person from leprosy, or knowing people’s hearts, or feeding multitudes from a few fish and bread, or bringing the dead back to life, Jesus accomplished instantly, perfectly, with His word. He said it, and it became as He willed it. It didn’t take forever. It did not conform to human understanding, nor was it limited by it. Thus, I can see how it is possible for God to create the Heavens and the Earth and all that was, is, and will be in it, unlimited by time.
So, the idea about God’s time, for example, His day being a billion man-years, does not really make sense to me… and it is not necessary to explain how or when He created this or that. God does not need time to accomplish anything. He is not limited by it. Our ancestors saw Him in action when He healed the sick, fed the hungry, or bring back the dead. (I think time and space are things for creatures to deal with. The more we become like God, the less we have to worry about time and space limitations.)