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Gramps,

I read your answer about the dinosaurs. In the answer you quoted Brigham Young regarding the earth falling into the solar system after the fall of Adam. In the quote he says that When man fell….and let there be light. I thought the earth was made in seven days, including the light and dark…..and then Adam was placed on the earth….and then he fell…..I have it backward according to your answer. How could Adam fall before the earth was made by Jesus?

dc

Dear dc

In the same quote from Brigham Young, he says “When the earth was framed and brought into existence and man was placed upon it, it was near the throne of our Father in heaven” (Journal of Discourses, Vol.17, p. 144). Being near the throne of God, it was bathed in light. The implication of the statement by Brigham Young is not that the earth had been in darkness before it was brought into the solar system, but that when that event occurred. the sun, rather than the celestial throne of God, became the source of light for the earth.

When you refer to the scriptural reference that the earth was made in seven days, I’m sure you realize that those days were not the 24-hour periods that were defined after the earth was set up in this solar system, but rather seven periods of time of indeteminate length. The Hebrew word for the word, day, as found in Genesis, is “yowm,” which can be defined as a day of 24 hours or as an indeterminate period of time. Without a doubt the latter definition applies to the use of the word in the creation account in Genesis.

-Gramps

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