Some people who criticize the authenticity of the Bible point to the inaccuracies of telling time as evidence that the Bible has contradictions, therefore invalidating it as a reliable text. In this post I will introduce why the inaccuracy of time telling in the Scriptures is actually evidence to the contrary, showing that the Scriptures are authentically reliable.
Before continuing to read this post, I would like for you to consider the following scenario.
This is the second post of a series that looks at God’s 24-hour day. This post addresses how the hours of the day and night are described and understood in the Scriptures. Click here to read the first post called God’s 24-hour day according to Genesis 1:5 – God’s Time Clock to see how the common day is shifted 6 hours from God’s 24 hour day.
What is God’s 24 hour day and why does it matter? How was God’s time clock set in motion according to Genesis 1:5?
When reading through the Bible, there are stories dealing with time that don’t really make sense if we think about it in the sense of what we know as the common day. Sometimes, the order of events and the time of day do not seem to be what we would consider to be normal. There are also occasions where one Biblical author mentions an event as occurring at a specified time, while another author seems to indicate a contradictory time.