When was "time" created in Genesis? Was it on "day three", when day and night were created?
This can only be answered from a literalist Young-Earth Creationist (YEC) perspective, because to all other perspectives it's a moot point, so I'll answer from that viewpoint.
I might as well throw in my usual disclaimer that I'm not debating whether the YEC view is true, this is just explaining the YEC view. Such debates in comments are off-topic and not constructive per site guidelines, and not relevant to the question/answe at hand. Even though I personally believe in the YEC view, I'm not defending it here, just explaining it.
Given the definition of time, taken from Mirriam-Webster:
The very first event was in Genesis 1:1 (KJV)
This was the first event. The universe didn't exist at all before this point. At this point, the universe began, thus, at this point, the continuum of events began. By definition, this is when time began.
Genesis 3 would mark the first normal, regular, repeatable events by which could measure time began, but time actually began with space and energy in Genesis 1:1, when God spoke the universe into existence.
This is similar to the answer given on the Answers in Genesis site - a Young-Earth Creation and apologetics organization:
Revision of the first sentence:
This answer would also hold true for proponents of the gap theory, day-age theory, and others. The beginning is the beginning regardless of how long it's been since then.
It should probably be changed to "This can only be answered from tho position that you believe the Genesis account to be true, because to those that don't it's a moot point."
In order to create, God created time first (“in the beginning”). To create requires change; change from “what was” to “what is”. Therefore change requires time. Since God exists in the present; He does not change (the same today, tomorrow, forever); so He had to create time (ie. the past and future) in order to create and produce change.
The question itself is an impossible one. When was time created? When?
Time is just a description of things that happen in sequence and not simultaneously. In other words, as soon as you have everything not happening at once – something happening, and then something else happening – you have time. So time didn't need to be created, per se. It just came along with the physical world.
protected by David Stratton♦ Jan 8 at 0:29
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