THE GENESIS CREATION IS SCIENTIFIC

  • ​​Genesis 1:1-31
  • [1]In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

The universe was first created than the earth. Beside the exception of the sun, moon and stars as a later creation completed at the 4th day, other else in the universe is implied as older than the earth. Is this scientific?

The age of the Earth is measured by studies of radioactive elements. Radioactive elements are unstable and “parent” atoms decay into other “daughter” elements at a steady rate. For example, through a series of steps, atoms of uranium decay into atoms of lead. By measuring the abundance of “parent” and “daughter” atoms in rock samples and knowing the decay rate, geologists can calculate the age of the rock. Using several different sets of parent and daughter elements, geologists have measured the age of a variety of rocks, including terrestrial and lunar rocks as well as meteorites, which originate primarily from asteroids. The results consistently indicate an age of about 4.6 billion years for the Earth.”

Source: http://www.ips-planetarium.org/?age

“The age of universe can be determined by imaging what the universe looked like in the past, “rewinding” the expansion. In the past the galaxies must have been closer together, and in the distant past they would have been packed together in a tiny point. If we assume that the expansion rate is constant over time, the age for the universe as a whole is about 10 billion years. However, astronomers have been working over the last 20 years to determine how the expansion rate changes with time. We now know that early in the universe the expansion was slowing down, but now it is speeding up. Using careful measurements of this change in expansion rate, the age of the universe is now known quite precisely to be 13.77±.059 billion years.9″

Source: http://biologos.org/common-questions/scientific-evidence/ages-of-the-earth-and-universe

As the sources say, radioactive dating and measurement of the changes in expansion rate of the universe determines the age of the earth and universe and have shown the age discrepancy. The universe is older than the earth. By these means, we conclude that the universe is older than the earth so as biblically compliant to say, the heavens was first made than earth.

Galaxies were younger than earth as it say:

The Andromeda galaxy, a near neighbor to our own Milky Way galaxy, is 2.3 million light years away. That is, we are seeing it as it was 2.3 million years ago. But that is just our local neighborhood. In recent decades, astronomers have detected galaxies located several billionlight years away. If the light has been traveling billions of years to reach us, then the universe must be at least that old. This is completely independent of radiometric dating of the solar system, but both methods point to an age of billions of years, not thousands.

  • [2]And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Clearly, the earth was a landmass covered fully with water as indicated in verse 9 as the reason we can see sedimentary rocks on mountains. Sedimentary rocks forms underwater.

Sedimentary rocks are types of rock that are formed by the deposition and subsequent cementation of that material at the Earth’s surface and within bodies of water. Sedimentation is the collective name for processes that cause mineral and/or organic particles (detritus) to settle in place. The particles that form a sedimentary rock by accumulating are called sediment. Before being deposited, the sediment was formed by weathering and erosion from the source area, and then transported to the place of deposition by water, wind, ice, mass movement or glaciers, which are called agents of denudation. Sedimentation may also occur as minerals precipitate from water solution or shells of aquatic creatures settle out of suspension.

Source: Wikipedia

  • [3]And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
  • [4]And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
  • [5]And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

After the earth’s initial formation, light was made. It was not specified where but obviously, it is not speaking of the sun or other illuminants as these were completed later on. Possibility is, it was the properties of light that was inceptively created and this light was the garment of God wrapped in his being–A light in heaven.

Psalms 104:1-2[1]Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

That is the initial light made as expressed, “let there be light and there was light.” For God to separate light from darkness, that light must have been pervading throughout heaven for an absence of darkness bec a presence of light in the inherently dark expanse immediately separate it from darkness, thus separating darkness from light, is a reality in heaven where thoroughly pervading light is decreased to allow the presence of darkness which then provides the reality of night and day in heaven.

Revelation 7:15

[15]Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

  • [6]And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

Factual evidence of an advance mind. How did the bible knew about the presence of water in the firmament? We can realize this fact, through the presence of rain. Though there was no sun then but the heat of the earth made evaporation, condensation and precipitation then possible. An evidence of an advance mind knowing the firmament structure of the clouds as the water container.

  • [7]And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
  • [8]And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

Evening and morning are metaphor of the end and beginning of that particular day of creation as how could there be one evening and one morning without the sun, and through possibly billion years. Is there one evening and morning for possibly, billion years. It could only be a methapor. A day in biblical terms could be an indefinite period of time, possibly, billions of years therefore first day, second day, third day etc…consisted of billions of years.

Day in hebrew:

Hebrew: יום

Transliteration: yôm

Pronunciation: yome

Definition: From an unused root meaning to be hot; a day (as the warm {hours}) whether literally (from sunrise to {sunset} or from one sunset to the {next}) or figuratively (a space of time defined by an associated {term}) (often used adverbially): – {age} + {always} + {chronicles} continually ({-ance}) {daily} ({[birth-]} {each} to) {day} (now {a} two) days ({agone}) + {elder} X {end} + {evening} + (for) ever ({-lasting} {-more}) X {full} {life} as (so) long as (. . . {live}) (even) {now} + {old} + {outlived} + {perpetually} {presently} + {remaineth} X {required} {season} X {since} {space} {then} (process of) {time} + as at other {times} + in {trouble} {weather} (as) {when} ({a} {the} within a) while ({that}) X whole (+ {age}) (full) year ({-ly}) + younger.

Even the whole 6day creation is called a day therefore these days are not 24-hour period.

Genesis 2:4
[4]These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

  • [9]And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

This reality tells us that once, the earth was a globe of water, then land mass appeared so as proven by sedimentary rocks on land surfaces.

  • [10]And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
  • [11]And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
  • [12]And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
  • [13]And the evening and the morning were the third day.

This proves that plants and trees were first made than animals, as animals and humans were made later on. Though the earlier fossils were from animals it is not conclusive to refute this biblical fact. The question is, should vegetation survive without sunlight?

Obviously, the completion of the sun after when vegetation was made is as close to 2,000 years or more, if possible, later allowing for vegetation to die first and become dry seeds which in turn re-vegetate after 2,000 years or more and that is, after the first rain during when the sun was already shining.

Genesis 2:5-6

[5]And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

[6]But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

The reality of re-vegetation:

A sapling germinated earlier this year from a 2,000-year-old date palm seed is thriving, according to Israeli researchers who are cultivating the historic plant.

“It’s 80 centimeters [3 feet] high with nine leaves, and it looks great,” said Sarah Sallon, director of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s Louis L. Borick Natural Medicine Research Center (NMRC) in Jerusalem.

Source: National Geographic

  • [14]And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
  • [15]And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
  • [16]And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
  • [17]And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
  • [18]And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
  • [19]And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

This reality contextually don’t say that this is the time origin of stars, sun and moon. It suggests on a more logical basis that this is the completion of these light elements. Possibly, while the earth was being made, an ongoing creation process were active and underway for these illuminants and was completed during the 4th day. Thus these illuminants were made during earth creation process until they were completed the 4th day.

Sun created at the 4th day. Earth on the first day. This suggest that earth is older than the sun though scientifically their approximate age are at 4.6 billion years both. Note though that these are approximation, nothing certain but we believe in biblical integrity. Earth first before the sun.

The Sun is a G-type main-sequence star (G2V) based on its spectral class. As such, it is informally referred to as a yellow dwarf. It formed approximately 4.6 billion[a][9][18] years ago from the gravitational collapse of matter within a region of a large molecular cloud. Most of this matter gathered in the center, whereas the rest flattened into an orbiting disk that became the Solar System. The central mass became so hot and dense that it eventually initiated nuclear fusion in its core. It is thought that almost all stars form by this process.

Lesser light as suggesting the moon don’t imply the moon as having its own light as scientifically, it was borrowed light. Lesser light implies it as a reference for the moon’s land mass as having the characteristic of that lesser light as its borrowed light therefore the moon was carried over in reference as “lesser light” yet in reality, lesser light refers to the borrowed light and not actually for the moon’s land mass as moon’s land mass and its light were distinctly separate in biblical terms. Being distinctly separate, light and land mass as distinct in the verse below, the lesser light simply refers to the incorporation of land mass and borrowed light wherein land mass is carried over with the reference yet in reality lesser light speaks of the borrowed light.

Ecclesiastes 12:2

[2]While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

Stars made the 4th day doesn’t imply the integral astral quantity was made the fourth day. It only suggest, some stars were made this day and some earlier as evident in science:

Most stars are between 1 billion and 10 billion years old. Some stars may even be close to 13.8 billion years old—the observed age of the universe. The oldest star yet discovered, HD 140283, nicknamed Methuselah star, is an estimated 14.46 ± 0.8 billion years old.
  • [20]And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
  • [21]And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
  • [22]And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
  • [23]And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
  • [24]And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
  • [25]And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
  • [26]And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

When God created the animals, it was good. Nothing toxic was among them. It was only later when toxicity in them occured through the process called adaptation. Likewise diseases developed afterwards as nothing of that sort were present during the initial stages of mankind as everything during these times were very good.

  • [27]So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
  • [28]And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Clearly at this stage, animals were first created than man in these successive process of creation.

  • [29]And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
  • [30]And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life. I have given every green herb for meat (for you): and it was so.
  • [31]And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

God permitted all created animals and plants for food as God said are very good, therefore nothing with them is toxic or harmful. Toxicity in plants and animals logically are later reality, we could deduce through the process called adaptation, wherein plants and animals produced toxicity bec of natural selection. Example, plants develop poison to ward off plant eaters.

In biology, adaptation has three related meanings. Firstly it is the dynamic evolutionary process that fits a population of organisms to their environment, enhancing their evolutionary fitness. Secondly, it is a state reached by the population during that process. Thirdly, it is a phenotypic or adaptive trait, with a functional role in each individual organism, that is maintained and has been evolved by natural selection.

Organisms face a succession of environmental challenges as they grow, and show adaptive plasticity as traits develop in response to the imposed conditions. This gives them resilience to varying environments.

Source: wikipedia

  • Genesis 2:18-19
    [18]And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
    [19]And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

Critics tried to demean biblical context to say, the abovementioned verses are unscientific to say, man preceded the creation of animals. What is noticeable in the verses is that there was no guarantee that these are succession of events but mere random narrative about man as created and animals as created whereas man has dominion over animals to even have the privilege to give them names. Nowhere did it say that this is a succession of events but a random narrative bec contextually, the 6day creation defined the real succession of events where animals were first created than man.

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