Courtesy of CreationOpia, Genesis Interpretations: Part 2:
Sun Created Before Earth???
The Answers in Genesis website article “Problems with Other Interpretations: Appendix B” at “http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/oect/problems-other-interpretations” debunks several creation interpretations such as:
In debunking the above theories, the authors applied several key lenses as modes of inquiry to test the validity of these theories and any proposed theories.
How does the Genesis Creation Account Universe Tools Paradigm & Literal Creator Days hold up to each of these modes of inquiry?
The last post already started to examine each aspect point by point. This time the second point on “whether the Sun was created before the Earth” will be analyzed.
2. Sun created before earth?
The Bible Genesis Creation Account Universal Tools Paradigm with Literal Creator Days clearly maintains the Creation Order the Bible showcases in Genesis 1.
A reasonable question is that without the Sun and the Stars, where would enough light come from to light up the Earth for vegetation to grow and the ecosystem to thrive?
This question arises, since the Bible Genesis creation account shows light sent to Earth on Day 1, and yet reports Sun & Stars are created on Day 4.
Genesis 1:3-5 (ESV): 3 And God said, (C)“Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Genesis 1:14-15, 19 (ESV): And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” … 9 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
Without the Universe Tools Paradigm, how this is accomplished is a mystery. God by arranging the Universe out of a more apparent order, is deliberately providing clues to us on how Creation was accomplished.
Unfortunately for prior believers and unbelievers, the perspective the Universe Tools Paradigm provides is only readily apparent once consumer computing devices technologies became available these recent decades. Only after about 2,000 years after Christ’s birth & resurrection, and about 6,000+ years since Adam & Eve navigated planet Earth, has this perspective been practical based upon applied advances of science, engineering & computer science.
Prior believers understood that God did it, yet typically without more details of the mechanics of how. Were prior believers just accepting a blind faith? Not at all. Prior believers saw the powerful influence God’s Word made in their own lives, in history, in archeological digs, in describing human nature, in the quantity & accuracy of the transcripts, in the numerous prophecies that were very specific and fulfilled, and in many more ways. The believers in Jesus’ time also saw numerous miracles, and the Jewish people first-hand witnessed God’s saving arm many times. God also sent the Holy Spirit to further guide believers in the truth about God’s character and salvation.
How did God create our world in such an order, where the Earth & light are created before the Sun & Stars?
By analogy, examine how games & movies are made, and how the order is often counter-intuitive. A game maker has the freedom to create the characters, scenery, or game-play in many different orders and/or in parallel. Likewise, movies like Star Wars (R) are known to film partially adorned scenes with green screens. This movie scene adornment order is counter-intuitive, where computer software adds key details only later after the actors act out the scene.
Also by analogy, think about how a smart device like the Apple iPhone/iPad is created. The initial hardware platform containing space for applications and the operating system parallels heavens being made as a container with rules and capabilities. The Earth parallels the initial set of basic applications/functionality on the device. The days of creation represent new applications & content & tools / libraries added to the device to make it more functional. The days after creation represent the next wave of application creators leveraging the platform already created.
While people are the “Creators” of “games” and “movies” and “computer-design” tools, God is the Creator of Our Universe.
The people who design these computer-based “games” and “movies” and “computer-design” tools author the overarching plot, scenes, and rules.
God sets up the rules and underlying informational data in Our Universe. When God introduced light into the Universe, which science discusses as photons, it is logical to conclude God was inserting these photons as data into space.
On the first day, God speaks light into existence. This speaking, rather than making light, is also a clue to the underlying nature of Our Universe being data & rules, just like computing devices operate with data & rules too.
The past several thousand years in our world, people typically made things hands-on until recently. In light of this, this creation account where God announces light introduced by words was odd. This oddity is also a clue.
How can one speak light into existence?
The solution is to look at computing tools, which operate based upon language instructions. These language instructions (machine code, assembly code, programming languages) are used to create new worlds, often games or animations or design tools, which are simulated, virtual, and augmented.
Amazingly, this use of words to create worlds is right upfront at the beginning of the creation account, immediately after God introduces heaven & earth, and the Holy Spirit hovering over the waters.
God repeatedly declares and demonstrates truth in our world, which at first glance can seem strange, with skeptics approaching it with disbelief. Yet, a deeper analysis shows that God hides all types of wise nuggets right in the open where it is easy to miss, even for those willing to make the effort to understand God.
The net result is that right at the beginning of God’s creation account, the Genesis Creation Account Universe Tools Paradigm fits tightly with God’s word, and modern advances in science, engineering, computer languages, and technologies.
Can one really change reality by speaking?
Today, one hardly requires much of an imagination to see how even our own spoken language can change reality. The Apple iPhone 4S can respond to spoken requests, serving up content and connecting us to people around the world.
Was the Sun created before the Earth? Definitely Not! The Earth was created before the Sun, and this anomaly makes perfect sense in the light of recent advances of applied science & engineering to consumer electronics technologies.
The Bible Genesis Creation Account Universe Tools Paradigm & Literal Creator Days Presentation is available here, as a reference.
You can view & download the presentation at the SlideShare site at http://www.slideshare.net/creationary/bible-genesis-creation-account
Stay tuned for future analysis of the other lenses as modes of inquiry to test the validity of The Bible Genesis Creation Account Universe Tools Paradigm & Literal Creator Days.
- Bible Genesis Creation Account: Universe Tool Paradigm & Comparisons & Literal Creator Days (creationopia.wordpress.com)
- Genesis Interpretations: Death before Sin? (creationopia.wordpress.com)