by James Shiell
The creation is covered in 31 verses in the first chapter of Genesis. It is obvious we aren’t looking at detailed step by step instructions on how to create a universe, but rather the broad overview of how the universe was created. Even so modern scientific discoveries have confirmed that Moses got it right.
Moses wrote Genesis 3500 years ago. He either saw in vision or was taught by tradition the creation of the universe and wrote what he learned. In fact his account written millennia ago accurately describes an event that modern astronomers did not understand until the last fifty years.
What about that first event, the separation of light from darkness? This turns out to be a superb description of the photon decoupling event. What is that you might ask. It seems, according to current astronomical theory, that at the very beginning the universe was an opaque, murky stew of unformed atoms. Light would begin to form creating blinding flashes of light and then immediately be destroyed. As the universe cooled, light was able to form and to stream. Other atoms necessary as the building blocks of worlds also were able to form. Light was at last separated from darkness. The stage was set for the next steps of creation.
Other atoms also could stay formed, giving us the materials needed to create worlds. That event as depicted by present day astronomers equals the description Moses gave of the separation of light from darkness.
After this major event, then the earth is created. It is watery mass from which dry land eventually appears. The first life is plant life. Grasses come before shrubs (or herbs) ending with trees. Heavenly bodies are apparent as the atmosphere thins. Animal life also comes in this order – fish, birds, land animals. Last to arrive is man.
As scientists study the creation of the universe and life on earth, they have found that it happened in exactly that order. David Attenborough’s book “Life on Earth” gives a good description of the order of the creation of life on earth. His listing of the order of appearance of various types of life and the sequence given in Genesis agree. While Moses does not mention every item, those he does mention are in the correct order.
The placing of heavenly bodies is also in agreement. The moon is of particular interest. Genesis 1:17 says “God set them [the moon and the sun] in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth”.
Why is the moon interesting? Because it is larger than any other “moon” circling known planets. It’s size and material composition is so out of proportion that it is often classified as a terrestrial planet.
Scientists still have not decided exactly how the moon came to be in orbit around the earth or even how it was formed. What is interesting to us, is that the moon is so large that it could easily destroy the earth. A shorter distance away and the moon would not circle the earth. If it were any closer, it would impact the earth creating massive destruction. Our moon is unique in the Universe and is precisely placed to accomplish it’s purpose.
The Bible and science are in agreement as to the step-by-step process of creation that ended with the appearance of humans on earth.
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