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Gerard de VosCreated by Gerard de Vos
on 18-01-2008
Category: Bible related
Light without the sun?

In the creation account of the Bible, the inerrant Word of God, it is written: “And God said, ‘Let there be light’ (Genesis 1:3). That was day 1 of the creation week. Then on day 4, God said: “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night.... (Genesis 1:14). People ask: ‘How is it possible that there can be light before the sun and moon was created?’ And they cite that as a proof that the creation account is a myth. God uses words very economically in the Bible. But there is a lesson in Genesis 1:3:

1) God Himself is Light ( “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all” - 1 John 1:5). Therefore one can deduct that it is quite logical that God will begin creation, by declaring light.

2) Jesus is also the Light of the world (“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” - John 9:5. “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’” - John 8:12).

3) God, the Father and Jesus Christ, as light, are presently in heaven. The darkness of the devil is signified by hell. Man exists between the light of heaven and the darkness of hell. He lives in this world of light and darkness, good and evil (“Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” - John 3:19). When darkness is finally dispelled, God and those who accepted Jesus Christ, will live in perpetual light (“there will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light” - Revelation 22:5).

4) The sun is not to be worshipped, as it is only a servant of God, created by Him and showing times and seasons. In the new heavens and earth, there will be no need for the sun, as God will be their light (“the city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp” - Revelation 21:23).

5) God, through the Word, gives light from Jesus Christ in the life of a sinner (“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” - 2 Corinthians 4:6). Thus we have an outline of the Gospel at creation. The first day of the week was also the day that Jesus, the Light of the world, rose from the dead.

6) Scientifically, light does not come only from the sun and moon. Rubbing together two pieces of rock crystal, agate, cornelian or flint in the dark will produce light. What about the production of light by fireflies? God did cause light without the sun, though nothing is said about heat on the first day. Our heat comes from the sun. Both the sun and the moon are designated light bearers, but the sun is the main giver of heat.

7) We can speculate, but in the end we will only know for sure when God personally informs us. For now, God did not explain everything in great detail, as people living 1500 years ago, also had to understand the Bible.

Summary: God created light on day one and separated the 24 hours into light and darkness. On day 4 He created the sun, moon and stars to be guides for days, seasons, and years. God had to create natural sources of light and heat, as nature operates by natural laws. Thus the sun not only provides light, but also heat. To really know the truth, we will have to wait for God to personally explain it to us. That will entail some waiting. Then we will witness God as the Light Giver. We only have to make sure that we are with God in heaven, and not with the devil in darkness. That would be night!

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinth 1:27