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Gerard de VosCreated by Gerard de Vos
on 19-02-2009
Category: Bible related
Light before the sun?

A common argument against the creation account in the Bible is that there was light before the sun and moon were created on day 4. These people ask how that could be scientifically possible? Is that not a proof that it was just a story?

A possible way to resolve this problem is as follows:
☛God, the Creator, is light. In Revelation 21:23; 22:5 we read that in the eternal kingdom of God, the sun will not be necessary, because God and Jesus will be the light. When God (Jesus - Colossians 1:16) created the heavens and the earth and all other things, they were the light. Why was there then a command, ‘Let there by light!’ (Genesis 1:3), if they were the light? The function was to divide a 24 hour unit into day and night. The only conclusion we can come to is that in the darkness the command was given for the light to be ‘switched’ on. It would then demonstrate the difference between day and night.

☛ On day four God created the light of the sun, moon and stars. Why would God do it in that way?
God’s plan is divided into different ‘stages.’
1. The invisible, eternal past of the Trinity.
2. The decision to set up a visible kingdom, with children. The universe was created.
The last stage will be final, eternal life on a renewed earth.
Initially God illumined the earth. Then the universe was created. Everything would be at man’s disposal to use for his benefit (‘subject and rule over the creation’ - Genesis 1:28). Man would do it by science. Science has to do with the study of what is testable and observable. God as light, is supernatural. Science can only study natural phenomena. God ‘withdrew’ His visible presence as light to make place for a natural source of light. He created the sun and moon on day four. It would have been impossible to scientifically study for example the effects of light and its composition, if there was no physical light, but only God as light. We have no idea of what God’s light is like; we only know it is supernatural. God withdrew, and ‘suspended’ His light in the universe, replacing it by the sun and the moon, which can be investigated by science.

☛People query the fact that the first three days were day and night, without the sun. It is true, but there was light. If some one thought that the plants created on day three, could not grow without the sun’s rays, it was only for a day. God ‘postponed’ the creation of the sun till day four, to teach us a lesson. He is before all things, and no idols are allowed. Later in history men started to worship the sun and moon. How silly to worship created things and forget the brilliant, powerful, Creator God. It is also a lesson: unsaved man, darkened in his mind, needs the light of God to illuminate his mind so that he can understand the truth of God.

"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