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In the Beginning: Part Two
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Thursday, March 10, 2016
J.L. Robb

"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." ~Jesus

Last week’s column discussed the relationship between science’s version of creation and the Bible’s version. In many ways they are similar. From nothing came everything, created somehow, some way by something. Jews, Christians and Muslims believe that a supernatural God did it; science for the most part thinks it was accidental, a coincidence of some sort. With that said, there are many scientists and engineers who believe the Bible version. Unfortunately, most are not professors in our liberal colleges.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:1,2 NIV

After the biblical creation of the universe and Earth, from formless to formed, God then created light. The Bible talks a lot about light, especially Jesus. Jesus said he was the light several times.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. Genesis 1:3-5 NIV

Is light mentioned in the Big Bang Theory?

Space.com has the explanation as headlined below:

The first second, and the birth of light

In the first second after the universe began, the surrounding temperature was about 10 billion degrees Fahrenheit (5.5 billion Celsius), according to NASA. The cosmos contained a vast array of fundamental particles such as neutrons, electrons and protons. These decayed or combined as the universe got cooler.

This early soup would have been impossible to look at, because light could not carry inside of it.

"The free electrons would have caused light (photons) to scatter the way sunlight scatters from the water droplets in clouds," NASA stated. Over time, however, the free electrons met up with nuclei and created neutral atoms. This allowed light to shine through about 380,000 years after the Big Bang.

This early light — sometimes called the "afterglow" of the Big Bang — is more properly known as the cosmic microwave background (CMB). It was first predicted by Ralph Alpher and other scientists in 1948, but was found only by accident almost 20 years later.

So the Bible account indicates it was extremely dark in the very beginning, because the earth had progressed from nothing, to formless, to formed and covered with water before there was light. So a lot had happened before God said, “Let there be light.”

The Bible says this occurred in a “day,” that Earth and the heavens were created, formed from gas and dust that had been nothing, covered with water (the only planet that is or was covered with water, other than conjected water) and then there was light.

Big Bang Theory, as stated above, says there was so much stuff, a “soup,” that it took 380,000 years before light could shine through. That’s a pretty long time.

In this instance there is some agreement again between science and God’s method of creation, except for the meaning of “the first day,” and the length of the first day. The universe was created and in the beginning explosion, created formless matter. It was very dark, and hot; and after a time, there was light.

I will wait to address the different views on how long the days were that are mentioned in the Bible story of creation in the very beginning; because there are many. It also causes anger more times than provoking thought. But here is something to think about:

The Hebrew word in Genesis for day is yom, as in Yom Kippur. Only Yom Kippur, is not one 24-hour day but ten 24-hour days. God also said in Genesis that a day to Him is as a thousand years to us, and a thousand years is as a day. In other words, to God a day could be any length of time.

Hebrew has very few words when compared to other languages, about 4,000 in biblical Hebrew according to my research. Hebrew has no articles or capital letters. So when the Greek translators added capital letters, it changed some meanings. Like many languages, Hebrew words often have several meanings. It seems that yom is the same but the meanings deal with time.

One of the meanings of yom is epoch. Other meanings include:

  • A 24-hour period
  • Sunrise to sunset
  • Sunset to sunset
  • An unspecified length of time
  • A season or an age

The planet Mars has a day of about 24 hours like Earth, but a year on Mars is 687 days instead of 365 days, like Earth. Martian seasons would be much longer if they had a significant atmosphere with which to have seasons.

Jupiter on the other hand, our largest planet, has a “day” or a yom of only 10 hours, the fastest spinning planet in the solar system. But 1 year on Jupiter is 12 years on Earth, because it takes that long to circle the sun.

With all this said, the length of a “day” on our planets is totally dependent on the sun. If there was not that tremendously bright light in the center of the solar system, it would always be dark. There would be nothing for the earth to rotate around. The dark was called evening, and in the beginning it was evening first.

The sun was not created until the 4th day according to Genesis. The only light provided was the light of the world, God’s light. There were no formed stars at that time. And no one really knows for sure how long God’s day and God’s evening were, in my limited opinion.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5 NIV

At the end of the Bible, great reverence is again given to 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 NIV

In the beginning God created light. The Lamb is the light of the world. He has been here since the beginning.

A lot of stuff happens in the first five verses of the first book of the Bible. It’s amazing.

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