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I’m pretty sure I don’t even need to write the blog anymore. That epic picture of epicness says more than I ever could.

Buuut what the heck, I’ve already started so I’ll finish it.

Ready. Set. Go.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…”
That is Genesis 1:1, the first verse of the Bible. I’m willing to bet you are familiar with this story in some sense, so I’ll skip the introduction and go straight into some stuff you probably don’t know. What you most likely don’t know is the strikingly accurate claims that the Bible makes concerning the order of events that took place in the formation of the universe, the Earth, and life. Don’t believe me? Let’s check it out.

Preface: ancient Hebrew only had a few thousand words, so multiple meanings can arise. Context clues!

HO-KAY. So the phrase “the heavens and the earth” in Hebrew, esh hashshamayim veeth haarets (say that 5 times fast! …do it), when put in that order, was likened to mean everything, like the whole universe. The Hebrew word “create” (bara) means “to create from nothing.” So we have God in the first verse calling into existence all of space, time, energy, matter- all of it. Before that, there was nothing except God, according to the Bible- 1 Cor 2:7 . In fact, the Bible even speaks about the Lord “stretching out the heavens (specifically shamayim, or astronomical universe)” multiple times. So we have nothing, and then all of the sudden we have the universe stretching out. Sound familiar? Some people call it the Big Bang. For more info check out this article. Whether or not you believe in the Big Bang is up to you (although there does appear to be quite the compelling case for it, despite minor yet-unexplained-anomalies), but it does seem that the Bible speaks about this concept.

NEXT we have the 7 Days of Creation. The first day we have Earth as a big giant water planet, devoid of life –no mention of continental land mass (1:2)– with light and darkness appearing, and the Spirit of God hovering over the waters (very important). The fact that the Spirit of God hovering over the waters is important is because it transitions the perspective from the universe as a whole (1:1) to the perspective of that of someone from Earth looking out. So we have light, but no sun? what the… Fun fact: scientists believe that Earth’s early atmosphere was opaque, so light from the sun could get through, but you couldn’t see the sun yet.  So the Sun was there, but you couldn’t see it.

HOLD THE FLIPPIN’ PHONE

“Are you saying the sun was around on day 1?! That’s not what Genesis says!” Is it? See, a minor knowledge of ancient Hebrew comes in handy here. The Hebrew verb haya means “let (there) be,” which is what is used in 1:3 . Haya as opposed to bara does not usually refer to something coming into existence for the first time. Haya is also used in 1:14 on day 4 to describe the “two great lights” (sun and moon).  SO is the text merely saying that the light was there, but not that the sun was created in day 4? Is it possible the text is implying the EXISTENCE of the sun prior to day 4? Possibly. Maybe even probably. It would make sense, since vegetation comes on day 3, and plants need light, and the atmosphere is believed to have been changed by the plants’ production of oxygen to make it translucent. “Ah ha!” you might be saying, “But it says God MADE the two great lights in 1:16 though!” Good point, astute Reader-of-the-Text. Only problem – its not bara. It’s asa, which implies shaping of already existing material. So God didn’t create (bara) the sun at this point. “Well, why is he ‘making’ it??” It’s possible that the text is alluding to the faint sun paradox. Wouldn’t that be nifty?

I could literally do this all day with the rest of the days of creation, but I’ll sum them up. You have the formation of the water cycle (possibly) next, then the continents, then the plants, THEN the sun/moon/stars (visibility of them), then the sea animals, then land animals, then humans, then rest (resting from creating new kinds of animals???) Does everything sound in order according to secular science? Now, the Bible is not a science book, BUT it does appear to have some fairly strong evidence to show alignment with what we’ve learned in nature.

How did those crazy Hebrews know so much?
Guess.

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