Thoughts on Creation - #2
Previously I shared my thoughts about theories questioning the duration of Creation’s six days. Were the days really 6 consecutive 24-hour periods? This month I discuss theories questioning the order of Creation’s six days. Did the days of Creation occur in the order recorded in Genesis? There are Christians that find it necessary to change the order of the days. Why? Well Genesis tells us God created vegetation on Day 3 and the sun on Day 4. Science tells us that vegetation requires sunlight to power photosynthesis, so how could vegetation survive without the sun? The theory claims Genesis 1 was written as poetry; despite the vast majority of Hebraists stating Genesis is narrative, not poetic. According to the poetry theory, days one and four, days two and five, and days three and six are paired; thus occurring in that order – 1, 4, 2, 5, 3, 6. So the sun was created before vegetation, according to this theory.
Again, I look to God’s word for an answer. The answer is found in Genesis 1:3. On Day One God said, “Let there be light”, and there was light. Now, I find it hard to believe that God would get to Day 3 and realize while creating vegetation that He forgot the 450 to 700 nm range of the electromagnetic field necessary for photosynthesis when creating light. It is obvious to me that God created the full electromagnetic spectrum on Day One when He said, “Let there be light”. So, yes, God had enough foresight to know vegetation would require a specific range of light for sustenance. Is it so hard to believe that the light God created on Day One could power photosynthesis to sustain vegetation? I think not.
Why do we as Christians find it necessary to explain or change God’s word in order to exonerate God’s existence against scientific discoveries? Many Christians, if not most, believe God reveals Himself through His word and His creation. I too believe that, but to me God’s word defines His creation. Creation only supports God’s Word and displays His holiness. God tells us that His word is inerrant, as in error free, infallible, never proven wrong. What about science, our study of God’s creation? Is our science inerrant? No, neither the data we collect nor our interpretation thereof is absolute. In fact, our scientific community scoffs at God’s existence and examines data from a paradigm hostile to Biblical records. So why do we as Christians question God’s word, rather than human science? Simply put, our faith is weak.
In Isaiah 55:8-9 God tells us that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts; infinitely higher, as the heavens are higher than the earth. As God asked Job: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?”(Job 38:4). Job chapters 38 and 39 contain 70 verses ridiculing Job’s, and humanity’s, standing to question God. We simply do not have the capacity to understand God’s power, imagination, nor any of His attributes. Yet, we continue to gloat in our intelligence; believing that mankind will eventually surpass God. Romans 1:22 will always be apropos: “Claiming to be wise, they became fools”.