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I’ve done quite a bit of soul searching on this, and I think the time has come to share what I believe happened on the first day of creation. I was confused about it for a long time, and feel perhaps there are others in the same position. Another point persuading me, is the preaching done by people who are basically adding to the scriptures their own speculations and have little evidence backing them up. If these people are truly led by the Holy Spirit, then before all of you I ask God’s Forgiveness and request to be shown a Better Way.
In any event, let us examine the Creation Story on a verse by verse basis:

KJV Genesis 1:1-5
Genesis 1

1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Note that The Bible mentions in one complete statement that God created the heaven and the earth. The statement stands as is. Yet in the next verse It is written that the earth was without form.

2. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

This confused me. It says God Created the heaven and earth, but how could the earth be created if it had no form? Further, how could the heavens be created if darkness were on the face of the deep? No stars? No celestial bodies to give light?

3. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Okay, so now we apparently have the stars. My question still plagued me. How could God create the heaven without celestial bodies? After all, space by itself is considered a void. Many have tried to explain this. I’ve heard it said that the perspective was told from man’s point of view on earth, that is the stars weren’t visible until the mist and smoke cleared on the earth revealing the light, as well as the surface of the earth. That’s a good attempt, but not befitting the absolute statements given in these first verses. The earth “was” void, not the earth “looked” void. I’ve also heard the explanation that something displeased God with his first creation of the earth, and that Genesis is leaving out the part that something caused the earth to become void, formless, and without light. So He basically had to recreate creation. With all due respect to those folks, that’s not what the Bible says, and I don’t believe something as important an event as that would be left out of the Holy Scriptures. In all fairness, these folks use the logic that God is never without light and light continually surrounds Him. They also point out that if God Creates anything it is never void. I agree that God’s Glory and Magnificence surrounds Him like an intense light beyond light, but The Bible also says that He Created light on the first day, so again their speculations don’t match the Scriptures.

4. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

Wow, this verse was once again thought provoking! How did light and darkness ever exist together without being separated? Isn’t darkness the lack of light and therefore always separate from light? Believe it or not, this verse gave an early clue to my understanding what God was saying about His Creation of everything!

5. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And there we have it, the actual creation of the first day and everything it took to make a day, a day. It disturbed me for a long time that the verses didn’t fit in a way for me to comprehend it. I knew that there was something more in the way God’s Word told me He created everything. Something told me that there was a scientific viewpoint which would help me understand what God was telling us about that first day!

Believe it or not, my physics studies were the tools The Lord used to help me learn what Genesis says about that first day! One of my papers I had to do for one of my classes was on the nature of time and space. As far as we know the only normal condition for time to stop is when the temperature is at absolute zero. That’s the temperature when the very molecules of matter stop vibrating. No motion, (and since time is motion even at the molecular level), no time. Guess what the temp is in deep space. It stays at three degrees above absolute zero. Why would the void of deep space stay at that temp? The answer is energy in the form of cosmic rays. So in the void of space there is one thing created, that determines existence as we know it. Energy!

Let’s look at each of those Wonderful Verses again:

1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

I think that most folks assume too much to this statement, that is, they just look at it from their point of view. “God made the sky and the ground.” Yet, I feel that God is telling us so much more that that. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe that God knew He was giving information that was far more advanced than early man could grasp. The Wonder of it is that He told the facts in a manner that both primitive man and those schooled in physics could understand. Before I make my point, let’s look at the second verse:

2. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Why would God tell us He created the heaven and the earth, only to tell us that the earth was formless? Because He was telling us a truth that we would have to learn a lot of science to fully comprehend. I believe in the first verse, He was actually telling us the basics of His creation. The two states of physical existence which He used to make our universe. Remember what I discovered which was the determination of existence in deep space when no matter is present? Remember it was energy? Therefore, space could be considered to be simple energy since that is all that is there when matter isn’t present. When speaking to early man, God would have referred to space as, “one of the heavens”. Now, when we talk about prehistory, we are talking before the physical sciences were brought about. Therefore, early man would not have understood the concept of matter and energy. On the occasion that he referred to matter, it would have been in the simplest of forms. The most basic reference to matter would have been “the earth”, (remember that Adam himself was made from the dust of the earth?). Hence, in my humble opinion, when Genesis says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”, He is actually telling us He made the two building blocks of the rest of creation. Energy and matter. That’s why the earth was without form. It was void because He had not used the matter to form anything yet. Further, darkness was over the deep because He hadn’t used the energy to make any light giving celestial bodies yet. Having said that, let’s go on to the next verse:

3. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Now, I believe this is where we first have the stars. Or perhaps the tremendous burst of energy commonly referred to as “the big bang”. In any event, also note that there doesn’t seem to be any mention of planets yet. I think that it is important to note that in the verses to come.

4. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

Now, in deep space with no planets and the matter still formless, (possibly in only molecular form) there was nothing dividing the light from the darkness. The light and the darkness appeared together. We can even see this in our photographs of space today. It is only when you have a formed object that the light and darkness are separated. Hence, when God made the planets, asteroids, meteors and such, the light was divided from the darkness.

5. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And there we have it. On a planet, the light is indeed day, and the darkness night. Now, in verse 14, it does go on to mention another account of the light on our planet:

14. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

This may appear to contradict my position on what God is really telling us about how He created our universe, but I don’t think it does. Considering that God created the firmament in the heaven to divide the waters above from the waters below, I feel it is safe to say that perhaps at first the heavenly lights were not visible until the mist cleared. In this case I may agree with those who say that God was telling us about creation from our point of view. This is unless God reveals a better explanation.

That is how I understand The Creation account of Genesis. If I am wrong then my prayer is that God forgives me and shows me a better way. Many thanks to any who read all the way through my notes, and I hope I’ve helped those that were as perplexed as I was.

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