The Earth, Before the Sun
Genesis 1: 1-2
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters. “
Although there are those who believe that it is possible to harmonize the Theory of Evolution with the Genesis account, there are serious problems in trying to do so. One of those problems, which occurs frequently, is that the order of events required by the Theories of Evolution or deep time are different from that found in Genesis 1.
An example of Stellar Evolution would be that the Sun formed before Earth. The Sun is believed to be the product of repeated coagulations of material in the Universe, followed by nuclear fusion and, finally, Novas explosion. Deep-time astrophysicists suggest that Earth was formed by gravity and eventually brought many small particles together into a planet-sized conglomerate.
The Bible gives us a different order. It says that the Earth was created on the first day of Creation Week, along with material from the rest of the Universe and light. I mean the material of the rest of the Universe because the Earth was created amorphous and empty. God began to give structure to this Earth on the second and third days of Creation Week. However, he does not create the Sun, Moon and stars until the fourth day.
In the same way, strict evolutionists see this disconnect correctly, but use it to argue that the biblical account is wrong. We trust that God has told us the truth in His Word. The order of God’s Creation is at heart a major problem, The Authority of the Bible.
Prayer: Lord thank you for Your Word, which is true from the first verse to the end. Help us to trust Your Word in everything. Amen.
Ref: Taylor, PF (2007), The six days of Genesis, (Green Forest, AR: Master books), pp. 33-35.
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