No SquirrelNutz, it’s not as you put it “hogwash” – it’s all based on sound logic and scientific facts. Read on and you’ll see what I
But before I begin, let me clarify something in the Bible that made others arrived at the wrong conclusion.
The word *'Day' mentioned in Genesis 1 does NOT necessarily mean a 24 hr day as some believe nor a 1000 years each day. No it's longer than that
– millenniums and millenniums. Also, the Genesis account was written from the perspective of a human being on earth. So the things that Moses wrote
were from his perspective. I'll also show you that the things he wrote are scientific even though he didn't have the necessary instruments and the
scientific knowledge to study the universe and earth like we have today.
(Q: Where did the writer of Genesis got his information? Did he just came up with the events he wrote or someone provided it to him, someone with the
knowledge of space and time?)
Also, in order to fully understand the verses you cited, you need to consider the context, the surrounding verses and sometimes the entire chapter.
So here we go: (ASV/NWT)
Gen 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”
Gen 1:1 means that the “heavens and the earth” were created by God. There's no mention of sequence of events, no before or after. This could also
mean that the earth was created billions and billions of years ago – in fact according to the latest calculations it's about 4BYO.
Gen 1:2 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
Now v2 - says that the “was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep” – thus the earth at this stage (billions and
billions of years ago) was an inhospitable and inhabitable place/planet.
But time came when God’s (YHWH: Jehovah/Yahweh) plan for the ages was to be put into action. Make the earth into the crowning glory of all his
creations – a place to be inhabited to times indefinite. He choose just the right planet amongst other planets in the universe.
Remember in V2 the “earth was 'formless and waste and there was darkness upon the surface of [the] watery deep” - the earth (Terra-firma –
solid ground) was dark because it was enveloped in “watery deep” but “God’s Holy Spirit (power/active force) was moving to and fro over the
surface of the waters”. Thus God's power/holy spirit became operative. What happens next?
(1st Creative 'Day') “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:3) “. . .And the evening and the morning were the
first day." (Genesis 1 :5) – the statement “Let there be light” does not mean that light was created at this stage. No, but it simply means
that “light” (Hebrew 'ohr) in general sense was now present on earth.
To make this more clearer note how other bibles render v3:
“And God proceeded to say: “Let light come to be.” Then there came to be light” NWT
“And gradually light came into existence.” (A Distinctive Translation of Genesis)
This light was from the sun, but the sun itself could not be seen through the overcast. Hence, the light that reached earth was “light diffused,”
as indicated by a comment about verse 3 in Rotherham’s Emphasised Bible. Next event.
(2nd creative day: v6-8) “‘Let an expanse come to be in between the waters and let a dividing occur between the waters and the waters.’ Then God
proceeded to make the expanse and to make a division between the waters that should be beneath the expanse and the waters that should be above the
expanse. And it came to be so. And God began to call the expanse Heaven.”
This simply means that a separation of waters occurred as a huge part of the waters were pushed up the earth like a 'canopy' and the rest remained
on earth; the division between these two bodies of water was called “heaven”. Gen 1:20 calls it “the expanse of the heavens” or in other words
- sky where later birds could fly in.
(3rd creative 'day': v9,10) "Let the waters under the heavens be brought together into one place and let the dry land appear.’ And it came to be
so. And God began calling the dry land Earth, but the bringing together of the waters he called Seas.”
Geologists would explain such major upheavals as “catastrophism”. A tremendous force was indeed used to lift land masses to separate them from the
water below - but in a controlled manner.
Note: whatever means were used to accomplish the raising up of dry land (noone knows), the important point is: both the Bible and science recognize it
as one of the stages in the forming of the earth. Thus on the 3rd 'Day' dry land appeared and water basins formed as “Seas”. What's the next
obvious event to occur?
Here on the 3rd creative 'Day' plant life appeared (v11): “‘Let the earth cause grass to shoot forth, vegetation bearing seed, fruit trees
yielding fruit according to their kinds, the seed of which is in it, upon the earth.’ And it came to be so.”
So by the close of this third 'creative period', three categories of land plants had been created: Grass, vegetation bearing seed and fruit
At this point the diffused light would have become quite strong so that the process of photosynthesis vital to green plants was now occurring.
Microscopic organisms, water plants and others are not specifically named, but likely were created on this “Day.”
Now we come to your verses: but let's consider v14 and 15 also.
(4th creative 'day': v14-19)
“14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and
for days and years: 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made the two
great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: [he made] the stars also. 17 And God set them in the
firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God
saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.”
Here’s how to understand the word ‘light’.
Back in the first “creative 'day'” the expression “Let light come to be” was used. It was used here also but notice the difference between
the Hebrew words used for “light”.
In the 1st 'creative day' the word is ’ohr
, meaning light in a general sense (ambient light). But here on the fourth “Day,” the Hebrew
word changes to ma•’ohr′
, which means the source of the light.
So if you were present during the 4th creative 'Day' on earth you would be able to discern the sun, moon and stars (thru the 'water canopy'),
which would “serve as signs and for seasons and for days and years”.
Also v15, the moon would indicate the passing of lunar months, and the sun the passing of solar years.
(5th creative 'day': v20,21) “‘Let the waters swarm forth a swarm of living souls and let flying creatures fly over the earth upon the face of
the expanse of the heavens.’ And God proceeded to create the great sea monsters and every living soul that moves about, which the waters swarmed
forth according to their kinds, and every winged flying creature according to its kind.”
Here animals of every sort were created - flying creatures, fish including the "great sea monster" and possibly dinosaurs appeared at this stage of
the creation sequence.
(6th creative 'Day':v24) “‘Let the earth put forth living souls according to their kinds, domestic animal and moving animal and wild beast of
the earth according to its kind.’ And it came to be so.”
Land animals characterized as wild and domestic appeared. But this final “day” was not over. One last remarkable “kind” was to come:
v26,27: “And God went on to say: ‘Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness, and let them have in subjection the fish of the sea and
the flying creatures of the heavens and the domestic animals and all the earth and every moving animal that is moving upon the earth.’ And God
proceeded to create the man in his image, in God’s image he created him; male and female he created them.”
At last man was created in God's 'image' possessing his foremost attributes of love, wisdom, justice and power. They will now become the dominant
inhabitants of the land – that is to take care of it (‘have in subjection) and turn the ENTIRE earth into a Paradise. This job will start in a
beautiful place called the Garden of Eden. They (Adam and Eve) and their offspring will spread the garden earth wide and populate the earth with
RIGHTHEOUS PEOPLE (but sadly they failed – good news is God’s plan will be fully realized in the end – Matt 6:9, 24:14, John 3:16, 17:3, Dan
2:44, Rev 21:1-5).
“The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” -- Ps. 37:29:
7th “day': God 'rested' or desisted from his 'creative' activities. Creation of life on earth is done.
Gen 2:1-3: “And the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had made;
and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it; because that in it he rested
from all his work which God had created and made.”
So to summarize the sequence of the creative 'Day':
1) Planets, sun moon stars already existed (created) billions and billions of years ago.
2) Watery earth was formless.
3) Preparation of earth to be inhabited.
Day 1: Light (of some sort) came to be on a formless watery earth.
Day 2: Separation between waters above and waters below, expanse (sky) appeared.
Day 3: Dry land, vegetation, organism appeared and water basins formed (seas).
Day 4: Lights from the luminaries became discernible from earth. Days and seasons.
Day 5: Animals of every sort appeared; fish, flying creatures, sea monsters – dinosaurs.
Day 6: More animals -wild and domestic and finally man was created.
Day 7: Creation done.
Now, here's what science say about the mathematical probability of the Genesis creation account - proof that it must have come from a source with
knowledge of the events. The account lists 10 major stages in this order:
(1) A beginning.
(2) A primitive earth in darkness and enshrouded in heavy gases and water.
(4) An expanse or atmosphere.
(5) Large areas of dry land.
(6) land plants.
(7) sun, moon and stars discernible in the expanse, and seasons beginning.
(8) sea monsters and flying creatures.
(9) wild and tame beasts, mammals.
Side q: Any idea what's the probability of getting the correct sequence in the first try?
If you're wondering about the word 'Day' as in Creative 'Day' note the following definitions: specifically Day 3 definition.
Definition: The time of light, or interval between one night and the next; the time between sunrise and sunset, or from dawn to darkness; hence, the
Definition: Those hours, or the daily recurring period, allotted by usage or law for work.
Definition: A specified time or period; time, considered with reference to the existence or prominence of a person or thing; age; time.
Definition: (Preceded by the) Some day in particular, as some day of contest, some anniversary, etc.
Definition: United States writer best known for his autobiographical works
Definition: a period of opportunity; "he deserves his day in court"; "every dog has his day"
Definition: some point or period in time; "it should arrive any day now"; "after that day she never trusted him again"; "those were the days";
"these days it is not unusual"
Definition: the recurring hours when you are not sleeping (especially those when you are working); "my day began early this morning"; "it was a
busy day on the stock exchange"; "she called it a day and went to bed"
Definition: time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis; "two days later they left"; "they put on two performances every day"; "there
are passengers per day"
Definition: a day assigned to a particular purpose or observance; "Mother''s Day"
Definition: the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside; "the dawn turned night into day"; "it is easier to make the repairs
in the daytime"
Definition: the time for one complete rotation of the earth relative to a particular star, about minutes shorter than a mean solar day
Definition: the period of time taken by a particular planet (e.g. Mars) to make a complete rotation on its axis; "how long is a day on Jupiter?"
Definition: an era of existence or influence; "in the day of the dinosaurs"; "in the days of the Roman Empire"; "in the days of sailing ships";
"he was a successful pianist in his day"
*Reference note to the word “DAY”
Hope this helps!