Tuesday, May 22, 2012
A secular human view of the Biblical Creation
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty,darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Scientists think the earth and sun were created at the same time from a proto-planetary disk.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning —the first day.
God created light but no association was made here with light and the sun. The ancient Egyptians understood the relationship between the sun and light.
And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning —the second day.
The implication is that there is heavy cloud cover and raining all of the time on the earth. How this would be possible without the heat of the sun is unclear. How could there be a morning without the sun?
And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
It is likely that geological processes caused the land to push up from the sea rather than the waters to be pulled from the land.
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds. ” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning —the third day.
Still no sun, but plants somehow were created? This is impossible.
Angiosperms, the ancestors of flowering plants, diverged from gymnosperms around 245–202 million years ago, long after land animals inhabited the earth. Angiosperms have flowers and fruits that contain seeds.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning —the fourth day.
Finally, God creates the sun. This is a huge contradiction with science. Plants depend on sunlight to live and many animals depend upon plants.
The earth exists about midway in the universe and many stars existed long before the earth did. The earth is about 5.5 billion years old, but the universe is far older. According to Wikipedia, the universe is s 13.75 ± 0.11 billion years old.
Also, the moon is hardly a light, it reflects the sun's rays.We also know from the moon mission that the moon was created about 100 million years after the earth.
And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”And there was evening, and there was morning —the fifth day.
Of interest, scientists think that fish developed in freshwater rivers and lakes first and then spread to the sea. Birds didn't evolve until the Jurassic, about 199.6± 0.6to 145.5 Mya (million years ago) . They developed from theropod dinosaurs.
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Today we know that most live stock such as horses, cattle, sheep and goats were domesticated from wild animals. We know about when this occurred and even the countries where the domestication occurred due to DNA analysis.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
Modern humans arose about 40,000 years ago far longer than most bible scholars suggest. Our pro-simian ancestors arose about 65.5 million years ago,
The biggest error in Genesis is the creation of the sun on day four. Without the sun. life would be impossible on the earth, Clearly the stars existed billions of years before the earth and sun formed
Genesis suggests all of the plants were created at once but the flowering plants and fruit didn't evolve until the era of the dinosaurs.
The moon is described as a great light and being created as the same time of the sun. Both statements are false.
Scientists believe that fish fish developed in freshwater streams an like and then moved into the seas. Likewise, wild and domestic animals did not arrive at the same time. Early farmers domesticated wild animals. They attempted to ddomesticate dogs, goats, and possibly sheep as early as 9000 BC
grahic: Institution of Creation Research
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