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“Let There Be Light”

August 5, 2021

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God 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. (Genesis 1:3 – 5, ESV)

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. (Genesis 1:14 – 19, ESV)

Is that not fascinating? On the first “day,” God separates light from darkness, calling the light Day and the darkness Night. On the fourth “day,” God creates the sun and moon to separate the day from the night, the light from the darkness. On both “days,” the same language is used; nonetheless, it should be obvious that these two separations refer to very different creation events.

Let’s begin at the beginning: God says, “Let there be light,” and there was light (Genesis 1:3). That describes what astrophysicists call the Big Bang—creation ex nihilo or out of nothing. Why some Christian pundits deny the reality of the Bang is beyond me. It probably has to do with the fact that the original formulators of the Bang were atheists. If that is the reason, it is an outstanding example of Christian narrow-mindedness.

The very next creation event, according to astrophysicists, was the separation of light matter from dark matter—that which can be seen (objectively verified) from that which is unseen (only inferred), as attested to by both the author of Hebrews (11:3) and Paul (2 Corinthians 4:18). In other words, the words day and night in verse 5 do not refer to the phenomenon of night and day created by the sun and the rotation of the earth; rather, they refer to the creation of dark matter, which can only be inferred (is unseen). Without getting into the specifics of dark matter physics, the 5 to 1 ratio of dark to light matter is what holds the universe together, a principle attributed by Paul to Christ Jesus, Son of God (Colossians 1:17).

Moses, Paul, and the unknown author of Hebrews make reference to creation events and principles of astrophysics that they could have known only supernaturally! To propose that the harmony of biblical testimony and recent findings in the field of astrophysics is coincidence is beyond absurd. But what is truly mind-blowing is that Paul attributes to Christ Jesus—"He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Col. 1:17)—what astrophysicists attribute to dark matter, which is unseen and, therefore, can only be inferred! The distinct possibility exists that astrophysicists have discovered evidence of the Word that brought the universe into being! If that’s true (and I think it is), it is mind-blowing!

The astute reader will notice that I put the word day in quotes in paragraph 3, above. That is because, contrary to what many Christian pundits insist—some rather dogmatically, I feel obligated to point out—the Hebrew word yom as used in Genesis 1, simply does not, cannot, refer to a 24-hour period. In my next blog post, to appear next Thursday, August 11, 2021, I will prove precisely that. You can’t wait!

Copyright 2021, John K. Rosemond

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