BIBLE STUDY: CREATION, PART 2
What follows is a Bible-based speculation. I am not saying that it’s true. I’m not even saying that I believe it. I am saying that it’s an explanation that accounts for everything in the first chapter of Genesis AND for the scientific explanation of Creation, and it’s an explanation that I find plausible.
Some four thousand years ago, God decided that it was time for His chosen people to know who He really was: that He was not just the One True God but the Creator of the Universe and everything in it.
He decided to tell the story of the Creation to someone who could then write it down, and he picked the writer we call J (see previous posts). But, He realized, J was not an astrophysicist, and there was no way J could understand the scientific explanation.
So he decided to SHOW J the Creation. But if, as science tells us, Creation took billions of years, God would have to show it to J on ultimate fast-forward.
So J watched a stunning and magnificent 3D vision in living color of the Creation, from the beginning up to the present, which was utterly mind-boggling and overwhelming. So afterward, poor old J had to go lie down with a cold cloth on his forehead.
Eventually he pulled himself together and sat down to write what he had seen. But it was just too much for him. He got the basics down but left out a lot and confused the order of things.
So God decided he’d have to break the story up into more manageable chunks and show them to someone one at a time. He picked P and showed him the vision of the first part of Creation:
“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.
“And God said, let there be light, and there was light.”
If you knew nothing about space-time or astronomy or physics, and you saw a speeded-up 3D video of the Big Bang, you might describe it pretty much that way. And that’s the way old P wrote down the first vision God showed him, and he said it took one day, because that seemed more reasonable than anything else he could think of, and anyway, how would he know?
And the next day, God gave him another vision, showing the formation of the planet Earth. And P wrote that down.
And the rest of P’s story, as recorded in the first chapter of Genesis, is pretty much what you’d expect him to write if he had seen a 3D video of the scientific explanation of how we got from the Big Bang, through evolution, to where we are now, SPEEDED UP by a factor of billions. Which was the only way God could show it to him.
Works for me.