I’ve been reading the Bible again! As I do everyday, as so should you! Lately, as I’ve been doing research for my PhD I’ve been reading the Bible in a pragmatic way, thinking about how it applies to everyday physical life, looking at how Science and Theology can go hand in hand, provided that both sides behave sensibly and listen to one another. I finished reading the whole thing for the maybe 4th time and so I’m back to Genesis again and I noticed a few very interesting things…
1.) [DAY 1]
Genesis 1:1-2 [NLT] – “ In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.”
This shows us that when God first made Earth it was covered in WATER! Also, God made space and the planets at the same time He made the earth. This probably explains what scientists call The Big Bang?
2.) [DAY 1]
Genesis 1:3-5 [NLT] – “ Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.”
These verses show us that it seems as though God made space and whatever it consists of e.g. Dark Matter first remember:
The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters.
and the Visible spectra, which is a small part of the Electromagnetic Radiation Spectrum (follow this link for more info) second v3. Light can only be seen by human eyes only within the Visible Spectrum, I wonder why that was done second? At least this would have created light for Photosynthesis, this was sensible because it takes 8 mins for light to get to earth so God needed to create the light BEFORE God created plants that need light for Photosynthesis (follow this link for more info) and Humans who need it to create Vitamin D (follow this link for more info). Why didn’t God make the light first and the Earth second? Something to do with radiation I think.
Also, we see from these verses that the earth did not initially rotate on it’s axis, which is what makes night and day in the first place till verse 3. This could have meant that the core wasn’t liquid till then either which is something that also contributes to the earth’s rotation. Newton’s First Law Of Motion (follow this link for more info) means that some force had to start the earth’s rotation and it’s not going to stop till something stops it.
3.) [DAY 2]
Genesis 1:6-8 [NLT] – “ Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.”  And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens.  God called the space “sky.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.”
These verses show us that the earth had no atmosphere there was just the earth and where we have sky was water. Think about the gas giants like Jupiter and replace that gas with water and that was the earth lol. Also, initially there seemed to be water in the form of vapour and liquid in the sky at the same time, whereas now we have mainly water in it’s liquid form on earth and it’s vapour form in the sky. This means there must have either been very little gravity at this point or none at all, I’m going for the second one lol.
4.) [DAY 3]
Genesis 1:9-10 [NLT] – “ Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened.  God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good.”
God created the plates on the earth’s crust to shift to create underwater mountain ranges in order to get the water to flow into one place, the birth of Plate Tectonics (follow this link for more info).
5.) [DAY 3]
Genesis 1:11-12 [NLT] – “ Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation–every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened.  The land produced vegetation–all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.”
After God separated the land and the water, He then took that land that would have been nice and fertile after being wet and made plants come from it.
6.) [DAY 4]
Genesis 1:14-19 [NLT] – “ Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years.  Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened.  God made two great lights–the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars.  God set these lights in the sky to light the earth,  to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.  And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.”
After making Space, Earth, Water, Visible Light, Earth’s Rotation, The Earth’s Plates, Vegetation God made the Stars, I don’t know if our Sun was made at this point or initially in v 3. Why things were done in this order I don’t know. At this point I’m guessing the moon was created as well being the “lesser light” in v 16 perhaps? Adding stars would have created a bit more order in the universe as the other planets would have begun to orbit them.
7.) [DAY 5]
Genesis 1:20-23 NLT – “ Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.”  So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird–each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.  Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”  And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.”
Once God made a stable environment not only on the earth but in the cosmos He then filled the sea with life and the air with birds but nothing that lived primarily on the land. Even though the land had vegetation? Why? The only thing I can think is that it was a very simple food chain designed to continue to cultivate the vegetation. The sea must have contained Prokaryotic cells (follow this link for more info) which photosynthesise so they didn’t need any food but they would have been a food source for the fish. I don’t know how fish help the world lol I’ll meditate on this later. The birds must have eaten the vegetation pooping out the seeds, continuing to cultivate the land. That’s all I can think of off the top of my head.
8.) [DAY 6]
Genesis 1:24-28 [NLT] – “ Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind–livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened.  God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.  Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”  So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.””
After God had made the universe and the fish and the birds then he made the animals that live primarily on land aaaaaand then He made humans. So we see God made, as I said before, a stable environment for humans to inhabit first then He made humans.
9.) [DAY 6] Note that when God made humans in His own image, both Male and Female, this must mean that God has attributes that are both Male and Female (physiologically as well as emotionally e.g Gods creative power women similar to creative capacity given to women we are able to give birth creating more humans, God strong is strong in a similar way men are physically strong) and the unity of men and women, being “one” is representative of God being “one” look at what the bible says:
Genesis 2:24 [NLT] – “ This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”
Mark 10:6-9 [NLT] – “ But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation.  ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife,  and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one,  let no one split apart what God has joined together.””
Ephesians 4:3-5 [NLT] – “ Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.  For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.  There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,”
[Bloggers Note: This prayer is by Jesus when He was talking to God (The Father)] John 17:20-23 [NLT] – “ “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.  I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one–as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.  “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.  I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”
10.) [DAY 6] In the beginning everything was vegetarian! LOL I only noticed this yesterday. The humans ate all the seed bearing plants so fruit/vegetables etc and the animals ate everything that was green like grass/leaves/grains? etc. Wow fascinating!
Genesis 1:29-31 NLT – “ Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.  And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground–everything that has life.” And that is what happened.  Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.”
Well I hope that’s enlightened you! I’ll talk about interesting thing’s I’ve learned about Genesis 2 next week!