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Scientific Genesis? Days 2 and 3 Part 2

A fully kitted out Astronaut.Scientific Genesis? How does the Bible deal with the creation of the atmosphere and the appearance of the land.

Scientific Genesis? Day 2 of creation the earth’s atmosphere:

Before scientists told us all the facts about the earth’s atmosphere, we may never have realised how important this invisible stuff really is!
We now know how hostile space is, therefore the earth’s atmosphere is incredibly important to our survival.

So it is apt that God devotes a whole day to the atmosphere in the Genesis creation account.

And God said, ‘Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.’
So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so.
God called the expanse ‘sky.’ And there was evening, and there was morning – the second day.”

Some people believe that God possibly created a thick canopy around the earth, giving a semi-tropical climate to the whole earth, which then collapsed at the time of Noah’s flood, creating a world wide flood.
But if there was such a canopy it would not have obscured the stars, because on day 4 it mentions the stars being seen from the earth.

Scientific Genesis? Day 3 of creation the dry ground appears:

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.”

We now know that ‘land’ can be pushed up by huge forces within the Earth’s crust.

Scientists who hold to the Genesis creation account and to Noah’s flood, believe that the highest mountains were not pushed up until near the end of that flood, when there were possibly huge volcanic earth movements.

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.”
Genesis 1:11-13

Bowl of fruit and vegetables.The important thing to see here is that God created different plants and trees and that they would reproduce ‘according to their kinds.’

God designed and created different plants right from the start.

Astronaut image: thanks to Serif ART Gallery CD.
Fruit & veg image: thanks to Serif RESOURCE CD.

Peter Reason

February 2012

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