Don't Make Assumptions

Is the following a contradiction in the Bible?

God Created Sun, Moion and StarsHUMANIST QUESTION: Genesis 1:2-3 claims that God created light and divided it from darkness on the first day; but Genesis 1:14-19 tells us the sun, moon, and stars weren’t made until the fourth day.

Everything stated above is 100% correct. However, they are expecting you to make an assumption that light can only come from the sun, moon, or stars. And since they were not created until day four, how could there be light on day one?

First we need to ask, have you made a correct assumption?

Genesis one describes God creating by simply speaking things into existence. However, God doesn't even need to speak... He just needs to think it and it comes into existence.

So, does God need the sun to make light? No. Not at all. Genesis 1:14 & 15 says: "Then God said, 'Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens... and it was so." God spoke it, and all the billions of galaxies, each with billions of stars, instantly came into existence. Wow! Why then couldn't God have just made light to shine on the earth? He could just make the light... He doesn't need a star for there to be light.

But... There is another option...

Might God not be the source of the light? Scripture talks about God's glory being a source of light. For example, Revelation 21:23-24 describes the New Jerusalem that will exist in the new heaven and new earth:

And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.

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Scripture does not identify the source of the light in Genesis 1:2-3, but it could very well be that God Himself (God's glory) was the source, just as described in Revelation 21..

Don't limit yourself to human assumptions.

So there is no contradiction.

Next question...

Chapter 1 reports that the fruit trees were created before the man, while chapter 2 indicates they were made after him. Get the answer here...

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