EASC 101 Regent University Wk 8 Earth Science Discussion

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Genesis 1:1 says "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."

Genesis 1:3 says "Then God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light."

Genesis 1:14-16 says, in part, "Then God said, 'Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens ...,' ... and God made the two great lights...he made the stars also."

(1) Discuss whether there was physical light in the heavens as of God's first having created the heavens, verse 1:1.

(2) Then, explain the nature of the light in verse 1:3.

(3) Finally, explain the lights in verses 14-16 based on your answers to the other questions.

Because this question involves Biblical interpretation, and there can be valid difference of opinions on questions of Biblical interpretation, all reasonable answers will receive high credit. Be sure to provide some reasoning.

Earth Science, 15th edition, by Edward J. Tarbuck, Frederick K. Lutgens, Dennis Tasa. Pearson/PrenticeHall, 2018.

Ch. 21-23

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Running head: DISCUSSION 1 My original post: Job 37:5 “God thunders with His voice wondrously, Doing great things which we cannot comprehend The creation story in Genesis 1 tells of the great and amazing things which God did as He brought the world into existence that is quite hard to comprehend. In Genesis 1:1, the scripture talks of God creating the heavens and the Earth. While the subsequent verses continue to elaborate about the creation of the earth, nothing is said about heavens. Therefore while the earth is covered in darkness, I believe there were lights in heaven, although not physical light. The book of James refers to heavenly lights (James 1:17) which give a glimpse into the nature of the heavens. The light that was created in verse three and which separates the darkness did not emanate from a particular source or body as such, it is also not physical. This is attributed to the fact that it was until the fourth day when God created the sun, moon, and stars which would serve as the sources of light. Therefore, the fourth-day creation captured in verses14-16, God created sources of light namely the sun moon and the stars, this light was physical with a source and helping to mark seasons Reference The Bible Posts to respond to: Post #1 – (k) Genesis chapter 1:1-3, the Bible says, “In the beginning, God create the heavens and the Earth. 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.” In the second verse, it is said that there was a darkness all around, meaning that the universe at that time was without light. I believe once God declared for light to shine DISCUSSION 2 upon the Earth, that was when light was created. This can go opposite with the theory of the Big Bang. It is believed that light was there before the big explosion. According to Ethan Seigel, writer of the “ Science Uncovers The Origin Of The First Light In The Universe” piece for the Forbes.com 2017, he believed that Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, who worked for Bell Labs in New Jersey, were trying to calibrate a radar for a new antenna for radar communications with overhead satellites when they kept seeing a noise that went past the sun and stars and milky ways. They come to realize that it was consistent during both day and night. Never wavering. With further research, they realized that it was in relation with the Big Bang theory. With even more research they concluded that this even predates past the making of stars or even atoms. They believed that in order for the Big Bang to happen, something had to have happened. They believed that the light or whatever that had made that noise was so powerful that it sparked an evolution from which we know of today. The light verses in the first chapter of Genesis, I think that the light in what we see today is what God was referring to. When he says that the earth was void and without form, I think that was because the light that was already out there just didn’t get to them yet. Which can explain how there wasn’t anything before light. In order for something to grow, it needs the basic ingredients, light and water. Without one of these, it cannot exist. Sited source https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2017/06/30/science-uncovers-the-origin-ofthe-first-light-in-the-universe/#6dbe4bfe3487 Post #2 – (E) The first statement of Genesis, also the first statement of scripture to give information on “the beginning” says nothing about the presence or absence of light. Awareness of the existence of objects often implies the presence of light, but verse 2 talks about “darkness…upon the face of the deep.” Given that darkness was initially on earth, once could assume that darkness was also in “the heavens” until God said “’Let there be light,’” as recorded in verse 3. The light in verse 3 appears to be some type of general light, because the celestial lights known today had not yet been created (Gen. 1:14-16). The lights created on the fourth day include the sun, moon, and stars. This would seem to include planetary bodies, as well, and comprise the “celestial sphere” as we know it today (Tarbuck & Lutgens, 2018, p. 649). This sequence of creation does not seem to make sense based on current knowledge of our solar system, but the sequence of events is clearly laid out in scripture. However, some would view this approach as including “modern assumptions, DISCUSSION 3 expectations, or agendas” (Lamoureaux, 2009, p. 35). Perhaps a less literal interpretation makes more sense in this case, or perhaps the creation sequence explains some of the apparent great age of the universe? Reference Lamoureux, D. O. (2009). Evolutionary creation: Moving beyond the evolution versus creation debate. Christian Higher Education, 9(1), 28-48. doi:10.1080/15363750903018231 Tarbuck, E. J., & Lutgens, F. K. (2018). Earth science (15th ed.). Pearson.
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The argument of nature of light in explaining the earth science in biblical perspective has
been confronted by different scholars laying down allegorical representation. However, after
analyzing your discussion, I have noticed several intriguing arguments about the visibl...

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