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Light before the Sun

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And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1:3

There are some Christians who don’t believe that God meant Genesis chapters 1 and 2 actually happened as God tells us. They believe that God was just writing beautiful poetry to express His Evolutionary creation.

One of the reasons some say the days of creation couldn’t have happened the way God tells us is because light was created on Day One, but the sun wasn’t created until Day Four. They can’t believe that God would be able to produce light without a natural source.

But is this the only time God talks about light without sun or fire?

And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: Exodus 13:21

This was no ordinary fire. There was nothing under it that was being burned up. After the Tabernacle was put up, the pillar spent all its time right above the Tabernacle, but it was never harmed (Exodus 40:38).

Pen and Ink drawing Moses and 10 CommandmentsAnd it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses [knew] not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. Exodus 34:29

This verse tells us a very interesting thing about what happens to people when they spend time around God. Their exposed skin glows! Later in the chapter Moses tells how he covered his face so he wouldn’t scare the people around and it took some time (days or even weeks) for his skin to get back to normal.

There are people who think this probably happened with Adam and Eve before the Fall as well. My dad believes this, and so do the people making this movie (at least that’s what it looks like in the preview). Either way, we know people can shine without the sun, just from being near God.

As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. Ezekiel 1:28

God Himself glows like a rainbow. There are four verses in the Psalms that talk about God shining on His people (Ps 67:1; 80:3,7,19). Daniel prayed that God would shine on His sanctuary in chapter 9:17. If anyone still doubts that God meant to give us the idea that He glows very brightly have a look at this passage:

And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. Revelation 21:23-25

Unless you are willing to say that the New Jerusalem that lasts forever is just a beautiful poem trying to describe what God actually meant, this is plain as day. Only a small, weak god would need to first create a sun before it could make light. Just like only a small, weak god would have to use something so painful and wasteful as Evolution to make the world we see around us.

Thank God He is actually great and mighty. His power is without limits. All Jesus had to do was speak the word and it was. Light, land, life are all perfectly planned from His mind straight to being real around and in us!

See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.  For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. Deuteronomy 32:39,40

Striped cat in blossoms, photo credit: Martin Pius Mueller

Natural Death?

And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.  Genesis 21:16

Striped cat in blossoms, photo credit: Martin Pius Mueller

When my family moved to a farm we were quickly adopted by a kitten we decided to call Stripers. He was a delightful ball of energy and fun. When he wasn’t snuggling on our laps, he was out catching grasshoppers to play with in the living room; I told my sisters that he liked his veggies! His favorite thing to do in the evening was snatch at the moths fluttering around the lamps. Just imagine if there were snack size candy bites flying around YOUR house!
One morning that summer, Stripers was gone. Soon I found his little, mangled body next to the road down the hill. He was the first cat I buried under the old lilac at the corner of the house.

It is always a sad thing when someone dies, but accidental deaths are especially hard to accept because someone is so alive one day and completely gone the next.

Every culture in the world has its own way of mourning the dead. We usually gather around the bereaved family and show our support for them in some way. Often special clothes are worn so the mourners don’t have to say anything for others to know they are grieving. The Bible mentions a number of practices that the Jewish people would perform to show their sadness at the passing of a loved one.

We all know, even though it isn’t comfortable to think about, that some day every one of us will leave our bodies behind.

The question is, are we meant to go through this?

T Rex above carcass bones, Nation History MuseumIs death the natural condition of the world, as necessary as being born?

Evolutionary thinking says, “yes.”

Conclusion #1: Evolution is a cruel and brutal process.

Evolution is not a planned process. It does no engineering. The end products were never visualized. No goals exist. There is no thought of failure or success. There is no seeking of perfection. There is no seeking of anything. Evolution does not do anything. It only happens. Mutations produce chaos with genetic accident after accident, most of which is eventually fatal. Evolution uses misery and death to sort it all out. Evolution produces the strongest organism when the organism is in absolute misery. Rapid and early deaths make allele selections quickly.

We are at the mercy of a merciless idiot that survives with no regard for the comfort of the organism. The process of evolution has no goal, but its result is as if its only goal was to reproduce.

[Taken from a now defunct website discussing evolution. You can find a similar quotes on ICR]

I don’t know about you, but that about makes me want to lose my lunch. Evolutionary thinking is heartless and cruel, full of hardened indifference to suffering and hopelessness.

Now, what does God say to that question? His answer is “no.” Death was not part of God’s original “very good” world. God warned Adam that death would come if he ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Sure enough, death passed onto the Creation when Adam disobeyed God (Romans 8:19-23). Although Adam continued to live on earth for another 930 years, his body began to die that very day and his spirit was separated from God’s life.

In the past you were spiritually dead because of your sins and the things you did against God.  Yes, in the past your lives were full of those sins. You lived the way the world lives, following the ruler of the evil powers that are above the earth. That same spirit is now working in those who refuse to obey God. In the past all of us lived like that, trying to please our sinful selves. We did all the things our bodies and minds wanted. Like everyone else in the world, we deserved to suffer God’s anger just because of the way we were.

But God is rich in mercy, and he loved us very much. We were spiritually dead because of all we had done against him. But he gave us new life together with Christ. (You have been saved by God’s grace.)  Ephesians 2:1-5 Easy-to-read Version

Millions of Years before Adam and Eve?In our hearts, we know that we were not meant to live on earth for a short time and then just turn to dust as if we’d never been. We know that our inner self—our spirit—is meant to live on forever. Praise God, He had His Son, Jesus, take our sins into Himself and die in our place! All that is left for me is to ask God to wash the filth of my disobedience away and claim me as His own.

What an unspeakably great gift this is: to be not just clean, but alive and in heaven with God forever!

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  Revelation 21:3,4