God’s creation is wonderful as any, even cursory, look over it will reveal. I have really enjoyed meditating in depth about the 6 days of creation as it is literally revealed in Scripture. It seems every day I spend some quality time with God on this subject I get a new insight.
However, I realise that it is hard for any reader to understand the journey I have gone on with Jesus to get to this point. I doubt if anyone is as excited as I am about the connection between the Sea in Heaven and the water present at creation. Or the fact that quantum physics has been explaining (since the beginning of the 20th Century) some of the connections between the physical and spiritual creations (e.g. quantum entanglement – the relationship between two entities that transcends space and time including the speed of light).
But for those who are still interested here are a couple of mind maps summarising what I have written in this series so far.
Of course you may not agree with the above. Personally I’m a young earth, 6 day literalist currently which probably means I’m mad as far as many people are concerned. But I didn’t always hold this position and I would hope that I’m open to having my mind changed on such secondary matters. The truth about these things matters but not as much as the truth of Jesus’ Resurrection for instance.
Either way I’ve really enjoyed taking the Genesis account literally, matching it with what I know of science and, as a result, getting some neurons connecting in ways they wouldn’t have otherwise done. God knows whether I am discovering some of His thoughts in the process, or whether I am, in fact, mad 🙂
In my blogs on Biblical Creativity to date I have tried to understand what God would have had to do to create something from nothing. This includes trying to understand what the word “thing” means when there was no such “thing” before any “thing” was created.
It seems that water was there before anything else. If the spiritual was created first then that water could have been created as the Sea before God’s throne in Heaven. Formless and void at first, it was the womb from which everything else physical had its birth.
Day 1: We now know that light is a phenomena which has an electric and magnetic component to it mixed in such a way (with a precise range of frequency and wavelength) that we can see it. It is just a small part of a much larger range of similar possible EM phenomena much of which we use in communication. Once light was created, we perceive its absence as night.
Day 2: Once God created objects He created the space between them as a immediate consequence.
Day 3a: It seems to me that the idea of physical movement is only introduced at this stage. One of the most common movements is spinning and that could have been used to separate out the land elements from the overall watery mixture.
Day 3b: Plant life is created before the sun which is just a strong source of the narrow band phenomena called light. I’m not sure why God did it that way (or got it recorded it in this order if you like) but maybe He couldn’t wait to start doing something that He knew we would enjoy.
Day 4: He stretches out the heavens. The macroscopic and microscopic levels are the best places to look for contradictions to any simple mechanical understanding of the universe or ourselves. Einstein found them at the macroscopic level and described them in the theory of Relativity and Bohr found them at the sub-atomic layer and described them in quantum physics. Quantum physics helps us understand free will through Heisenberg’s uncertainty theorem for instance (see Dr. Caroline Leaf’s excellent work for more details of this and other connections between quantum theory and the Bible’s descriptions of spiritual realities).
Maybe one day I’ll write a book about it all.
Well done if you’ve read this far.