An infinite universe could only have been created by an infinite God. Isaiah 40:28: Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. The ancient Hebrews were unique in that their Holy Book described a God who was all-knowing and everlasting. This was before humanity had discovered the vastness of space; most civilizations believed the earth was the center of a universe that ended just beyond the sky. But the Bible proclaimed that the cosmos were infinite and immeasurable. Jeremiah 31:37: Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.
The writers of the Old Testament even knew that the stars in space were countless, at a time when most people believed they were limited. In A.D. 150, astronomer Claudius Ptolemy catalogued that there were 1,022 observable stars; however, we now know that there are trillions of them beyond our visibility stretched across the canvas of the heavens. As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me (Jeremiah 33:22). The Word of God even declared that the earth was round when almost all people believed it was flat: Isaiah 40:22: It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.
The Word of God always existed, but the first record we have of It was in Genesis 1:3: And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Jesus was not that light, because the light was created and had a beginning. He was the spoken Word “let there be light,” that came forth from the Father’s mouth, and brought light into existence.
The Bible is filled with comparisons to God and light. Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12). God made light in His image more than anything other than man himself; it is a perfect reflection of who He is.
Light is the fastest possible moving matter, and it is everywhere. Every star of every galaxy produces light, which travels throughout space in every direction. Because there are countless stars in a trillion galaxies circulating through the cosmos, light is constantly shining in every direction, and its atoms literally fill the entire universe. However, most of those light particles are too small to be detected by the human eye, so space appears dark to us. Light is literally omnipresent, shining all the time, even in the darkest places, and even when we can’t see it. Like God.
Light is also an enigma in how it’s structured. It shouldn’t even exist, as its very nature is contradictory. Light is matter, with depth and weight, and is composed of atoms. However, it is also a wavelength. These two concepts should not work together, and yet light is somehow both of them. The third element is what light produces: energy, which leads to heat, which can be used to create fire. Light is composed of three different elements, somehow contradictory yet somehow working together to form a whole. Just like the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Biblical creationists fall into two categories. “Young Earth” creationism takes the Bible at face value that God created the entire universe in 7 days about 5,000 years ago. It arrives at this by starting with Adam’s age (930 years, according to Genesis 5:5), and tracing human history from there. Obviously, this contradicts science, which dates the universe at almost 14 billion years, according to its size and rate of expansion. Scientists believe the earth is 4.5 billion years old, with most of that time being inhospitable. The amount of time life has been here would be a blink of an eye compared to the age of the planet itself. Either way, both scientists and the Bible do agree on verse 2: And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. This is a perfect description of the earth before life.
“Old Earth” creationism agrees with scientists on the age of the universe and planet, but fits the Bible in like a puzzle piece. According to this account, billions of years took place between verses 1 and 2 (also called the “gap theory”). God covered this planet with dinosaurs and other prehistoric life during the “Old Earth,” or what science calls the “Mesozoic Era,” which lasted about 185.5 million years. Then when God cast Lucifer out of Heaven (Ezekiel 12:12-19 and Isaiah 14:12-20), He wiped out all life on Earth (the extinction of the dinosaurs), to give the devil an ugly, hellish world in which to live. Then, verse 2 starts describing how God recreated a New Earth, the one we live in today.
For some reason, most Christians are firmly young Earth creationists and denounce scientists for their contradiction of the Bible. Believers in the gap theory are a minority, but their viewpoint lines up with secular science.
However, let’s examine what all Christians do agree on: God created life on the earth in a spectacular display lasting seven days, in an account that does not contradict science as much as we think.
Verses 4: And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. Night and day had to exist before the planet could support life. Without the perfect cycle of light and dark, the ecosystems could not exist. Earth is the only planet we know of in the universe where the conditions are perfect for life; it is just the right size, and the perfect distance from the sun. Any closer and we would incinerate. Any further, and we would freeze.
Verses 6: And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. “The firmament” refers to the atmosphere, the next step in supporting life. At 6 layers and 7 miles thick, the atmosphere is perfectly held to the earth by its gravity; it makes life possible by absorbing UV rays from the sun and keeping our planet warm in freezing space. It also protects us from falling debris; anything passing through it is immediately burned up (a shooting star is when a dangerous meteorite ignites in flames and dissipates harmlessly in the sky). The atmosphere also holds the air we breathe onto the surface of the earth; without it, all our oxygen would disperse into space.
Verses 9: And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. Once again, we see a perfect match with science on the planet’s origins: at one time the earth was covered with water, before land started to ascend out of the ocean. Let’s now skip to verse 20: And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. The first living, moving creatures God created were in the sea; this is another account in scripture confirmed by science. Evolutionists agree that all life started in the ocean. Two-thirds of the earth’s surface is water, and 94% of all life can be found there. Millions of diverse species yet to be discovered thrive even in its darkest depths.
Notice that birds came next. Although scientists wrongly believe that birds are evolved from dinosaurs, they and creationists at least agree that they were the first animals that populated the world outside of the oceans. Verse 22 states And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. The earth currently contains about 10,000 different species of birds, totaling between 200-400 billion altogether.
In verse 24, God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. Just like with the plants (verse 11), God told the earth to bring forth the animals. As complex as a single self-sustaining cell is, no conditions can possibly be met to bring it into existence; it had to be a created miracle.
God saw that His creation was good, but up to this point He didn’t love it. He didn’t personally craft the stars, the galaxies, the earth, or the animals; He simply spoke them into existence. Verses 26-27: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness...So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Man was the only one that He came down and lovingly formed with His hands. Romans 9:21: Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? He is the potter, and we are the clay.
Can science possibly back up something as unprovable as God’s love for man? Actually, yes. What is the most complex arrangement of matter in the entire universe? It is not the black holes or the dense neutron stars. It is not the spinning galaxies or colorful nebulous clouds. It is the human brain. The most complicated spectacles in outer space don’t begin to compare to the wonders and unsolved mysteries of the mind, because it is the only thing God formed with His hands, crafted in love. Genesis 2:7: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. We are the only sentient beings in the universe, the ones given something nothing else in creation had; a soul.
It’s the one thing that drives God to love us so much that He was willing to send His only Son to die for us. Remember that when God spoke, the Word that came from His mouth to create was His Son. When God said “Let there be light,” Jesus emanated from His mouth and brought light. It is the first and perhaps most profound thing that we have record of God saying. And He is still saying it today.
Whenever a person receives salvation, the Father looks into the darkness of their soul and commands “Let there be light!” And Jesus comes into their heart, bringing that light to illuminate them. And Jesus brings the light of healing into physical bodies as well. In John 9, Jesus saw a man who had been blind from birth. He declared in verse 5, As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world, then looked into the man’s darkened eyes and declared “Let there be light!” And the light stabbed his eyes, casting away the darkness. Verse 7 tells us He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
How much more can He do for our problems, with the simple commandment of creation? No matter how far into sin we go, or how dark our valleys, He declares “Let there be light!” and light brings us out. No matter how much we struggle on this earth, God commands “Let there be light!” and the path is lit before our feet. No wonder Jesus is called the light of the world!