Is the following a contradiction in the Bible?
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
werent made until the fourth day.
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?
we need to ask, have you made a correct assumption?
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.
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.
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:
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..
limit yourself to human assumptions.
So there is no contradiction.
Chapter 1 reports that the fruit trees
were created before the man, while chapter 2 indicates they were made after him.
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