Verse of the Day 8.26.17 — Genesis 1:4
4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.1
וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאוֹר כִּי־טוֹב וַיַּבְדֵּל אֱלֹהִים בֵּין הָאוֹר וּבֵין הַחֹשֶׁךְ׃2
C4C Translation: God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.3
Excursus: The Cosmological Argument and the 7 Days That Divide The World
I have not posted as much apologetic content on this site as I would have hoped this summer, but I had previously posted a PowerPoint presentation on Instagram — on one of the best arguments for the existence of God — the cosmological argument.
I hope to give this argument a fuller treatment in a post (or series of posts) that it deserves. But, for now, take heart, my friends! Though scientists, for centuries, believed that the universe was eternal, the overwhelming amount of scientific evidence points to a definitive beginning (Gen 1:1). Even if one is not a Christian, and much to the chagrin of many scientists when the theory was first put forth, the Big Bang has theistic implications.
As for the “Seven Days That Divide the World,” I do not hold to young-earth creationism. That is, I do not believe that the Earth was created in six 24-hour periods and that the planet is only roughly 6,000 years old. Archbishop Ussher (1581-1656) of Northern Ireland, interpreting biblical accounts literally, calculated the date of the creation of the Earth to 4004. This number is “six orders of magnitude away from the current scientific estimate of around four billion years.”4
Perhaps more importantly, I do not believe that such a literal interpretation and calculation to be the most plausible reading of Genesis. It’s not that there is an incompatibility between what Genesis says and science says, but an incompatibility between what some think Genesis says, and what some think science says.5
In fact, more than most people probably realize, science corroborates Genesis. As Dr. Andrew Parker, who was the Research Director at the Museum of Natural History in London — and (still) an agnostic, writes:
Here, then, is the Genesis Enigma: The opening page of Genesis is scientifically accurate but was written long before the science was known. How did the writer of this page come to write this creation account? … I must admit, rather nervously as a scientist averse to entertaining such an idea, that the evidence that the writer of the opening page of the Bible was divinely inspired is strong. I have never before encountered such powerful impartial evidence that the Bible is the product of divine inspiration.6
I highly reccommend Seven Days That Divide the World by mathematician, scientist, and Oxford University professor, John Lennox. I hope to delve deeper into Genesis in future posts. In the meantime, see the Powerpoint on the Cosmological Argument below:
Screenshots from a PowerPoint I made primarily as a quick-reference for myself regarding the #CosmologicalArgument for the existence of God. Feel free to swipe through if you are interested in my nerdiness (for God lol). Argument is adapted from “On Guard” by Dr. William Lane Craig who actually wrote an earlier book solely on the Kalam Cosmological Argument — a product of his dissertation, I believe — and Dr. Norm Geisler and Dr. Frank Turek’s provacative work, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist”. I plan on making similar presentations for two other powerful arguments for God’s existence (Fine–Tuning Argument and the Moral Argument) before addressing the Probabilistic Version of the Problem of Evil/Suffering — a continuation of my previous two Facebook Posts if you’re interested in more nerdiness (for God 😀).
Memorize Genesis 1:4 after watching a brief tutorial demonstrating the How To Memorize Any Bible Verse in Less Than Five Minutes method below:
- The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Ge 1:4.
- The Hebrew Bible: Andersen-Forbes Analyzed Text (Francis I. Andersen; A. Dean Forbes, 2008), Ge 1:4.
- This translation is very similar to the NASB95
- John Lennox, Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science (p. 12). Zondervan, Kindle Edition, 2011
- As Dr. Frank Turek of CrossExamined.org often remarks, science doesn’t “say” anything — scientists do
- Andrew Parker, The Genesis Enigma (London: Doubleday, 2009), xii-xiii. Cited in Lennox, 144