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God Created Sun, Moion and Stars

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Is the following a contradiction in the Bible?

HUMANIST 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 weren’t made until the fourth day.

The above is all that the humanist web site stated. They just make a statement, no question is asked.

Everything stated above is 100% correct. However, the atheists are expecting you to make the 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?

First you need to ask, have you made a correct assumption?

Genesis one 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.

So, 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 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 has the power and ability to do that. He could just make the light... He doesn't need a star for there to be light.

But... There is another option...

Might God 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:

And 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. He will be the source of light in the end, and He could very well have been the source of light at the beginning. That's the option I think happened.

But, God could have simply created the light. He does not need a source for light... He can just make light. Don't make the assumption the atheists hope you will make, that light can only come from the sun, moon or stars.

Don't limit yourself to human assumptions.

God is not limited by assumptions humanists try to force you to make.

So there is no contradiction here...

and we are ready for the next question.

Chapter 1 reports that the fruit trees were created before the man, while chapter 2 indicates they were made after him.

We are still in Genesis, so this statement is about Genesis chapters one and two. Notice that once agin the humanists do not raise a specific question. They make a statement, and they want you to assume there is a problem (question). That is a technique used to confuse and misdirect people. But, as you saw, the answer about light was not that difficult to figure out and this next one is just as easy.

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