04 December 2016

A Sunday School Lesson: "Let There Be Light:" The First Day

As the Mosaic account of the creation of the cosmos begins, the readers receive the first indication that the Bible  preserves a conception of the universe that reflects the speculations of a primitive people rather than the revelations of an omniscient deity.

"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 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. And the evening and the morning were the first day." Genesis 1:3-5

According to this account, God created one of the most fundamental of human experiences: the passage of day and night. Not only does the passing of day and night serve as the basis of tracking time, but also until modern times governed human patterns of work, leisure, and rest.

This account, however, gives no indication that a relationship exists between daylight and the sun. The creation of the sun on day four confirms this conclusion. Moreover, the account  conceives darkness as a thing in itself. It is not merely the absence of light. It, too, was created by God (Isa. 45:7). The passage of day and night simply occurs without end and without explanation.

Another video by Brett Palmer at the Bible Skeptic channel at YouTube:

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