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The First Three Days of Creation
God created the world in six days, each day doing something specific. This is an account of what he might have done. There are both miracle and method in these six days. Method is a natural process that we understand in science today. Andrew Snelling in his two volume Earth’s Catastrophic Past calls method, secondary creative processes, natural processes which proceed at a supernatural rate. It has been said that the first three days record God’s forming of creation, the next three days his filling of creation. If so, we will look at what God did in forming his creation.
The First Day – Genesis 1:1 -5
God creates the ether, more commonly called space-time. This is the fabric of the cosmos, the stuff that warps to form gravity wells when planets and stars are placed in it. Into the ether, God places a mass of water two million light years across. This is the deep, the waters on which the Spirit of God would hover.
God then creates light, not simply radiation, but visible light, that which distinguishes day from night. This light shines on a rotating mass of water giving an evening and a morning. Many creationists believe that the earth existed as rocky mass within this water, and it is on this rocky mass that the light shines. The light may have been from a glowing plasma inside the mass of water, or it may have been light from the Spirit of God. The important thing to note is that there was an evening and a morning because of the light.
The gravitational forces inherent in a body of water of that size may have been sufficient to create nucleosynthesis. This process would have generated elements and heat in the center of the mass. This is a secondary creative process that will become important on day two and three. All of the physical forces are in place by the end of day one.
- God's mighty expanse
A description of the firmament.
The Second Day – Genesis 1:6-8
God created a space in the middle of the mass of water, a firmament that he called heaven. There now existed a large body of water at the edges of the universe, and a small body of water near the center.
That the firmament is more than simply Earth’s atmosphere is shown by v.14, when on the fourth day of creation week God places the sun, moon, and stars “in the firmament of the heaven”. There is also Psalm 148 that has two sections in which creation is to praise God. The first section, vv. 1-6, are things “from the heavens”, the second section, vv. 7-12, are thing “from the earth”. In verse 4 there are the “waters that be above the heavens.” This fourth verse is included in the section of things from heaven, distinct from the hail, snow, vapor, and stormy wind, that are atmospheric occurrences. The conclusion is that there exists even today, “waters that be above the heavens.”
The heat being generated by the nucleosynthesis, and by the possible differentiation of core, mantle, and crust, was being absorbed by the waters over the Earth. As the water heated, it gave off gasses, creating the atmosphere. At the end of the second day there is nothing recognizable to us except light.
Some have seen in this day the creation of a vapor canopy either around the earth or in earth’s upper atmosphere. This idea has been discarded as a result of studies done by creation scientists. The problem with the vapor canopy is the temperature at the surface of the earth. A large amount of water (40 days and nights worth of rain or 12m) would make the surface temperature too high to sustain life. The maximum amount of water that could be held in a vapor canopy and still allow life on earth is 2m.
- Running out of puff
Why the vapor canopy is not a useful theory.
The Third Day – Genesis 1:9-13
God gathers the free-floating water in the center of the universe together. From this ball of water dry land appears. A secondary creative process is suggested here. The gravity created by the mass of water may have caused nucleosynthesis to occur near the center of that mass. This process would have produced numerous elements that also have interacted with each other. The chemical processes occurring may have produced the core, mantle, and crust of the earth. The expansion of the firmament on the second day would have brought the nucleosynthesis to a halt, but then tectonics would have set in causing crustal differentiation and continental uplift. Isotasy, an equilibrium between heavy oceanic crust and lighter continental curst, exerts itself, and the oceans and a single continent form (though some suggest all the continents in their present shapes formed).
In some creationist theories, the appearance of the dry land is accompanied by massive amounts of erosion. This erosion is supposed to account for the Pre-Cambrian sedimentary layer. The Pre-Cambrian layer is composed of four periods. There are two major divisions within the layer, the Archean, and the Protozeroic. The Protozeroic is further divided into three sections, the Paleo, the Meso, and the Neo. The Neo-Protozeroic has another subsection, the Ediacaran. Plant fossils have been found Pre-Cambrian layers, and they are found world wide. If the Pre-Cambrian layers are from the forming of the dry land they should have no fossils in them, but this may be an oversimplification. The Archean section may be pre-Flood, while the later sections of the Pre-Cambrian, those containing fossils, may be from the Flood.
Out of the dry land, God causes plants to appear. The plants mentioned are grasses, shrubs, and trees. This is out of sequence for evolutionists who teach algae, to mosses and worts, to non-flowering vascular plants, to flowering plants. The fossil record actually shows no transitional plant fossils, no ancestral fossils, and no evolution of any kind.
Included in the creation of plants, but not evident from the scripture, is the creation of vast floating forests. These forests are inferred from the fossils found in coal beds. The fossil plants found in coal beds have hollow roots and hollow trunks. These kinds of plants cannot grow in soil, as the roots would be crushed. They are, however, found in swamps and bogs. It is theorized that these plants and trees lived on continent sized floating bogs or forests, similar to the quaking bogs known to us today. As such, they would have been part of a three-part biome.
- Floating forest ecosystem
The floating forests of arboreal lycopods are an extinct ecosystem buried during the Flood in the Carboniferous coal seams.
- Tussocks and Floating Islands | Plant Management in Florida Waters
Not about creation/evolution, just a look at floating bogs today.
What we would have expected to find at the end of day three, are three areas for habitation. The first part would be on the ocean, the floating forest. The second part would be a sort of coastal plain. The third part would be a highland area, even an escarpment. The ecology of each area would be distinct from one another.
At the end of the third day we can finally recognize a few things in creation. We would see a continent, and there would be plants on that continent, many of which we would recognize. We would also see a floating forest, or even more than one, although they would not be something familiar to us.
In the first three days of Creation we have seen God create the universe. The first day saw the creation of matter, energy, and the physical forces that govern the universe. I believe that this is the order in which God created them, and this order is contrary to what is taught in the standard model. The second day God fixed the size of the universe. The third day saw the Earth formed with both its ocean and continent (only one of each at that time). Plants were also created on third day, not small patches of plants, but great forests and plains. There were also floating forests that stretched out from the shore of the super continent. These floating forests would have moderated coastal wave action with its implications for climate and weather. At the end of day three, creation was formed, but still unfilled.