Holding to (1) the inerrancy of the Bible and (2) the importance of modern science, we present an concordant overview of creation.


   According to astrophysicist Hugh Ross, “The Bible Explains Earth’s Features”¹.


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   [First some explanation:  (1) Concordance (our term, not Ross’s here) means 2 or more things “fitting together” puzzle-like, without contradiction, to give a more complete picture than the individual pieces do when observed individually. (2) We begin here omitting Ross’s discussion of details of the cosmic beginning events that set the Earth in place in our solar system, and the development of our never-changing physical laws that are beyond the reach of Biblical language. (3) Also, we suggest that the reader recognize that one is “seeing things” here from the POV (point of view²) of an “ageless, indestructible observer” at or near the surface of Earth.]


   Says Ross:

   “Scripture opens with these words: ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (the universe)’ (Gen. 1:1). The focus of the passage shifts in the very next verse, which zeros in on Earth’s surface and describes its initial conditions:

1. entirely covered with water

2. wrapped in darkness

3. devoid of life

4. unfit for life

Genesis 1:2 also records that under these very hostile early conditions, the Spirit of God ‘hovered,’ or ‘brooded,’ over the waters. This Hebrew verb, ray ap, appears in only one other Old Testament passage. In Deuteronomy 32:11 it is used to describe God’s giving birth and care to the Israelite nation as similar to a mother eagle’s brooding over her hatchlings.

   “Job 38:8-9 explains the reason for the darkness on Earth’s surface. An opaque cloud cover acted as a blanket, preventing any light from the Sun, Moon, and stars from reaching Earth’s surface.

   “Recent scientific discoveries now affirm these biblical depictions of Earth’s and life’s early history. In the 1990s, planetary astronomers confirmed that Earth’s primordial atmosphere was indeed initially opaque. Then, through an amazing set of circumstances, it changed. Research into the Moon’s origin indicates that a Mars-sized planet collided with Earth at the just-right angle and speed to turn Earth’s initial ocean into superheated steam, which blew away nearly all Earth’s original atmosphere. With the subsiding of asteroid and comet collision events over the next several hundred million years, Earth’s atmosphere became translucent. This outcome is consistent with the ‘let there be light’ of the first creation day in Genesis 1:3.”

        [More in a future post.]


   ¹ The source here for all the post that follows is Hugh Ross’s Why the Universe Is the Way It Is (Baker Books, 2008, p.136). We have added boldface and color and have modified the pronunciation of “ra” to “ray” for clarity. Important beginning information of what came earlier than what’s given here is not included. Several detailed technical sources from which some of the details presented also have not been included. (Some of Ross’s notes, in fact are nearly as long as this post!)

   ² “Point of view” (POV) is a literary term that is often helpful to consider when looking at certain detailed scientific description. The viewer of an object is always looking at an object from “somewhere.” Also, the viewer’s age and knowledge about what is being looked at can also be a factor.