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A Case For Old Earth, Biblical Creationism Part 2
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Age One (Day One): Light comes to the earth (p. 28-31).

“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.” Genesis 1:3-5

A. God created physical light, that is, electromagnetic radiation “in the beginning” when he brought the cosmos into existence. Indeed, light is the dominant form of energy for both the primordial and present day universe. (p. 29)

B. The first act of God as he began to shape “modern” earth was to clear away some of the heavy atmosphere of gas and dust, so that light could better be seen on the earth. This light came from the sun, moon and stars.

C. Even though the earth’s atmosphere cleared up enough to allow sunlight to brighten the earth during the day and darken the earth at night, there still were no sunsets or sunrises to clearly distinguish the beginning and end of each day.

D. With the coming of light, photosynthesis was now possible and it’s highly likely that micro-organisms in the sea, which still covered the earth, began to grow and reproduce. The biblical accounts of the creation of fish and birds on the fifth day do not preclude simpler life forms prior to day five. What would fish eat if plankton and algae were not already present? Or what would birds eat if insects and worms did not already exist? It is not inconsistent with the Bible, and very consistent with science to believe that living coral reefs began to form about this same time.

Age Two (Day Two): The water cycle begins. (p. 31-34)
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