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My question is regarding the creation story. How come plants were created before the sun? Were those nocturnal plants? As we know, plants need the sun to live. I’ve posted this question in other sites and I got answers like: Plants can survive 24 hours; There was already light on the first day; It was God’s divine light that nourished the plants and so forth. But none of them really answered the question. First, there was no 24 hour day until the 4th day of creation when the sun and moon were created. Second, the first light was not the sun (as mentioned in the previous sentence). Third, is God’s divine light still present today?

Your questions are evidence that the six days of creation in Genesis 1 should not be taken literally. If we insist on an interpretation of scripture that conflicts with well-established facts and just does not make sense, then that shows that the interpretation of scripture is faulty.

As you have pointed out, light was created on the 1st day, but the sun was only created on the 4th day. Therefore the most natural reading of this is that God does not intend us to understand these details as literal.

And plants. There is strong evidence that plants have been growing for a long time. Plants that have seeds, for example, were first formed about 305 million years ago. However even before this modern scientific knowledge it should have been apparent to a careful reader of scripture that in Gen 1 the seed plants were created on the 3rd day, and man on the 6th day, but in Gen 2 the plants are described as first growing after man’s creation. It is only by forcing an unnatural reading that these two records can both be interpreted literally.

It is honouring God’s word to read it as making sense, not nonsense.

Yes, God’s divine light is still present today.

2Co 4:6  For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 

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