The creation story in the book of Genesis has certainly created a mountain of controversy at different times, and our own time is no stranger to this.
You have people, Christians and non-Christians, arguing that Genesis is not true, because apparently science proves differently.
And also from the other way, saying that the science is not true because Genesis says apparently differently.
For myself, as someone with a small scientific background, I have no problem with the science or with Genesis. In fact, I find myself fascinated by the theories and the evidence for how the universe came into being, and the science helps me to gaze in awe and wonder at just how amazing God really is to have created all this. All the minute attention to detail, all the stuff that our minds can learn, have learnt, and have yet still to discover, not only about the universe itself, but also about plants and animals and even our own bodies.
The Bible is not a science book.
The Bible claims no authority over science.
The Bible's only authority is in matters of faith and conduct - what do I believe and how do I live my life.
The creation account is there to make the point that it is God who has created the universe - it did not create itself, but it was created. And if something is created then there must be a creator.
The precise details of the creation are not important to the Bible. What is important is conveying the information that God is a creator God. God is the one who has created everything, therefore it all belongs to Him.
And God is so powerful that He only has to say something and it comes into existence.
Genesis 1:3 "Let there be light," and there was light.
Now if God had thought it important for us to know the mechanics of how the light came into existence then He would have told us. As it is he seems quite happy for us to work it out for ourselves; after all he did give us minds to think and to investigate.
When God caused Genesis to be written, He wasn't wanting to teach people science, but to teach them about himself.
Time is another issue with Genesis.
The universe and everything in it was created in six days Genesis says, yet science tells us that the universe is a few billion years old.
But why is six days wrong?
Six days from whose perspective?
If we know that the universe is billions of years old, then the six days can't be from our perspective, it must therefore be from God's perspective.
Even in our own universe, in our own solar system, a day is not always 24 hours. Each planet has a different number of earth hours per day, only on earth is a day 24 hours.
2 Peter 3:8 says "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day."
Creation. If you want to know how God did it, then go and ask a scientist.
If you want to know why God did it, then go and ask a Christian.

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