"And God said, 'Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.' And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day." Genesis 1:14-19
Did you know that distant starlight poses a problem for astronomers and physicists in dating the universe? It's called the "horizon problem." Basically, some light from distant galaxies and cosmic microwaves cannot reach the earth and other parts of the known universe in the timeframes they've created. Yet we still see that light and young earth creationists are often criticized over this same dilemma. What you may not know is that those who believe in an old universe have settled on the same explanations as young earth creationists to reconcile the gaps in their science such as a rapidly expanding universe in the past (inflationary model) and a variable speed of light. So if we're both suggesting the same things to account for the anomaly of our nighttime view, why not just take the perspective of the Bible where we read that God "stretched out the heavens" on the fourth day of creation (See Genesis 1:14-19; Job 9:8; Psalm 104:2; Isaiah 40:22, 42:5, 45:12)? If this event happened the way the Bible describes, similar processes would have taken place to those which physicists speculate in an old earth model. It's also important to note that if God did create the world in six literal days, the elements of space and time would be relative such as we know them to be today AND that natural processes would not have always operated at the same rates by which we currently observe them, thus, contradicting a foundational belief of uniformity and old earth models. Instead, just believe the Bible. God has proven himself trustworthy so far and he'll never let you down in the future! Praying you all have a great hump day!
Why do you think the Bible's description of creation is important?
What does it mean to you that God spoke light into existence?
How does God shine light into your life?