The original question was:
How could God create light, day and night, morning and evening on the first day when the sun, moon and stars were not created until the fourth day?

Answer by John Mackay

The first point to establish here is who the Biblical creator is. John’s Gospel informs us in Chapter 1: 1-14 that in the beginning the Word was God, the Word was the Creator and the Word came in flesh to earth and (present tense) is Jesus Christ. So don’t be surprised that in chapter 2 of John we read of the first miracle – Jesus turned water into wine. He turned H20 into C2H5OH just by speaking. The C, i.e. carbon, in the wine was brought into existence by his word! But when you are the God who created water and ground in the beginning by the power of your word (Gen 1:1-2), thereby inventing H (hydrogen), O (oxygen) and carbon by speaking, light is probably child’s play! (Gen 1:1-3) Especially after you have just created darkness so the light will become the defining feature in dividing the day and night before there was any sun, moon or stars. (Gen 1:1-5)

Once God had created light as well as the earth (Genesis 1:1), there was no problem having day and night, morning and evening, because the cycle of days and nights, mornings and evenings is dependent on the rotation of the earth, not on the source of the light. This Christ as Creator God did not need to have stars before He could make light, any more than He needed grapes before He could make wine.

Now read Revelation chapters 21 and 22 where we learn a new heavens and earth will be created and the saints will have no more need of the light of the sun and moon, and yet we still have light in the holy city for the Lamb of God is there – and He will be our light. So where did the first created light come from? The same place the carbon in the wine came from – He spoke and it was!

Useful resources for a Creation perspective on Astronomy and Light. Astronomy and the Bible answers many common questions on astronomy and the origin of the universe. The Astronomy Book is a useful textbook for students 8 years and above.

See the DVDs Our Created Solar Sytem and Our Created Stars and Galaxies.  Also See fascinating evidence that the speed of light was faster in the past, presented by Barry Setterfield on the DVD The Decreasing Speed of Light.

These all available from the Creation Research webshop

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John Mackay