I am a bit appalled to know that my discussion on the subject of the story of God's creation may have just generated "more heat than light." What I am sure of is that the simple statement that "God created the heavens and the earth" should be enough to equally generate "heat" especially when such discourse is done openly in any forum before the secular world. The venue, however, of which I was confronted with some bits of arguments is not one of secular; it is one where God's people congregate on each Sabbath Day, of which, the Lord, as soon as he created it, has "blessed" it and made it "holy," thus "he rested from all the work of creating that he had done." On the other hand, as to my points of presentation, many religious-minded, if not spiritual ones, may have felt and seen "them as exciting" as they examine God's revelation; so few, if just one at all, saw such "engaging light" as not consistent with what many have been believing much more than just pointing to remarkable differing arguments.
Between 1450 and 1410 B.C., according to archaelogical findings, God inspired Moses to be His "writer," whose authorship of the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Numbers constituting the Torah, attributed him as the most important prophet in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, as well as a number of other faiths.
In the book of Genesis 1:1-2, we find answers to a question of how our world came to be: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."
Argument No.1: "Now the earth was formless and empty..."
The Book of Genesis opens up a distinct statement, nonetheless: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." It is a topic sentence that tells us about God as the architect and maker of the heavens and the earth. And, then, it says, "Now the earth was formless and empty ..." What does this mean? The earth was there but "formless and empty"? Let us figure it out. When it says "Now earth was formless and empty ..."We must take it as is, in that context, that the earth was really there, regardless. And since it says "formless and empty," it literally means nothing but void of visible properties. But the "soul" of the earth was there, something that cannot be seen by our naked eye. The "effect" was there, thus "Now the earth was formless and empty." God surely wanted to keep his forethought created object(s) in space intact, so that whatever the components that make the earth into a wholesome planet would surely be non-chaotic at start. So, God embedded the laws of nature, inclusive of the electro-magnetic waves, the gravitational force and all the laws of physics, to make up the physical earth together and in harmony with all the critical pathways or orbits in the universe. Yes, God's codes were operative, just as before God asked Noah to build the ark he had all the measures prescribed and so as the ark of the covenant by Moses and his men, however physical they were. Therefore, these laws of nature are integral to the making of all creations. Now, we have the invisible component of the earth (soul) and visible aspect (physical body) about to be formed, yet at this time of intimation "the earth was formless and empty..." For us - creatures, inclusive of all the animals, when we build something, we are only concern about raw materials to make a wanted physical object formed. We don't think nor worry about making forces of nature, such as laws of gravity or any laws of physics to make sure whatever we make remains intact thereafter. God had to make something out of nothing! Causative to these laws, even space, in this context, was created out of nothing! The life of the physical earth is the breathe of the laws of nature.
Argument No. 2: "... darkness was over the surface of the deep"
At this point, "darkness" describes the space created as the causative effect of the laws of nature being established, as manifested by "the surface of the deep."
Argument No. 3: "... and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."
The subject of this clause is "the Spirit of God." So, "the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters" tells us of another effect of the creation of the laws of nature. The invisible, what man now calls "hydrogen and oxygen," became "waters." Water, in its purest form as in the unfallen world, I suppose, must be invisible to the human eye. What we now see of the water we have in this fallen world are other physical properties or particles not contigent to the substance of water in purest state. In the theorist's delicate phrase, "the Spirit of God" is similar to a mother bird caring for and protecting its young. This is the critical part of the opening of the Book of Genesis in which God shows his divine emotion. "Hovering over the waters," as well, tells us that "air" was now present as a causative effect of the laws of nature now operating; "waters" having the content of what man now calls "Hydrogen and oxygen" indeed tells us that "air", having the elements of "nitrogen" and "argon" and a compound named "carbon dioxide" now existed as "the Spirit of God" was hovering ..." even before God said, "Let there be light." In fact, all "invisible ingredients", whether you call them elements or compounds, before the making of the physical world have already been made available as a matter of manifestations of the effects of the laws of nature established before the foundation of the physical component of the earth.
So, was it really just the "light" God created in the first day?
To be continued ...