I recently came across a YOUTUBE video titled “Christianity is BS and the Bible is a f**ked up book“.
The whole theme of the video was to demonstrate the absurdity of the Bible by pointing out supposed contradictions.
The creator of this video, a young attractive female actually, starts off with the following example in a super sarcastic voice:
“In the very beginning in Genesis, on the first day, God created day and night, but waited until the fourth day to create the sun, moon, and stars. That seems a little strange. Hmmm??? (super thick sarcasm here)”
So what gives here? Does this anti-Bible girl have a point?
How is it that God lit up the Earth on the first day but didn’t create the Sun until the fourth day?
Have we found our first Bible contradiction?
My answer: If you knew the original Hebrew, you wouldn’t have that problem.
In verses 3 and 4, the Hebrew word for “light” is “owr”.
This word does NOT mean an object that emits light…..like the sun or the moon or the stars, or a lamp.
Rather it means illumination, enlightenment. When the Bible says God is light it says Elohim is “owr”. This word is closely associated with life and joy and good.
Now in verse 14 (the fourth day) it talks about there being lights in the sky to divide day and night, and in verse 16 God says He created the larger light (the sun) to rule the day and the smaller light (the moon) to rule the night.
There is an entirely different word used for “light” here than what is used in previous verses.
Here, the Hebrew word is “maorot”. It’s the word from which we get the modern word Meteor. Maor means an object that emits light (maorot is plural, lights).
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”-John 8:12
So obviously Jesus is not saying that He is a living light stand and that if He visits your house, you can shut off all the electricity. He is saying that He is filled to the brim with the very radiant wisdom of God Himself.
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.-Revelations 21:23-25
So here we see the in the Book of Revelations that when god creates the new heavens and the earth, there will no longer be any need for maorot or light-emitting objects. From that point on, we will bask in God’s spiritual light or OWR for all eternity.
Next time, we will take a look at the Hebrew word for “darkness”.