Those laws [of nature] are within the grasp of the human mind; God wanted us to recognize them by creating us after his own image so that we could share in his own thoughts.
As we conquer peak after peak we see in front of us regions full of interest and beauty, but we do not see our goal, we do not see the horizon; in the distance tower still higher peaks, which will yield to those who ascend them still wider prospects, and deepen the feeling, the truth of which is emphasized by every advance in science, that ‘Great are the Works of the Lord’
The best data we have (concerning the Big Bang) are exactly what I would have predicted, had I nothing to go on but the five books of Moses, the Psalms, the Bible as a whole.
The resurrection of Jesus, which transformed completely the thought and the lives of those who witnessed it, testified to me that the Holy Spirit that searches an open heart has the power and the love to free us from conformity and transform us by the renewing of our mind.
To know the mighty works of God, to comprehend His wisdom and majesty and power; to appreciate, in degree, the wonderful workings of His laws, surely all this must be a pleasing and acceptable mode of worship to the Most High, to whom ignorance cannot be more grateful than knowledge
It is evident that an acquaintance with natural laws means no less than an acquaintance with the mind of God therein expressed
The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator. Science brings men nearer to God.
Faith is necessary for the scientist even to get started, and deep faith is necessary for him to carry out his tougher tasks. Why? Because he must have confidence that there is order in the universe and that the human mind - in fact his own mind - has a good chance of understanding this order.
A scientific discovery is also a religious discovery. There is no conflict between science and religion. Our knowledge of God is made larger with every discovery we make about the world.
Yet even in earthly matters I believe that ‘the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead,’ and I have never seen anything incompatible between those things of man which can be known by the spirit of man which is within him, and those higher things concerning his future, which he cannot know by that spirit
As I try to discern the origin of that conviction, I seem to find it in a basic notion . . . enunciated first in the Western world by the ancient Hebrews: namely, that the universe is governed by a single God, and is not the product of the whims of many gods, each governing his own province according to his own laws. This monotheistic view seems to be the historical foundation for modern science
But the context of religion is a great background for doing science. In the words of Psalm 19, ‘The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork’. Thus scientific research is a worshipful act, in that it reveals more of the wonders of God’s creation
It is our proud office to tend the fleshly tabernacle of the immortal spirit, and our path, if rightly followed, will be guided by unfettered truth and love unfeigned. In pursuit of this noble and holy calling I wish you all God-speed.
We cannot in any better manner, glorify the Lord and Creator of the Universe, than that, in all things, however small soever they appear to our naked eyes, but which yet have received the gift of life, and power of increase, we contemplate the display of his Omniscience and Perfections with the utmost admiration.
Day 1 as Described in Genesis
When God began creating the heavens and the earth the earth was a shapeless, chaotic mass, with the Spirit of God brooding over the dark vapors. Then God said, “Let there be light”. And light appeared. And God was pleased with it and divided the light from the darkness. He called the light “daytime”, and the darkness “nighttime”. Together they formed the first day.(Genesis 1:1-5 TLB)
This chronicles the beginning of the earth and the original opaque atmosphere (“the dark vapors” [TLB] or “darkness over the face of the deep” [ESV]). Then there was a thinning of earth’s opaque atmosphere to a translucent atmosphere, leading to the presence of some light through the previously dark clouds (“Let there be light”) and the conditions for anaerobic life. This also provides the critical frame of reference for describing all the days of creation – that the Spirit of God was “hovering” or “brooding” over the face of the waters, i.e., the waters of the primordial earth. So, the frame of reference is above the earth and the descriptions then describe what is happening directly above and on the surface of the earth. Not understanding the appropriate frame of reference has caused much misunderstanding and rejection of the accuracy of the Genesis account. With the correct understanding of the frame of reference as stated in these verses from Genesis, the descriptions in Genesis 1 align very well with what scientists have found and continue to discover about the history of earth and life on our planet.
Probable Time Frame ~4500 mya to 3000 mya
Image by Jack Jackie Pomi - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
- Earliest Earth ( ~4540 mya )
- Early moon collides with earth (~ -4500)
- Earliest water on earth (~ -4300)
- Earliest life (Anaerobic) (~ -3400)
- Earliest atmosphere of hydrogen and helium which went into space
- Secondary atmosphere consisted mostly of Nitrogen and Carbon Dioxide from volcanic activity
- Meteorite Bombardment (~ -3800)
Videos Covering This Timeframe
Day 1 of Creation
Geologic Time Scale9:36
History of the Earth11:36
How Did The Earth Form?18:16
|Physics learning_Geologic Time Scale: Major Eons, Eras, Periods and Epochs||Simple overview of why the geological time scales were created (eons, eras, periods, epochs). This also covers the names of the major time scales as well.|
|Geologic Time Scale||Technical overview of the geological time scales by a professor at Cornell, covering how these time scales evolve over time as we discover more details.|
|Principles of Stratigraphy: Part I of II||Very technical description from a college lecture about the stratigraphy of the geological formations, which are the basis for the various time periods of the earth's history.|
|History of the Earth in 9 Minutes||The 4.54 billion years of Earth history in 9 minutes.|
|The Whole History of the Earth and Life||Birth of the solar system, birth of the Earth, and evolution of life on Earth.|
|History of the Earth||History of Earth with temperatures, eons, eras on rolling timeline.|
|A Brief History of Geologic Time||Explanation of Eons, Eras, etc.|
|What Was the First Complex Life on Earth?||About the history of earliest life forms and the human investigations and discoveries about that history. The life history covers about 4.6 bya to 540 mya.|
|A Tour of Earth's Ancient Superoceans||Covers the evolution of the earth from the perspective of the oceans from the earth's watery ancient history to speculations about the future.|
|A Tour of Earth's Ancient Supercontinents||Covers the evolution of the earth from the perspective of the land masses (continents) from the earth's ancient history to speculations about the future.|
|What Is The Other 99.99% Of Life?||Covers the biosphere from the earliest eras of earth up until the present. Mentions the work of the entomologist Edward Wilson and the early microscopist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek.|
|What is the Oldest Fossil on Earth?||Covers the history of investigations and the findings about the earliest fossils.|
|Where Did Earth's Water Come From?||Covers the history of investigations and the findings about the origins of the water on the earth.|
|The Mystery of the Late Heavy Bombardment||Covers the late heavy bombardment of about 4.1 to 3.8 bya (also called the lunar cataclysm). Covers not only the moon but also the earth and its nearest neighbors in space.|
|What Was Earth Like 4 Billion Years Ago?||History of investigations about what the earth was like 4 bya.|
|How Did The Earth Form?||Overview of how the earth is thought to have formed.|
|History of Earth - How Our Planet Formed||Full documentary from National Geographic TV titled Earth - Making of a Planet. It has very professionally produced, detailed visualizations of how the earth formed and its different stages of development.|