Problem: Light can't have been created before the sun and the stars
Verses: Genesis 1:3, 1:16; Status: Weak

Genesis tells us that, on the first day of creation, God created light. This is Genesis 1:3:

And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. (ESV)

Yet the sun and the other stars were created later, on the fourth day. This is Genesis 1:16:

And God made the two great lights - the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night - and the stars. (ESV)

This is often commented upon. But it's fairly easy to solve this problem if you accept the scientific account of cosmology, whereby there was light more-or-less from the beginning of time, even before any stars were formed. Light is just a type of radiation, and there was plenty of that after the Big Bang.

Even for a young-Earther, this doesn't seem too troubling.

Updated: 2008-11-26

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