Introduction to the First Day of Creation
Genesis 1:1 states: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” This all took place on the first day of Creation.
As we can see, several events happened on the first day of Creation. Governments have spent millions if not billions of tax dollars to find the origin of the earth. They simply had to look in the first testament of the Bible, the first book, the first chapter, and even the very first verse! In the beginning, God created our planet, and the heavens.
The earth, however was uninhabitable, and covered with water.
The Importance of Water
We all know that water is necessary for all life on earth. Water, however is one of the most mysterious elements of our planet. Water was created by God in such a way that it expands when it is frozen, while everything else contracts when it is cooled. Certainly, it is very important for the stabilization of our planet’s sea levels, and climate. Water is very soft to the touch, yet can erode mountains. It is necessary for life, however, it can end life. Firemen use water to put out fires. On the other hand, though, it might not seem logical to put H2O (Hydrogen and Oxygen) on a fire!
The Mysteries of Light
Light is one of the most studied phenomena by scientists. On the first day, there is not a sun yet. That was on the 4th day. However, God had to create the laws of physics that govern light in our physical world. In the first day, there appears to be a light source. Perhaps this is glowing gas that is emitting photons. God gathered this source to divide the light from the darkness. Maybe He would use that a few days later for the sun.
Surprisingly, light has properties of both a particle and a wave. Many experiments have been done in classrooms around the world with light. One experiment is used to explain interference patterns in waves. Interference patters happen when two waves collide. Thomas Young did this famous experiment by placing two slots in a barrier. When light passes through the two slots, two “sources” of waves are created on the other side. This causes a pattern where the waves interfere with each other. Where two peaks meet, the wave is higher… If peak meets a trough, the wave is cancelled. This creates a series of high and low points.
For a visual of this phenomena, there are many videos on youtube. Here is one such example.
The interesting thing about this experiment is that the interference pattern happens even when particles are fired one at a time! When firing particles one at a time, you would expect to see just 2 lines appear on a wall behind the barrier (as if firing marbles through the slots). However, an interference pattern is produced as if the particle carries information on where it should land if it was a wave.
Speed of Light
The speed of light is the universal speed limit (186, 282 miles per second, or 3 x 10 to the 8th meters per second). Matter cannot travel faster than the speed of light. Three things happen as an object approaches the speed of light. First, time slows down. This is evident in our GPS satellites. GPS Satellites need to be adjusted regularly due to time dilation. The dilation of time is affected by both speed and gravity. Secondly, the object becomes shorter. This is not just an illusion, but it actually does happen. Lastly, mass becomes infinite.
God created the laws of physics, and everything that is visible from that which is invisible. With science, we are learning more and more about Creation, but we can never know or understand everything in this life.
Please comment below if you have other thoughts and suggestions on the first day of creation, and the mysteries of water and light!
— Ricky Bryce