Big Bang resolves many old objections and conflicts
Recognition of the Big Bang (see 1.1) is new to science – within the last 70 years! – and has brought science and the Bible closer together.
Example: The Bible says that the earth was 'without form and void' when it was created. For hundreds of years people scoffed at that concept because science taught the solid state theory. But now science acknowledges that the earth had a beginning and was gaseous until cooled.
Example: The Bible says vegetation was created in Day 2 but the sun didn't appear until Day 4. Impossible, people said, because vegetation cannot grow without sunlight. But now we understand that simple vegetation can grow from light glowing through dense cloud cover and mist arising from warm soil; eventually orbits stabilized and the sun became visible (from earth perspective) through breaks in the cooling clouds to serve as times and seasons and to give light on the earth.
Scientific-minded people had argued that if the Bible was wrong about these matters, it was probably wrong about other matters too. The old conflicts were not so much about theology as with credibility of the Bible.
Accepting the Big Bang has been difficult for some Christians, too, who were taught in Sunday School that the English word day (translation of Hebrew yom) always means 24 hours.
Actually, differences in views about the timing and method of creation are interesting but have nothing to do with Christology – the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – the essential theology of Christianity.
The Big Bang doesn't take anything away from God. In fact, it makes God even more majestic when we contemplate the amazing way God's divine plan unfolds with such intricacy and precision over ages of time.
Light is the first essential for life
The first thing God created on earth after the Big Bang was light. Heat in the Big Bang was so intense – calculated to be over 10 billions degrees Fahrenheit– that light could not penetrate it.
There was light all around from burning gasses and debris that eventually formed stars and planets, but from earth's perspective looking out, there was only darkness because of intense heat, then dense cloud cover.
Light became visible only after clouds thinned and condensed in cool air, and eventually the sun became visible when clouds rolled away.
See 1.2d for reasons why light is essential to every part of our existence. The Bible says a lot about light and says that Jesus is the light of the world.
God has paused new creations; we are now in seventh day
Bible says God rested on seventh day. Doesn't imply got tired, just stopped working (creating).
Increase after own kind.
Now not original creations, but processions from the original.
Only day that does not have evening.
Moved into spiritual realm.
Even smallest creature on earth changing. Have sequences genome and use for CRISPR. Amazing new field.
Humans are God's crowning creation
The Bible says that humans are made in likeness to God, created to have a relationship with God, to multiply and to rule the earth.
Rest of story about humans, relatively new on scene