Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Let there be light! Astronomical errors.

I would like to address one of the biggest blunders of the bible when it comes to the field of astronomy. Although some may contend that the bible is not a book on science, but even though that may be the case the bible makes plenty of false scientific claims. This just serves as evidence against the claim that the bible is "inspired by God". If it was in fact inspired by this fictional god then either he is ignorant of how he created the world and the laws that govern it, or he is truly not omniscient (all knowing) as the bible authors claim that he is. My conclusion as an atheist is that he does not exist and is in fact as I have stated many times the creation of the fertile imagination of the human mind.

As always all of my quotations are from the King James version of the bible unless stated otherwise. According to Genesis 1:3-5 the bible says that: 3.'And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4.And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5.And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.' There are several important points I would like to make regarding these verses of scripture the first thing I would like to draw your attention to is that on the first day of creation God created light, divided it from darkness which is logically impossible since darkness is technically an absence of light and the two cannot occupy the same space at the same time.

The next thing I'd like to point out is that it then goes on to state that the evening and the morning were the first day. One of the theists contentions is that the days referred to here are not counted as a 24 hour cycle as we do today but rather that this time span is indeterminate.They use such passages as 2 Peter 3:8 which states:'But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years  as one day.' The more liberal theists use this to try to conform their theology to include evolution, and sometimes even the  age of the Earth. The only problem with this is that in the very text I quoted it literally betrays and contradicts the above mentioned text. It says that the evening and the morning was the first day, I don't know about you but that sounds pretty literal to me. Whoever wrote this passage was not thinking about a day lasting a thousand years but was rather writing from the perspective of what is perceived to be a normal day. Granted it may not have been a 24 hour cycle but it could have been less. Either way the evening and the rising of the sun was the criteria he used to determine that a day had passed.

The succession of days in the tale of creation is relevant to the succession of days we use today the proof is in the flow of the text. Genesis one tries to present a chronological order of the days of creation and in Genesis 1:5,8,13,19,23, and 31 they all say exactly the same thing "and the evening and the morning were the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, day and so on and so on. So the so called indeterminate days of Genesis argument falls apart right away and is not even worth arguing over anymore. Now here is where this tale gets downright stupid. Genesis 1:14,16,18  'And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:...   16.And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.18And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.' Now here is the first problem with this, didn't he create light on the first day and divide light from darkness already?

The two great lights of course are a reference to the sun to rule the day and the moon to rule the night and they were for signs and season and for days and years as stated. The problem is that if this is true then what was the light and darkness he divided on the first day? He had already called the light day and the darkness night? According to the previous text he did not even create the sun nor the moon nor the stars until the fourth day of creation. He created the oceans, the firmament or the heavens, land, and all sorts of plant life etc. prior to having created the astral bodies which in and of itself makes no damn sense since plant life needs the sun to grow and for nourishment. I hope you all enjoy this post and I will see you next time with more good bone headed bible facts.


  1. Hi Chat, some good stuff there as usual. I'm wondering if we can use the speed of light to discount the six day creation myth?

    Even though the earth is not in the center of the universe, science has predicted that the age of the universe to be around 13.5 billion years old.

    The think the distance from Andromeda our nearest galaxy is considered 4.5 million light years away. Just something to think about.

  2. I don't think that those goat herders had any idea or inkling that light traveled at a determined speed at all.

  3. Something else I'd like to add: Genesis describes what can only be assumed to be the moon as the "lesser light to govern the night". However, the moon is not a light, nor does it give off light. It merely seems that way because the sun shines light upon it.

  4. Thanks Stefanie I did not mention that lol because I thought that was common knowledge.

  5. Hey Chatpilot. You are right. The bible gets an F- for science. The earth is flat, does not move and the sun goes around it are fairly well known failures of holy scripture. I recently spotted Paul's science failure in 1 Corthinthians 15. He is trying to prove the resurrection and to do so he writes doesn't a seed have to be put into the ground and die before it can rise to life. If a seed dies it is over, it will not spring to life. Another OT reference is calling a bat a bird and not truly what it is, a mammal.

    On a different note since we are both former ministers I watched a video by Dan Dennett and it hit home for me. On my blog if you have the time please watch it What Happens At Seminary and let me know if you identify with it as I did.

  6. Thanks for sharing that vid minister, I quit seminary after my first year. And I have been saying for years that theology and the use of philosophy in religion are nothing but exercises in futility.

  7. Most of this stuff is way over my head. I don't know much about science. 4.5 million light years is hard to grasp. I have never even heard of andromeda. Something for me to think about while participating in the half marathon race this summer. Josh