The Science Of Genesis

For the official teaching of the Catholic Church on the creation of the world please read the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The book of Genesis teaches that In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. That is the basic message the Bible is conveying. But I think it if go over it verse by verse we will find something more.

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep(the abyss) ; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the water(the abyss) – before time, there was nothing but God. Darkness is the absence of light, the absence of matter.

And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness…– Here we see that God created matter and a visible universe. There are some that say Genesis is wrong because light was created before the Sun, but light is a state in which all matter can exist. Also we see here God establishing an order and laws for the universe.

And God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made the firmament and separated the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so…– Here we see two things. Hydrogen and oxygen (i.e. water) are the two commonest elements in a proto-stellar nebula, therefore; we see that God created the earth. We also see that God created the atmosphere and oceans of the earth.
And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good…- here we see God creating the continents up out of the global ocean, again in accord with the present common scientific theory.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also…- Though this is often used to prove Genesis as inaccurate, actually according to the current theory the sun/star is only finished developing well after the planets of the system are formed.
   
And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the firmament of the heavens.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good…– God created the species of fish, amphibians, and birds.
And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so… And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the cattle according to their kinds, and everything that creeps upon the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good… God also created all the species of mammals and reptiles.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

This article is not meant to be an infallible scientific or religious account of the creation of the universe. It is only meant to show that the scientific and biblical accounts of the beginning are not inherently contradictory.

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