God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. (Genesis 1:16)

If there’s one thing that makes scientists mad, it’s when God brazenly disregards the way things work. Take the whole creation thing, for example. FIrst of all, since the universe is about 14 billion years old, scientists are miffed that God would have the audacity to make the whole she(big)bang in six days. I don’t blame them. Considering that we can’t even figure out something as simple as why fools fall in love, it seems rather cavalier of God to throw the entire ball of cosmic wax together in less time than it takes to get a tax refund.

But what really bugs scientists is when God completely ignores the proper order of doing things. On the first day of the creation project God makes light. He says, “Let there be light” and—BLING—there’s light. He didn’t have to practice, shop for supplies, or get a permit; he just blinged it and it was there. (There are advantages to being the first guy on the block.) Now, nobody’s going to make an issue about God inventing light. After all, without it most of us wouldn’t know when to get up in the morning. Besides, if he hadn’t done it right away, the world would have had to wait in the dark until Thomas Edison showed up, which would have put human history way behind schedule.

Like I say, it’s not that God invented light that bugs scientists, but that he royally screwed up the necessary order when he did it. Like the Bible says, God invented light on the first day, but it wasn’t until the fourth day that he made the sun, moon, and stars to “be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” Let’s get this straight. First there’s light. No problem. But then, three days later, God finally gets around to making the things that make the light that shines on the planet? Making the situation even weirder, God makes plants and trees on the third day. So now we’ve got a planet filled with photosynthesizing machines without the benefit of sunlight? It’s like God made all that vegetation and went “Whoops. I probably should make a sun to go with these things. I’ll be sure to do that first thing in the morning.” Like, uh huh.

This is what drives the scientist-types crazy. God doesn’t seem to give two hoots for the right way to do things. Any self-respecting deity would have made the sun and stars right away, and then, by definition, he’d have light too. By doing light first and the sun and stars afterward, God was stuck with an extra step. If he’d done it the right way, God would only have needed five days to create the universe. Talk about inefficiency. No wonder the scientists object to his handling of creation. Not only did God screw up the logical order, he had to throw in a whole extra day to finish the job. Just think, if God had been a little smarter about it, we could have had ourselves a four-day work week!

Way to go, God.


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