And, granted, it is a little bit hard to believe. Once you get over the 6-days factor, you still have this seemingly insurmountable obstacle: "You mean to tell me that the earth was just hanging there for 3 days in the nothingness of empty space, and that God actually created all plant life on it before He even created the sun and the rest of the stars, as in, the rest of the matter of all the billions of galaxies in the universe?"
I admit, it sounds totally outrageous. Picture the earth, trees and grass and bushes and all, circling around the spot where tomorrow the sun is going to be...
Very absurd indeed.
But then, so is the notion of anyone walking on water, raising folks, including Himself, from the dead, healing the blind from birth, turning water into wine, feeding thousands from a few loaves and fishes, etc., etc., etc.
The God of the Bible is either the greatest story teller and liar in the universe, or He's definitely capable of a few stunts that leave the rest of us speechless, including creating universes in very unorthodox manners. Obviously, the vast majority of my fellowmen subscribe to the former of these two options. And I can hardly blame them. It takes a lot of faith to believe this account, so contrary to all that 99.999% of all other existing books on the topic of our origins tell us. It takes faith that can only be acquired by the life-long experience that everything else that is said in that outrageous and most disputed of all books - the Bible - actually works.
Of course, few have ever had the courage to try to find out whether these things work. They don't mind listening to some well chosen portions of it once a week, and amazingly enough, that already seems to be doing the trick of getting them through the rest of the week.
But as someone who can testify first hand by 30 years of experience that God really keeps His Word when He promises that if we would seek first the interests of His Kingdom, then He would give us all the things we need for life, like food and clothing for free (see Matthew 6:33), along with a host of His other Promises, it's also not entirely impossible to believe that the first chapter of the Book I based my life on is also more than just (non-science) fiction.
I admit, though, I've had my disputes with the Boss about it, and have sometimes asked Him, "How on earth could You? I mean, couldn't You just have had the decency to please create this universe in some sort of orthodox, well-received and politically correct manner, instead of defying all that could be summed up as human common sense and having the audacity to bluntly contradict all of the sum of our combined wisdom and knowledge?"
What I got in response was something along the lines that just like everything in nature, the creation of earth was also some sort of actual, physical metaphor or example of a much greater spiritual truth. The sort of thing I'm going on about at length in my attempt at an eBook, "The Deeper Meaning of Everything."
So, what sort of deep, mystical spiritual truth is the story of the creation of planet earth supposed to bear for us, what sort of deeper significance, parable or lesson is there to learn from it?
Basically, it is: "Keep hanging in there!"
Humans are frantic little beings, and even the term "beings" already implies that they've got to be frantically occupied with ensuring their own little existence, lest by the slightest little pause of all their frantic activities and incessant efforts to keep themselves alive they should bring upon their heads the end of the world as we know it. And so we feverishly work and work and work in order to artificially keep ourselves alive, only to sooner or later wind up in a coffin despite all our feverish efforts, and getting our planet a lot closer a lot sooner to that dreaded end than we might have if we would have paused long enough to think, or better: pray.
We think we've just gotta make it happen.
What God is saying by His outrageous statement of just letting the earth hang there by itself is: "Wrong!"
- We are not the ones who make it happen. He is.
We always worry that whatever we have is not going to be enough. We worry that the money we have is not going to be enough, and that the food we have is not going to be enough, and the space we have is not going to be enough.
Our remedy is then liquidating our rivals: all those useless eaters who don't work as hard as we do on "making it happen," and who just threaten to occupy our living space, eat away our food , breathe away our air, and present a danger to our own survival.
What God is trying to tell us by His outrageous statement in having had the audacity of creating planet earth before the rest of the universe is that despite all our frantic worrying, the fact remains that He is enough.
All it ever took and will take to keep each and everyone of us breathing and alive is His power, totally regardless of all our feverish efforts.
He can ensure life on our planet with or without our help, and the course of history is on its best way to prove that the way we're going about it, is not going to work.
If we think we're going to be able to save ourselves with our annual trillion dollars worth of highly sophisticated weapons, we're utterly mistaken.
It will probably turn out that it would have been better off never having done anything at all, instead of spending this outrageous amount of time, effort, manpower and tax money (yes, that's right: yours and mine) on the investment in technology with the one purpose of murdering our fellow humans.
So, who are we to tell God how He ought to have created His universe?
Oh, I forgot. We don't really believe in Him, so it's not really His. It's ours. We think.
So we can do with it whatever we want, including blowing it to Smithereens.
Maybe we're actually mistaken. Not only about how earth came into being, but also about our rights to treat this place the way we do, in other words: its destruction.
One reason for my audacity to prefer to believe the biblical account of creation,is that mankind has thus far utterly failed to convince me of their supposedly oh-so superior intelligence and smartness.
I can tell by their actions that there must be something dreadfully dumb about them.
So how are they going to tell me that they know better than God about how this planet came into being?
I've found by experience that God is a good Friend. I mean goood. He doesn't lie. He doesn't try to impress you by His stunts to convince you how much cooler He is than you. He's a real Pal. I can't say He disappointed me ever, not once. Sure, we have our disagreements, occasionally, but He always manages to get me to see His point sooner or later.
And I can't say the same thing about people.
People lie. People are extremely deceived, especially when it comes to themselves and their supposed omniscience and infallibility.
It turns out that if I want something to really hang my life on, something to fully trust, I'm better off with the invisible nature of God, and that apparent nothingness my life revolves around than all the rah-rah and ado of my 7 billion fellowmen put together.
I may be very much alone in my opinion... on the surface.
But something - or rather, Someone - keeps telling me, that if I just hang in there a little bit longer, I won't be alone that much longer. All of a sudden, there are going to be billions of bright shining lights all around me, confirming that I was right in putting my trust in "Mr. Invisible" after all.
Jesus Himself was left alone in the dark of the heart of the earth for three days, obviously on His mission to preach to the "spirits in prison." But He didn't have to go on for very long down there in that darkness.
Maybe God just needs a three days' break every now and then to show us what He can do if we just dare to trust Him long enough that He was right, after all, contrary to all the gazillions of voices who claim to know better.
So, if you ever feel you're totally alone and forsaken, hanging out there in sheer nothingness, and not knowing what to make of it, just keep hanging in there! Chances are, you're not the first one in history who's had to go through this experience.
Chances are, the very same thing happened, once upon a time, not all too long ago, though, to a planet called Earth...