And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.(Genesis 1:11) ESV
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,(Genesis 1:14) ESV
The third day of creation, when God made the dry land appear and covered it with lush vegetation, is a subject of derision from atheist science trolls (ASTs) because of where it occurs in the sequence of creation.
The source of their disdain is an apparent incongruity between creation and photosynthesis: The dry land was covered with lush vegetation on the third day; the sun, moon and stars were created on the fourth day. They mockingly ask:
How could there be photosynthetic life before there was a sun?– Formerly a reasonable question.
Once upon a time that may have been a reasonable question to ask, now it means that whoever asked it isn’t up to speed. The source of light on the first day was nucleosynthesis; the source of light on the second and third day was the firmament, a sphere of rigid crystal on the edge of space. The whole sky was as bright as the surface of the sun, there was nothing to hinder the development of lush vegetation.
Oh, and if you’re skeptical that there’s such a thing as a firmament we have three sources of evidence for it.
- Empirical Evidence for the Firmament
- Theoretical Evidence for the Firmament
- Scripture: The Firmament Rabbit Trail
Hydrology deduction 1: Where did the water come from to water the Earth if there hadn’t been any rain?