Genesis 1:9-10, Land on Day 3

Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.

Another day and another difference, evolutionary science says that dry land was first, then the oceans appeared. From the evolution perspective, matter has always been.

God says the sea was first, then dry land appeared. Matter did not exist until God created. The idea of water first and land out of water is noted in the New Testament in 2 Peter 3:5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water…

Observation: God said for the waters to be gathered in one place. The waters have a name, “seas”. Initially, water covered the entire surface, a literal water world. Next land appeared. The land has a name, “earth” or “erets” in the Hebrew.

There are creation scientists who argue for the original land mass being large and single. Some of these creation scientists include researchers at the Institute for Creation Research (www.icr.org), Ken Hamm (www.answersingenesis.org).  Names for this land mass and its configuration include Rodinia and Pangea. Think about our planet today. We have land masses or continents, not a single land or super continent. The creationist argument for seven continents and the current land configuration is due to the events of Noah’s Flood. That is a discussion for another day.

God could have and may have made the land masses in their current configuration just as well. We don’t know for sure.  Science does not know definitively either. We were not there.

and God saw that it was good.

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