Answering The Atheist
August 10, 2003 / Volume 3, Issue 32
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
When were the stars made? Genesis 1:16-19 say it was on the fourth day of creation. However, Job 38:4-7 says it was before the earth was made. Is there a contradiction?
The questioner ought to acknowledge that figurative language is being employed by the Lord when He says that “...the morning stars sang together...” Do stars (clustered gases in space) sing? The text is speaking of the glory of God’s creation, not of the order in which it was carried out. The “morning stars” are the brightest and most glorious of the stars, of outstanding beauty as they declare the coming of the morning. Here the Lord uses them figuratively to declare the beginning of creation, or the morning of creation.
The fact that the stars were created on the fourth day does not preclude them from singing together the praise of God at the laying of the foundation of the earth. Have you ever had a wonderful idea, and you played out in your mind beforehand how things would work. You visualized the steps you would take, the successes you would attain, the goals and rewards which would come. God in His foreknowledge could surely envision the praises of His creation (Psalm 19:1; 148:3). The difference between the Lord anticipating such things, and us fantasizing of how and when our plans will come to fruition is that He knew that it would be so. We can only speculate when it comes to our plans.
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible