Monday, January 17, 2011

Color Creation

Science and the Bible.  Friends or foes?  I believe they are best friends, even when neither scientific nor religious worlds acknowledge that fact.  Science sprang from creation -- the ordered universe created by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Only because there is creative order, can it be studied and learned.

Sadly, I've heard otherwise devout Christians question the Bible where it states, in Genesis 1:3, "God said, 'Let there be light...'" just because thirteen verses and three days later, He created the sun, moon and stars. 

Yet, even self-professed evolutionist and secular humanist Isaac Asimov, a prolific writer of both science texts and science fiction, wrote "there is no puzzle in the fact that God created light on the first day and the Sun, Moon and stars on the fourth.  Light is the thing itself, the heavenly bodies merely the containers." 

Asimov goes on in that same essay (The Bridge of the Gods, 1975) to describe the studies that have been performed to uncover the mysteries of the rainbow.  He gave me an a-ha moment that I never learned in Sunday school, sad to say: 

"His [Isaac Newton's] final conclusion, then, was that sunlight (and white light generally) is not pure but is a mixture of colors, each of which is much more nearly pure than white light is.  No one color by itself can appear white, but all of them together, properly mixed, will do so."

Suddenly, it occurred to me, when God said, "Let there be light" He not only turned on the light, but He also created all color!  After darkness, suddenly red, orange, yellow, blue, green, indigo and violet!  And that is just the visible spectrum!  And when Noah's flood ended, He wrapped all those colors in a bow and set them in a cloud as a reminder of His promise.  And when we see Him at the Judgement seat, a rainbow of colors covers Him. 

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