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Many people question the biblical account of creation in Genesis, the first book of the bible. After all, everyone knows that the universe started with the big bang, didn’t it? Genesis is generally assumed to have been written by Moses, about 4,000 years ago. It was Moses who climbed the mountain and God spoke to him, giving him the Ten Commandments, and other rules for living.

So let’s imagine the conversation between God and Moses:

God: Moses

Moses: Yes God

God: Write down how I created the world so that my people will understand that I am the only true God. Are you ready?

Moses: Yes God

God: In the beginning, I created a singularity.

Moses: What’s a singularity?

God: It’s where matter collapses onto itself to create an infinitesimally small, infinitely hot, infinitely dense area.

Moses: So how big was it to the nearest cubit?

God: Well, rounding down to the nearest cubit it would be no cubits by no cubits by no cubits.

Moses: Sorry God, but I don’t understand

God: Never mind. Anyway, in the beginning there was nothing, and it exploded.

Moses: What does exploded mean?

God: It’s a big bang, like a volcano erupting; only this was much, much, much, more powerful.

Moses: So where did this take place?

God: Technically, that’s the wrong question, since space didn’t exist. You see, the singularity didn't appear in space; rather, space began inside of the singularity, if you follow me.

Moses: Oh …. Right….. I see … I think? Well .. um … well, when was this?

God: At the beginning of time, about 13.7 billion years ago.

Moses: What’s a billion?

God: A billion is a thousand million

Moses: A thousand million! Wow!! So the earth is nearly 14 thousand million years old?

God: No. The earth is about four and a half billion years old.

Moses: So what were you doing for the first nine and a half billion years?

God: If you’ll stop interrupting I’ll tell you! The next stage was for Hydrogen nuclei to capture electrons to create the first atoms. Then, after about 6 million years gravitational forces between these atoms created the first galaxies.

Moses: Excuse me God, but am I supposed to explain this to my people?

God: Okay, I take your point…. Right then. Well, what about this:

In the beginning I created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and my spirit was hovering over the waters.

And I said, "Let there be light," and there was light. I saw that the light was good, and I separated the light from the darkness. I called the light "day," and the darkness I called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day.

Moses: Wow – this is great stuff! Then what happened?

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