Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. Genesis 1:6-7
I’ll start by saying I’m not the one who figured this out. This comes from an astronomer who is also Christian. He put a whole new spin on the verses above, and I think it’s worth thinking about.
Let’s begin with a random piece of information I read years ago. I’ve searched for it since without luck, but I know I read this. The Hubble telescope can only see so far into the universe, because the universe is apparently spherical. There is a horizon it can’t see past, just as we can only see a limited distance (3.1 to 3.3 miles) of the planet while on the ground due to the earth’s curvature. Although the vast majority of astrophysicists subscribe to the flat universe theory, there is a minority who believe it is spherical.
Since when is the majority right about everything, am I right? I mean, prohibition worked out none to well. Hitler was elected by the majority. Despite an embarrassingly small amount of physical evidence, the majority of scientists believe in evolution. The majority think abortion is good. Obviously, the majority lays an egg from time to time.
Here’s another random fact; scientists can detect a radiation signature that permeates all known space. Their considered conclusion is that it is an echo from the Big Bang billions of years ago. You know…the origin of the universe.
Next random fact; everything gives off some sort of radiation. Bricks, your electronics, living things, and even people all give off some sort of radiation. Using sensitive enough equipment, scientists can take pictures of people that show their auras. Dr. Leonard Horowitz, author of DNA; Pirates of the Sacred Spiral wrote that we are all arguably “precipitated light” and that our DNA is shaped helically to act as a transceiver for both receiving and generating different “signals” with our environment.
Have you ever wondered why being in nature and away from the city – unplugging – is so refreshing? It’s because our DNA can “hear” the world around us without interference from all the electronics of civilization. We start becoming one with nature once again.
For the record: I like civilization! I’m well aware of the fact that, if one isn’t very careful in the wild, becoming “one with nature” might be nothing more than being something’s dinner.
Ending this list of random facts is the definition of “firmament.”
“The vault or arch of the sky.” Miriam-Webster
The sky is more than our atmosphere. It is everything “up there.” Sun, moon, stars, galaxies, etc. God said so.
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Genesis 1:14-15
With all this “random” information in mind, let’s go back to verses 6 and 7 above.
“Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament.
Waters under the firmament would be here on earth; rivers, lakes, and oceans. If you realize that the firmament is the entire sky with all the stars and galaxies light years away, just where the heck is the other water??
Welll, if the universe is a sphere – and Hubble’s inability to see past a universal horizon waay out there indicates such – we need to zoom out in our minds to God’s all-encompassing point of view. Namely, that if the entire universe with all the stars and stuff is the firmament, the water must be above it, outside of it! How is that possible? Think of the universe as a sphere covered with water.
I know. That’s a whole lot of water, but we’re talking God here, so…
Finally, recall the random fact above that everything emits some sort of radiation. I’m sorry; did I forget to mention that would include water? And that the wavelength water gives off matches the frequency of the “background noise” of the universe, which scientists attribute to the echo of the Big Bang?
Mind blown? I’m just sayin’…