In Genesis 1, the Bible states that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1). It also states that on the third day, God “let the dry land appear… and called the dry land Earth” (Gen 1:9,10). However, on the fourth day, the Bible states that God “made two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also…” (Gen 1:16). Science has already proven that the sun and the stars are older than the earth. So, obviously, the Bible contradicts science, right? Well, not if we interpret what the Bible actually states rather than what we think it states.
The Bible doesn’t state that the sun was created on the fourth day. If we read the first verse in Genesis carefully, it states that God made Heavens and Earth IN THE BEGINNING. That was even before the first day when God “divided the light from darkness” (Genesis 1:4). On the fourth day, the Bible states that God “made the two great lights” (Genesis 1:5), notice that it didn’t say “created”, but rather, “made”.
So what does all of this mean?
God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning, and the heavens included everything: sun, stars, galaxies, and planets, and the earth itself. In the creation narrative, there was heavy mist covering the earth which made it dark as it obstructed sunlight. On the fourth day, God made the sun, the moon, and the stars visible to the earth, but all of them were already created in the beginning (Genesis 1:1).