On October 2, 2005, at the time of a trial in the Federal district court in Dover, PA to determine if “Intelligent Design” should be taught as science in public schools, Paul Nussbaum in the Philadelphia Inquirer reported an interview with a citizen, Judy Grim, age 63, who said:

"If I’m taught there is a God I’m responsible to, I know I have to treat people right. But if there’s no creator to answer to, it changes your whole lifestyle. Then it’s just survival of the fittest. That’s where our society is headed. That’s why we have so many of the problems we do.”

Judy Grim needs a creator in order to treat people right. So, to provide her with an account of creation compatible with modern science I adapted verses from the Bible, hoping they could meet her need.


In the beginning, 13.7 billion years ago, at the time when God created the heavens and the earth, there was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep.

Then God said, "Let there be light" and there was light. And God saw that the light was good.

But the light did not shine; there was nothing to emit it. So God said, “Let there be matter.” And there was matter. And God saw that the matter was good.

Then God said, “Let there be space within the matter to separate matter from matter.” So God made space and separated matter from matter. And it was so.

But the light did not move. So God said, “Let light have a velocity”. And it was so.

But still the light moved not. So God said, “Let time begin.” And it was so.

Time began and matter rushed outward spreading space and radiating light to fill the void. And God saw that the big bang was good.

The rest is cosmology.

About 4 billion years ago the sun and a lifeless watery planet earth appeared.

And God said, “Let the waters of the earth bring forth swarms of microorganisms.” And it was so. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas.” And God taught them to evolve saying, “Become every living creature of every kind.” And God saw that it was good.

The rest is paleontology, evolution, anthropology, archeology and history.

About 3,000 years ago God saw that humankind was not aware of Him. He spoke to prophets and priests about this, including those of ancient Israel, who began to write the Bible.

The rest is religion
and treating people right.

Copyright R. L. Post
March 2, 2009

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