|Avoiding the Mistakes of Genesis
As we saw in
chapter 2, both the Quran and modern science confirm that the heavens
and the earth were created
simultaneously, having been separated from a primary nebula. It is important
to understand that the Bible, the most
famous record of the creation prior to the Quran gives a sequence
for the creation of the heavens and the earth that is
today found unacceptable from a scientific standpoint. If the Quran
was the work of human beings it is difficult to
imagine how they could have avoided the human errors so firmly fixed in
the minds of people from the previous
In the Bible, in Genesis, chapter 1, we read that God created light which
He called day, and separated it from the
darkness which He called night (see v. 3). Today we know that the alternation
of day and night is caused by the
earths movement in relation to the sun. But, according to Genesis,
the sun was not created until the fourth day (see v.
16). So how could day and night alternate before that?
A related problem is that vegetation is created on the third day (see
vv. 11-12) whereas the sun which is necessary
for sustaining vegetation does not appear until the fourth day.
What is totally untenable says Dr. Bucaille, is that
a highly organized vegetable kingdom with reproduction by seed
could have appeared before the existence of the sun (The Bible,
the Quran and Science, p. 42).
We have already seen that the Quran states, and modern science confirms,
that the heavens and the earth were
Dr. Bucaille explains as follows:
Earth and moon emanated, as we know, from their original star, the
sun. To place the creation of the sun and moon
after the creation of the earth is contrary to the most firmly established
ideas on the formation of the elements of the
solar system (p. 42).
By giving a sequence in which the sun and moon are created after the creation
of the earth, the Genesis account
proves erroneous. On the other hand, the Quran, by speaking of the
simultaneous creation of the heavens and the
earth, has judiciously avoided the errors of the Genesis account.
Could the Quran have been authored by a human? No!
Dr. Bucaille asks:
How could a man living fourteen hundred years ago have made corrections
to the existing description to such an
extent that he eliminated scientifically inaccurate material and, on his
own initiative, made statements that science has
only in the present day been able to verify? (p.151).