…God created the different things in Genesis 1 instantly on the literal days that He said He created them. He did not say “let there be” and then wait for millions of years for things to come into existence. This is further confirmed by Psalm 33:6–9, which clearly states that God spoke the heavenly bodies and other creatures into existence and that these commands were immediately accomplished. There is no biblical or logical basis for saying that God took millions of years to create the sun, moon, and stars, or anything else for that matter, by guiding natural physical and chemical processes.
My two cents
It’s nice to read a straightforward discussion of creation for a change. Recently I’ve been reading about creation vs. evolution, in particular theistic evolution, when people say “God used evolution”. That phrase always struck me as a cop-out. It’s symptomatic of not wanting to make a decision between methodological naturalism or supernaturalism.
Taking that further, it seems the same attitude crops up when talking about astronomy and geology as well. Atheists are wary of the God of the gaps concept—although that assumes that naturalism can be an exhaustive account of the past. To put it in a convoluted philosophical way, the real thing to be wary about is the presupposition that God limited his supernatural creative acts to those that happened to be falsifiable or reproducible within the framework of methodological naturalism.
Mortenson, T. (2013). Critique of Hugh Ross’s Creation Story. Available: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/aid/v8/n1/critique-ross-creation-story. Last accessed 31st Dec 2013.