If you could step back in time and change the past, your action would have the automatic and immediate effect of changing the present as well. You can’t do it, but God might have done it.
When God aged the wine at Cana, he may have given us a peek at his creation methods in the beginning. Why should God employ an “appearance of age”, when he can impose a real one? He simply steps back in time and creates!
In a single 24-hour period, the starlight travel time problem is solved. This happens as a natural consequence of a supernatural act. Minkowski spacetime and the principle of causality are in full force on Creation Day Four. First, on Day One, God creates the earth in the present – that is, the Minkowski “now”. Then three days later, he enacts a miracle. He steps back into deep time and creates the universe. In so doing, he causes the universe to predate the earth in spacetime order, and causes our past light cone to immediately come into being along with a deep universe history.
The effect on earth’s geology in the present is immediate. In a sense, the earth is “recreated”, only now it is billions of years old. If you were standing in the present and watching the miracle unfold, the earth would suddenly be transformed from a nascent state to a state with mature geologic features. As well, the sun and moon would suddenly come into view.
In ordinal time – that is, the Minkowski “now” – our planet has turned only once and only one day has elapsed. Creation Day Four has ended. Life is next.