Creation – A Bible Story Revisited

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.”  So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.  God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.  God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.  The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.  And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.  God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.  God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.  And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”   So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”  And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

  • Genesis 1:1-31

I have mentioned before that adults need to look at Bible stories from an adult point of view.  Here is another Bible Story, this one from Genesis 1.

The Big Bang

The Bible starts off with a ‘bang.’  Maybe even a ‘big bang.’  I know someone who has never watched the TV show, The Big Bang Theory, because anything associated with the Big Bang is evil and sinful.  Really?  Notice when God speaks in the Bible.  People think it is thunder (John 12:29).  That’s just when God is gently reassuring His people that He is there with them.  But if God speaks the world into existence, He might just shout.  That isn’t thunder, that’s a bang, maybe even a big bang.

Think about it.  Physics talks about actions and reactions, cause and effect.  Ask a Physicist about an effect, and he postulates the cause, the thing that created the effect.  The Big Bang was caused by something.  Ask a non-believing Physicist what caused the Big Bang, and he’ll either say that it happened spontaneously or he’ll shrug.  Note:  He slipped if he said it happened spontaneously.  Anything that happens spontaneously on earth today, happens because something stored the energy within it (thus, a cause).  This is necessary to have a spontaneous effect later.  Basic chemistry here, or shall I say thermodynamics, my favorite subject in school.

A Six Day Creation

By the way, I am avoiding the six-day creation controversy to a degree, but understand that this is very poetic.  On days 1 through 3, He creates light and dark, air and water on the earth, and then dry land with the plant life.  On days 4 through 6, He populates what He created in days 1 through 3:  Sun, moon, and stars on day 4, sea creatures and birds on day 5, and land animals, including man and woman, on day 6.  Rather than six days, it is two sets of three days.

I have heard several unsatisfactory arguments regarding the length of the days.  The sun is not created until day four.  Since the sun is our established measurement of a day, how does that fit with the Scripture for the first three days?  Is it a ‘day’ in Heaven?  No one has gone to Heaven with a spot watch, designed for earth time to measure a Heavenly day, so we’ll never know, or we will know once we are there, but then who cares.

The Timescale

There are two timescale issues that raise controversies.  One is that scientists have theorized that the earth is millions of years old, based on a variety of factors.  The other is that the universe is expanding from a single point.  If you measure and extrapolate backwards, the ‘Big Bang’ happened millions of years ago.

First, Genesis 1 starts with the earth being void, then the six days occurred.  Many think that a common style of Hebrew writing was used.  In this case, a short preamble, then the story, then a detail from the story – the creation of Adam and Eve in the second chapter.  But is there anything wrong with a void earth existing prior to this.  Could God have not created it earlier, only turning on the lights at the beginning of the first day?  I don’t think I can believe this, but it does not disagree with the Biblical record.

Second, I have heard arguments that God quickly spread the universe out, and then slowed it down to its present pace of expansion.  Scientists have said that if that happened, the air and water on the earth would keep flying at the faster speed.  This is a stupid argument.  If God slowed down the expansion in one snap of His fingers, He would slow down the solid earth, liquid water, and gaseous air at the same time.  Besides, he didn’t create the air and water until day 2.  And God may have needed the rapid expansion to set everything into a general balance, otherwise gravitational forces might have screwed everything up.  Oh, have they resolved gravity with the other forces yet?  Maybe that’s why this is not being considered.

What about the dinosaur bones?

I have mentioned in other posts how a liberal preacher conducted a Sunday school class during one summer.  He laughed his way mockingly through Genesis 1, what he considered lousy fantasy, meaning so far wrong, no sane person could conceive of it.  He then asked for people to raise their hand if they were still creationists.  With his mocking tone, he expected no one to raise their hand.  I felt it a challenge direct from Satan.  One or two hands in the room left their laps, but barely visible.  Mine shot up high, reaching for the ceiling.  After having ridiculed every believer in the room, he turned to me and shouted, “You?  A man of science?  But what of the dinosaur bones?”  My reply was “God put those bones in the ground just to mess with your mind!”  I then stormed out of the room.

I have read blog posts saying that God would never deceive, thus placing inanimate dinosaur bones in the ground to deceive us would be against God’s character.  Really?  Jesus spoke in parables.  There is a great deal of imagery throughout the Scriptures.  God rewards those who seek the Truth and live by faith.  God does not deceive, but He makes us think and search for answers.  Is the ‘void’ in the beginning of Genesis a void of anything containing life, and thus petrified bones don’t count?  Is this just another test of our faith?  Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, stated that dinosaurs could not have died before the fall of man, for there was no death until then.  I am not presenting proof here, just asking questions.

Created Age

I have brought up creating an old planet with non-believers before, but they shut me off before I can speak.  Why?  They have no answer, and it could wreck the evolution concept entirely.

God created land on the third day.  He created plants on the third day also.  On the sixth day, God created land animals.

What did the plants use for plant food during those three days?

The circle of life is widely accepted and displayed.  No one has any problem about that, but to have nutrients in the soil to create the balance for life, there had to be some ‘age’ created within the earth.  If we look at this earth and all God created, the greatest creation is the meticulous balance – before man screwed it up.

Climate change is blamed on mankind, specifically industry taking the hit, those horrible ‘polluters’ – showing smoke stacks billowing smoke.  No smoke stack in America has billowed smoke in decades, but that doesn’t stop the liars, I’m sorry, politicians from using old video to ‘prove’ their point.  But the story of climate change is one of messing up God’s perfect balance.  Industry does their share, but the expansion of people is demanding more of industry now than ever before.

We were supposed to be fruitful and multiply to fill the earth, but we made too many humans.  They need space.  They want transportation.  Everything got out of balance.

Now let’s consider that balance in the beginning.  You can read Lee Strobel’s book, The Case for Creation.  In it, he postulates the likelihood of a single, one-cell organism to be created – just one.  You could win millions or billions of lottery top prizes based on the odds compared to you getting one living organism.  But, what does that organism eat before it can grow and multiply?  If it consumes something, where did that food come from?  How can a single organism survive?  How can the earth have anything balanced based on the evolutionary growth of that one cell – to randomly by chance create all life on earth?  Besides the long odds to create one living cell, what would be the odds to create many living cells that lived in a balanced ecological environment?  The numbers would dwarf Strobel’s long odds for a single cell.  What is easier to believe?  As Mark Lowry has said (among many), he admires the tremendous faith of the atheist.

Yet, God’s creation was balanced.  There had to be ‘age’, rotting things to create nutrients, within the earth to have food for the plants to grow, for the circle of life to start with a full circle, not an arc.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. I have found myself asking what I believe others should ask – Whether it is a literal or poetic 6 days doesn’t matter the question is not one of time but of power, not a question of did He but rather could He speak it into existence in literal 6 days – we can debate the actual amount of time but we, if we are believers, should not debate His abilities which know no limit other than His own perfection – just a thought (oh wrong blog site lol)

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  2. I follow a podcast – The Holy Post with Phil Vischer and Skye Jithani. They have a fairly regular guest on their show – Dr. John Walton from Wheaton. He’s an OT scholar and has written many books including one on the creation accounts.

    One thing he said about the creation accounts in scripture (and I’m not a scholar so I will no doubt botch it) is that they are not architectural drawings. Rather than the technical aspects of HOW exactly God created this house (planet–and all others for that matter), it speaks more of how He made a home for us. It’s not nuts and bolts, but furniture and curtains. (or upholstery if you prefer)

    I don’t have any problem with a 6-day schedule, but unlike some foiks I rub shoulders with, I don’t see it as a salvation issue. It doesn’t need to be added to the apostle’s creed. God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and Earth – that’s enough for me.

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