Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Answering Common Questions About Genesis Chapter One

  • What Is The Meaning Of The Word "Day" In Genesis 1?:
          -The context of the creation account makes it crystal clear that the meaning of the word "day" (the Hebrew word is yom) refers to a 24-hour day. It distinguishes between morning and evening in relation to the consecutive numbering of days in which the universe was formed (Genesis 1:5; 8; 13; 19; 23; 1:31; 2:2). Furthermore, the six days of creation corresponds perfectly with the Jewish workweek (Exodus 20:11). The seventh day functions as a device pointing us to the eternal rest which is found in the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4). So the claim that each day of creation is representative of long epochs of time is ruled out by the witness of Scripture itself.
          -"The Framework View does take the carefully crafted prose of Genesis seriously. However, seeing an obvious literary structure in Genesis 1 does not preclude a literal, seven-day week of creation. Hebrew scholars note that the Hebrew word for “day” (yom) universally means a twenty-four hour solar day when preceded by ordinal numbers, as it is in this chapter. Furthermore, it is hard to believe Moses’ original audience would have understood the period of creation as occupying a time span longer than a normal week."(https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/days-creation/)
  • Are Genesis Chapter One And Chapter Two Contradictory Creation Stories?:
          -It is not so much that the two accounts are contradictory in nature as they are in reality harmonious and interdependent. Genesis chapter one specifically speaks to the creation of the universe, with man being last in order. Genesis chapter two centers on what earth was like. It makes no mention of the stars, moon, or other features of the solar system. Genesis chapters two and three focuses more on man. Genesis chapter two does not outline the events of creation. There is no discrepancy between the first two chapters of Genesis, as both, while related, are different contexts.
  • Is The Genesis Creation Account Based On Mesopotamian Myths?:
          -The borrowing of a few Mesopotamian ideas for the purpose of describing transcendent truths is different than having been derived from Mesopotamian stories themselves. That is logical, especially considering the original audience. Nonetheless, the text of Genesis is a stand alone in that it presents itself as authentic history. Adam and Eve are presented as historical figures. The biblical account does not read like myth. The biblical account does not read like legend. The biblical account does not read like poetry. Genesis is unique in that it is monotheistic. God is distinguished from His creation. He formed everything from nothing. Genesis is unique in that He who created all things is loving, peaceful, and righteous. These divine and timeless truths are so elegantly communicated by the text. The Genesis creation account is more intricate in that it encompasses every sphere of the natural realm. Only a metaphysical naturalist can reject this ancient Jewish writing as being supernatural revelation. If we are to view this creation account as anything, then we are to see it as Moses correcting the pagan narratives. The Book of Genesis does have significant differences when compared to ancient eastern literature.
  • If God Created The Universe In Six Days, Then How Could The Universe Be 4.6 Billion Years Old?:
          -One could theoretically assume that Adam was in the Garden of Eden for a lengthy amount of time. Scripture does not say how long he was there. Perhaps also time in the Garden of Eden operated in a different fashion than here on earth. The aforementioned details simply constitute a loosely articulated theory designed to answer a particular question. Another approach that a person could take in answering this question is to dispute the idea of an ancient earth.
  • Why Is The Creation Of Plants Placed Before The Creation Of The Sun?:
          -The problem is resolved as one considers that God Himself is light (Revelation 22:5). So photosynthesis was not rendered an impossibility before the creation of the sun. Water was able to remain in a liquid state (God certainly could have used some other means if He chose. After all, we finite beings can use fire to cause the melting of ice). God works in accordance with His divine will. God designed the universe. So He would certainly know how to keep it working.
  • Since God Already Knows Everything, Why Did He Create An Angel Who Would Defy Him And Corrupt His Creation?:
          -Presumably, Satan, who was created without sin, became fallen in the same way that Adam and Eve, who were also created without sin, became fallen. They misused the free will that God had given them by choosing evil instead of righteousness. It is philosophically impossible for evil to exist on its own as an entity, as it is a perversion of what is good. Evil and good can exist at the same time. Good can exist apart from evil. There is much mystery surrounding the fall of Satan. God in His wisdom has chosen not to reveal how all that took place. Of course, this question overlaps with the age-long discussion on the existence of evil and the sovereignty of God (article one; article two). What Scripture does tell us is that God is working all things out in a manner that is good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28-30).

4 comments:

  1. My question has always been, If Adam was created on the sixth day of creation (which liberals say could be thousands of years long), then how old was he on the 7th day when God rested? How many thousands of years old was he?

    Best to stick to the intent of the author that six days means six days.

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  2. In my opinion, reading genesis 1-3 as a literal account is equal to reading the psalms and thinking that trees have hands that they clap. It's simply not how good scholarship and exegesis works.

    You find out the historical context and compare it to the literature of the day to find out what is being communicated.

    If they took their exegesis to the logical conclusion, they would believe in a flat earth, held up on pillars, under a dome with water on top that has windows which open and cause the rain.

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    1. Just what other literature was around when Genesis was penned?

      Do you know that the subscripts of Genesis are most likely written by those where were there and the entire document of Genesis was just collecting them all together?

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  3. Anonymous,

    I think that you make a number of dogmatic assertions which are just assertions and not actual arguments of substance. Your conclusions are not logically connected. They do not follow.

    The text of Genesis has to be interpreted on its own terms. It is a unique, stand-alone document. Literal speech is not to be understood figuratively; figurative speech is not to be understood literally. The "pillars" mentioned in the Psalms, etc. is poetic language.

    The "scholarship" and "exegesis" employed in this article is sufficiently reliable to convince any open-minded individual that Moses intended his audience to understand him as referring to six twenty-four hour days for the creation week.

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