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John then described the awesome angelic beings that are in attendance at God's throne. John saw "twenty-four elders" and "seven Spirits of God" and "four living creatures," all worshipping God. Notice what the 24 elders say as to why they are worshipping God: "The twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: 'You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created'" Revelation , emphasis added throughout.
According to many scientific dating methods, this planet earth is many millions of years old.
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However, from biblical chronology we can calculate that the span of time from the creation of Adam and Eve to the present is about 6, years. As a result, most people who believe the Bible is divinely inspired are divided into two main groups based on their explanation for the apparent contradiction. The "young earth" group generally believes that all of God's creation took place only 6, years ago. Many of them believe that God made things to appear to be older but that one must believe in a 6,year-old earth if he or she believes that the Bible is the infallible Word of God.
Many "ancient earth" theorists believe that some parts of the creation account weren't meant to be taken literally. Many believe that the "days" in Genesis 1 are symbolic of long eras of time. But there are unanswered questions with both main theories. But for nearly 2, years, various scholars and other Bible students have proposed another explanation that is in harmony with both the Bible as a whole and the predominant view of scientists of an ancient age of the earth.
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Translating hayah as "became" in Genesis puts the Bible in harmony with science and history. You see, Genesis is speaking of God's original creation of the earth many millions of years ago. Genesis begins the account of God's re-creation of the earth after it had experienced great destruction. It's not logical to think that God would create the earth "formless and desolate" as the Good News Translation translates Genesis We would expect God to create everything with beauty and perfection.
He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos" New Living Translation. The Hebrew word here translated "empty chaos" is tohu, the same word translated "without form" in Genesis So what happened?
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Long after the original creation, a violent cataclysm occurred that caused the chaos. You can access it online or request a free copy. To summarize, God created the earth with exquisite perfection, but a cataclysm brought destruction. We don't know how many years there were between the time of God's creation and that cataclysm, nor do we know how many years there might have been between that cataclysm and the re-creation described in Genesis 1.
Notice Psalm "You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth.
So, Genesis 1 and 2 should be understood as literally true. This planet is indeed very old, but most of the flora and fauna we have today, as referred to in Genesis 1, was created about 6, years ago. And human beings began at that time with God's creation of Adam and Eve. Genesis And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
Genesis Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. Some people have thought that the creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2 contradict each other. For example, Genesis 1 describes animals being created before Adam, while Genesis could be read as if Adam had been created before the animals.
But the Bible never contradicts itself, because it was inspired by God. Genesis doesn't mean that God created Adam first and then the animals. The correct chronological day-to-day sequence of events is stated in chapter 1 but not in chapter 2. The content of chapter 2 is a complement and supplement to chapter 1. God means for us to combine the content of the two chapters to get a more complete picture of what happened and why.
Job , "Where were you when I [God] laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding… "To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? In this context, "stars" and "sons of God" refer to angels Job ; Isaiah ; Revelation They had to be created before the earth was created, because they were celebrating at the time of earth's creation.
What about the demons? The demons were originally angels. When they later rebelled against God and became evil, they became known as demons. They are led by Satan.
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Genesis In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was [became] without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. The age of the dinosaurs was pre-Adamic. As explained above, a cataclysm apparently destroyed the animals and vegetation on the earth, including the dinosaurs, long after God first created the earth see " What does the Bible say about dinosaurs?
Genesis God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night.
So the evening and the morning were the first day. Exodus For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. First, Genesis defines a day as consisting of a daylight portion and a dark portion. It also defines a day as being composed of an evening and a morning. Stating "evening" before "morning" is consistent with the rest of the Bible, which defines a day as beginning with sundown.
Exodus obviously means literal hour days, not eras of thousands or millions of years. Furthermore, biological interdependence including countless examples of a symbiotic relationship between two life-forms necessitates plants and animals being created at approximately the same time. For example, plants were created on the third day, while insects were created on the sixth day. Flowering plants require pollinators insects, including bees to carry out pollination, which is essential to the production of fruit and seeds, which are necessary for reproduction.
These plants would not have survived beyond one growing season without pollination. How could there be light on the first day when the sun, moon and stars were not created until the fourth day? Genesis The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
Genesis Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.
He made the stars also. Its location then should be placed somewhere in Mesopotamia. Even more, the description of the garden in the Genesis account is not identical with other biblical texts alluding to the garden. For example, in Ezekiel 28, the luxuriant materials found in the garden are not mentioned in Genesis b To focus exclusively on the "garden" without acknowledging these characters would only disrupt the plot of the narrative.
Works provide full expression of something or things. This suffices to inform readers the re-adaptation of the garden concept by the narrator of Genesis, which is easily left out by interpreters. The Sumerians are considered a highly gifted non-Semitic people of unknown origin who settled in the lower Tigris-Euphrates Valley around the 4th millennium BCE.
The notion of a garden as an extraterrestrial place in Sumerian literature was obviously borrowed by the narrator of the book of Genesis for theological and etiological purposes. Apparently, the Garden in Eden, like the land of Dilmun was a place of everlasting joy without death. The theological reflection here would be, unlike foreign gods, the God of Genesis is not a selfish god, but a god who sought to establish a relationship with humanity. Briefly, the purpose of the Eden narrative in the book of Genesis could be interpreted in two ways.
Evil is a human product. Second, the Eden narrative also functions as an etiological legend seeking to answer questions about human origin. As for the Eden narrative, Adam and Eve were the first humans who were also the first parents who gave birth to humanity. Like cosmogonic literature of the ancient Near East, the Eden legend is designed to speculate on the origins of humanity and its first residence. The Garden in Eden was the first residence of humanity given by God himself.
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