What does the Bible actually teach about the Creation of the world?
What doesn't the Bible spell out?
In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth.
The first book of the Bible, Genesis, opens up with "in the beginning," as Genesis means "birth," "coming into being," the origin. Thus opens the narrative in regard to the "people of God," those special people with whom He chose to interact, all the while instructing these special people to keep an account of that interaction, first as an oral tradition (families repeating the story by word of mouth, passing on the tradition of the story in the ancient art form of storytelling, vividly portraying what happened, when it happened, who it happened to, and sometimes why it happened) and later in written form. Tradition has it that Moses transcribed the story from God Himself, penning the book of Genesis, the Book of Job, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
Note, the Bible does not open up with an exploratory presentation as to how God created the Earth, or why He created the Earth; the narrative is not even about the Earth, specifically, but more about the power and majesty of God, Yahweh, Himself. It is hardly about dirt, water, molecules, human blood cells, or even the Creation process.
"In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth" is an opening statement, pointing to the Author of Creation, and the word "Heaven" means literally "heavens, heaven, sky," employing the Hebrew word shamayim, for atmosphere. It is not broaching the subject of the "place where God Himself resides," or Heaven, because God is not revealing Himself here at the opening of Scripture, but specifically what He did.
Note, the Bible has not depicted the first act of creation in the events that it is portraying, but merely opening the Scripture by introducing the subject, in the beginning. God created Earth, but a long time ago, longer than we can even begin to figure. God has been creating for eons, millenia, longer than humans with all their science and mental abilities can begin to imagine or figure. God in His timing has been creating and moving through the universe, shaping and arranging, and when His timing was arrived, God came to a dead, lifeless world:
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness
was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God
moved upon the face of the waters.
God created the matter of the world, but we are not told when. The Bible does not present a time scale. Humans have figured and counted upon their fingers and toes, adding Adam's age to that of his children, counting upward to the flood and providing their own timeline. But people, in their simplicity, have not provided for all the gaps in the narrative. Because in the beginning, at the creation of the world, the earth was without form, and void; the earth was already here when God arrived in His perfect timing to establish a people here, to enact His plan.
Darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Note, God has yet to say: "Let there be..." The first act of creation in this narrative has not taken place. God arrives here, at Earth, and moves upon the face of the waters. Water exists here on this planet that God created at some earlier time. God does not delve the deep histories here, He is addressing the coming of LIFE to our world, the life He places here, at this time. The planet is lifeless, empty. The planet is void. But water is present.
Evidently, eons have passed, possibly the birth and death of suns, cycles passing. The old adage, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to witness it, does it make a sound? Most people would answer the riddle by drawing out the conclusion, it didn't happen, God did not create the world at an earlier date because we were not there to see it, we are not told about it. Like children, we don't see beyond the gift, we pick up the packages under the Christmas tree and believe they appeared by magic, hardly making the connection between the appearing gifts and our parents. But when you are a child, it is natural to think as a child thinks.
There were witnesses to the Creation of our world, Planet Earth, creatures of God previously created, and there is absolutely no way to fathom how old or how long ago these creatures were created, but most likely these beings were alive in some distant age when the universe was much younger:
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the
earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath
laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who
hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the
foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner
stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
People grow upset when evidence is proved that Earth has been through cycles of life and death, that its rocks and waters are older than they can imagine, let alone count or compute. They wish to suspend the magic. No, my Mommy and Daddy did not provide these gifts, it was magic, it was Santa! And the child, at first fearful, becomes more and more angry, thinking shuts down, opinions are clutched, and the poor child begins to yell. The temper tantrum soon follows. Poor child.
But then again children cannot think as adults, it cannot be held against them. When the child ages, however, it is expected that they will set aside childish things and reason the way adults must reason. They must think things through. And when the child has matured, they shake their head and laugh at their youthful ignorance, and the hot arrogance they were willing to employ to defend their stupidity, even to the point of fighting.
Adult men and women are no different, if they refuse to learn, refuse to think, and merely grasp the man-made traditions of childish thought. The absence of thought, the darkness.
Please, let there be light.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
This is the first explained act of creation as our world is concerned. God says "let there be light." Notice, the Scripture does not explain: God says "let there be water" or "let there be darkness" or "let there be a world formed that is null and void." We are also not told exactly how God accomplishes this generation of light, only that He speaks, and that the light forms. It is not the light of the sun, for that has not been created yet (more than likely the "water" was actually ice, employing reason in that when a planet has no light source, such as when a sun dies, the water turns to ice, it must have been a dark, very cold planet indeed), but we receive some hint of power forming, swirling before the face of God, light, some accumulation of exploding power, something far beyond anything which humans have ever witnessed in our history, something worlds more powerful than any nuclear explosion.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and
God divided the light from the darkness.
In some incredible balancing act, God holds light and dark in His hands. God declares that the light is good, but makes no such pronouncement regarding the darkness. So even at the beginning, there is a distinction made that the light is good; but we are not told here that the darkness is bad. The darkness was first, however, and God moved in the darkness and created light, and stepping back from His work God "sees the light that it is good." And somehow God holds a division between the light and the dark, and we are not told how he does this, as there is no sun brought to life as yet. Like a Master juggler, God holds the ball of light in one hand, and the corresponding antithesis in the other hand.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness
He called Night. And the evening and the morning
were the first day.
This new thing, a "day" a full "day" is comprised of light and darkness, a balancing act. Half of the day is called "Day" and half of the day is called "Night." And God presents here in Scripture His own original division of the day. First there is darkness, because when God arrived at the null and void planet it was in darkness, and God moved in the darkness upon the face of the water, and then God speaks and creates light, so there is darkness, and then there is light. As the Good News Version puts it: "Evening passed and morning came." It could as easily be said, "After darkness, light, the first day."
This is a simple concept, and yet people will adhere to their own traditions, and they will do so with fury, wrath, and bloodshed. Man always attempts to improve on God's creation. The Bible tells us clearly, there was evening (darkness) and then there was the arrival of light (daylight), and this is the first day. Remember, first darkness, and then light. People, attempting to improve upon God's creation, declare: "No! First light, and then darkness," but this is not the way of God. It is the way of the Romans, with a midnight to midnight division of a day. But God Himself divides the day as a block of darkness (the night) and then a block of light (the daylight).
It is also very important to notice an easily overlooked point, that being that "a day," in Hebrew yom, is a concept, a reality apart from sunlight, as it is mentioned here before the creation of the sun, which denotes that time as measured by 24-hour days (roughly 12 hours of darkness followed by 12 hours of daylight) existed before our sun existed. This mean that time existed prior to our sun being used as a timepiece. God did not create "time," as it had already existed. Throughout time, for immeasurable days and night and months and years and millenia, God created the universe, a tireless artist, a loving, beloved Artist, and just as a human artist, working closely with the details, must step back from his work and take in the "bigger picture," so does God, after every phase, step back from His work and "see that it is good."
Yom never refers to an "age" or a "world" or a "great period of time."
Yom does refer to daylight, but may also include the darkness, or a full day comprised of first the darkness and then the daylight, but here in Genesis God denotes "a day," the first day, even before our sun was lit with fire.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the
midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters
from the waters.
Apparently this void world upon which God would work His art like a painter working upon a blank canvas, was a world of water, because God speaks again and raises up a "dome" or canopy of water, vapors, atmosphere; we know there are levels of thickness and thinness to the various layers of atmosphere, the troposphere, stratosphere, ionosphere, and the outermost and thinnest layer the exosphere. God then continues with creation:
And God made the firmament, and divided the
waters which were under the firmament from the
waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
This is the "heavens" mentioned in Verse 1 when "God created the Heaven and the earth." God activated the water upon the dead world and raised it up as a "sky," so that there was water above the resting waters of Verse 6, as well as beneath it, and further explains this act in Verse 8:
And God called the firmament Heaven. And the
evening and the morning were the second day.
The sky is the "Heaven" mentioned in Verse 1. And again it is spelled out, there is first evening, and following daylight, the second day. First night, then day, another day, the second day. The Holman Christian Standard Bible says it like this: "Evening came, and then morning: the second day."
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven
be gathered together unto one place, and let the
dry land appear: and it was so.
We are not told how this exactly was performed, or how the end result appeared, only that there was a distinct separation between dry land and the waters, with the suggestion being that there was one large continent, surrounded by water (unless half the planet was drawn up into one half water and one half land). It could also mean that continents raised up out of the waters and that there was an even distribution of land and sea, or possibly not 50/50 distribution, just a clear distinction between land and sea, dry land and wet world.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering
together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw
that it was good.
God names the dry portion Earth and the waters Sea, and God sees that it is good, but His creation on the third day is not completed:
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the
herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit
after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the
earth: and it was so.
Upon the now-dry ground God brings forth grass, herbs (vegetables), fruit trees, self-perpetuating plants upon Earth. God is putting together a puzzle, an ecosystem that balances itself, that keeps itself going like a perpetual motion machine, with plants providing the life-giving breath that humans and animals require. Note, it would be difficult for this symbiotic relationship to "evolve" out of nothing, as plants require the breath from animals, and the animals require the breath from plants. Intelligent design? This is so far beyond what we know of intelligence as to knock someone flat on their back, intellectually speaking.
And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding
seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose
seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it
was good. And the evening and the morning were the
The grass comes to life, all other growing things, to self-perpetuate, a miraculous process that is almost inexplicable. We are not told exactly how God accomplished this feat, whether it all sprang up as one thing, perfect and complete, or if God painted on the canvas of the world all the growing things that exist. But it is interesting to notice that the land vegetation, which requires sunlight, was created before the sun came online, much the same way that plants were put in place before the creatures that would provide the very breath the plants desperately need.
It does appear God was working "from the bottom up," creating the more lowly life forms first, the more subservient life, and then the higher forms, so that when the higher forms come into being, they are in a fully furnished home, they have what they need. In other words, the plants come into being, and they have an environment in which to flourish, immediately followed by the fish and fowl, the animals, and finally the highest form of Earthly life, Adam, otherwise known as "humanity."
Perhaps it is time that mankind step back from Creation, realizing that the plants were created before humans. Does this truly entitle humanity to destroy the world, the very world that God created, the very plants that God created, all for the purpose of putting up a parking lot? God put in place something we need. God made something perfect. Should we care for that thing He lovingly provided, or do we conquer and destroy it to prove our own "godhood?"
For a third time we are presented the pattern, like someone walking over a path and forming a trail that others might follow, there was evening followed by morning, darkness and light: a third day. The New Living Translation puts it this way: "And evening passed and morning came, marking the third day."
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of
the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let
them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and
years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of
the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
And 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. And God set them in the
firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
and to rule over the day and over the night, and to
divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that
it was good. And the evening and the morning were
the fourth day.
God establishes that the two great lights, the sun for the day, and the moon for the night which merely reflects the light of the sun. The sun flares to life with the light God had already created with His "let there be light." What had been there in the center of this rotating solar system, a dead star born again? Was our sun a product of God's resurrection power? And had the solar system continued to rotate in the darkness, or was it like a clock stilled, all the rotating planets ground down to a silent freeze, quiet in the darkness, gravity waiting, waiting, awaiting the Creator's hand to turn the key? We are not told, only that the sun may be used to count time as Planet Earth spins we experience night and day; as the planet approaches the sun and moves away from the sun we experience seasons, and as the moon encircles the Earth we may count months. The Earth circles the sun and we count off a year.
Almost as an afterthought the Scripture informs us: "He made the stars also." It does not stipulate that any star other than our own sun was created during this Creation week, only that it was God that created the stars, which are suns like our own, some of them much larger, others much hotter, in the distant eons past. Genesis Chapter 1 is, after all, the story of us, our world, and the Creation of things that pertain to us and our ecosphere.
These stars would now be visible in our "firmament," our sky (as there was no sky before, but only a frozen world, and again, like a tree falling in the forest, if there is no living person on Earth to look up and see the stars, do they exist? Of course the stars exist, and existed, beyond our dim ability to count time). The moon was probably there already, stationed near Earth like a guardian, but only with the ignition of the sun could the moon lend any reflected light to its ward.
Now there is a sky, and now the sun is lit, and now the moon relfects the sun's light, and now the stars are visible in the new firmament.
The evening (dark) and morning (light) comprised the fourth day, with moon the new beacon representing the dark (no light of its own, merely casting back light like a mirror from the sun) and sun the ruler of the daylight hours. The New Jerusalem Bible spells it out this way: "Evening came and morning came: the fourth day."
And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly
the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may
fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
And God created great whales, and every living
creature that moveth, which the waters brought
forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged
fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and
multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl
multiply in the earth. And the evening and the
morning were the fifth day.
God creates the rich varieties of both sea life, plant and animal, with all the fowl of the air. Before sin entered the world, God blesses all life and commands: "Be fruitful and multiply." Through some mistaken, prudish idiocy, churchmen through the years came to think and intrepret "fruitful and multiply," otherwise known as "sex" and reproduction, as a sinful creation, from the darkness of their minds even terming it "original sin," whereas the Bible makes it amply clear that reproduction, sex, was created at the beginning, was blessed from the beginning, is sinless and perfect.
Pride was the original sin, and thus prideful churchmen misnamed original sin, in their pride, what a sin, both the original sin and the later misnaming of it. Reproduction is a command here in Genesis Chapter 1 and there is no sin in it. As Creation was perfect, so then sexual reproduction. Be fruitful and multiply.
All this happened on the fifth day, with the evening and morning listed repetitiously so that we should not forget (have you forgotten already?). The New American Standard Bible - Updated Edition interprets the fifth day as: "There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day."
And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living
creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing,
and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
And God made the beast of the earth after his kind,
and cattle after their kind, and every thing that
creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God
saw that it was good.
Notice, Verses 24 and 25, first God says the thing, then immediately we are presented with the statement that God made the thing, repetitiously listing what the thing is, and that God discerns that it is good. To our modern ear, not used to the art of verbal storytelling, and aural "storylistening," this sounds repetitious, and of course as people do, they will pounce upon anything foreign and attempt to twist it into a whole new balloon animal shape. But clearly, in one simple statement, the Bible says: "God made the animals." There is nothing mysterious here.
God snaps together the other side of the piece, the animal life that sustains the plant life even as the plant life sustains the animal life, not only in breath, but also in food, also in manure, a complete cycle of life, a pattern that works in a sinless world just as it does in a sinful world. About the only thing that insists on interrupting this pattern is mankind himself, insisting on cutting down the forests, killing the animals, wiping out entire species, polluting the earth, the sea, and the sky, and often declaring that this is what God wants, that this is WHY God created this perfect ecosphere of support and sustainment. God made a perpetual-motion machine that both lives and breathes, this living creation called Earth, an object much more complex than human beings can every hope to understand, at least in this lifetime. God's Creation confounds imagination and dizzies the intellect.
Kill the world! man cries, and feels that he is blessed by God. This is what God wants, for us to destroy, maim, rape and pillage.
I have even heard people declare that "God made the oil so that I can drive around in a big car." If you think about it, do you think God really made oil so that you could selfishly drive about town, polluting the air and earth? Threatening the lives of others? Does God really want this? Did He in fact plan it all at the beginning?
Or did God, who planned that sea would support earth as earth would support sea, the vapors moving precipitation one way and then the next; the very same God who planned that what animals breathed out, plants would breathe in, and vice versa; the very same God who planned that animals would eat plants and in turn the animals in their digestive process would feed the plants the food they require; did God create "oil" for fat people to drive about town?
Or did God have a very real purpose for oil, one perhaps which we understand very little as yet with our vast intellects and boundless imaginations? Is oil perhaps a form of "blood" in the Earth, protecting the planet from extreme heats and cold, much the way it does in your fat engine? True, we certainly don't understand the purpose of oil, we think of it as a "black gold" so that Arabian princes might build luxury playgrounds for the jetset, but perhaps the God of Creation had another purpose in mind. If God blesses those He loves most, and if He has blessed Arabians and Persians with the most oil, then perhaps God loves the Arabians and the Persians the most?
Or possibly God created oil for a very real purpose, and we just aren't brilliant enough to figure that purpose out. So we burn it, the oil, like we do everything else. Burn it.
We are not told if God "spoke" and created oil. It is not written in Scripture. If when God came here to create life and the water was already present as the Bible clearly states, would it not be logical that oil was present, and gold and silver and rocks, dirt, and that there are very real purposes in all these creations of God? Scientifically, it is proposed that plants and animals were compressed over great lengths of time and were formed into oil, but then again, this would still be the work of God's hand, over eons of time, to God's purpose, it would have a purpose to support the earth just the same way as the sky does, the ocean, the land, and if we run with the idea that God does not create things on accident, perhaps oil is a safeguard built into the earth, something the earth needs, much the way the sky is a very real protection against the extreme heat of the sun, and more, the invisible rays which the sun bombards the planet, and beyond the sky, the heavens, the magnetic field which surrounds the planet and protects it. We are not told about the magnetic field, but we know it exists. We know that the spin of the planet is crucial, that this plays into gravity, days and seasons and years, none of it was created without a purpose.
Claiming that God created oil for your car, or cows for your hamburger is like claiming that God created wind so that you could fly a kite on a sunny Sunday.
If a family of mosquitos found a comatose body to live upon, and "discovered" the wealth of the red gold within that body, and began to greedily suck out that red warmth, grow fat and rich upon its wealth, they might begin to think they were blessed, that the "Mosquito God" had created this vast red oil for their own purposes. Stupidly, the mindless mosquitos would drain the body, not discerning what they were doing. They would probably infect the body with all manner of dangerous viruses as well, never knowing that they did so. As they celebrated their blessings, their own doom would be rushing upon them as their host sickened and died.
Is that a leap? That God created the Earth for a purpose, and fat, greedy humans are industriously killing that Creation?
Have we as humans launched on the same kind of suicidal merchandizing of God's Creation? Who needs rainforests, they are subject to mans' tools. Who needs the oceans, we are the mighty masters of the sea. When we melt mountains for their treasures, hollowing them out, robbing the great silver veins, the golden veins, all the "precious" metals, and all the common metals, are we in some way affecting the very Creation of God? Are we so insolent and arrogant that we think we can do anything we wish to do without consequence? Aren't we affecting God's Creation, His miraculous ecosphere when we wipe out species after species, when we with our mighty brains cross-breed violent African bees with docile South American Bees and generate a new killer bee, is there no consequence? When we improve corn, genetically modifying it so that it needs less water, and can burst out with twice the produce, are we really improving what God put in place, or are we greedily draining the body that sustains us, with no fear of consequences, we the masters of our fate, the captains of our industry.
Think about what modern food "gods" have done, chopping up sheep and other meats and feeding the slop to cows, natural vegetarians. Chopping up pigs and feeding them to chickens and chopping up chickens and feed them to swine. Just how brilliant are we?
It is no secret that "mankind," even those that label themselves "Christian," are now claiming to be god. Are now claiming to have authority, and power, in and of themselves. What pathetic gods. Tragic, really. Is this what godhood has come to, humans?
And what about the righteousness of God? The thing we are to seek first?
Why should we seek His righteousness? We have our own righteousness in and of ourselves. That is what is being taught in New Age Christianity. We can be our own saviors. We have the authority. We have the power.
Or do we?
And God said, Let us make man in Our image, after
Our likeness: and let them have dominion over the
fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and
over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over
every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in His own image, in the image
of God created He him; male and female created He
them. And God blessed them, and God said unto
them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the
earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the
fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and
over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
God makes man in His own image, after God's own likeness. God makes a perfect, sinless creature, humanity. Humanity, created in the image of God, Scripture spelling out "in God's own likeness." What does this mean, the image of God? In God's own likeness?
When we look into a mirror, we create an image, and it looks somewhat like us. But it would be highly delusional to come to believe that the image we are creating has any life of its own. The image is only "alive" because we make it so, by looking into the mirror. If we leave the image, it is gone, it perishes. The image only has life in us. Much in the way the sun has light and sends out light, the moon has no light, but reflects back what the sun shines upon it. The moon has no light of its own, but only that of the sun.
Man is tenuous. Man has no life on his own. There is absolutely no mention of an "immortal soul" in the Bible, it is purely an invention of mankind, a tradition of men. Man is utterly dependant on God (and man naturally does not like this fact, man naturally wants more; it is only supernaturally that man may accept his utter dependance upon God). Without God, man does not exist. As if God is constantly looking into a mirror, we reflect Him, we exist because He condescends to watch us, He condescends to keep us alive.
God creates humans in the image of God, both male and female. Yes, the Bible states it very clearly that women were also created in the image of God, that while masculinity issues from God, so does femininity.
And so God, Who is high above us, creates lowly mankind, and commands us to "have dominion" over every living thing, whether it is of the sea, earth, or sky. In the context that it is given, "dominion" means "completion" or "perfection," in many ways it means that mankind would be similar to a god above the animals, the very caretaker of the animals.
God is love, and mankind should reflect this, as a mirror reflects everything about the One looking into it. God is spirit, and humans should be spirit as well, in the spirit, of the spirit, by the spirit, born of spirit, filled with spirit, which means a person should reflect the spirit of what God says, not just the letter. If God intends us to be responsible for animals, we should be responsible for them (this does not mean we should eat them). We should be responsible for the Earth, just as we should be responsible for our children.
I like the way The Message paraphrases Verse 26, capturing the spirit of the original Biblical intention:
God spoke: "Let us make human beings in our image,
make them reflecting our nature so they can be
responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air,
the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that
moves on the face of Earth."
Genesis 1:26, The Message
Man is supposed to be a caretaker, not a rapist. Humanity is supposed to be a steward, not a greedy profiteer. Men and women should be protectors, not attackers of the Earth. "Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth."
As God is our Protector, we should be the protector of everything He created, since He put us in charge.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb
bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth,
and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree
yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to
every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air,
and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
wherein there is life, I have given every green herb
for meat: and it was so.
Oddly enough, this is perhaps the most shocking verse in the entire Bible, and the one most hotly contested, or perhaps just the most overlooked, because I have heard Christians say, very smuggly: "God made animals to be our food." How anyone can read Verses 29 through 30 and interpret God's Words any differently than He says them, I cannot imagine, unless people choose to intentionally twist God's very Words. It could be the word "meat," which is a very carnal world, and perhaps an even more carnal Christianity interprets as bloody dead flesh in its lust. But Verses 29 and 30 spell it out very clearly, at Creation, God created plant life to be the food of both humans and animals. Before sin entered the world, carnivorous beasts were not carnivorous beasts, and we are assured that in the world to come, that again as it was in the beginning there will be no carnivorous beasts, that both the wolf and the lion will be harmless and will eat grass. Thus the same for humans, carnivorous humans did not exist before sin, just as carnivorous humans will not exist after sin has gone.
This is shocking to most Christians, because they are looking forward to sampling the various animals in heaven. Can we kill this one now, Lord? I have never eaten lion before, can we eat him? We have heard of a man-eating lion, but how about a man EATING lion?
There will be no death in Heaven, nor in the new world, which is the eventual resting place of Heaven itself, where God Himself will reside and where there will be no sun, but only the light issuing from God (so Earth will be much as it was when God first came here, only now it will not be null and void, but abundant with life, sinless life, deathless life). No death, not dead meat, thus no carnivores in heaven, including carnivorous people.
In ignorance carnal-minded Christians, filled with lust for flesh, point to 1 Timothy 4:3, and smuggly quote: "...meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth..." But Genesis 1:29-30 flatly chastises the carnal man, clearly stating that plant life is to be "meat," it is to be our food, it was God's intention at Creation. "Meats, which God hath created." Did God create meat at another time? Perhaps tofu?
I have even heard a New Age Guru who calls himself a bishop claim that 1 Timothy 4:3 demands that people eat meat, even pork. This is like a horror show, when I hear these New Age Gurus drawling out their mystery interpretations of the Bible. Trampling on the Word of God, snarling in their carnivorous lust, their lusts of the flesh. Are they attempting to kill the Two Witnesses?
Later in the Book of Genesis, after the Flood, when all plant life has been eradicated, God does provide for the eating of animal meat; however, this same God who created the world also brought the animals to Noah, the unclean animals in pairs, but the clean animals by sevens (God's perfect number), see Genesis 7:2-3. There is a distinct difference between ignorance, and willful ignorance. God does make provision for ignorance (see Leviticus Chapter 4 and 5, Acts 3:17-21, 17:30), but those who are willfully ignorant are deceivers, and there will be no place for these in heaven. Even when they label themselves with the word "Bishop."
God says: "I have given every green herb for meat."
Did God create animals to be food? Certainly not.
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold,
it was very good. And the evening and the morning were
the sixth day.
Genesis Chapter 1 ends here, with the closing of the sixth day, first the evening and then the morning, but in the original manuscripts of the Torah, there would have been no division placed here, because even in the very beginning God revealed that there were seven days in His week, and on the Seventh day God capped His Creation with something very special indeed, His first gift to humanity, the present of Yahweh's own Holy Day, the Sabbath.
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all
the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended
His work which He had made; and He rested on the
seventh day from all His work which He had made.
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it:
because that in it He had rested from all His work
which God created and made.
Not only does God make a perfect physical Creation, but He then blesses the world forever, throughout time, by gifting humankind with His own Sabbath. Verse 2 of Chapter 2 clearly spells out that God purposefully ends His work, for the purpose of rest, and in Verse 3 God pronounces His blessing on the Sabbath, the Seventh day, and even sanctifies the day (to sanctify means to "set apart," make special from the rest). The Seventh day is set apart from the other six days (thus it is not a principle of setting aside one day in seven, but an actuality of meeting with God on His Own Holy Day, the Seventh day, which God Himself set apart from the other six days; the principle, set by God Himself, is to take the Seventh day for rest, not one day in seven, but THE Seventh day). In Hebrew the word "Shabbat" is actually used, the Biblical word for God's own Holy Day, meaning to repose, to desist from exertion, to cease, and to celebrate.
It is curious, but the same people who read Genesis Chapter 1 and discern that God created animals to be food, also interpret Chapter 2 as that God is setting a principle, that people should rest one day in seven, and the day is at their discretion, or spread out over the week, while others attempt to link the weekly Sabbath to the moon and count from the new moon seven days until the Sabbath (of course, the only way this could work is if a full month could be crammed into Creation week). But there is what the Bible distinctly says, and there is what people warp God's words into, to serve their own self-serving agenda.
Genesis 2:1-3 clearly states that God set the Seventh day apart from the other six days, that He specifically blessed that Seventh day. God does something spiritual on the Seventh day. He blesses and sanctifies, and throughout the Bible blessing and sanctification is tied to God's own Holy Sabbath day, the Seventh day of the week (see Isaiah 58:12-14, and notice God calls it "My Holy Day"). Throughout Scritpure, God never rescinds this blessing, this santification, God absolutely never transfers the holiness of the Seventh day to any other day. He absolutely never calls any other day than the Sabbath "My Holy Day."
Any kind of transfer is an effort made by people, ever and always attempting to improve what God has set in place. Because, apparently, men are smarter than God. Or are they?
These are the generations of the heavens and of
the earth when they were created, in the day that
the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, and
every plant of the field before it was in the earth,
and every herb of the field before it grew: for the
Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth,
and there was not a man to till the ground. But
there went up a mist from the earth, and watered
the whole face of the ground.
A curious thing happens here with some interpreters of the Bible. If you haven't heard of it before, this phenomenon, you might think that I am joking when I tell you that people jump on these three verses here and claim this is an entirely different Creation! And these people generally insert some huge amount of time between Creation week, ending at Genesis 2:3, and beginning at Genesis 2:4. In some cases, people are just trying to start controversy, or to laugh at the Scripture, or looking for novel interpetations, some mystery twist that they can spring on their fellows and be the life of the party.
Clearly, this is just a "zoom in" view of the previously related Scriptures. Genesis Chapter 1 through Chapter 2 Verse 3 is chiefly concerned about what God did, and in what order. Beginning in Chapter 2 Verse 4, Scripture presents another look at what has already been presented. This is not a "second creation," but another look, a closer look.
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Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
In the beginning the Word already existed; the Word was with God, and the Word was God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him. The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.
Good News Translation
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the cornerstone thereof; when the morningstars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?