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FIND OUT WHAT THE BIBLE TELLS US ABOUT THE CREATION OF THE EARTH AND THE HEAVENS.

INTRODUCTION

THE BEGINNING OR THE CREATION OF THE UNIVERSE HAS TWO MAINSTREAM THEORIES. ONE IS THE BIG BANG THEORY WHICH IS PURELY BASED ON SCIENTIFIC FACTS AND THE OTHER ONE THAT WE FIND IN THE BIBLE IN GENESIS CHAPTER 1. THIS IS PARTICULARLY A SUBJECT WHERE SCIENCE AND THE BIBLE CANNOT GO TOGETHER. I PERSONALLY FEEL THAT THE BIG BANG IS ENTIRELY A STORY OF FICTION.  MOREOVER, IT IS MERELY AN ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN HOW THE UNIVERSE WOULD HAVE COME TO EXISTENCE. THERE ARE MANY REASONS WHY THE BIG BANG CANNOT FIT INTO THE BIBLE. BUT THIS BLOG IS NOT ABOUT THE COMPARISON BETWEEN BOTH OF THEM; RATHER IT’S PURELY BASED ON WHAT THE BIBLE TELLS US ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF THE UNIVERSE.

THE BIBLE REVELATION BEGINS WITH A STRONG AND SUBLIME AFFIRMATION. RATHER THAN ARGUING THE VERY EXISTENCE OF GOD, IT STATES THAT THE VERY EXISTENCE OF THE UNIVERSE DEPENDS ON THE GOD. THE WORLD WE LIVE IN BELONGS TO THE GOD (GEN 1:1-2). THERE IS NO INFORMATION GIVEN ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE THE CREATION OF PHYSICAL UNIVERSE, THOUGH THERE’S ONE VERSE IN THE BIBLE THAT TALKS ABOUT THE ETERNITY PAST, JOHN 1:1. IT SAYS, “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD.”

IN THE FIRST CHAPTER OF GENESIS WE COME ACROSS THE CREATION OF UNIVERSE IN 6 DAYS AND THE 7TH DAY GOD KEPT FOR “REST” ALSO REFERRED AS THE DAY OF SABBATH. WE’LL SEE HOW THE UNIVERSE WAS CREATED WITHIN THESE 6 DAYS.

DAY 1 – GEN 1:3-5 (CREATION OF DAY AND NIGHT)

 (3) AND GOD SAID, “LET THERE BE LIGHT,” AND THERE WAS LIGHT. (4) GOD SAW THAT THE LIGHT WAS GOOD, AND HE SEPARATED THE LIGHT FROM THE DARKNESS. (5) GOD CALLED THE LIGHT “DAY,” AND THE DARKNESS HE CALLED “NIGHT.” AND THERE WAS EVENING, AND THERE WAS MORNING—THE FIRST DAY.

VERSE 3 SAYS “LET THERE BE LIGHT.” THESE WORDS EXPRESS A PRINCIPAL THEME OF THE BIBLE I.E. GOD BRINGING THE LIGHT INTO THE DARKNESS. IS 9:2 TELLS US ABOUT THE SAME FACT. HERE, GOD PRODUCED PHYSICAL LIGHT. THE NEW TESTAMENT RECORDS GOD SENDING HIS SON TO BE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD (JOHN 8:12), BRINGING RELEASE FROM THE SPIRITUAL DARKNESS OF BONDAGE TO SIN. IN THE END THERE WILL BE NO DARKNESS AT ALL AND WE WILL BE FACE TO FACE WITH THE SOURCE OF LIGHT (REV 21:23).

DAY 2 – GEN 1:6-8 (SEPARATION OF SKY FROM THE WATER ON THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH)

 (6) AND GOD SAID, “LET THERE BE A VAULT BETWEEN THE WATERS TO SEPARATE WATER FROM WATER.” (7) SO GOD MADE THE VAULT AND SEPARATED THE WATER UNDER THE VAULT FROM THE WATER ABOVE IT. AND IT WAS SO. (8) GOD CALLED THE VAULT “SKY.” AND THERE WAS EVENING, AND THERE WAS MORNING—THE SECOND DAY.

VERSE 7 SAYS THAT GOD MADE THE VAULT AND SEPARATED THE WATER BELOW THE VAULT FROM THE WATER ABOVE THE VAULT. THE DESCRIPTION OF UPPER AND LOWER WATERS IS SOMEWHAT MYSTERIOUS; IT HAS BEEN THEORIZED THAT IT REFERS TO THE DIVISION BETWEEN THE WATER ON THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH AND THE WATER VAPOR WHICH IS THE PART OF THE ATMOSPHERE.

DAY 3 – GEN 1:9-13 (CREATION OF LAND AND SEAS AND CREATION OF VEGETATION)

(9) AND GOD SAID, “LET THE WATER UNDER THE SKY BE GATHERED TO ONE PLACE, AND LET DRY GROUND APPEAR.” AND IT WAS SO. (10) GOD CALLED THE DRY GROUND “LAND,” AND THE GATHERED WATERS HE CALLED “SEAS.” AND GOD SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD. (11) 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. (12) 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. (13) AND THERE WAS EVENING, AND THERE WAS MORNING—THE THIRD DAY.

SOMETHING THAT DREW MY ATTENTION WERE VERSES 11 AND 12 THAT REFER TO “SEED BEARING PLANTS” WHICH I SUPPOSE WOULD HAVE BEEN INNUMERABLE AT THAT TIME ITSELF. THIS PHRASE HERE REFLECTS THE FACT THAT THEY WERE NOT ONLY LIVING ENTITIES BUT THEY PRODUCED FRUITS AND HAD THE ABILITY TO REPRODUCE. THIS IS ONLY POSSIBLE THROUGH GOD AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THE BIBLE TELLS US. BIBLE CLEARLY RECORDS THAT IT WAS ALL DONE THROUGH THE WORD OF HIS MOUTH. SUCH IS THE GREATNESS AND MAJESTY OF OUR LOVING LORD FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN LOOKING AFTER US AND PROTECTING US UNDER HIS MIGHTY WINGS.

DAY 4 – (GEN 1:14-19 CREATION OF SUN MOON AND OTHER CELESTIAL BODIES)

(14) 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, (15) AND LET THEM BE LIGHTS IN THE VAULT OF THE SKY TO GIVE LIGHT ON THE EARTH.” AND IT WAS SO. (16) 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. (17) GOD SET THEM IN THE VAULT OF THE SKY TO GIVE LIGHT ON THE EARTH, (18) TO GOVERN THE DAY AND THE NIGHT, AND TO SEPARATE LIGHT FROM DARKNESS. AND GOD SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD. (19) AND THERE WAS EVENING, AND THERE WAS MORNING—THE FOURTH DAY.

VERSE 14 SAYS “AND LET THEM SERVE AS SIGNS TO MARK SACRED TIMES”. PEOPLE OFTEN GET CONFUSED AND TAKE THESE WORDS AS THE BIBLICAL BASIS OF ASTROLOGY. BUT THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT THE CASE; THE “SIGNS” IN THIS PHRASE REFER TO THE PHASES OF THE MOON AND THE RELATIVE MOTION OF THE STARS THAT MARKS THE PASSAGE OF TIME FROM THE VANTAGE OF THE EARTH. PS. 104:19 CLEARLY STATES THAT GOD CREATED MOON TO MARK THE SEASONS. AND THE SUN KNOWS WHEN TO GO DOWN. THIS DISTINCTLY DETERMINES THAT THERE IS NO CONNECTION BETWEEN ASTROLOGY AND THE BIBLE.

VERSE 16 RECORDS ACROSS YET ANOTHER REMARKABLE PHRASE, “HE ALSO CREATED THE STARS.” THE BIBLE CREATION STORY GIVES STARS THE SLIGHTEST AND BAREST MENTION. RATHER GIVES MORE IMPORTANCE TO THE SUN AND THE MOON. CONTRARY TO THIS FACT, IN ANCIENT MIDDLE EAST, OTHER RELIGIONS WORSHIPPED, AND MYSTIFIED THE STARS. IN FACT THIS IS STILL IN PRACTICE IN FEW RELIGIONS. WHICH TELLS US THE AMOUNT OF FALSE BELIEFS PEOPLE TEND TO HAVE AND HOW PRIVILEGED WE ARE TO KNOW THE ONLY TRUE LIVING GOD. 

DAY 5 – GEN 1: 20-23 (CREATION OF THE AQUATIC LIVING CREATURES AND THE BIRDS OF THE SKY)

(20) AND GOD SAID, “LET THE WATER TEEM WITH LIVING CREATURES, AND LET BIRDS FLY ABOVE THE EARTH ACROSS THE VAULT OF THE SKY.” (21) 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. (22) 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.” (23) AND THERE WAS EVENING, AND THERE WAS MORNING—THE FIFTH DAY.

ON THE FIFTH DAY GOD CREATED THE AQUATIC LIVING CREATURES AND THE BIRDS OF THE SKY. VERSE 21 RECORDS A PHRASE “LIVING CREATURES,” WHICH CONTAINS MULTIPLE MEANINGS. THIS EXPRESSION COULD BE USED FOR A SOUL, IT COULD ALSO MEAN “LIFE,” “BEING,” “LIVING BEING,” OR A “PERSON,” PURELY DEPENDING ON THE CONTEXT. THE SAME PHRASE IS USED IN VERSE 24 AND GEN 2:7 FOR LIVESTOCK AND MAN RESPECTIVELY. EVEN THOUGH THE PHRASE USED IS THE SAME BUT THE MEANING AND THE CONTEXT IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

DAY 6 – GEN 1:24-31 (CREATION OF LIVESTOCK AND OTHER LAND ANIMALS AND THE MAN)

I’M NOT INCLUDING 24-27 OTHERWISE IT WOULD BECOME QUITE TOO LONG. YOU CAN REFER TO YOUR BIBLES FOR THE SAME.  

(28) 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.” (29) 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. (30) 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. (31) GOD SAW ALL THAT HE HAD MADE, AND IT WAS VERY GOOD. AND THERE WAS EVENING, AND THERE WAS MORNING—THE SIXTH DAY.

AFTER GOD CREATED THE ALL SORTS OF ANIMALS, HE CREATED MANKIND TO RULE OVER ALL THE OTHER CREATURES. HE CREATED MANKIND FROM THE DUST OF THE EARTH IN HIS OWN IMAGE. NOW THIS PHRASE “CREATED IN HIS OWN IMAGE” IS A SUBJECT IN ITSELF TO STUDY OR TO PONDER UPON. JOHN 4:24 STATES THAT GOD IS SPIRIT, HENCE IT’S NOT POSSIBLE TO HAVE AN “IMAGE” OF A SPIRIT, WHICH CLEARLY INDICATES THAT THIS PASSAGE HAS A DIFFERENT MEANING. THE TRADITIONAL VIEW OF THIS PASSAGE DETERMINES THAT THE GOD’S IMAGE IN MAN DOES NOT REFER TO THE PHYSICAL APPEARANCE; RATHER IT’S MORE OF MORAL, ETHICAL AND INTELLECTUAL ABILITIES. BUT THESE ABILITIES THAT WE HAVE INHERITED FROM OUR FATHER ARE NOT THE SAME AS OUR FATHER BECAUSE NOTHING CAN EVER BE COMPARED TO HIS GREATNESS AND THE ABILITIES.

DAY 7 – GEN 2:1-4 (GOD FINISHED HIS WORK AND RESTED)

(1) THUS THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH WERE COMPLETED IN ALL THEIR VAST ARRAY. (2) BY THE SEVENTH DAY GOD HAD FINISHED THE WORK HE HAD BEEN DOING; SO ON THE SEVENTH DAY HE RESTED FROM ALL HIS WORK. (3) THEN GOD BLESSED THE SEVENTH DAY AND MADE IT HOLY, BECAUSE ON IT HE RESTED FROM ALL THE WORK OF CREATING THAT HE HAD DONE.

NOW, MANY PEOPLE THINK THAT GOD RESTED OUT OF FATIGUE AND TIREDNESS BUT ACTUALLY THAT’S NOT THE CASE. GOD IS NEVER WEARY (IS. 40:28-29) HE RESTED BECAUSE OF HIS ACCOMPLISHMENT. THE VERB TRANSLATED “RESTED” IS RELATED TO THE WORD FOR SABBATH, WHICH MEANS “REST.” HIS REST OF THE SEVENTH DAY SIGNIFIES THAT HE WAS SATISFIED WITH THE WORK HE HAD DONE.    

CONCLUDING NOTE

THAT’S HOW THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH WERE FORMED IN 6 DAYS. IT’S SUCH A PLEASURE TO BE KNOWN AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD CREATED IN HIS OWN IMAGE. WE CANNOT FATHOM HIS GREATNESS, HE WHO CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH JUST THROUGH THE WORD OF HIS MOUTH. HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON TO DIE FOR US AND RESURRECT ON THE THIRD. AND NOW IS SITTING ON THE RIGHT HAND OF THE LORD FATHER PRAYING FOR US WHILE WE LIVE IN THIS ETERNAL HOPE THAT ONE DAY WE WILL BE FACE TO FACE WITH HIM.