So I started my walk through the (entire) Bible today. It's funny how God makes you realize things, and when you decide you'll go with them, He'll completely clarify and throw it at you to be sure that you've got what He's getting across. Example? I decided today that I am going to officially read the entire Bible. I feel like SUCH a loser-christian baby that I haven't read the whole Bible yet. In fact, there are parts I've barely even touched. How sad is that!!? Very. Incredibly. You'd think for a book that is supposed to bring me life, and show me how to live it, I'd of read the entire thing a hundred times over by now. But, sadly I haven't. That's going to change, starting today. Anyway, I knew God was telling me to do it, so I figured I'd do my devotion (A Call To Die - BUY IT AND DO IT!), and then I'd start my Genesis reading. Well, I delve into A Call To Die...and what is it about? It talked directly about being a "baby christian" and not being "spiritually mature" with knowledge of God, as a christian is supposed to be. It talked about reading God's Word and how we're supposed to really focus on this stuff, on knowing God's Word and using it in our lives. Gosh, it hit hard. God really wanted to be sure that I had it straight, that He really wants me to read His book...all of it. Yes, God. :)
He gave me a beautiful opportunity to share Him with an employee at CVS today. He really opened the door, and I got to get straight with this guy on what it meant to be Saved and know you're going to Heaven. It was a wonderful few moments, and I hope to go back and visit him again. He seemed genuinely blessed, and I loved it! I want to do that every day. God, give me more opportunities...and give me the courage to actually take them.
I have a feeling that this whole reading the Bible thing is going to take a very long time. When I read, I don't just skim and skip. Nope. I had my Bible, my commentary, my Bible dictionary, Evidence Bible, A notebook and a pencil. MAN I'm spiritual! Kidding. But it probably took me a good half hour just to get through Genesis one, what with all of the studying of the Hebrew and learning the meaning of every word in every sentence. Then I felt the need to write down notes and summaries. I love it, though. I'm really studying God, not just reading Him. It's beautiful.
I thought a lot about this whole "Creation" debate, and it's really bugging me. I cannot make myself to believe any different than a literal six day Creation. Reading the scriptures, there's really nothing more you can take out of Genesis one to make you believe that it goes any differently. I know a lot would like to disagree with me, and that's fine. I'm not saying I'm right, but I'd like to think I'm being Biblical...and Biblical is right. That's just the way it is. The thing is, I think people try to over analyze the Creation account to fit what they want to believe a lot of the time. I mean, seriously, just read it...and tell me that you get anything else than a literal six day Creation;
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and (the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
God saw that the light was good; and God 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, one day.
Then God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters."
God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.
God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
Then God said, "Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so.
God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them"; and it was so.
The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.
There was evening and there was morning, a third day.
Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate 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 expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so.
God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.
God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,
and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.
There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
Then God said, "Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens."
God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good.
God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth."
There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind"; and it was so.
God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;
and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food"; and it was so.
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Here are my questions for those that believe anything differently than what the above clearly stated;
1. If never having heard any explanation of how our world came about, you came to this and read it as complete truth, would you suspect that it implied anything more than a literal six day creation? If so, go back and re-read it. Please.
2. Where do you see long periods of time? Or room for evolution? Or anything else for that matter outside of "God created....day one." ect.
3. Each day had one evening and one morning. So how does the long periods of time per day work? Did each long period of time have hundreds or thousands of days that were light, and hundreds or thousands that were dark? That wouldn't make much sense. It clearly states that each "day" ('yom', meaning long periods of time OR ALWAYS a literal day if placed with a numeric value) had ONE morning and ONE evening. So then, how do we translate that to long periods of time without twisting scripture?
4. Do you make any other part of scripture that complicated? Do you question any other part of the Bible or treat it as though it could imply something completely different than what it states?
I just don't get it. I don't understand where the the "long periods of time" or "God used evolution" or whatever other theories are out there came from. Well, I have an Idea. I honestly believe that it came from a preconceived notion of evolution taught in schools or in any secular atmosphere. When you come FROM evolution TO the Bible, you often want to fit them hand in hand. Doesn't work that way.
I dunno. This is all just bugging me. I wish we could all take Genesis as it is written, not as we want it to be written. There is no implication in the English that it's anything but literal. There is no implication in the HEBREW (which is what really matters) that it's anything but literal. So WHERE THE HECK are we getting anything but what's literally written? bahhhh I'm going crazy over all of this, yes? I guess, just while reading Genesis earlier, it really got me thinking. And I asked God to really speak to my heart through the study, and I couldn't picture anything but an actual, literal, six day creation while reading about it. There was nothing even hinted at to make me see otherwise. Not even a tiny implication from a single word in that chapter. God is not the author of confusion, right? So if there were long periods of time in each "day", how come God didn't just tell us so? He could have easily have had it written "So God took five thousand years to create the trees, grass, and other plants..." or whatever have you.
When you read about God's covenant with Abram in Chapter 15 verse 18, "On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land..." Do you assume that the "day" mentioned in the beginning could have been a long period of time? Was it a literal day? That would make sense, yeah? But if you're going to change up the word "day" in the beginning of Genesis, you need to do so in the rest of it as well. Why don't we question the word "day" anywhere else in the Bible?
This confuses me greatly.
Now, don't get me wrong Christians...I don't have all the answers. I don't know it all. But what I'm saying is that I truly and honestly believe that to take the Genesis account of Creation as anything but literal is to be unbiblical and outside of God's perfect Word. I honestly believe with all my heart, that God could create our world in six days, and that He did. And if He had chosen to take thousands of years, He would have told us so. God is not the author of confusion.
I had to get that out. If just going through chapter one of the Bible makes me think and write this much, I can only imagine what the rest of it will do.
Off to memorize James two. I hope that by this time next week, I will have it down. Wish me luck!