Back in my salad days, I was a very intellectual, facutal debater. Not this rambunctious girl you see before you, that rides a motorcyle, cuts her hair and mouths off to authority. I started an online discussion with a friend after he posted some questions about religion.
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Would you like some proof? Read a letter/ discourse I had with a childhood friend about Genesis and Evolution and how the world was created:
I have read your note with a lot of interest, I have a few suggestions but they are not final, that is, they are not the ultimate most correct and final answer but an attempt at providing an insight that may ease the disquiet in your heart. I am a Christian of no particular denomination, rather I prefer to commune with fellow Christians, not at pre-determined places or days but whenever I need to. I do keep the Sabbath Holy, in that, I do not engage in any sort of profit-making but take time out to enjoy creation and contemplate my existence. I take the time to find my purpose for being here on Earth and the best way of fulfilling that purpose in veneration to God.
Firstly, have you tried seeing the Bible as a unit, a holistic representation of the narration of the creation and existence of the world as we know it today, instead of breaking it down into the numerous books by individual writers? This would greatly aid you when interpreting the Bible. Remember it is God’s word, I understood this from Sunday school to mean that the different writers were inspired by the Man Himself to write the Great Book. So it’s like reading a book written by one person with numerous themes. What is the main purpose of writing about events past?
For your first question, I would like you to try a simple exercise; enumerate the creation process from start to finish with great care. Here is my attempt (Please do your own, no cheating)
1.God creates Day and Night; note here that God differentiates between Darkness and Light; for me, this is a symbolic separation of Good from evil. Summarily, we can see the preceding verses state that before this point in time “…the earth was without form and darkness was on the face of the deep…”
2.God creates Heaven and separates it from everything else.
3.God creates the Earth, proper, as well as reproducing plants.
4.God creates the Sun, Moon, and Stars; where the Sun helps us tell when it is daytime, the Moon helps us tell when it is night and the stars to indicate the changes in the seasons, and to light up the Earth. Christians revile all that is associated with darkness and aspire to the Light. Further, Jesus Christ is referred to as the “…Light and the Way…”
5.God creates the creatures that dwell in the seas and oceans.
6.God creates the creatures that roam the Earth and the first human beings, Adam and Eve.
7.God rested on the seventh day, he sanctified it and made it holy and later on in the book of Genesis instructed Adam to do the same on every seventh day.
So, finally to answer your first question, why did God create both male and female in chapter one yet in chapter two it says that man was created first and then woman came after when God realized that Adam needed a helper in Eden? I think that Chapter One is sort of like an executive summary then Chapter Two is a more detailed description of the whole creation process. Reference: Gen. Chap. 2 v.4. This verse actually states that this is a history, that is, a retelling of what has already passed.
For your second question, as to how the plants created on day 3 survived without light up until day 4 without the sun; I answer your question with a couple of questions, were these plants that were created, made in a state when they were already mature or were they still seeds in the soil? How long does it take for the average plant to germinate? How long before the shoot turns upward in search for the light? Do all plants photosynthesize? Do all plants require light for photosynthesis?
Remember from v 16 onwards, the Sun and Moon were created to help differentiate between day and night; so there was light in the form of day and the Sun was created to help us differentiate between day and night, therefore, how do you think those plants survived?
On the other hand, a quagmire is created and I understand your predicament in question two. I will pose some more questions at this juncture; Who is God? How do you view Him? What are His capabilities? Has He any limits? Does He really exist? What is God’s nature?
Reference: http://www.newadvent.org/summa/1002.htm; this is a site that lists the greatest works of St. Thomas Aquinas- The 5 Ways of proving the Existence of God; it may be too philosophical but give it a shot. Unto my last point, have you realized that the great Creator may have some aspects of His Nature that are divinely mysterious and those that are divine revelations?
For your third question, the light mentioned on Day One was actually in reference to the separation into Day and Night while that referred to in Day Four was the creation of the heavenly bodies that aided in a further distinction between day and night.
For your fourth question, actually there’s more than one question-someone has a problem with semantics?! I will again answer you with more questions, What is the Sabbath? What did God signify by setting this day aside in the manner that He did? How is human nature different from God’s nature? This should help you answer why we have a rest day and why God rested yet he did not need to. As to why we worship on Sunday instead of on the Sabbath, How sure are you that Sunday is not the Sabbath? How sure are you that it is? How sure are you that Monday is not the Sabbath?
Reference: http://www.sabbathtruth.com/history/History _of_the_Sabbath.pdf with extra emphasis on page 7, the rest of the document just gives a good background on the evolution of the Sabbath over time.
For your fifth question, as to how Noah got all those creatures onto the Ark, blah, blah, blah. Reference: Gen. Chap. 7 v 2 Noah was told the particular number and type of animal to take. How they were able not to hunt each other on the Ark, is anyone’s guess- Did Noah have a system? Did he have a way with animals, the way some of us have a way with plants? Was it the grace of God that settled on the boat and made everything alright?
Do you believe in evolution? Do you think the theory of evolution can be used in tandem with the Word of God to explain our existence and in fact, the existence of everything around us? If you believe this, do you think the flood was post or pre- evolution, bearing in mind that evolution did not occur at one point in time but it was gradual and occurred at different times for different species of flora and fauna and of course for human beings?
I have to think bout the rest and read the bible a bit more but surely this helps….