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(1:1-2:3) “In the beginning”
The first of two contradictory creation accounts. Compare with Genesis 2:4-25 in which the order of events is entirely different.
(1:1-2:3) The Genesis 1 account conflicts with the order of events that are known to science.
In Genesis, the earth is created (1:1) before light (1:3), sun and stars (1:16); birds and whales (1:21) before reptiles and insects (1:24); and flowering plants (1:11) before any animals (1:20). The order of events known from science is in each case just the opposite.
(1:2,6) “without form and void,” “the face of the deep,” “the face of the waters”
The Genesis 1 meaning is vastly different from the modern interpretation. This says the cosmos was created out of a watery chaos (Heb: tohu wabohu). It doesn’‘t say it was created from nothing (Lat: ex nihlo), an Augustinian idea.
(1:3-5, 14-19) “Let there be light”
God creates light and separates light from darkness, and day from night, on the first day. Yet he didn’‘t make the light producing objects (the sun and the stars) until the fourth day (1:14-19). And how could there be "the evening and the morning" on the first day if there was no sun to mark them?
(1:6-8) The Firmament (Heaven)
God spends one-sixth of his entire creative effort (the second day) working on a solid firmament. This strange structure, which God calls heaven, is intended to separate the higher waters from the lower waters which is an utter absurdity.
(1:11-13) “Let the earth bring forth grass”
Plants are made on the third day before there was a sun to drive their photosynthetic processes (1:14-19). Notice, though, that God lets "the earth bring forth" the plants, rather than creating them directly. Maybe Genesis is not so anti-evolution after all.
Were plants created before or after humans?
Does the Bible teach evolution?
(1:14) “Let them be for signs”
God placed the sun, moon, and stars in the firmament so that they can be used “for signs”. This, of course, is exactly what astrologers do: read “the signs” in the Zodiac to predict what will happen on Earth.
Does the bible condemn astrology?
What the Bible says about astrology
(1:16) “God made the two great lights.”
“The greater light [the sun] to rule the day, and the lesser light [the moon] to rule the night.” But the moon is not a light; it only reflects light from the sun. And why, if God made the moon to “rule the night”, does it spend half of its time moving through the daytime sky?
(1:16) “He made the stars also.”
God spends a day making light (before making the sun and stars) and separating light from darkness; then, at the end of a hard day’‘s work, and almost as an afterthought, he makes the trillions of stars.
When were the stars made?
“And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.”
Then why is only a tiny fraction of stars visible from earth? Under the best conditions, no more than a few thousand stars are visible with the unaided eye, yet there are hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy and a hundred billion or so galaxies. Were they all created “to give light upon the earth”?
(1:20-21) “Let the waters bring forth ... fowl.”
From what were the fowls created?
1:21 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.
(1:24) “Let the earth bring forth the living creature”
Does the Bible teach evolution?
1:26 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.
1:28 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.
(1:28) “Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over ... every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
What the Bible says about birth control
Is childbearing sinful?
1:29 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.
(1:31) “The evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
In Genesis 1 the entire creation takes 6 days, but the universe is about 13.7 billion years old, with new stars constantly being formed.