A joke to share is one day a group of scientists approached God and said “we have learned and accomplished so much that we no longer need you for anything. In fact, we now have the capacity to create anything we want. God replied “how about a challenge” which the scientists agreed to. So God took a handful of dirt and created a complete person from it. The scientists said “we can do that too.” So one scientist picked up a handful of dirt and God said “get your own dirt”.
One theory of how life began is that a pool of chemicals was struck by lightning and after a long period of time a creature crawled out on to dry land. I wonder what that creature may have found to eat.
The debate between creation and evolution continues on. I have not acquired enough age or intelligence to have insights into the great mysteries of the universe. Truth be known I can barely figure out how to post a blog. One thing I can do as a human is think and reason. If you will indulge me for a few minutes it would be a pleasure to share the account of creation from Genesis 1 along with some simple commentary. After reading this you may agree that the account of creation is indeed logical.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 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.
2 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.
As with any system of belief an assumption must be made pertaining to a beginning. Scripture tells us in the beginning God created the heavens and earth. The Bible begins with God, not with philosophical arguments for His beginning. It is with this view that the Genesis account should be considered. It would be a logical conclusion that a creator of all existence would provide a sense of order in creation.
The seven days of creation are;
- Light . It seems the first thing any one does in a work shop is turn on the lights. There is no reason to believe God needs light to see what He is doing so He must have created light for another reason.
- Water and sky. Water is the one common factor in all life as we can observe. In the second day of creation water was created in the forms we know it such as liquid or gas (mist). In the liquid form it is readily changed to its gas state through evaporation that can be caused by heat created from light. The evaporation creates mist in the form of fog and clouds. This is a perpetual cycle.
- Land, sea, and plants. Day three was marked by major geographical changes. Namely the separation of water and dry land. Two features of water is it will always find level and the path of least resistance. This is the reason water pools in low lying ground and not mountain tops. After dry land was formed plants were created. All fruit bearing plants require nourishment as is found in dry land as well as water and light. Plants are not a byproduct of light but are dependent on light and water to grow and multiply.
- Moon and stars become visible. Science has not yet documented all the ways wildlife utilizes the lesser light to regulate periods of migration, seasons of mating, navigation, or other “naturally occurring” cycles. In all of human recorded history the celestial lights have served as both calendars and navigation tools.
- Fish and Birds. The theme “every living thing that moves about” in the seas certainly does not distinguish fish merely. For discussion sake, fish and birds are noted as being influenced by moon and stars as well as dependent on water and plants.
- Land animals and man. On this day the world received all the kinds of land animals. At this point in the account man is listed as the crowning achievement. In the very beginning God has placed humans above all created things.
- Day of Rest. On the seventh day God took a break. The health benefits of taking one day in seven as a day of rest is well documented. It does not matter if it is human or work animal there is a great connection with longevity and a Sabbath rest. This is not suggesting God needs the rest rather that a Sabbath from regular work is a gift.
When the seven days are considered one can easily identify provision prior to need. Light and water precedes plant life, and plants before living creatures. The Genesis account of creation is simple, yet in the simplicity there is logical order.
Rev. Burt Schwab