There I was reading my Bible. I was reviewing the passages concerning the creation of Adam and Eve and I ran into this:
Genesis 1:20, 21
God also said: "Let the waters bring forth the creeping creatures having life,
and the fowl that may fly over the earth
under the firmament of heaven."
And God created the great Whales, and every living and moving
creature, which the waters brought forth,
according to their kinds, and every winged fowl according to its kind.
And God saw that it was good.
Do you remember how I said a couple of days ago that a person could read the same thing over and over again and still not see everything and then all of a sudden something so simple just jumps off the page at you? Well... maybe I didn't say it quite like that but that was the general idea. When I read the sections that contained these verses my intent was to see exactly what the Bible said about the creation of woman and to a lesser extent man. We were examining the possibility of there having been two women created in or near the beginning. I even toyed with the idea that possibly there had been two Adams but the Bible is pretty clear that there was only one until Christ came along and he was the second Adam. But that's a whole different story.
Something other than what I was looking for jumped off the page when I read these three verses. Now as you know I'm a person of faith and science. Hence I am very familiar with the big bang theory and the general theory of the evolution of life, that by the way is documented in fossil record. How can such science be refuted? The physical evidence is there for everyone to see and yet in the Bible it says that God created man, not some primordial ooze; man did not crawl out of the ocean and slowly become... or does it?
Look closer at these verses. God commands the water to bring forth the creeping thing. Science theorizes that life began in the oceans; and that life began to crawl out of the water and eventually evolved into land life. The Bible confirms that God created ocean life first, on the fourth day. Then in the next verse, the next day (God time), he commands the water to bring forth the creeping creatures and from those creeping creatures God created every living and moving creature which the waters brought forth.
Science has proven that millions of years ago when the world was very young there was only one ocean and one land mass. The land mass however was not actually one piece it was a bunch of pieces all jammed up together. Eventually over millions of years they moved away from each other, then they moved in again and then out again to what we have today and they are still moving. The point is that science shows us that in the beginning there was one of each, one water, one land. Now check out this Biblical record;
These are the generations of the heaven and the earth, when they were created,
in the day that the Lord God made the heaven and the earth.
and every plant of the field before it sprung up in the earth,
and every herb of the ground before it grew;
for the Lord God had not rained upon the earth;
and there was not a man to till the earth.
But a spring rose out of the earth,
watering all the surface of the earth.
This is a record of the earth before there was any plants, before water cooled the crust and allowed life to take root. There was no man, there was no rain, there were no plants, no herbs but life was there because the very next verse reads:
And the Lord God formed man of the slime of the earth,
and breathed into his face the breath of life,
and man became a living soul.
There it is science fans and God fans alike, God made man of the slime, the primordial slime. He made him before the plants had a chance to grow on the earth and before rain fell. He made man of the slime while a single source of water, a single spring watered all the surface of the earth. Now look at this record:
And the Lord God had planted a paradise of pleasure from the beginning,
wherein he placed man whom he had formed.
and the Lord God brought forth of the ground all manner of trees,
fair to behold, and pleasant to eat of:
the tree of life also in the midst of paradise,
and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
And a river went out of the place of pleasure to water paradise,
which from thence is divided into four heads.
God says that while the earth was cooling and plants had yet to take root, he set aside a small spot that he called a place of pleasure, a paradise. In that place of pleasure he brought forth a spring to water the paradise and he made trees to grow; all manner of trees. Then he put man in that paradise. According to the text man was alone. If God had made a second woman then she had already gone away, but to where is uncertain. Again we are stymied in pursuing that line of reasoning because we don't really know how much time has passed between one event and another. God's time is not man's time. To God a day can be thousands or even millions of years. To someone who is eternal time is a relative term.
The point is; While the earth was still only one land mass and one ocean, God had already made a spot that he would call paradise and where he would put man who he would form of the slime that had come from the ocean.
I don't know how I have missed it in the many dozens of times that I have read the first few chapters of Genesis. It's as clear as the nose on my face. I was once taught that between the creation of the heavens and the creation of the earth that was fit for man a time span occurred that allowed for dinosaurs and other "unexplainable" events. As I said before just because an animal is not named in the Bible does not mean that God is saying it doesn't exist, that's ridiculous. From what we have just read my entire outlook has changed. I don't need to simply say well it happened when we weren't looking or something like that. The formation of the earth is a scientific fact and God created science, and the earth and he very clearly wrote about it. Sometimes the chronological order has been a bit mixed up but it's there as clear as day.
Wow, now that we've covered the creation of man and the birth of our world what do you want to talk about next... aliens? Hmm... let me think about that for a day.
Be good to each other.