A word that the traditional Genesis proponents love to use when it comes to what they think they are looking at in Genesis creation. You may have heard them say this exact sentence...
"We are looking at 6 LITERAL DAYS OF CREATION"
Everything there is 100% LITERAL!
Well, that's just wrong. Not true at all.
In fact, if 1 small point isn't literal in the account, doesn't that sort of tarnish the whole thing as being literal? I mean, you have these 6 full days of supposed material creation. If one of those days doesn't make sense and is impossible to be speaking literally, doesn't this cause one to question the other 5 days too? Of course it should. But the majority won't even acknowledge the overwhelming inconsistencies in Genesis creation. They don't even want to discuss them.
In a little back and forth I had with a woman who holds to the literal Genesis view recently, she said this exact sentence to me...
" It doesn't have to "work" it is to be believed by faith."
This statement right here, is the thorn in the side of ever coming to a true knowledge of the deeper things of God.
People read the bible and take it at plain face value especially in Genesis. Not ever considering that perhaps in the deep wonderful mind of God, there are MUCH deeper truths that we are reading.
But what is even more ironic is that this same concept is not held when they arrive at the conclusion of the story. Not even close.
For instance, these fulfilled proponents understand that the "SEA" that is seen as "no more" in Revelation 21, is NOT literal.
They understand that the "SEA" here represents the Gentiles. The rocky sea which was in "darkness". The "sea" was always separated from the "the dry land" which represents Israel and those who know God and have that stability and foundation.
That concept is agreed upon by literal every person who holds to the fulfilled view.
When John said "I saw a new heaven and a new earth and there was no more SEA", we all agree and understand this as saying that the wall of separation has been broken down in Christ. There is neither sea nor dry land in Christ. There is neither Gentile nor Jew in Christ. The wolf has laid down with the lamb in peace, in Christ. Outsiders can come into Christ. The Covenant promises are available for all men by the grace of God in the New Heaven and Earth order.
But these folks have no clue where that "SEA" was ever created.
Where is the passage in the bible which deems the "SEA" as the confused Gentile and chaotic pagan nations?
Still searching for one?
Where "darkness" was on the face of the "deep" (waters). The Spirit of God hovered over these waters and then called a people to Himself.
He then went on in Genesis 1 to create the dry land and SEPARATE it from what?
So when we see that the "SEA" is no more in Revelation 21, we are looking at the removal of the separation.
But people refuse to accept that because they understand that if the "sea" isn't literally water in Genesis 1, then they have to deal with everything else as well.
But let's take a look at just a few of the MAJOR problems with a LITERAL interpretation of Genesis creation. These are just the real simple problems that I feel comfortable sharing together in this study. There are dozens of problems but these I feel are simple enough where I can combine them into this one study and show a consistent pattern of "problems" within the account.
LIGHT & DARKNESS
We read about the light and the darkness in the very opening verses. The text reads...
"Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day." Genesis 1:3-5
So we see that God creates this "light" here on Day 1. He divides it from the "darkness". So we have the creation of "light" and "darkness" or "Day" and "Night" here in Day 1 of creation.
Now, how many of us know how we get LITERAL light? What gives us light?
The sun right? Well, guess when that sun is created?
Not until 3 days later.
Check it out...
"Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day" Genesis 1:14-19
So here we have on the FOURTH day, which is 3 days later, the sun and the moon created. Hmm, what's going on here?
How could "light" and "darkness" be created in Day 1 but the things that provide those things were not created until Day 4?
The answer is because the "light" that was created in Day 1 was illumination. God illuminated a people of Himself. He "divided" those people from the darkness. Humanity was in darkness up until that point. God said "let there be light" and He divided a people away from the deep "dark" sea. The darkness that was on the face of "the deep", wasn't literal darkness. It was spiritual darkness. The light wasn't literal light, it was spiritual light.
So right away we can see how the "IT'S ALL LITERAL" argument crumbles just one day into creation.
EARTH AND WATER THERE FROM THE START
The next argument is so apparent that I am shocked that people don't pick up on it.
Did you know that before any creation day even begins, the "earth" is already there. So is "water".
Now, how on earth (pardon the pun) is the LITERAL earth already existing BEFORE day 1 creation begins???? Isn't the Genesis creation account about the creation of EARTH ITSELF!?
If it is, then something is terribly wrong. Check out the opening passage of Genesis 1...
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." Genesis 1:1-2
Now we have to understand that the very first sentence is a title statement. The author says...
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth"
It isn't until the second verse that we actually begin reading about the actual creation of that heaven and earth. So technically Genesis 1 could start like this if we removed the title sentence...
"The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters."
Now, I will ask you to recognize that this sentence is giving us information about the state of whatever it is we are looking at BEFORE any creation days begin. This is BEFORE Day 1 creation even starts. Yet what do we see that is ALREADY there?
The earth is already there. It was just "without form and void"
The WATERS are already there. They were "darkened" God says.
So we have the EARTH and we have the WATERS already in existence BEFORE we even begin Day 1 creation!! How ???
Isn't this about the creation of EARTH itself?????
This is supposed to be about LITERAL creation of LITERAL earth and the LITERAL universe!
Yet the earth is already there when we enter the story. So are the waters.
Disclaimer: of course I do not believe that the earth and the waters represent literal earth and waters there. ;)
As an interesting add on, Revelation 17:14 says this...
"Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues"
So we have "the waters" being defined as "people".
VEGETATION WITHOUT SUNLIGHT?
Those of us who have a green thumb understand that trying to grow plants, herbs, trees, etc without sunlight is a lot like trying to force a newborn baby to eat an entire cheese pizza. It's just not happening.
In the first point of this study we showed how the sun wasn't created until Day 4 of the creation account.
But guess when all those herbs and plants were created? Yep, they were created on Day 3 BEFORE the sun even came to be. Check it out...
"Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day." Genesis 1:11-13
So we have the LITERAL creation of LITERAL herbs and plants but with NO SUN!? Interesting.
HERBS ONLY FOR ALL THE BEASTS?
On the 6th day we read this...
"And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day." Genesis 1:29-31
So here we see that God gave Adam every herb and seed and tree for fruit for food here.
But then we see that God also gave those same herbs, seeds, and trees for fruit to the "BEASTS OF THE FIELD, BIRDS OF THE AIR, AND CREEPING THINGS"
Now of course for those who have been following my studies, you have seen how these terms are very often used as imagery for people. Constantly in the scriptures. It's apparent that these three phrases in particular (beasts of the field, birds of the air, and creeping things) are used very often to picture people.
But if this is literal, that means that God only gave the herbs, trees, and fruits for these BEASTS to eat for food?
Do you know how many animals REQUIRE meat in order to survive? All manner of cats for one. There are many. So how on earth were all these carnivore's going to survive if this is a LITERAL account of what God gave them to eat?
Unless of course the beasts, birds, and creepers represent people just like they do everywhere else in scripture.
These are just 4 examples of why LITERAL creation cannot be true. It's impossible.
Never mind when we get to the Tree of Life in the Garden, do we take that literal? Or do we know that was picture imagery for Christ? Christ is the "Tree of Life" everywhere else. So was He a literal fruit bearing tree in the garden with literal fruit that could be plucked off and literally eaten?
The point is, if these things are not literal, we have to remain consistent and realize what it is we are looking at here.
There is WAAAAAY too many things that are not literal in the account to be able to pick and choose what's literal and what's not. The only reasonable conclusion is to understand we are looking at picture imagery and allegory for actual events that took place in some form at the beginning of God's "creation".
Of course the story is true and the events are true in whatever way they actually occurred. (No I do not believe they ate literal fruit that gave them knowledge of sin)
We are looking at picture imagery that represents much deeper and much greater spiritual meaning. To see these things is to open up a whole new world and a whole new understanding of just how incredible our God is.
The bible is a spiritual book.
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