The Origin of the Species (Part 1)

    No one, not one person, has yet to find a single fact of science that contradicts the truth of God's Word. So let's look at the more reliable record, starting in Genesis 1:

Genesis 1: 1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

    When was that? In the beginning. There is no viable scientific theory as to where the original heaven and earth came from. Few even make speculation, making the argument that it is of no consequence when considering the origin of the species.

Genesis 1:2
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

    The first occurrence of "was" here should be translated "became". The earth was not created without form, it became that way. The second occurrence is to be omitted according to the text.

Isaiah 45:18
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

    The word translated "form" in Gen 1:2 is the same as the word translated "vain" in Isaiah 45:18. God did not originally create the earth without form, it became that way.

2 Peter 3:5, 6
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished

     It was overflowed with water, completely flooded, it perished. God had formed the earth to be inhabited, and likely it was, judging from the fossil record. The world (Gr. kosmos) overflowed with water, and perished. That was the first heaven and earth.

    Between the time of Genesis 1:1 and the time of Genesis 1:2 there was a cataclysmic event. A monstrous flood of no comparison. There are details in other scriptures concerning the cause of this flood.

    It doesn't say that the universe, all of God's original creation from Genesis 1:1 was destroyed. It only says that the world perished. The word "world" (Gr.  kosmos) in its biblical usage refers to the inhabited world, or the inhabitants of the world. All of the inhabitants of the original earth perished in the flood. Not one inhabitant survived.

    The flood of Genesis1:1-1:2 and 2 Peter 3:6 is not the same as the well known flood of Noah's time. One could make a detailed comparison between the two floods, but a primary difference is that not all the inhabitants perished in the flood of Noah's time.

    Beginning in Genesis 1:3, we have the record of God putting together a second heaven and earth:

Genesis 1:3
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

    You'll notice it says "God said". It doesn't say "God created". Light was the first thing to appear after the flood. Previously, there was "darkness upon the face of the deep" due to the flood. If you read carefully, you'll notice that the word "create" only appears 3 more times in the first chapter of Genesis.

    It doesn't say that God "made" light at this time either. He just said let there be light, and there was light. The light was in existence before He said let there be light. When there is darkness, the first thing you need is some light.

2 Peter 3:7
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

    This is a reference to a second heaven and earth (which are now), that began with Gen 1:3. Peter also speaks of a third heavens and earth that will exist some time in the future:

2 Peter 3:13
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

    It would be nice, I think, if physicists, geologists, earth scientists, astrophysicists, and astronomers kept some of these things in mind while they did their studies. They might have a chance to discover some awesome things that might not otherwise be found out.

    Back in Genesis, chapter 1.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

    Here we've got two definitions for the word day, and one for night. God does have the liberty to use the same word to mean two different things, just as we do. The context will determine which meaning is to be applied.

6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

    There wasn't a firmament (expanse) there, so God made one. In doing so, He divided the waters of the flood. The expanse in between He called Heaven, and that is the biblical usage of the word heaven.

    It might be possible to calculate the minimum amount of water needed to flood the present earth to the degree required to "overflow" it with water. You'd have to take into account the amount of water currently present in the oceans, rivers, and lakes, as well as the water vapor in the atmosphere. And you'd have to consider the depths of the oceans and the height of the tallest mountain peaks to find out the volume of water needed to cover the highest peak. You might have to consider the gravitational mass of the earth to determine at what point an overflowing occurs. If you could make all these calculations, you might have a beginning estimate of the amount of water required to overflow the original earth of Genesis 1:1. It may be that there was a lot more water than the minimum required to overflow it with water. If you could see well enough through the firmament, you might discover the waters which are above the firmament, provided God hasn't done some other thing with them. Perhaps he gathered all the waters onto a moon orbiting Jupiter or into the rings around Saturn. The waters may be so far dispersed that you would have trouble finding even a single molecule of them. The record doesn't say anything more (that I know of) about the waters above the heaven, the expanse, so you just have to say you don't know. Anyway, what is sure is that God made the firmament, the expanse, and divided the waters.

9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

    We now have biblical definitions of the second (current) heaven and earth, as well as seas.

11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
13
 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

    There is no mention of God having to create plant life in the second earth. Plant life may not require creation, or plant life may not have been considered an "inhabitant" of the first heaven and earth, and so did not perish. It is well known that many types of plants or plant seeds can endure a flood.

A plant does produce or yield fruit or seed after its kind. If you plant a peach, you'll get a peach tree. If you plant wheat kernels, you'll get wheat.


14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And 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.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 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.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

    It doesn't say that he created the sun, moon, planets, and stars at this time. Ostensibly, they already existed. After the firmament was made, God made some lights in the firmament. The lights are there to do what He says they are there to do.

    It might be that the firmament was first relatively small. If so, He could have expanded the firmament larger to include the sun, the moon, the other planets, and the stars, or He could have moved the sun, the planets, the moon and the stars to their current places in the heaven. Or there are other possibilities, I'm sure, to explain why the firmament was made one day, and the lights in the firmament were made on a later day. It doesn't say, so one must simply say he doesn't know.


20
 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
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.
22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

    At this time, God needed to do some creating. There are no living creatures (Heb. nephesh chai, living, breathing souls) prior to this. He had to start from scratch. So God created living, breathing souls. He brought something into existence that did not exist previously. If living, breathing souls existed in the first heaven and earth, they perished in the flood.

    Although it is common for men to claim credit for "creating" things, the best that men can do is fashion or form things out of things that already exist. Biblically, only God is given credit for "creating" anything.


24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

    This is the sixth day, the day following the day when God created nephesh chai, living breathing souls. You'll notice that God doesn't have to create nephesh chai again, because it already exists. Perhaps He did this on the following day to point out the simple truth to us. He just makes some new creatures. The creatures from the fifth day were sea dwelling and flying creatures. The sixth day comes earth dwelling creatures.

    After his/their kind. Not hard to read, I think. But one can make up anything he wants, just to show he's so much smarter than God, and so he can inflate his ego. Peter had to deal with evolutionists as well (nothing new under the sun, you know):

2 Peter 3
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4
 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

    This is exactly what the (real) evolutionists say. They deny that Jesus Christ is returning. They don't believe that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead, to die no more. They don't believe in God or everlasting life. I guess they don't consider themselves worthy of it. They say all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation. There was no catastrophic flood, and there was no creation following that flood. There is none of the rest of the record from Genesis. You descend from amoebas, tadpoles and orangutans.


5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6
 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

   Aren't they going to be surprised when Jesus Christ returns! I patiently await with eager anticipation...I'm sure you do too.


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