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We read in the very first verse of the Bible, before the events of that week, that: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
As we will see, that initial “beginning” of the earth and the heavens—before Adam and Eve, and before the animals and plants with which we are familiar—may have occurred long, long ago!
But notice carefully the second verse of Genesis, which many read right over, missing its clear implications, because of its usual translation: “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep” (Genesis 1:2).
A simple statement—but it contains much more than meets the eye! The English words “without form, and void” are translated from the Hebrew words tohu and bohu.
These two words, used together in Scripture just three times, indicate an uninhabitable wasteland—a condition of desolation or destruction. Significantly, the other two passages where tohu and bohu are used together—Isaiah 34:11 and Jeremiah 4:23—indicate that such desolate states of ruin and devastation were brought about by sin.
Yet this interpretation that the earth “became” waste and void has been discussed for close to 2,000 years, as pointed out by the late Arthur Custance in his book Without Form and Void: A Study of the Meaning of Genesis 1:2 .
The earliest known recorded controversy on this point can be attributed to Jewish sages at the beginning of the second century.
The Hebrew scholars who wrote the Targum of Onkelos, the earliest of the Aramaic paraphrases of the Old Testament, rendered Genesis 1:2 with an Aramaic expression Dr. Custance translates as “and the earth was laid waste” (1988, p. 15).
The original language evidently led them to understand that something had occurred which had “laid waste” the earth, and they interpreted this as a destruction.
originally posted by: Masterjaden
a reply to: Krazysh0t
Simple. As the universe expands space/time is stretched. In the early time of the universe time moved much more slowly because it was more compressed. This, rather than perception as a percentage of time lived, also explains the feeling that time moves faster as we age. It's because we do. This also explains why people in the past lived much longer life spans.
If Einstein's theories of relativity are correct, this is an absolutely plausible conclusion. After all, it is the compression of space/time that causes time dilation as predicted in special relativity.
originally posted by: Metallicus
While I don't subscribe to a Christian philosophy...I still see no reason that the world wasn't created by God and that 'he' uses evolution among other scientific principles to create.
The 7 Day Paradox: My thoughts on how god could have created Earth in 7 days.
Jesus was God on earth in the flesh. He was sent for a reason and he died for a reason. Jesus was never at any time unaware that he was going to die. He repeatedly told his disciples he was going to die. Remember this: God did not ask of us anything he was unwilling to do himself. He came into the flesh. He died in the flesh. He lived by the law perfectly while in the flesh. When God said the penalty for violating any of his laws was death he was willing to live by the same standard he set for us himself in the person of Jesus.
originally posted by: Jonjonj
Well, if we really want a paradox, let us try this one.
God created the earth, and sent his only begotten son. God is omniscient and is outside time, he knows everything. God knew Jesus was going to get killed. God let humanity kill Jesus. Jesus was sorely vexed as is demonstrated in the NT. Jesus asked god why. And all the while, the world has gone from disaster to disaster socially. People say god is testing us. As far as tests go in relation to humanity, god has failed EVERY SINGLE ONE. Now that is a paradox.
originally posted by: jazz10
Remind me again please.....what is time?
Isn't time the man made tool to enable a strategic routine and timetable in order to control an entire system?
God created day and night not hours and minutes.
originally posted by: stormbringer1701
The Bible was not written in English. The word translated as Day does not just mean day as in a 24 hour period. The Original language but particularly the Greek translation of it that Christ and the apostles used (we know this because they quoted it) uses a word that has many meanings. Among them are day period, era, aeon, epoch... you get the picture.