Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
reply to post by Komodo
Genesis 1:2 "And the earth was WITHOUT FORM AND VOID..." I think that it's saying there was no form to the earth and there was no earth? Hmmm...
In the new international version you will see a note in the footer next to "and the earth was" which says: Or possably became.
Im not too sure about other translations but this is in the NIV link
The following relates to this link
This lends itself to the idea that possibly there was a form to the earth before God wiped it clean and started again. If you follow through the rest
of the passage you see that there is no more creation of land after Gen 1:1, God only collects water which obviously forms the ice on the poles.
From then on we see God saying let the land produce vegitation - the way its written would suggest to me that there was nothing new created this this
passage..... until we get to vs 14.
In vs14 God creates the sun and the moon, he also creates the solar system as well. It also suggests that he made the stars here which would mean that
the rest of the cosmos were created in this time.
This seems to reinforce the idea that in the beginning there was ONLY heaven and earth which suggests that earth would be an important place for God.
If earth was the only planet before Gen 1:1 then was it made as a home for the angels? This would further support Stan Deyo's theory (this can be
found in dertail in his book "the cosmic conspiricy") on pre Gen 1:1 times (its a little to detailed to go into here but Stan suggests that earth is
serving as the trial for Saten after he rebeled, also suggests that the dinosors were during this time).
It gets a little intesting when we get to vs21-25. God creates the animals and the birds first then he makes the land animals. Could he have used
evolution during this time to create the animals? Rather then just making them appear, making the animals evolve into their present day state would
make more sence and would prove to more of a solid theory.
Theres more on here I would love to discuss, but I dont have the time.
Then finaly in vs26 man is created in Gods image. I guess conflicting with what one of the anonymous posters posted before God did not just come up
with the image of Man on the spot when he made the earth, but rather he took the image of himself and modeled man after himself. Relating to what
geek101 said in his/her earlier post: Could these angels be refering to God creating those in his image after the stuff that went down with Saten
before Gen 1:1? More specificaly challenging Gods idea of making things with free will.
I hope Ive been able to bring up a few questions and provide some insite into the first chapter of Genesis. Ive probably missed some stuff so please
correct me if Ive missed something or said something that was wrong. Also Ive been a little vague so sorry if I have caused a little confusion.
[edit on 24-6-2008 by funky monk]