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Genesis Chapter One (KJV) -Reconciling Creation With Facts - Peter O. Sagay

Belief in the creation account in Genesis Chapter one, is mostly faith-based. Nonetheless, there is a logical aspect to it. It is this logical aspect that is the focus of this presentation.

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

Genesis means origin or source in Greek. In Hebrew, the word is Bereshith which means In the Beginning. Genesis neither tells us about how the Universe was created nor the exact time it was created. The first information Genesis 1:1 conveys is that Heaven and earth are two different spaces and both spaces were created by God in the beginning of Time. It is silent with respect to the details. Base on scientific facts, we now know the coordinates of earth relative to other spaces in the Universe. The coordinates of heaven remain unknown. However, it can be logically infered that heaven is somewhere in the Universe outside earth if we agree with Genesis 1:1 that creation initialized Time. According to Genesis 1:1, God predates the Universe and therefore resides in the Timeless Pre-Origin of the Universe. However, the created heaven is in the Universe because it was created in the beginning of time. If heaven is in the Universe will it ever be possible for humans in their current energy state to physically discover it? Perhaps not because scripture indicates that the energy states in heaven are uniquely different. Humans have to be able to sense this unique energy before it can discover it. The fact that the coordinates of heaven remain unknown is currently not inconsistent with scientific knowledge because dark matter which constitute most of the mass of the Universe is still a mystery. Additionally, there are numerous galaxies that will remain unknown for a very long time. The second information Genesis1:1 conveys is that there are two heavens: the Heaven God resides in prior to creating heaven and earth.

Genesis 1:2:"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.".

Genesis1:2 re-affirms Genesis 1:1 with respect to the how of the creation of the Universe. It presents no information in this regard. It does informs us about the state of early earth. The remainder of Genesis chapter 1 is about how this early earth is shaped into form and filled with matter.

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

In Genesis 1:3-5, Light is established on earth and divided into day and night. This event can plausibly be interpreted as the establishment of the revolution of the earth about the sun and the revolution of the earth about its axis if it is to be reconciled with scientific facts about how nights and days came about.

In Genesis 1:6:"And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters"

In Genesis 1:6-8, the firmament is established and it divides the waters into waters below the firmament and waters above the firmament. This event can plausibly be interpreted as the creation of earth's atmosphere, particularly, the troposphere which constitute most of atmospheric mass. The waters above the firmament can plausibly be interpreted as clouds which is mostly water vapor. The naming of the firmament as heaven is inconsistent with Genesis 1:1 so both can not refer to the same heaven.

In Genesis 1:9-13, there is a combination of shaping and filling going on. The waters are separated into oceans, seas, rivers, streams and Land is created. Vegetation on land is also created.

Genesis 1:14-19 can best be interpreted as some type of conditioning of the stars with respect to their roles in earth's existence. It can not be interpreted as the initial creation of the sun and stars because these stars predate the creation of earth.

In Genesis 1:20-31, the filling intensifies and is brought to a conclusion with the creation of humans. Creatures that live in waters (whales, etc) and creatures that fly in air (birds, etc) are created. Animals that dwell on land are created and finally humans are created.

Genesis chapter 1 is primarily about the Sovereignty of God and secondarily about the conceptual demonstration of how God's Power of Ownership is put to use. In the demonstration presented in Genesis chapter 1, humans are not privy to the detailed and precise paths the early Universe took to its present manifestations. This secrecy of creation leaves several unanswered questions that the purely logical mind can not grasp. The Energy-Time Duality constitute most of the unanswered questions. For example, where did the Energy Source called God (different names in other cultures) come from? If God as an Energy source can spontaneously exist why not other energy sources? How can the Universe be created in seven days? The Time aspect of the Energy-Time Duality is explainable in the context of the relativity of the experience of Time. Not so for the Energy aspect because the pre-origin of the Universe is a No-Go Zone. This is why belief systems are mostly faith-based. Therefore, in the final analysis, spiritual growth binds reason with faith.