Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Genesis 1:12

1:12, 13 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. And the evening and the morning were the third day.

The Earth, following God's directions to it, brings forth what God said, green growing plant life, some with spores and some with seeds, but all of which give rise to offspring which are basically identical. There is no hint given here that Darwinian processes are occurring. The words here are clear, after its kind-meaning like the same. It doesn't mean that slime gave rise to Redwoods.

You've had three days-yom- listed and still no sun, moon, or stars to mark time. So, what does day-yom- mean in these contexts? How can we as Biblical readers and critics give any set time period to at least these 3 "days" within the creation story. None is given so if we are to biblically follow God's command we are not supposed to add something into the text that is not there and in this instance, in order to get to 3, 24 hour days we would have to add something else into the text that isn't there, namely time!

© 2009 Roy Blizzard III

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Genesis 1:11

1:11 And God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

This is a very generic text. However it does follow very closely the geologic record which we can see.

God speaks and these thing come into being. Literally it says - Let the earth green with green plants, vegetation yielding offspring (non seed bearing plants), and fruiting trees (trees which bear some sort of a seed-properly called spermatophytes or seed plants) creating fruit (seed pods), according to its species with its offspring in them, upon the earth and it was so.

We have first green, slimy plants called blue green algaes in the geologic record. Fossilized filamentous algae from the Vindhya basin have been dated back to 1.6 to 1.7 billion years ago. We then follow in progression to other plants on land such as ferns, fossils of isolated land plant spores suggest land plants such as ferns may have been around as long as 475 million years ago. You then progress on to seed bearing plants somewhere in the Devonian period about 400 million years ago.

This doesn't contradict in any way the Hebrew rendering of the text. Only when you read the text in English is the text unclear and confusing and this in turn leads to confusion in how we interpret the geologic record. You don't have to force interpretations upon the text in order to make science not contradict the Bible.

© 2009 Roy Blizzard III

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Genesis 1:10

1:10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He Seas: and God saw that it was good.

"Dry land" should be rendered more as dryness. Earth is not the name of the planet, but God calls this dryness earth or land as "Eretz" is sometimes rendered.

God saw what He had created and that it was Tov or good, in the sense of good for what it's purpose is and pleasing, pleasant or excellent.

Mountain building was beginning as the land rose out of the seas.

© 2009 Roy Blizzard III