The accuracy of the Biblical creation account?

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Re: The accuracy of the Biblical creation account?

Postby Kurieuo » Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:10 pm

jpbg33 wrote:Saying the morning and the evening was a way to stamp a time frame for each day. If God hadn't have put it in like that then you could debate the day length because day could mean lots of different things that is why people get confused they won't to over look that God said the length of the day Him self it was the approximate 12 hour time frame.

Only that "stamp" of time can't be had according to the most popular YEC (AiG/Ken Ham) interpretation which places the creation of the Sun on Day 4 rather than on or before Day 1. Also, this "stamp" doesn't exist for Day 7, God's rest, the symbol of which remains open for us to enter into even until now. (Hebrews 4:9-11)

So then, given we have certain absurdities appearing in this particular YEC interpretation (some YEC interpretations don't have the same absurdities such as ones that place the Sun on/before Day 1), so much the worse for this apparent "stamp".
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Re: The accuracy of the Biblical creation account?

Postby Kurieuo » Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:06 pm

DBowling wrote:I'm not sure where we are disagreeing in regards to the toledot
Kurieuo wrote:The thing is when we see the towlĕdah phrase used (i.e., "these are the generations of..."), such points not to anything prior, but what is about to come after. This is the way it is always used in Scripture. Therefore, its use in Genesis 2:4 isn't saying this is what happened after God created the heavens and the earth (which would be to point backward), rather it is like the start of a new chapter.

I think I agree with what you are saying above...
Genesis 2:4 is continuing forward from where Genesis 2:3 left off.
The phrase "when God created the heavens and the earth" describes the point at which the narrative beginning with Genesis 2:4 is proceeding from.
"when God created the heavens and the earth" describes what occurred in Genesis 1:1-2:3.
Therefore, the toledot tells us that narrative beginning with Genesis 2:4 proceeds forward from God creating the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1-2:3).

To be honest, since I embraced Genesis 2:4 as the introduction to the second creation account (based upon the logic that the toledoth phrase, "These are the generations of", only ever points forward), I'd not considered a "from" point as you correctly emphasise is given in Gen 2:4b: "in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens."

I think it's important here to note the order of "heavens" and "earth" which isn't "the heavens and the earth" as you accidentally paraphrased, but rather "the earth and the heavens". I've actually been writing a more full post, in my typical long form, to elaborate upon what such means mixed in with some other thoughts.

Nonetheless, I do essentially agree with your observation above. Where I differ is likely where the "from point" is i.e., what "the day" specifically refers to. However, as an argument against YECs claiming days are 24 hours, I do believe the second half of Genesis 2:4 forms a strong argument against interpreting days in Genesis 1 as a period of time.

So then, Gen 2:4b further supports (in addition to the Hebraic poetic form, parallelism and strangeness of days existing without a Sun that isn't made until Day 4) that language or ordinary days in Genesis 1 are being used to provide a literary framework wherein creation events are described.
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Re: The accuracy of the Biblical creation account?

Postby DBowling » Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:50 pm

Kurieuo wrote:Also, this "stamp" doesn't exist for Day 7, God's rest, the symbol of which remains open for us to enter into even until now. (Hebrews 4:9-11)

As I've said before Genesis 2:4 is my poster child for the premise that 'yom' does not necessarily refer to 24 hours within the context of the creation account and in the specific case of Genesis 2:4 cannot refer to 24 hours.
However, as you rightly point out, Genesis 2:4 in and of itself does not prove the day-age premise that day = age within the context of the Genesis 1 Creation account.

But I believe the point you make above does provide Scriptural support for the day-age premise that the days in the Genesis 1 creation account refer to 'ages' as opposed to 24 hours.
As you point out there is no 'evening' mentioned for day 7, because when Moses wrote Genesis, day 7 had not yet ended. And the strong implication of Hebrews 4 is that day 7 hadn't ended at the time Hebrews was written either.
So for positive Scriptural support for the day-age theory, I look to the lack of an evening for day 7 in Genesis 2 combined with Hebrews 4:4-7.

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Re: The accuracy of the Biblical creation account?

Postby Kurieuo » Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:51 pm

I'd just point out that such doesn't mean Day-Age is correct, that there are other ideas. It doesn't rule out that perhaps Moses just didn't intended anything more than choosing 6-1 day with an evening and morning as the framework for his "stanzas" within which the creation events are detailed.
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Re: The accuracy of the Biblical creation account?

Postby PaulSacramento » Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:28 am

Guys, have you ever thought much about WHY the text was inspired to be written in such a way that it would have avoided all of the speculation and curiosity? I mean, God, knowing all future things, certainly knew that unless a certain level of clarity were input into the creation-related passages, that far-future Christians (us), living in the scientific age, would have an enormously distracting, often divisively so, over this issue of the time length of the Creation days. It's almost as if He wanted to keep a significant level of mystery to those days, their events, their time lengths.


I don't know Philip.
I think that God revealed the creation process to the writer of Genesis in a way that His (Moses') audience would understand AND in a way that showed that HE ( YHWH) was the creator God and not the other deities being worshiped around Israel at the time ( Egypt, Babylon, etc).
I think that God knew that as the future generations grew in knowledge and God revealed the universe to them that they would be smart enough to understand this.
Modern Christians CAN reconcile what we know of the universe via science with what Genesis tells us, it is just that same choose not to.

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Re: The accuracy of the Biblical creation account?

Postby Philip » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:39 am

Paul, my point is that God purposely did not guide or make those key passages any more or less clear by design, as He likely wants us to contemplate and sift our multiple lines of evidences (Scripturally, historical / culturally of ancient Mesopotamian understandings, and modern science) to come close - not to certainty, but to realise there are a number or hybrid possibilities as to how the Scriptures are true, and with faith knowing they ARE true, yet before and without having clarity as to HOW. And so THAT level of confidence and acceptance strikes to the heart of how we view God, and to the level we trust His power, love and abilities, as well as how He views the importance and trustworthiness of His word.

So many have an unshakable belief that God created and spoke an astounding universe into existence - a universe dependent upon many, ongoing, razor-thin, interactive, and especially complex parameters (meaning, our everyday "normal" is entirely miraculous), and yet they don't trust His ability to control, disseminate and distribute His word (that He came to DIE a horrific death to fulfill) while also guiding His Church of Spirit-filled believers into recognizing and being constantly nourished by it. And that is a totally schizophrenic way to view God, His character, trustworthiness, and His power.


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