crochet1949 wrote:I'm going to interject a comment. Is God the Almighty, all - powerful Creator or isn't He. Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." He created Man / Adam and then Eve. There are many Kinds of birds / but they are Birds, not horses or insects. There are Lots of varieties of dogs, but they are all Dogs. There is no way a dog can ever become a cat or elephant. An animal Has to mate with one of it's kind or it won't reproduce. Every creature / person lives one generation at a time. So, yes, God DID create -- man was made Special. And, the creation took only 7 / 24 hr. days.
I'm going to try to show you something that I overlooked for years because of the teachings from YEC's and you can see what you think about it.All I ask is you let God be true and every man a liar and be willing to change your mind/repent if God reveals something new to you and it is this the bible tells us God MADE it in 6/24 hr.days. He did not create it in 6 days.
For years I did not known the difference between create and made but there is a difference even though they have a similar meaning.anywhere you see the word created in the OT it always means God created it new,it had never been created before and is new,however when you see the word made it is always something God had already created before or had done before and it is never something new.The bible tells us God both created things and made things and it is very important to know the difference between created and made as you read the OT.
Knowing this as you read Genesis 1 and the whole OT will help you to understand the bible differently. Here are a few scriptures to read,study, pray about and consider to learn what I'm telling you.I recomend you read several different translations too,not just one and you need a Hebrew/Greek concordance. If you are wanting to look into it on-line? Biblehub.com is a good one because you can read many different translations and also check the Hebrew too.Look at the Hebrew words translated create,made or done.
Some newer translations will sometimes use the word done instead of made and yet it is the same Hebrew word. It is deceptive to me,and I don't prefer it but I suppose it might make it easier to read as far as translation into english but you need to be aware of it.
Exodus 20:11. Genesis 2:1-4
And God created man in his image - male and female.Other than that I agree with everything else you said.
Hebrews 12:2-3 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,despising the shame,and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
2nd Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,lest the light of this glorious gospel of Christ,who is the image of God,should shine unto them.