Creation: A Brief Query
A Sunday guest post by my brilliant husband, Gregg.
Every Sunday, my clever husband offers me a “day of rest” by taking over the homemaker duties here. His primary topic, the Biblical Truth of Creation vs. Darwinism, is a subject that has broad reaching scientific, social, and metaphysical implications for believers and non-believers alike whether you choose to believe the Biblical account — or secular guesses — about the origins of human life on earth.
A Brief Query
What living thing has ever created itself out of something that was not also living?
The above question comprises my entire post this week.
Thank you for your brief attention.
“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.” (Genesis 2:4)
There are two accounts of creation in Genesis, with the above text marking the dividing point. In the first (Genesis 1-2:4), the name used for the Creator is “God” (Hebrew Elohim), and its termination is the summarizing “signature,” if you will: “These are the generations (Hebrew toledoth) of the heavens and of the earth when they were created.”
The second account (Genesis 2:4-5:1) normally uses the name “LORD God” (Jehovah Elohim) in chapters 2 and 3 (except where the serpent and Eve used Elohim when she was being tempted) and then simply “LORD” (Hebrew Jehovah) in chapter 4. This second creation account ends with Adam’s signature: “This is the book of the generations |i.e., toledoth| of Adam.”
Note also that “create” (Hebrew bara) is used seven times in Genesis 1, never in Genesis 2-4. In that second account, “made” and “formed” (Hebrew asah, yatsar) are the words used. Genesis 2:3 stresses the fact that “create” and “make” are different, when it tells us that God rested “from all his work which God created and made.” Evidently the verb “create,” which always has the Creator as its subject, refers to His work in calling entities into existence; “make” refers to systems constructed (by either God or men) out of previously created entities. The heavens and the earth were both “created” and “made”
Critics claim that the two accounts are contradictory. Actually, as anyone can plainly see, they are complementary. The second account merely gives more details of the events of the fifth and sixth days of the creation week. The Lord Jesus was there as the Creator and later used them both, quoting from each (Matthew 19:4-6) at the same time in the same context.
The truth is there are no contradictions in God’s holy word.
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