Genesis, ch 1, #1b, 2012, pascal’s wager, 5 elements aspects, cosmology cosmogony, gap theory, create darkness
The Book of Beginning
Genesis is written with the presuppositions that God exists and that He has revealed Himself in word and deed to Israels ancestors. The book does not argue for the existence of God; it simply asserts that" everything exists because of God. (Bible Knowledge Commentary/Old Testament.)
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God never gives an apologetic for His existence. Ps 14:1 The fool says in his heart, "There is no God.“ Ps 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Rom 1:18-20 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world Gods invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
The Truth; Either God exists, or God does not exist Two ways to live; Live as if God exists, or Live as if God does not exist God does not God does exist exist Live as if God does Lose nothing Lose everything not exist (AIDS) Live as if God does Lose nothing Lose nothing, gain exist everything
Dr. Henry M. Morris, Ph.D., L.L.D., Litt.D., The Defenders Study Bible, notes, Gen. 1:1, Pg.3
There are 5 elements/aspects that a proper Cosmology/Cosmogony should address; #1 Space #2 Time #3 Matter #4 Motion #5 Forces (Energy)
These 5 elements/aspects are addressed in Gen. 1:1-2; #1 Space #2 Time #3 Matter #4 Motion #5 Forces (Energy) Gen 1:1-2 In the beginning (#2 Time) God (#5 Forces (Energy) created the heavens (#1 Space ) and the earth (#3 Matter). 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering (#4 Motion) over the waters.
If anything exists (and it does); Why does it exist; I only know of 4 possibilities; #1 Illusion #2 Eternally existent #3 Self existent #4 Created by Someone who is Eternally existent, Self existent, not part of creation, greater than creation.
Larry Vardiman, PhD. says regarding Gen. 1:1, “The transcendent, omnipotent Godhead called into existence the mass-space-time universe.”
If you believe this you should not have any trouble with a floating ax head.
Bereshith (beginning) Time had a beginning 2 Tim 1:9…This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time… Titus 1:2 a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, Time had a beginning, so it will end Matt 13:39…The harvest is the end of the age… Matt 13:49…This is how it will be at the end of the age…
Time itself is a variable property Affected by mass, acceleration, and gravity
Gen 1:1-4 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
Many have backed up their theological dump trucks up to that gap. Dinosaurs, fossils, Neanderthal man, Pre-Adamic hominids, fall of Satan
Genesis 1:1-2 Some have seen a middle stage of Creation here, that is, an unfinished work of Creation (v. 2) that was later developed (vv. 3-25) into the present form. But this cannot be sustained by the syntax or the vocabulary. Others have seen a "gap" between the first two verses, allowing for the fall of Satan and entrance of sin into the world that caused the chaos. It is more likely that verse 1 refers to a relative beginning rather than the absolute beginning (Merrill F. Unger, Ungers Commentary on the Old Testament. 2 vols. Chicago: Moody Press, 1981, 1:5). The chapter would then be accounting for the Creation of the universe as man knows it, not the beginning of everything, and verses 1-2 would provide the introduction to it. The fall of Satan and entrance of sin into Gods original Creation would precede this. It was by the Spirit that the Lord God sovereignly created everything that exists (v. Genesis 1:2 b). In the darkness of the chaos the Spirit of God moved to prepare for the effectual creative word of God…..
Deut 32:11 like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions.
2 Peter 3:3-7 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, "Where is this coming he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by Gods word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
Gen 1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. [This is the broad overview, now we are going to be given the details] 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
Isa 45:7 I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things. NIV Read the email/urban legend; “…Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and its called darkness, isnt it? Thats the meaning we use to define the word. In reality, darkness isnt. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldnt you?"