In The Beginning

About six thousand years ago God created the heaven and the earth. God did this because He needed a change in His life, for He was becoming bored. He had known only a life of doing nothing but floating around in the void and darkness and waters. So, creating the heaven and the earth would be exciting. To prolong the excitement, God stretched things out, and so did His creating not all at once, but in stages.

He began by saying “Let there be light”. And there was light, that He called Day. He also created darkness, that He called Night.

Next, God created dry land, and called it Earth. Then He created waters, that he called Seas.

God ordered the Earth to bring forth grass, herb yielding seeds, and fruit trees. The Earth did as ordered. After this, God created the moon and stars in order to ameliorate the remorseless blackness of the night sky.

God then ordered the waters to bring forth moving creatures that had life, like whales and fish, and also fowls that might fly above the earth. God then told the Earth to bring forth beasts, cattle, and the various creepy-crawly forms of life. However, not content with just beasts, cattle, and the creepy-crawly things, God created Man (us), but not without telling Man to be fruitful and multiply, and to replenish the Earth and subdue it, and to have dominion over fish and fowls, and indeed over everything which moved upon the Earth, even the creepy-crawly things.

This all took a mere six days. It represented an incredible rate of productivity, which even we today with our sophisticated computer technology and enlightened management techniques, would have difficulty emulating. So exhausted was God after all this, that He took the next (seventh) day off and did nothing, except bless and sanctify His day off.

Source: Genesis 1

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One Response to In The Beginning

  1. Transferred Comments says:

    potsoc said…

    Our First Nations people believe that we are not to dominate nature but to live in harmony with all creatures be they animated or not. Quite a departure from the Scriptures…more sensible to, if you ask me…which of course you did not.
    4:46 PM, February 23, 2011

    Christopher said…

    God did tell Man to replenish the earth, as well as to subdue it. So He played it nicely down the middle, since there are two sides to every issue. God thought that Man, after subduing the Earth, should then replenish it, thereby bringing about harmony with nature.

    Think also that God ordered the Earth to bring forth grass, herb yielding seeds, and fruit trees. Was that not conservationist and Green?

    Having dominion over animals isn’t inconsistent with living in harmony with them. I mean, are you going to tell your dog or cat – whom you have dominion over, and with whom you live in harmony – that you wish no longer to have dominion over them, so they can now go free and find food and shelter for themselves?
    8:06 PM, February 23, 2011

    jenny said…

    I like the notion that we do not know how long a day was back then. (We’re talking about a time when men and women lived to be hundreds of years old, right?) A day may have lasted tens of thousands of (our) years. So the creation story may be totally compatible with the theory of evolution. That’s kind of fun.

    But where are you going with this?
    8:31 PM, February 23, 2011

    Richard said…

    I reckon I worked a lot harder before I retired, and I didn’t get to rest every seventh day.
    9:00 PM, February 23, 2011
    Christopher said…

    @Jenny – No doubt the biblical creation story is metaphorical, and that a “day” may have been thousands of years. If the Book of Genesis does begin at about 6000 years ago, this roughly ties in with evidence showing humans allegedly doing primitive farming and creating primitive settlements.

    But, were these humans the first humans to farm and live in dwellings, or were they merely the survivors of technological civilisations that had been catastrophically wiped out, and their knowledge with it?

    The biblical creation story may be no less true than the theory of evolution, which, with regard to human origins, is full of holes. This is putting it mildly.

    ….where are you going with this?………

    I know not.
    9:37 PM, February 23, 2011

    Christopher said…

    @Richard – ….I reckon I worked a lot harder before I retired, and I didn’t get to rest every seventh day…..

    Do you imply that, compared to you, God was a slacker?
    9:41 PM, February 23, 2011

    Richard said…

    @ Christopher – ….God was a slacker?…..

    Well, he was all right, but he never finished anything off properly.
    1:41 AM, February 24, 2011

    potsoc said…

    We domesticated dogs, in Aegyptian times the cats domesticated US.
    2:27 PM, February 24, 2011

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