From the book——
SURPRISING THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GOD
God began it all. "In the beginning God ..." is how the first verse of the first chapter of the first book of the Bible begins. The beginning of the history of the world is chronicled with those words!
When creation began. Relying on biblical sources such as the chronologies and genealogies in Genesis, numerous people have attempted to pinpoint a time and date for the precise moment of creation. Ancient Hebrew scholars placed the moment at 3761 b.c. Perhaps the most famous creation date was the one produced by Irish bishop James Ussher (1581-1656). Using Genesis, Ussher dated the moment of creation to the early morning of the twenty-third of October in 4004 B.C. (Ussher actually used the Julian calendar year of 710). Ussher's calculation was widely accepted by European Christians for centuries and was included in the margins of many editions of the King James Bible, giving it nearly divine "authority."
USSHER’S CALCULATIONS ARE WAY OFF BASE. THERE IS NO WAY FROM THER BIBLE THAT YOU CASN CALCULATE WHEN GENESIS 1:2 BEGAN. WHAT USSHER AND EVEN MODERN “EARLY EARTH” ARGUERS DO NOT TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION IS THE JEWISH PRACTICE OF DROPPING OUT “GENERATIONS”—— SO WHEN THEY WRITE “SO AND SO WAS FROM SO AND SO” THERE MAY HAVE BEEN ONE OR MORE GENERATIONS IN-BETWEEN THE TWO NAMES. THE FACTS THEREFORE OF “GENEALOGIES” ARE SUCH, THAT IS WHY PAUL WAS INSPIRED TO TELL US TO KEEP AWAY FROM “GENEALOGIES” [ TITUS 3:9]. THE INDIANS OF NORTH AMERICA HAVE AT LEAST A 10,000 YEAR HISTORY. THE BOOKS I HAVE ON “LOST RACES” UNDER SECTION “HISTORY” WOULD ALSO SHOW 20, 30, 40, THOUSAND YEAR LENGTH OF MAN ON EARTH - Keith Hunt.
Genesis 1:1 begins the summary of creation. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." This first verse is considered a summary of what is to come in the following six days of creation (Gen. 1:3-31).
NO IT IS NOT A SUMMATION OF WHAT IS TO FOLLOW. FENTON, WHO STUDIED HEBREW FOR 50 YEARS BEFORE TRANSLATION THE OLD TESTAMENT INTO ENGLISH SAYS, “THE WORD FOR ‘BEGINNING’ IS PLURAL.” HE TRANSLATES THE FIRST WORDS OF GENESIS AS, “BY PERIODS GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH.” SO THIS LEAVES US WITH MANY WAYS THAT GOD COULD HAVE CREATED THE UNIVERSE, NOT JUST THE SO-CALLED “BIG-BANG”——YET THE BIG BANG IDEA FROM SECULAR SCIENTISTS DOES SHOW THEY NOW TEACH THE UNIVERSE CAME INTO BEING FROM NOTHING, WHICH IS WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES - Keith Hunt.
God's creation followed a specific order. Of the six days of creation, there is a parallel structure between God's creating work in days 1-3 and 4—6. The first segment of creation can be considered the forming of the structure of creation. The second segment includes the filling of that structure with every type of life.
On the first day, God created light. The light was separated from the darkness that had previously covered the earth. "Day" and "night" are introduced; the first day ends with "there was evening, and there was morning—the first day" (Gen. 1:5).
On the second day, God took a watery world and gave it definition. Whereas at the end of the first day, there was only water to see in the light, at the end of the second day there was sky present, separated from the waters.
On the third day, the waters under the sky were put in their place as dry ground appeared. God named the dry places "land" and the gathered waters "seas" (Gen. 1:9-10). The third day is also the first time when we read that "God saw that it was good" (v. 10).
During the second part of the third day, God made the land productive with fruit-producing trees and seed-bearing plants. Every imaginable seed-bearing plant and tree, every green living type of vegetation, was created at this time. God again stated that what he saw was "good."
On the fourth day, God began the second phase of his creation. Paralleling the creation of "light" and "day" from the first day, God creates two "great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night" (Gen. 1:16). These great lights were put in the sky to serve as signs of the seasons as well as to separate the day from the night. The stars were also created on the fourth day. God again "saw that it was good" (v. 18).
NOT SO, THEY WERE ALREADY THERE. FENTON SAYS THE HEBREW IS IN THE PAST TENCE—— “HAD CREATED” - Keith Hunt.
On the fifth day, God filled the water and the air with every imaginable living creature. On the second day, he created the two expanses of sky and water; on this fifth day he filled those two portions of the earth. The "great creatures of the sea" and "every winged bird" were created, blessed, and given a command to increase their numbers. Showing his continuing pleasure with the creation, God saw it was good.
On the sixth day, God's creation had two parts. In the first part, God told the land to produce living creatures that will live on the land. This parallels the creation account of God creating "dry ground" on the third day. Also created on this day was man. God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness" (v. 26). Man was told to rule over the living creatures in the sky, sea, and on the land. God told his two image-bearers (a male and a female) to increase their numbers too.
"Let us make man in our image. . ." Here God is speaking to those who are in heaven and watching what God is doing, his angels and the like. God mentions "us" again after the fall occurs, saying, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil" (3:22).
The second part of God's creative work on the sixth day involves what God gave man and the animals to live on. God gave man every "seed-bearing plant . . . and every tree that has fruit with seed in it" to eat (1:29). To every animal he gave the remaining vegetation—every green plant. This too parallels God's work on the third day; God had made vegetation during the latter half of the second day. On day six, he gave that vegetation over to his image-bearer and every living creature in order to eat and live.
Day six ends with God seeing everything he had done. On this final day, God saw that "it was very good" (v. 31). Chapter 2 opens with a final thought on the creation: "Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array."
THIS IS ALL AN ACCOUNT OF GOD RE-FORMING THE EARTH, RE-CREATING ALL PHYSICAL LIFE ON EARTH, AND CREATING MAN AND WOMAN. THE EARTH WAS ALREADY THERE BUT COVERED WITH WATER. I HAVE SHOWN AND PROVED IN OTHER STUDIES ON THIS WEBSITE, THAT THE EARTH WAS ORIGINALLY CREATED TO BE INHABITED AND WAS SO BEAUTIFUL THE ANGELS SANG FOR JOY. IT WAS THE WORLD OF THE DINOSAUR AGE. THE COVERING CHERUB AND ANGELS WERE GIVEN RESPONSIBILITY TO GOVERN THIS EARTH. THE COVERING CHERUB REBELLED, SINNED, SO DID THE ANGELS WITH HIM; THEY BECAME SATAN AND DEMONS. THERE WAS WAR IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM. METEORS WERE THROWN ABOUT LIKE PIG-PONG BALLS, SOME HIT THE EARTH AS MODERN SCIENCE NOW KNOWS. THE EARTH WENT THROUGH SUCH DESTRUCTION THE HUMAN MIND CAN NOT FULLY GRASPE. THE DINOSAUR AGE CAME TO A SWIFT END, AND THE EARTH WAS COVERED WITH WATER. THE COAL AND OIL AND NATURAL GAS BEDS WERE FORMED FROM THE LITERAL DESTRUCTION OF PHYSICAL THINGS ON EARTH. THE STRATA OF EARTH WAS FORMED. SO VIOLENT WAS THIS DESTRUCTION THAT NO LIVING CREATURE ON LAND, IN THE SEAS, IN THE AIR, SURVIVED. GENESIS 1:2 BRINGS US ON THE SCENE WITH DARKNESS AND WATER COVERING THE EARTH.
YOU WILL NOTICE THE AUTHORS DO NOT COME ANYWHERE NEAR TOUCHING THE SUBJECT OF THE 7TH DAY OF GENESIS CHAPTER 2. AS A 7 YEAR OLD KID, ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IN A “CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL” WE WERE GIVEN A BIBLE; WE WERE TOLD TO OPEN IT UP ON THE FIRST PAGE. THE TEACHER READ THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS OF GENESIS. I BELIEVED IT ALL. I BELIEVED WHAT GENESIS 2 SAID— GOD CREATED BY RESTING ON THE 7TH DAY AND HALLOWED IT. FROM THAT DAY FORWARD I BELIEVED SUNDAY WAS THE 7TH DAY OF THE WEEK, AS ALL CHRISTIANITY I KNEW WAS OBSERVING SUNDAY AS THE WEEKLY SABBATH. IN THAT SCHOOL WE HAD TO LEARN BY MEMORY THE 10 COMMANDMENTS AS GIVEN IN EXODUS 20. FULL VERSION. I HAD MEMORIZED THE 4TH COMMANDMENT. JESUS AND THE GOSPELS NEVER DID AWAY WITH THE 7TH DAY SABBATH. JESUS AS HIS CUSTOM WAS WENT TO CHURCH ON THE SABBATH DAY. HE DEBATED WITH THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS ABOUT HOW TO OBSERVE THE SABBATH, BUT NEVER WHEN TO OBSERVE IT. I WAS SHOCKED TO MY CORE TO BE TOLD AT AGE 18 BY MY BAPTIST LANDLORD THAT SUNDAY WAS THE 1ST DAY OF THE WEEK AND NOT THE 7TH DAY. I WAS SHOCKED AND DUMFOUNDED. I KNEW IF THIS WAS CORRECT, ALL CHRISTIANITY I WAS FAMILIAR WITH WAS FALSE, INCORRECT, AND FULL OF LIES AND DECEPTIONS. A BOOK IN THE LOCAL LIBRARY [WHICH I HAVE REPRODUCED ON THIS WEBSITE UNDER “SABBATH AND FEAST” SECTION], PROVED MY LANDLORD WAS CORRECT AND POPULAR CHRISTIANITY OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT WORLD WAS WRONG AND DECEPTIVE AND FALSE - Keith Hunt
Eden, which means "a place of delight," is believed by some scholars to have been located at the eastern end of the Fertile Crescent, near where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers meet the Persian Gulf.
The term create is used in two senses in Scripture: in the sense of immediate creation and in the sense of mediate creation. Immediate creation is that free act of the triune God in the beginning. Without the use of preexisting materials or secondary causes, he brought into being, immediately and instantaneously, the whole visible and invisible universe. Mediate creation, on the other hand, is those acts of God that are also called creation, but do not originate things. Instead they shape, adapt, combine, or transform existing materials.
Proof of creation. From ancient times humanity has been trying to solve the "riddle" of the universe. Humankind asks, "Did it always exist, or was there a beginning? If it did have a beginning, how and when did it come into being?" Science seeks to find an answer but is limited to empirical knowledge. Philosophy has not been able to arrive at an adequate solution either. The answer to our origin must ultimately come from Scripture and be accepted by faith (Heb. 11:3). Scripture declares both the how and why of physical and spiritual existence.
Creation was immediate, mediate, or a combination of both. Some limit immediate creation to the act described in Genesis 1:1 and regard the rest of the chapter as mediate creation. Others see a combination of both through the entire chapter. For example, the sun may have been included in the original creation, and the light (vv. 3-5) may have come from the sun. However, God most likely created light apart from the sun.
NOPE THE SUN WAS THERE ALREADY, BUT WHATEVER WAS AROUND THE EARTH TO CREATE DARKNESS; IT WAS MOVED AWAY OVER A FEW DAYS PERIOD AND GENESIS ONE SHOWS US - Keith Hunt.
What was included in the immediate creation of God?
Certainly not only the heavens, but also the angelic inhabitants of heaven (Job 38:7; Neh. 9:6); and not only the earth, but also all the waters and gases of the earth (Isa. 42:5; Col. 1:16; Rev. 4:11).
The restoration theory, or "gap" theory, of creation proposes that after the original creation (Gen. 1:1), Satan fell, resulting in divine judgment upon the earth (v. 2). What follows are six days of recreating the earth. This view holds that "was" (v. 2) should be better translated "became." It further argues that the picture of formlessness, emptiness, and darkness (v. 2) is chiefly a picture of divine judgment, for God would not have created the earth this way (Isa. 34:11; 45:18; Jer. 4:23; 1 John 1:5). Further, this position provides a framework in which the fall of Satan may have taken place (Isa. 14:9-14; Ezek. 28:12-19).
THIS IS THE TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF GENESIS 1 :1-2 ETC. - Keith Hunt.
Many philosophies deny the doctrine of creation and postulate other origins for the universe. Atheism, which denies the existence of God, must either make matter eternal or find some other natural cause. Dualism argues for two eternal principles, one good and one evil, or two eternal beings, God and Satan or God and matter. Pantheism makes creation a part of God. Agnosticism says no one can know about God or his creation.
Christianity affirms that creation came through God's sovereign will. God, though immanent in his creation, also transcends his creation. The universe is God's handiwork and is intended to display his glory.
The God of nature was once described by theologian J. I. Packer this way: "We are cruel to ourselves if we try to live in this world without knowing about the God whose world it is and who runs it. The world becomes a strange, mad, painful place, and life in it a disappointing and unpleasant business, for those who do not know about God. Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfolded, as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you."
O MY HOW TRUE! WHAT AN IMMENSE BLESSING FOR ME THAT MY PARENTS [MY DAD MAINLY] SENT ME TO A CHURCH SCHOOL AT AGE 7. I WAS GIVEN A BIBLE ON DAY ONE; THAT WAS IT FOR ME; I BELIEVED IN THE EXISTENCE OF GOD, AND THAT THIS BOOK CALLED THE BIBLE WAS INSPIRED BY HIM. GOD AND SOON CHRIST WERE PART OF MY LIFE, AS WAS THE BIBLE, LIKE PUTTING ON MY CLOTHES EACH DAY. I HAD THE ANSWER TO ALL THE WONDERFUL CREATION AROUND ME; I HAD THE ANSWER TO WHY HUMAN LIFE. HUMANS WERE CREATED TO BECOME THE VERY CHILDREN OF GOD - Keith Hunt.
Adam and Eve were the first humans. We know God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and while he slept, God took one of Adam's ribs and closed up his flesh. Woman was then formed from the extracted rib. When the Old Testament was translated into Greek, the Hebrew word tsela in Genesis 2 became pleura. Only in its plural form does pleura refer to a set of ribs, but its more common translation is "side," "side of man," even the membranes that line the thoracic cavity. The term may even possibly refer to "wife," as the Hebrew tsela sometimes signifies a bosom friend or a person who is at one's side.
The word translated "rib" is not translated as such anywhere else in the Old Testament. Its most frequent use seems to be related to construction, and in references dealing with the building of the tabernacle, the word is translated "beam," "chamber," "plank," "corner," "sidechamber," and "side" (Exod. 25:12,14; 26:27, 35; 27:7; 36:25-30).
God's sovereign rule. God, as creator of all things visible and invisible and the owner of all, has an absolute right to rule over all (Matt. 20:15; Rom. 9:20-21). He exercises his authority in the universe (Eph. 1:11). "Indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord" (1 Chron. 29:11 nasb); "Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker—an earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, 'What are you doing?' Or the thing you are making say, 'He has no hands'?" (Isa. 45:9 nasb); "Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine" (Ezek. 18:4 kjv).
Humans were made in God's image, which means that we are personal beings, have intellect, retain a sense of morality, and have the ability to choose between right and wrong.
Genesis tells us that humans were created "in the image of God." This refers to the spirit and character which universally and unfailingly belong to humans only. Because God is spirit, we are created with the capacity for eternity and for valuing the self beyond our bodies.
Imago Dei. Only humanity is created in "the image of God." Though we share the same day of creation with all the animal kingdom and though we are made of the same stuff as the animals—the dust of the earth—only we are the Imago Dei.
Male or female? God is spirit and is therefore without body parts.
ABSOLUTE THEOLOGICAL TRASH! GOD IS PIRIT, MADE OF ETERNAL SPIRIT, BUT HE DOES HAVE FORM AND SHAPE, WHICH I HAVE PROVED IN OTHJER STUDIES ON THIS WEBSITE - Keith Hunt.
Knowing that we, in our finite understanding, would need something tangible, God gave us symbols to bring us understanding of the great love offered to us. For example, the imagery of parent—Father—is one for us to grasp.
One flesh. The original "one flesh" union of the first man and woman forms a picture of the full spectrum "image of God." Differentiated as they were by the scalpel of God and formed into two distinct models—male and female—their first and almost involuntary response was to reach out and reattach to the other half, thus displaying God's personal and intimate nature.
God created them male and female (Ish and Ishah). In the creation of his most glorious reflection, the image of God is multifaceted, is specific and individual, but is also general and communal.
GOD IS THEN BOTH MALE AND FEMALE AS HE CREATED BOTH SEXES WITH CERTAIN NATURAL PROCLIVITIES, UNLESS TWISTED OUT OF FORM BY THE INFLUENCE OF DEMONIC FORCES AND A DARKENED MIND - Keith Hunt.
Adam and Eve's firstborn son, Cain, is remembered as the first murderer for killing his brother, Abel. When God sentenced Cain to wander the earth, Cain begged for mercy and, in fear, thought that someone would kill him. So God marked him. Widely viewed as a sign of guilt, the so-called mark of Cain is actually a symbol of divine mercy. Opponents of the death penalty point to this first murder and God's merciful sentence on the murderer as a biblical rejection of capital punishment. For his crime, Cain received a life sentence of hard labor.
BUT LATER GOD SAID CAPITAL PUNISHMENT WOULD AND COULD BE ADMINISTERED—— GENESIS 9: 6 - Keith Hunt.