Sorry, Jim, but I for one cannot discuss a chapter in the Bible out of context.
Gen. 1 is a literary piece, in which God used a writer to start the
Bible. I have repeatedly said that the chapter cannot be seen loose from
the time it was written, nor without considering the people to whom it was
written. By the way, according to Old Testament theologians "yom" does not
necessarily mean days. It could be periods. That would not take away my
criticism that you use modern philosophy about "truth" to explain the
translation of the copy of a text written many thousands of years
ago. Doing that you use twentieth century philosophy to explain God's
talking to a people that had a completely different knowledge of the world
as some people on this list are now trying to explain. I would regret that
many people studying science at Universities agree with you. I have seen
too many people leaving the church because of that. They could not accept
a God who would be lying. Personally, I do have trouble with a god who
would speak another word in the bible than he uses in nature.
I believe that God created heaven and earth, and that He is true to
Himself, so that what we find in nature does not contradict what we find in
the Bible. If it does than we better do a lot of studying, which includes
not only science, but also theology, exegetics, Old as well as New
Testament, not only Gen.1, but also Gen.2 -11, also the rest of the Mosaic
books, Dogmatics, and in the sciences, geology, biology, physics, astronomy.
It will not be easy, but as long as I do not see that in your writings, I
think, that your conclusions and discussions are very dangerous for new
Jan de K.
At 01:13 PM 24/05/02 -0400, Jim Eisele wrote:
>And I continue to ask for discussion about the days of Genesis One.
>And more people on the list these days vocally support Genesis One as
>real, old earth history. Heck, Hugh Ross has an entire ministry
>devoted to this!
>And, it is entirely possible that I have just begun to scratch the
>Will the ASA be part of the solution? Will the list participants be
>part of the solution?
>Genesis in Question
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