Genesis Chapter 1: God – The “When” of Creation -God and the Earth Part 2

Creationism

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Creationism or creation theology encompasses the belief that human beings, the world and the universe were created by a supreme being or deity. The event itself may be seen as either ex nihilo or order from preexisting chaos (see demiurge).

Many who hold such beliefs consider them to be compatible with science. They may say, for example, that a certain scriptural account of creation is a metaphor. Or they may say that scientific mechanisms were created by supernatural intervention (see evolutionary creationism).

It should be noted that many Christian churches, including the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran faiths have now rejected “Creationism” outright. Liberal theology considers Genesis a poetic work, that human knowledge of God expands over time and that the early biblical stories show only the most primitive understanding of what was to become known as the Christian deity. Indeed, comparing the God of the early Jewish tribes to the God revealed in the figure of Christ clearly depicts how much theological understanding evolved in between the writing of the various books that came to be collected in the Bible.

Many creationists adopt a literal interpretation of religious or supernatural creation accounts, and say that a particular one is a factual account that supersedes mainstream science (see Young Earth Creationism, for example). Such interpretations are rejected by scientists, who say that evidence from many scientific disciplines are the only empirical source for information on natural history, and literal interpretations of scriptures are not considered reliable forms of scientific evidence. (Refer to creation science).

Those holding these more literal views tend to be the ones who dispute scientific theories the most, and take particular issue with the implication from evolutionary biology of common descent — that humans are descended from “lesser creatures”. There are creationists who also dispute the scientific accounts of the initial creation of life, the geological history of Earth, the formation of the solar system, the origin of the physical universe, and a few even support such ideas as geocentrism and a flat earth.

Religious context

The term creationism is most often used to describe the belief that creation occurred literally as described in the book of Genesis (for Jews and Christians) or literally as described in the Qur’an (for Muslims.) Although the Hebrew Bible does not provide an account of creatio ex nihilo and, according to scholars, may even suggest different accounts of creation, some Jews and Christians claim to use Genesis exclusively as a support of their beliefs about origins. Refer to creation according to Genesis.

In the secular sense, “creationism” refers to a political doctrine which asserts the validity and superiority of a particular religiously-based origin belief over those of other belief systems, including those in particular espoused through secular or scientific rationale—i.e. “creationism versus evolution.” The meaning of the term “creationism” depends upon the context wherein it is used, as it refers to a particular origin belief within a particular political culture.

Theists believe that the universe and life was created by God. The idea could equally be applied by Deists, who believe that there was a God who originally created the universe, and that God then either ceased to actively interfere with its operation, or simply ceased to exist. Similarly, proponents of an alternative type of creationism might rely on a belief that the universe was created by many deities, in accordance with a polytheistic faith, or by Vishnu, the Titans of Greek mythology or any of the host of other such beings.

To distinguish the notion that the Universe as a whole (and hence all its contents) was created by God from the notion that individual species were created by divine intervention in the natural order, the latter view is sometimes referred to as special creation.

The terms creationism and creationist have become particularly associated with beliefs conflicting with the theory of evolution by natural selection. This conflict is most prevalent in the United States, where there has been sustained creation-evolution controversy in the public arena. On the other hand, many faiths which believe in divine creation accept evolution by natural selection as well as, to a greater or lesser extent, scientific explanations of the origins and development of the universe, the Earth, and life – such beliefs have been given the name evolutionary creationism, though others call them “theistic evolution”.

Types of creationism

Creationism covers a spectrum of beliefs which have been categorised into the broad types listed below. Not all creationists are in dispute with scientific theories, though very few modern scientists are creationists.

·         Flat Earth creationism — God created the world with a flat surface 6,000 years ago. All that modern science says about shape, size, and age of the Earth is wrong, and evolution does not occur. Very few people today maintain such a belief.

·         Modern geocentrism — God recently created a spherical world, and placed it in the center of the universe. The Sun, planets and everything else in the universe revolve around it. All scientific claims about the age of the Earth are lies; evolution does not occur. Very few people today maintain such a belief. See, for example, the Creation Science Association for Mid-America (http://www.csama.org/), in Cleveland, MO, USA.

·         Young-Earth Creationism — The belief that the Earth was created by God a few thousand years ago, literally as described in Creation according to Genesis, within the approximate timeframe of the Ussher-Lightfoot Calendar or somewhat more according to the interpretation of biblical genealogies. (They may or may not believe that the Universe is the same age.) As such, it rejects not only radiometric and isochron dating of the age of the Earth, arguing that they are based on debatable assumptions, but also approaches such as ice core dating and dendrochronology, which make the barest of assumptions of uniformitarianism, and which hint that the Earth is far older than the Ussher-Lightfoot Calendar suggests. Instead, it interprets the geologic record largely as a result of a global flood. This view is held by many Protestant Christians in the USA, and by many Haredi Jews. For Christian groups promoting this view, see the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), El Cajon, California, USA, and the Creation Research Society (CRS), St. Joseph, MO, USA.

Because Young Earth creationists believe in the literal truth of the description in Genesis of divine creation of every “kind” of plant and creature during a week about 6,000 years ago, they dispute parts of evolution (specifically Universal Common Ancestry) which describes all species developing from a common ancestor without a need for divine intervention over a much longer time. Different young-earth creationists offer different explanations for the fossil record, which gives the appearance that the Earth is much older:

·         God created the Earth only recently, but made it appear much older. This is the belief of a small subgroup of Young Earth creationists, which is sometimes termed the Omphalos hypothesis. This argument was first made by Philip Henry Gosse in 1857. He held that because the world operates in cycles (chicken to egg to chicken on so on), certain physical and biological processes need the appearance of age to function. It is termed the Omphalos hypothesis because it is based on the question of whether or not Adam had a belly button. Gosse postulated that Adam did have a belly button because it is how humans are formed. So the appearance of history (the belly button) is there, even though he was just created. He likewise postulated that for the earth to work, it must have been established with the appearance of age to function correctly. While many creationists hold this view for some smaller aspects of creation, for the existance of the fossil record the argument has been largely superceded.

·         God created the Earth only recently, and the fossil record is the record of the destruction of the global flood recorded in Genesis. The present diversity of land animals are all descendants of the animals on the ark, having heavily diversified after the flood. There are a variety of mechanisms believed to be involved, including genomic modularity — the ability for animals to reorganize their genome in response to stress or other outside influence, heterozygous fractionation (heterozygous genes in parents can lead to speciation by having multiple homozygous genes in children), and standard evolution.

·         Old-Earth Creationism — which maintains that the physical universe was created by God, but that the creation event of Genesis is not to be taken strictly literally. This group generally believes that the Universe and the Earth are as described by astronomers and geologists, but that details of the evolutionary theory are questionable.

Old-Earth creationism itself comes in at least three types:

·         Gap creationism, also called Restitution creationism — the view that life was immediately created on a pre-existing old Earth. This group generally translates Genesis 1:2 as “The earth became without form and void,” indicating a destruction of the original creation by some unspecified cataclysm. This was popularized in the Scofield Reference Bible, but has little support from Hebrew scholars.

·         Day-age creationism — the view that the “six days” of Genesis are not ordinary twenty-four-hour days, but rather much longer periods (for instance, each “day” could be the equivalent of millions of years of modern time). Another theory states that the Hebrew word was mistranslated, and it’s supposed to be seven ages. Some adherents claim we are still living in the seventh age (“seventh day”), while opponents say that the seventh day of creation must be the same type of day as the Sabbath for the Sabbath command to make sense.

·         Progressive creationism — the view that species have changed or evolved in a process continuously guided by God, with various ideas as to how the process operates. This accepts most of modern physical science including the age of the earth, but rejects much of modern biology or looks to it for evidence that evolution by natural selection is incorrect.

·         Evolutionary creationism/Theistic evolutionism — the general belief that some or all classical religious teachings about God and creation are compatible with some or all of the scientific theory of evolution, It views evolution as a tool used by God and can synthesize with gap or day-age creationism, although most adherents deny that Genesis was meant to be interpreted as history at all. It can still be described as “creationism” in holding that divine intervention brought about the origin of life or that divine Laws govern formation of species, but in the creation-evolution controversy its proponents generally take the “evolutionist” side while disputing that some scientists’ methodological assumption of materialism can be taken as ontological as well. Many creationists would deny that this is creationism at all, and should rather be called “theistic evolution”, just as many scientists allow voice to their spiritual side. In particular, this view rejects the doctrine of special creation.

·         Intelligent Design movement — The main proponents of Intelligent Design have intentionally distanced themselves from other forms of creationism, preferring to be known as wholly separate from creationism as a philosophy. One of the chief websites of the movement defines it thus: “The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as [Darwinian] natural selection.” Intelligent Design styles itself as a philosophical approach to the origin of information and complexity within nature, and, its adherents claim, is not concerned with religion, or the identity or nature, whether natural or supernatural, of any possible designer(s). In and of itself, Intelligent Design does not oppose the theory of evolution. However, many proponents of Intelligent Design are Christian theists who do oppose evolution leading critics to charge that the movement, despite the protestations of its adherents, is simply creationism in new clothing (see Wedge strategy).

Jewish creationism

Jewish creationism includes a continuum of views about creationism, on aspects including the origin of life and the role of evolution in the formation of species as debated in the creation-evolution controversy. In general, the major Jewish denominations accept evolutionary creationism or theistic evolution, with the exception of certain Orthodox Jewish groups. The contemporary general approach of Judaism, excepting some Orthodox traditions, is to not take the Torah as a literal text, but rather as a symbolic or open-ended work.

God as absolute origin

All denominations of Christianity assert that God is the origin, the first cause. The Roman Catholic Church holds as an unchangeable tenet of Christian faith, that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. Here, clearly, creation is described as an absolute beginning, which includes the assertion that the very existence of the universe is contingent upon a necessary higher being, a God who is not himself created. Therefore the doctrine of biblical creation places the knowledge of God central in the pursuit of the knowledge of anything, for everything comes from God. Nevertheless, this view does not mandate the concept of special creation; it says nothing about the mechanism by which any thing was created.

Although phrased differently, this doctrine of creation is common in many branches of other religions. The strictness to which adherents are required to accept these views, and the sense in which these definitions are official, vary widely.

 

Prevalence of creationism

 

United States

In the United States, creationism is popular among the general Christian population, but considered to be scientifically irrelevant in many academic and scientific communities. According to a 2001 Gallup evolution poll on the origins of humans, 72% of Americans believe in some form of creationism (as defined above). About 45% of Americans assented to the statement that “God created man pretty much in his present form at one time within the last 10,000 years.”

Among the scientific community, the Big Bang, abiogenesis, and biological evolution are generally considered to be the correct description of the origins of the universe and life on Earth. According to a 1997 Gallup poll, 55% of scientists ascribe to a completely atheistic evolution, with a total rejection of any deistic involvement. In 1987, Newsweek reported: “By one count there are some 700 scientists with respectable academic credentials (out of a total of 480,000 U.S. earth and life scientists) who ascribed to Biblically literal creationism”. However, science is not established by public opinion polls but rather by consistency and explanatory ability.

In 2000, a People for the American Way poll found that:

20% of Americans believe public schools should teach evolution only;

17% of Americans believe that only evolution should be taught in science classes — religious explanations should be taught in another class;

29% of Americans believe that Creationism should be discussed in science class as a ‘belief,’ not a scientific theory;

13% of Americans believe that Creationism and evolution should be taught as ‘scientific theories’ in science class;

16% of Americans believe that only Creationism should be taught;

Less-direct anecdotal evidence of the popularity of creationism is reflected in the response of IMAX theaters to the availability of Volcanoes of the Deep Sea, an IMAX film which makes a connection between human DNA and microbes inside undersea volcanoes. The film’s distributor reported that the only U.S. states with theaters which chose not to show the film were Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina:

We’ve got to pick a film that’s going to sell in our area. If it’s not going to sell, we’re not going to take it,” said the director of an IMAX theater in Charleston that is not showing the movie. “Many people here believe in creationism, not evolution.” [1] (http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/Movies/03/23/volcano.movie.ap/index.html)

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The western world outside the United States

Most vocal creationists are from the United States, and creationist views are much less common elsewhere in the Western World.

According to a PBS documentary on evolution, Australian Young Earth Creationists claimed that “five percent of the Australian population now believe that Earth is thousands, rather than billions, of years old.” The documentary further states that “Australia is a particular stronghold of the creationist movement.” Taking these claims at face value, Young Earth Creationism is very much a minority position in Western countries.

In Europe, creationism is a less well-defined phenomenon, and regular polls are not available. However, evolution is taught as scientific fact in most schools. In countries with a Roman Catholic majority, papal acceptance of evolution as worthy of study has essentially ended debate on the matter for many people. Nevertheless, creationist groups such as the German Studiengemeinschaft Wort und Wissen (Study group ‘word and knowing’)[2] (http://www.wort-und-wissen.de/) are actively lobbying in Germany. In the United Kingdom the Emmanuel Schools Foundation (previously the Vardy Foundation), which owns two colleges in the north of England (out of several thousand in the country) and plans to open several more, teaches that creationism and evolution are equally valid “faith positions”. In Italy, the prime minister Silvio Berlusconi wanted to retire evolution from schools in the middle level; after one week of massive protests, he reversed his opinion. [3] (http://www2.onnachrichten.t-online.de/dyn/c/19/01/33/1901336.html)

Of particular note for Eastern Europe, Serbia suspended the teaching of evolution for one week in 2004, under education minister Ljiljana Colic, only allowing schools to reintroduce evolution into the curriculum if they also taught creationism. [4]  (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/09/09/wdarw09.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/09/09/ixworld.html) “After a deluge of protest from scientists, teachers and opposition parties,” says the BBC report, Ms Colic’s deputy made the statement, “I have come here to confirm Charles Darwin is still alive,” and announced that the decision was reversed. [5] (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3642460.stm) Ms. Colic resigned after the government said that she had caused “problems that had started to reflect on the work of the entire government”. [6] (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3663196.stm)

The Christian critique of creationism

Many Christians support evolutionary creationism rather than young earth creationism. In “Intelligent Design as a Theological Problem,” Episcopalian theologian George Murphy argues against the common view that life on Earth in all its forms is direct evidence of God’s act of creation (Murphy quotes Phillip Johnson’s claim that he is speaking “of a God who acted openly and left his fingerprints on all the evidence.”). Murphy argues that this view of God is incompatible with the Christian understanding of God as “the one revealed in the cross and resurrection of Jesus.” The basis of this theology is Isaiah 45:15, “Truly, thou art a God who hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Savior.” This verse inspired Pascal to write, “What meets our eyes denotes neither a total absence nor a manifest presence of the divine, but the presence of a God who conceals himself.” In the Heidelberg Disputation, Martin Luther referred to the same Biblical verse to propose his “theology of the cross”: “That person does not deserve to be called a theologian who looks upon the invisible things of God as though they were clearly perceptible in those things which have actually happened … He deserves to be called a theologian, however, who comprehends the visible and manifest things of God seen through suffering and the cross.”

Luther opposes his theology of the cross to what he called the “theology of glory”:

A theologian of glory does not recognize, along with the Apostle, the crucified and hidden God alone [I Cor. 2:2]. He sees and speaks of God’s glorious manifestation among the heathen, how his invisible nature can be known from the things which are visible [Cf. Rom. 1:20] and how he is present and powerful in all things everywhere.

For Murphy, Creationists are modern-day theologians of glory. Following Luther, Murphy argues that a true Christian cannot discover God from clues in creation, but only from the crucified Christ.

Murphy observes that the execution of a Jewish carpenter by Roman authorities is in and of itself an ordinary event and did not require Divine action. On the contrary, for the crucifixion to occur, God had to limit or “empty” Himself. It was for this reason that Paul wrote, in Philippians 2:5-8,

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.

Murphy concludes that,

Just as the son of God limited himself by taking human form and dying on the cross, God limits divine action in the world to be in accord with rational laws God has chosen. This enables us to understand the world on its own terms, but it also means that natural processes hide God from scientific observation.

For Murphy, a theology of the cross requires that Christians accept a methodological naturalism, meaning that one cannot invoke God to explain natural phenomena, while recognizing that such acceptance does not require one to accept a metaphysical naturalism, which proposes that nature is all that there is.

According to theologian Emil Brunner, “God does not wish to occupy the whole of space Himself, but that He wills to make room for other forms of existence … In so doing, He limits Himself.” It is where God has limited Himself that humans must use their own intelligence to understand the world — to understand the laws of gravity as well as evolution – without relying on God as an explanation. It is only through the cross and the resurrection that one may find God.

“IN the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”

God created the heavens and the earth.

Isa 42:5  Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:

 

Isa 45:18  For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

 

 Isa 40:26  Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

 

The creation account includes everything. From the smallest animal to the biggest galaxies. From Adam (1:26-27) to angels (Job 38:4-11)

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5 Responses to Genesis Chapter 1: God – The “When” of Creation -God and the Earth Part 2

  1. Francisco says:

    “Let There Be Light”

    “In The Beginning” The Creator(Our Father) said,
    “Let There Be Light, and There Was Light”

    “LIGHT Begets Light!”
    “The Beginning of The Creation of GOD!”

    And the revelation that The Messiah received of
    The Creator and gave unto the apostle John bore
    witness to The Truth that The Messiah, was
    “The Beginning of the Creation of GOD(Our
    Father, Creator of ALL)”! (Rev 1:1, 3:14)

    And The Messiah bore witness to His Brethren
    when He testified, “My GOD is your GOD and My
    Father(Creator) is your Father(Creator).”(Jn 20:17)

    The Messiah testified “I have sent My angel to
    you with this testimony for the assemblies. I am
    the root and the offspring of David. I am the bright,
    Morning Star(Light)”! (Rev 22:16) ) Peter testified
    “We have the more sure word of prophecy; and
    you do well to take heed, as to a lamp shining in a
    dark place, until the day dawns, and The Morning
    Star(Light) arises in your hearts.”(2Pt 1:19) “But
    you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,
    a holy nation, HIS own special people, that you
    may proclaim the praises of HIM who called you
    out of darkness into His marvelous Light.”(1Pt2:9)

    And the evening(darkness) and The Morning
    (Light) was the First Day.” (Gen 1:5)

    “Let There Be Light”!

    “The Beginning of The Creation of GOD”!

    It is very important to both know and experience
    The Messiah as He Is, Was and always Will Be,
    and also to know the “glory He had with Our
    Father” before He was born in “the likeness of
    sinful flesh”. (John 17:5, Rom 8:3) For what The
    Messiah Was and Is, Is that which He will always
    Will Be.”The Only Begotten Son” of “Our Father”!

    First, let me simply state that I do not believe the
    “catholic” and “christian” theo’ry’logical doctrines
    concerning “The Only True GOD, Father ALL”. For
    they “image”ine a three-headed “god” they call
    their “trinity”, or they declare their “christ” to be
    their “god and father”, or they believe that The
    Messiah was but an exalted messenger(angel)
    or prophet.

    John The Baptist testified, “And I saw, and bare
    record that The Messiah is the Son of GOD(Our
    Father).”(John 1:34) Peter testified, “You are The
    Messiah, The Son of The Living GOD(Father of
    ALL)”!(Matt 16:16) And the Ethiopian eunuch
    testified, “I believe that The Messiah is The Son
    of GOD(Our Father)”. (Acts 8:37) “Seeing then
    that we have a great high priest, that is passed
    into the Heavens, The Messiah, The Son of
    GOD(Our Father), let us hold fast our profession.”
    (Heb 4:14) “These things are written so that you
    might believe that The Messiah is The Son of GOD
    (Our Father)”. (John 20:31) The Messiah testified
    that He was “The Son of GOD”, and that His GOD
    was “The Only True GOD(Father of ALL)”.
    (John 10:36,17:3)

    And The Messiah also testified that He was the
    “Son of man” and “The Light of the world”.
    (Matt 26:64, John 8:12)

    It is needful to believe that The Messiah Was, Is
    and always Will Be “The Son of The Living GOD”,
    and that there is but “One GOD, HE WHO is
    Father of ALL”. (Mat 16:16, Eph 4:6) The Messiah
    bore witness to His Brethren when He testified
    after being “raised from among the dead”, “My GOD
    is your GOD and My Father(Creator) is your Father
    (Creator)” (John 20:17)

    Is The Messiah’s GOD and Father your GOD
    and Father?

    Who are The Brethren of The Messiah?

    “Let There Be Light”

    Once again, It is very important to both know and
    experience The Messiah as He Was, Is and always
    Will Be. The Messiah simply testified in John 17:5
    “And now O Father, glorify Me with YOUR own self
    with the glory that I had with YOU before the world
    began”.

    Prior to that testimony The Messiah had testified,
    “Yet a little while is The Light with you. Walk while
    you have The Light, lest darkness comes upon
    you: for he that walks in darkness does not know
    where he goes. While you have Light, believe in
    The Light, that you may be the children of Light.”
    (John 12:35-36)

    And the apostle John testified: “In the beginning
    was the Word, and the Word was with GOD, and
    The Word was GOD. (John did not testify that
    The Word is GOD)The same was in the beginning
    with GOD. All things were made by Him, and
    without Him was not any thing made that was
    made. In Him was Life; and The Life was The
    Light of men. And The Light shined in darkness;
    and the darkness comprehended it not. There
    was a man sent from GOD, whose name was
    John. The same came for a witness, to bear
    witness of The Light, that all men through Him
    might believe. He(John the baptist) was not that
    Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
    That was the True Light, which enlightens every
    man that comes into the world. He(The Messiah)
    was in the world, and the world was made by
    Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto
    His own, and His own received Him not. But as
    many as received Him, to them He gave power
    to become the sons of GOD, even to them that
    believe on His name: Which were born, not of
    blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will
    of man, but of “The Only True GOD, Father of
    ALL”.” (John 1:1-13)

    It is needful to realize that The Messiah testified
    of “The Only True GOD” in John 17:3, and so it is
    that The GOD and Father of The Messiah IS,
    WAS and always WILL BE “The Only True GOD”.

    “The Only True GOD” is “Father of ALL”.

    And “The Father of ALL” is “Our Father”, HE WHO
    IS “The Only True GOD” and Father of The Messiah
    and His Brethren.

    And the apostle John testified in John 3:17-21:
    “For Our Father sent not his Son into the world
    to condemn the world; but that the world through
    Him might be saved. He that believes on Him is
    not condemned: but he that believes not is
    condemned already, because he has not believed
    in the name of the only begotten Son of GOD(Our
    Father). And this is the condemnation, that Light is
    come into the world, and men loved darkness
    rather than Light, because their deeds were evil.
    For every one that does evil hates The Light,
    neither comes to The Light, lest his deeds should
    be reproved. But he that does Truth comes to The
    Light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that
    they are wrought in GOD(Our Father).”

    In John 12:34 the people asked, “Who is this Son
    of man? Then in John 12:35-36, “The Messiah said
    unto them, yet a little while is The Light with you.
    Walk while you have The Light, lest darkness come
    upon you: for he that walks in darkness does not
    know where he goes. While you have Light, believe
    in The Light, that you may be the children of Light.
    The Messiah spoke these things, and departed,
    and hid Himself from them.”

    Simply, “In The Beginning” The Only True GOD
    spoke The Word, “Let There Be Light”, “And there
    was Light”! “And there was evening(darkness) and
    there was morning (Light), The First Day”. (Gen 1:5)
    Certainly such “Light” was not “natural” light, for
    “natural” light, the sun, moon, and stars were not
    created until the “fourth day”. (Gen 1:14-19)

    “In the beginning”, “The First Day”, The Father of
    All created “The Light”, without which Creation and
    Life, as we now know and experience it, could not
    have been.

    The First Day, “The Light”, The Messiah, “The
    beginning of the Creation of GOD(HE WHO is
    The Only True GOD and Father of ALL)”!
    (Gen 1:3, Rev 3:14, John 17:3, Eph 4:6)

    And “The Only True GOD” created all “things” by,
    through, and for “The Light”, The Messiah, “The
    Son of The Living GOD” and “Son of man”.
    (Col 1:15, Eph 3:9, Mat 16:16, Mat 12:32)

    LIGHT begets Light!

    And “The True Light which enlightens every man
    coming into the world”, was born as a child
    destined to be The Messiah. (John 1:9, Mat 1:21)

    The Messiah, “The Light of the world”.
    (John 8:12, 9:5)

    The Messiah, “The firstborn of every creature
    (all creation)”. (Col 1:15)

    The Messiah, “Begotten of Our Father”,
    “The firstborn among many Brethren”.
    (Heb 1:5) (Ps 2:7) (Rom 8:29)

    The Messiah, “A servant of The Only True GOD
    (Father of ALL)”. (Isa 42:1-7)

    The Messiah, “The Lamb of GOD”.
    (John 1:29,36)

    The Messiah, “The firstborn from among the dead”.
    (Col 1:18)

    Once again: “In The Beginning” Our Father, “The
    Only True GOD” spoke: “Let there be Light, and
    there was Light”! The Messiah, “The Beginning of
    the Creation of GOD”, “the firstborn of every
    creature(all creation)”. (Gen 1:3, John 17:3,
    Rev 3:14, Col 1:15)

    Thanks Be To “Our Father”!

    The Messiah, The Creation of “The Only True
    GOD, Father of ALL”! (Rev 3:14)

    The Messiah, “made so much better than the
    angels”! (Heb 1:4)

    The Messiah, “The Light of the world”!
    (John 8:12, 9:5)

    “The Lamb of GOD”, “The Light of The New
    Heavenly Jerusalem”! (Rev 21:22-23)

    Paul experienced “The Light ” on the road to
    Damascus. “And it came to pass, that, as I
    made my journey, and came near unto
    Damascus about noontime, suddenly a great
    Light from Heaven shone round about me.
    And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice
    saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why do you
    persecute Me? And I answered, “Who are
    You, Master”? And He said unto me, I am
    Yehowshuwa'(Yeshua, Jeshua) of Nazareth,
    Whom you persecute. And they that were
    with me saw The Light, and were afraid; but
    they did not hear the voice of Him that spoke
    to me. And I said, “What shall I do, Master”?
    And He said unto me, arise and go into
    Damascus, and there you shall be told all
    things which are appointed for you to do.
    And when I could not see for the glory of
    that Light, I was led by the hand into
    Damascus.” (Acts 22:6-11)

    Paul also testified, “At midday I saw in the
    way a Light from Heaven, ABOVE THE
    BRIGHTNESS OF THE SUN, shining round
    about me and those who journeyed with me.
    And when we were all fallen to the earth, I
    heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying
    in the HEBREW tongue, Saul, Saul, why do
    you persecute Me? It is hard for you to kick
    against the pricks.” (The Messiah could not
    have told Paul, “I am jesus” for He spoke in
    the “HEBREW tongue”) (Acts 26:13-14)

    Paul saw “The Light” that was The Messiah
    and he was blinded(naturally, not Spiritually)
    for a time. Now when The Messiah was in
    the “likeness of sinful flesh”, born as “the
    Son of man”, He could only reflect “The
    Light”, liken unto the moon which but reflects
    the light of the natural sun.

    “Let There Be Light”

    The Messiah, “The Light of the world”!

    And consider the natural light provided by the
    sun, which was Created on the fourth day.
    Does not the natural light of the sun reveal
    outwardly, all the earthly, natural things?
    Consider what happens when that which you
    thought was clean is exposed to the light of
    the sun? Is not the least outward particle of
    uncleanness readily seen in the light of the
    sun? And so it is with “The Light” that is The
    Messiah. For His Life, “The Life”, reveals
    and exposes all the uncleanness in “our”
    life, the life that is of “our” own creation,
    which is the “I(ego, id)” in all of us, the
    product of “our” own vain “imag”inations!
    So it needs be that “The Light” penetrates
    deeply, even into the innermost recesses
    of the heart, “rightly dividing the soul and
    spirit”, exposing all the darkness that the
    “I” in all of us did not want to “see”!

    Yet for such a cleansing to begin one must
    “experience The Messiah(The Light) and
    The Power that raised Him from among the
    dead”!(Php 3:10) Oh, there are many who
    know of a “messiah”, yet who has
    experienced “The Light”? For “The Light”
    was “The Beginning of Creation” both the
    old, which was natural and earthly and The
    New, which is of The Spirit and Heavenly.
    Those who “love this world and it’s things”
    yet desire that which “decayed, waxed
    old and vanished away” (Heb 8:13) They
    are of those “whose ‘god’ is their belly,
    and whose glory is in their shame, for
    they mind earthly things”. (Phlp 3:19)

    Sadly, those who “love this world and it’s
    things” yet love darkness more than The
    Light and they will abide in the darkness
    they loved forever ;-( (1Jn2:15,Jn3:19-20)

    Sadder yet, systems of religion that are of
    this world, such as “catholicism”, “christianity”,
    “judaism”, “islam”, etc., have so perverted
    The Testimonies, that today, as in the two
    thousand or so, years gone by, “The Way
    of Truth is evil spoken of”! All because of
    the theo’ry’logical, heretical doctrines that
    are of men! And especially those
    theo’ry’logical doctrines which seek to
    define “The Only True GOD, Father of All”.
    (2Peter 2:1-2)

    All such doctrines are but the product of
    mankind’s “imag”ination and mankind’s
    “imag”ination is destroying and perverting
    Creation(land, air, water, creatures, Light,
    Truth, Love, Peace, Joy, Hope, .etc.)

    Yes, sadly ;-( Creation is being destroyed
    by self-willed men who could care less
    about that which is of The Truth(What Is,
    Was, and always Will Be), and care even
    less about those things which they can
    not comprehend apart from their
    “natural” senses and mental processes ;-(

    And The Truth testifies, The Creator “will
    destroy those who destroy the earth(HIS
    Creation)”(Rev 11:18).

    Sadly, in this wicked world, those who
    seek profit will naturally overcome those
    who do not ;-(

    Yet, There Is Hope!

    For The Life is of The Spirit!

    And Miracles do happen!

    And Faith rejoices against profit(greed)
    and theo’ry’logy(logic)!

    Hope is there would be those who experience
    The Miracle that is receiving “a love of The
    Truth” for they will “see” “The Light”.
    (2Thes 2:10, John 8:12, 9:5)

    And they will receive peace, in spite of the
    dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this world, for
    they will clearly “see” that “The WHOLE
    world is under the control of the evil one”.
    (1John 5:19) And they will clearly “see”
    things as they are and not as “imag”inative,
    world-loving humans would have others
    believe them to be, for they will “see” The
    Light that is The Messiah……. francisco

    thedestructionoftheearth.wordpress.com
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  2. Clint Rodgers says:

    Hello again Francisco

    First, let me simply state that I do not believe the
    “catholic” and “christian” theo’ry’logical doctrines
    concerning “The Only True GOD, Father ALL”. For
    they “image”ine a three-headed “god” they call
    their “trinity”, or they declare their “christ” to be
    their “god and father”, or they believe that The
    Messiah was but an exalted messenger(angel)
    or prophet.

    That is a very wide brush to be painting with. First off, the three-headed god thing is wrong. Believing in the Godhead is not wrong, it is in the Scriptures.
    God is God, Jesus Christ (The Messiah) is THE SON OF GOD. He is God in the flesh. He is One with God, again in the Scriptures
    “I and my Father are ONE”
    “The Word was God, the WOrd was with GOd”
    again He is One with God

    Now beleiving in what religion teaches, especially certain ones is sad, I’ll give you that but don’t put every Christian (Follower of Christ – The Messiah) into one category. Some are true and genuine while some teach another doctrine

  3. mybloggerings says:

    Amen clint. This “Fransisco” has come on my blog and sent me emails about how I’m a pagan for believing in Jesus. He/She lumps me in with catholics, Islamists, and other “religions” to which I do not believe. I say the same thing…that we all are not like those people. The Godhead is biblical. I’m not sure what she/he is referring to with the “three head god”. I believe that God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are apart of the trinity, but as you mentioned above God is God, Jesus is the Son of God and God in the flesh, one with God, and the Holy Spirit is a helper, but also apart of God. IT’s hard for our limited mind to encompass that, but the Bible is truth. And once you start discrediting parts of the Bible, why believe any of it? God breathed scripture. And Jesus is the way, the truth and the life…nobody comes to God except through Jesus. That is the truth. It maddens me when people misconstrue or add/take away from the Bible. This irritates me more than Barack Obama as our next President!

    Jesus saves! Jesus lives! Jesus loves!

  4. Francisco says:

    Paul testified that “The Only True GOD was in The Messiah”, he did not testify that The Messiah was ‘god’…….

    Stephen, “being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into Heaven, and saw the glory of The Only True GOD, and The Messiah standing on the right hand of The Only True GOD, And Stephen said, “Behold, I see the Heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of The Only True GOD.”

    “If you have risen with The Messiah then seek those things which are above, where The Messiah sits on the right hand of The Only True GOD. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hid with The Messiah in The Only True God.”

    Now The Messiah bore witness unto HIS GOD and Father, and also testified that HIS GOD and Father was also The GOD and Father of His Brethren. And The Messiah also declared HIS GOD and Father to “The Only True GOD”! That declaration of Truth needs not be made more than once for those who have received “a love of The Truth”, yet the multitudes have been seduced and deceived by the systems of religion that are of this wicked world.

    Simply, The Messiah, He testified of “The Only True GOD”, and that “The Only True GOD was His GOD and Father”, and The Messiah, He and HIS GOD and Father, Peter, and many others, all testified that The Messiah was The Son of The Only True GOD, and The Messiah also testified that He was The Son of man as well.

    Yet the multitudes who are held captive by the systems of religion that are of this wicked world? Most of them believe in a three-headed pagan “god” they call their “trinity”, and then there are those who declare their “imag”ined” “jesus christ” to be both “father and son”, and some declare their version of “jesus christ” to be but an angel or a mere prophet. Simply, sad for them all.

    Yet there is hope!

    For Miracles do happen!

    Hope is there will be those who experience The Miracle that is receiving “a love of The Truth” for they will “see” “The Light” that is The Messiah and such Light will reveal all things as they follow The Messiah on the enLightened path that is The Way to The Truth of The Life.

    And Truth IS “THY Kingdom”HAS “Come”!

    Truth, as well as The Life, is never ending…….

    • Clint Rodgers says:

      Francisco

      I hope you are doing well this fine holiday, and I like this comment much better because we actually have a few things to agree upon

      Yes Paul speaks of the Messiah, he actually points directly to the Messiah, as we should as well.
      Messiah, in the book of John, says two things that I want to point out.

      1. I and My Father are One.
      We know that this was controversial because they wanted to stone Him so we know Who He was talking about.

      2. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
      The Bible states that Messiah is the One and only way to the Father.
      Salvation comes through no other.
      And if we are both pointing to the same Messiah, the One who is written about in the Holy Bible, the Scriptures, then we need only argue secondary issues.
      He is the only Way to eternal life and access into the Kingdom. It is not the Word of God that has been twisted but it is how we understand just who we are in the scheme of things.

      God id eternal, He sent His Only Begotten Sonto die for our sins. We are useless, helpless sinners in need of hell and damnation and yet through His grace we are made whole. By His stripes we are healed and headed to life eternal if we accept His payment in faith

      I will also agree with you that there are many who follow cleverly disguised anti-Christs in many different forms of religions.

      Religion can not save mankind
      baptism can not save mankind
      membership can not save mankind
      communion, sacrements, nothing can save apart from the Messiah.

      The only condemnation that the Word of God does give is to deny that He is the Messiah.

      To deny that He is the Christ, Messiah, is to welcome eternal damnation.

      Only when we stop relying upon others to tell us what we beleive, is when we will truly understand “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”
      and this is when miracles will happen

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