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Genesis.day 1.questions

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  1. B: Genesis 1:1 KJV — In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

    Q: What did God create the heaven and earth out of?

    B: Genesis 1:2 KJV — And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

    Q: What does, "without form and void" and, "darkness was upon the face of the deep" mean?

    Q: What does "And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" mean?

    Q: What is the "deep"?

    B: Genesis 1:3 KJV — And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

    Q: What is this light?

    B: Genesis 1:4 KJV — And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

    Q: Is this "darkness" the same as mentioned in Gen 1:2?

    B: Genesis 1:5 KJV — And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

    Q: Why are "Day" and "Night" capitalized?

    Q: What is "evening and morning", since the Sun and Moon have yet to be created?

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    Zetetica
    Zetetica is a new Christian but not new to Christianity. Her previous religious affiliation was Luciferianism which she renounced in 2018.

    Zetetica applies exegesis, rather than eisegesis and trusts in God's inspired word, written in the Holy Bible. Furthermore, Zetetica believes the Bible is a living book for believers that has layers, intended to be understood with deeper study and as God reveals.

    Lastly, Zetetica's trusted source for scripture is The Authorized King James Bible.

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  1. Calminian
    I think q1 is pretty straightforward. The fact that verse 2 states the earth (the primordial land) was unformed and unfilled means that God created the matter of the earth in verse 1.

    In the beginning God created X (v.1). X, when it was initially created, had no order or shape (v.2).

    What else could it be? I don't think verse 1 is a summary statement or a title, just a straightforward declaration, in the beginning God brought into existence the shapeless orderless components of what would eventually be the earth we're familiar with, i.e. God created the land substance, prior to it becoming solid or dry.

    Later on day 3, God solidifies and drys the land, preparing it for creatures to walk on.

    When it comes to interpretation, start with the simplest understanding and see if it works. If it does, look no further.

    Think about preparing a cake. We can't just create the ingredients, we'd have to buy them. But God could simply bring the ingredients into existence. Then he would shape them and decorate them at whatever speed and rate he desired. We might describe this as the following.

    One day, God brought into existence a cake. But, it had no shape nor decorations, initially. Then God molded it, baked it and decorated it. Then the cake was finished.

    I think this clearly implies that God initially brought the ingredients into existence, than later shaped it and decorated it. That's kind of what I see in Genesis 1:1-2:1.
    1. Zetetica
      I believe it's important to keep scripture like this in historical context. Else, we lean on our own understandings and end up confused, believing things like "theistic big bang" or "theistic evolution", or even "gap theory".

      "Heaven" was understood as the visible arc of sky and Earth, a watery abyss, until "earth" (dry land) was raised from that abyss.
    2. Calminian
      Yes, but understand the "historical context" of Genesis is not Moses' time. Everything in Genesis predated Moses and he likely compiled the accounts of Genesis from documents passed down from his ancestors. So discerning the cultural context of those ancient writings would have nothing to do with the cosmology of Moses' day. There's an article you can google, "The origins of Genesis, solving the toledoth mystery" that might help regarding this.
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    3. Zetetica
      Interesting perspective and I don't disagree with it. When I read Genesis, I read it for what is written and keep the original words in context to the best of my ability.
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