Chapter 6: the biblical introduction to the creation story.
Consider that Moses, completely shielded from the elements as if seeing a vision, was allowed a multi-segment ground level view of Earth during creation. His views were similar to watching a narrated week-long miniseries on television. Each of the daily views seen by Moses had been selected to show significant creation, or more specifically, completion events.
On days, one through six, Moses recorded what he was told in the form of narration, and then he recorded a description of what he saw as confirmation of that narration. His visual descriptions were guided by the narration that he heard, yet he was not being told what to write or remember. When God spoke, Moses indicated that God had spoken. The rest of the creation story is made up of the personal observations of Moses and is in his own words. His vantage point was ground level, which is in general, the perspective of all people to come. Ground level is the only logical view of creation. The first verses in Genesis, Chapter 1, are his accounting of the events he witnessed. Finally, on “day 7“, Moses was shown no change, or he saw that the creation was finished.
In addition to the chronological creation story, Moses was shown (or knew of) other creation events that are mentioned later in Genesis. Those events were not part of God’s narrative and were excluded from the seven-day chronological creation story. The added information describes the onset of Earth’s rain cycle, the creation of a man and woman from the one being called Man, and a statement claiming the man and woman’s descendants (Adam and Eve’s descendants) inter-mated with already existing beings. These statements serve as added information only. They are not from a separate creation story. (Note that biblically, after Noah’s flood only the descendants of Noah remained. Noah was a descendant of Adam. Therefore, all existing humans are descendants of Adam.)
Each day’s view, beginning with the creation story’s introduction, will now be completely analyzed. It has been established that religious biblical interpretations are often in error. Perhaps even the cherished religious beliefs of the reader are in error. Attempt to put aside preconceived notions or pre-learned religious interpretations and read the creation story as if for the first time.
Now begins the creation story in detail starting with its brief introduction.
1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
1:2 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.
6.1 The introduction to the creation story.
Gen 1:1 and 1:2 above are commentary by Moses, and they serve as an introduction to Earth’s creation (or completion) story. These verses describe what Moses saw after light of visible intensity was available at Earth’s surface on “day 1“- which comes up next. These verses describe the state of Earth and the state of Earth’s atmosphere at the beginning of the creation story.
The creation story is very simply structured. It begins with this brief introduction. Then, each day’s scene starts with “And God said…“, and each day ends with “and the evening and the morning were…“. Two of the creation “days” have two scenes. God’s narration has not yet begun.
Now, as per Gen 1:1, God created both Heaven and Earth, but the verse clearly indicates that Heaven and Earth were created before the first light of “day 1;” before Moses could see anything; before light was available from an earthly perspective. In addition, Gen 1:1 shows an order of creation with Heaven having been created first while Gen 1:2 suggests that Earth still needed work since it was without form and void.
Moses was not shown the creation of Heaven and Earth, but instead, sometime after dim light had become available as will be described on “day 1,” he was shown Earth covered by water and an abysmally dark low level overhead canopy of cloud cover (fog or steam) as viewed from Earth. Heaven was viewable as only the narrow gap between Earth’s sea and the canopy of cloud cover or steam.
Could Moses have been magically able to see without light? Not if he were seeing a real view. This again serves as continued evidence that these first verses are an introduction. Although God did not introduce the creation of Heaven and Earth in narrative form, Moses felt it necessary to explain what existed as he was shown the light of “day 1.” In all likelihood, to Moses, all that existed when he was shown Earth’s surface lit up by sunlight was sea, fog and an occasionally visible narrow strip of Heaven above the sea.
The creation story is not about the creation of Heaven and Earth, but instead, the story is about the transformation of Earth into a livable planet. All that “is” on Earth, and all that is viewable from Earth, will be shown to Moses in a series of replays; each completion just as it was when it could be considered substantially complete and substantially viewable. The viewable scenes were shown to Moses during the six days that follow. The entire creation story is about the transformation of Earth, a planet that was “without form and void,” into what exists now. Although not visible from Earth, Heaven and other heavenly bodies already existed and Earth was already a planet covered by water with a horrendously dense atmosphere, and in orbit around the Sun.
Except for a flash of light from a lightning bolt (if there were lightning bolts) or from a volcanic burst, prior to sunlight of sufficiently high intensity, nothing could be seen from an earthly perspective. In fact, even well above what is now Earth’s atmosphere, stars, the rest of solar system, and the universe were all invisible due to vast quantities of dust, ice, and gas adrift in the solar system. These things are now known due to modern science.
The “Big Bang” had long sense occurred and predated the chronology of this creation story by about 10 billion years. The rest of Heaven already existed but could not be seen until “day 4.” Why would anyone, for his or her religion’s sake, complain about the Big Bang Theory? In fact, one would think religions would embrace this theory since it shows that everything had a beginning. The multiple billions of years ago timing of the “Big Bang” may be the primary point of contention here. Nevertheless, the “Big Bang” occurred prior to the chronology of the creation story.
Many religions teach that the heavenly bodies were created on “day 4”- after the creation of Earth. Contrary to religious myth, the Sun and other stars existed before Earth existed. This religious misunderstanding will be completely cleared up by biblical creation’s “day 4” in this book. The notion that Earth was created first will be shown to be based on an uninformed and erroneous interpretation of the biblical creation story. Science now laughs religion to scorn over that misinterpretation. Religions should amend their teachings and claim that from his earthly perspective, and as confirmed in “day 2,” Moses was unable to see direct light from heavenly bodies until “day 4.” Moses only recorded that which he could see from ground level. He only recorded what he was able to witness.
6.2 About Genesis 1:2.
What does”…And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” tell us? It is not clear what is meant by the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. However, the moon was orbiting causing tidal currents, there were no landmasses to dampen wave motion, water temperature was very high, and high level atmospheric temperature was very low. It is a sure bet it was stormy and steamy, and there were huge waves- waves as big as mountains. This, it is assumed, shows biblically that the Spirit of God is an intensely energetic spirit. This is the only assumption necessary in the entire creation story. What is the Spirit of God?
Note: the biblical state of Earth as sunlight became visible at Earth’s surface agrees completely with what modern science predicts. Now starts the creation story.
1The Living Bible; Thomas Nelson