Kraig Josiah Rice
Devotional Bible Commentary On

Genesis chapter 1
some theories about creation

Kraig J. Rice

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Genesis commentary- some theories about creation
 Theories and opinions about creation
 Ideal Time Theory
 The pre-existence of the human soul
 Biological evolution
 Theistic Evolution and Age Day
 A Few Questions and Answers about creation
 Why did God create the earth?
 How did God create the earth?
 When did God create the earth?
 What was the war in Heaven about?
  The meaning of biblical typology
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Opinions are like armpits:
Everybody has two of them and they stink most of the time

Some Brief
Theories and Opinions about Creation

There are many opinions and theories about life and creation. I list a few here for you to take note of in case this is your interest. Can you trust and believe the bible in spite of all of these opinions and theories? Yes. Just accept the gospel truth that God created the world and all that is in it. You and I do not have to know how God created it and we don't know when God created it. The bible deals with selective revelation from God to us. God gives us enough revelation and light to get to Heaven with. Even if God explained to us how He did all that He did, you and I might not even be able to comprehend it. Sufficient is the knowledge that He has shared with us and that He did it all in His own way and in His own timing. We can believe His entire Genesis revelation by faith.

God sometimes hides Himself in His sovereignty. Job questioned God about His greatness one time and God told Job what He had done. God's acts are proof of His greatness:
"Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind..."

"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, and brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, and said, hitherto shalt thou come, but no further- and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days, and caused the dayspring to know his place, that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? It is turned as clay to the seal, and they stand as a garment"
(Job 38:4-14).

Ideal Time Theory:
What is the Ideal Time Creationism Theory? This theory states that God created this world, everything on it, and created mankind recently only a few thousand years ago. What about the old age of this earth? God created this earth so that it appears to look much older than it is. Fossils were created recently that appear to look older. Skeletal remains of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals only appear to be millions of years old when they are not. Why did God do this? He did it to test mankind's faith in God- to see if mankind would believe God's account of creation or believe Satan's lies about the account of creation.

Is there any scriptural justification for this theory? Possibly. Adam was created by God with a navel (belly button) as any normal adult has- as if he had undergone a normal birth when he did not.
"By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen"
(Hebrews 11:3).

Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil- it has no point

Reincarnation is where an individual person comes back to life again on this earth after he or she dies. This cycle happens over and over again. Each time one comes back to life again he or she is either elevated or demoted according to the life they lived on earth. Eastern religions, freemasons, and some cults hold to this theory.

There is one verse in the bible that refutes any kind of reincarnation:
" is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment"
(Hebrews 9:27).
One scripture is all it takes to kill this theory.

The Pre-existence of the Human Soul:
Jesus Christ was in existence as God the Son before He came to this earth. You and I were not in existence before we came to this earth and anyone who tells you differently is a cultist. In other words, no one can prove it by scripture.

The bigger the lie
The easier it is to believe

Biological or Macro Evolution:
Biological or Macro evolution tries to do away with God. No matter how hard mankind tries, he cannot prove that God does not exist. Mankind looks for the beginning of life on this planet and also on other planets. Why? Because mankind in general is not satisfied or comfortable with God. Due to mankind's sin, depravity, and service towards Satan, the human race is in a sad state of existence.

Biological evolution steps on 3 land mines as it tries to cross "no man's land" to get to absolute truth, sound reason, and impeccable credibility:
1) Biological evolution cannot prove that it can get from nothing to something.
2) Biological evolution cannot prove that it can get from something to life.
3) Biological evolution cannot prove that it can get from animal or acquatic life to modern human beings who have self-consciousness and free will.

Since nearly everyone seems to have an opinion on this subject, please let me give you my opinion. There was a time, before I was saved, that I believed in evolution. I believed that I came from "the goo to the zoo to you." Did evolution give me a reason to live, answer the question as to my destiny, or give me peace in my heart? No. After I was saved I knew evolution was only sand that I had been trying to build the foundation of my life on. And it is better to build the foundation of your life on a rock (Christ the Rock of Ages). As far as biological evolution is concerned, there is no scientific method that can prove it. Are there mutations? Yes. Are there other physical changes? Yes. But none of these things prove biological evolution- biological evolution is only pure speculation. This speculation is taught by many as scientific fact when there are no facts to prove it. They want you to accept it on their "say so." But that does not make it true, that just makes it their religion- a godless religion that reduces the state of mankind down to the level of animals. Satan is the father of all lies and has deceived many into believing the lie of biological evolution as fact. Satan wants to convince you that you are worthless and have no value to anyone, but God loves you so much- you have so much value to Him- that He died in your place on an old Roman cross. In other words, you are very special to Him.

Theistic Evolution and Age Day:
What is theistic evolution? This theory is a compromise theory between Bible revelation and science. This theory holds that the days in Genesis are not 24 hour days but long periods of time that cover a total of 4 1/2 billion years. It allows for God's original creation except that Adam and Eve were later the products of biological evolution.

In Age Day the 7 days of creation were extended geologic ages or epochs of time. There were 7 major geologic ages during which mankind was evolving and this took place by theistic evolution.

Can you ellaborate a little more on these opinions? Yes.
The word "theos" in Greek means god so the word "theistic" refers to god. God created modern mankind through the process of biological evolution. God was the originator of the spark of life in the single celled organism that began to grow and divide in the scum of the ocean. God watched over this organism, protected it, helped it grow and formed it eventually into a modern man with an eternal soul and free will to choose God or not. Of course, this took place over hundreds of millions of years to accomplish.

Why don't you believe in Theistic Evolution and Age Day? Well, there are several reasons. One is that I don't believe at all in biological evolution. Another, is that this theory does not fit in well with scripture. For example, scripture states that "the evening and the morning were the first day." My opinion is that the context of scripture is referring to a 24 hour day and not referring to a long period of time.

And there are other opinions and theories about the creation of the earth and how God allegedly did it.

A Few Questions and Answers
about Creation

Why did God create the earth?

He created it because it would eventually give Him pleasure and it would serve His purpose in one way or another
(Job chapter 38).

This is what scripture reveals:
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created"
(Revelation 4:11).

"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear"
(Hebrews 11:3).

"When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet: all sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!"
(Psalm 8:3-9).

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork"
(Psalm 19:1).

Faith is not belief without proof,
but trust without reservation

How did God create the earth?
God spoke the world into existence. God is that great and powerful. God created a beautiful and perfect earth at the beginning of creation. The word for "created" in Hebrew is the word "bara." God created the heavens and the earth out of nothing.

Are there any other scriptures on this? Yes, here are a couple of them:
"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear"
(Hebrews 11:3).
"For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead..."
(Romans 1:20).

When did God create the earth?
No one knows for sure. All one knows for sure is that it happened a long time ago. My opinion, for what it is worth, is that the earth was created a short time before the war in Heaven. Why do I think that? Because the earth was here when Satan was cast down from Heaven to it:

And He (Jesus) said unto them, "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven"
(Luke 10:18).

What was the war in Heaven about?
I have already mentioned this in the Preface to this book under God's plan of the ages (God's plan of eternity) but I think it is worth repeating for emphasis. As best as I can understand it, the story starts in Heaven in eternity past with God ruling from His throne ruling over all His heavenly government. He had three arch-angels to help him to whom He deligated service and authority. They were named Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer. Then the sin of pride was found in the heart of Lucifer. Lucifer wanted to pull God down off of His throne and take over. In order to accomplish this task Lucifer went out and gathered an army of angels to lead in the heavenly revolution. And it was no small number that he was able to gather together to him but one third of them all, probably the one third that he ruled over. Then there was war in heaven.

Let us look at the scriptures that confirm this to us:
"...and there was war in heaven- Michael and his angels fought against the Drakon (dragon) of Hell (Lucifer), and the dragon fought and his angels. And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in Heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world- he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him"
(Revelation 12:7-9). "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God- I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms..."
(Isaiah 14:12-16). "And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red serpent (dragon) in symbolism (Lucifer), having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven (a third of the angels), and did cast them to the earth..."
(Revelation 12:3 & 4).

Lucifer and his army (host) lost this war of rebellion against God and were now prisoners of war. God changed the appearance of Lucifer to a dark color but allowed him to keep his radiant glory. God also changed the appearance of Lucifer's white beautiful fallen angels to those of hiddeous creatures, short and tall, and sent some of them to Hades (chained some of them up in the bottomless pit in symbolism). Court was held in Heaven and they were all found guilty...God created a place of fire and torment called hell where they are all going to spend eternity apart from God's love and warmth. But they are not there now because it is not yet the right time.

Note: these Revelation links are currently under construction
War in Heaven by Lucifer
(Revelation chapter 12)
The fall of Satan (Lucifer)
(Revelation chapter 8)
The fall of Lucifer
(Revelation chapter 9)
Lucifer's rebellion in Heaven
(Jude chapter 1)

Satan lost the war in Heaven. Some of the fallen angels were sent to Hades (chained up in prison in the bottomless pit in symbolism) and some were allowed to join Satan on the earth in their war against mankind and God there. God changed their appearances from beautiful white angels to hideous creatures that were ugly and grotesque in appearance. The fallen angels and Satan were sentenced to spend forever in hell fire. Is there scripture on that? Yes.
"...for if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to Hades, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment..."
(2 Peter 2:4).

I had a demon attack me one time. He wanted to kill me out of hatred but my guardian angels protected me. The appearance of this demon was short and squat. It had a large beak like that of a bird on it's face and claws for it's hands like that of a mole. My friend also saw this same demon some time later. I humorously refer to it as "old bird beak". It still comes around from time to time to torment me but when it does I rebuke it in the name of Jesus.

God uses the symbolism of a vicious and devouring dragon for the devil. Satan does not really look like that as he is a fallen angel, however, the dragon symbolizes his vicious and evil character.

It is probably at that time that Satan stuck his chest out and bragged that if he had been given more time and resources then he could have taken all of God's angels away from Him- not just one third but all of them. His "logical" but flawed premise was based on the fact that no one could love God for who He was and continue to serve Him for eternity. Satan could offer each of them so much more than God did. God disagreed with Satan and the matter was in dispute for quite some time with Satan continually making an issue of it and influencing others in the heavenly realm to wonder if Satan was right or not. That is when God created His plan of the ages or His plan of eternity as some folks call it.

God is a great General and every general has a battle plan. His plan was to create a planet called earth and then He would create human-beings with free will and choice. God would have them populate planet earth and each individual would then have a choice to love and serve God or not. It was a simple plan of ownership. Each individual would either be owned by God or by Satan. If Satan wanted to rule over something so bad, he could rule over the people who he owned (called the evil world system).

Satan was given total dominion over the people on this earth who he owned. The evil world system is his kingdom. Satan and his imps try to be in full control here
(Matthew 4:8-9). Satan was already on this earth when Adam and Eve were created. God and Satan fight each other for the ownership of each person on this planet. I imagine that God was angry when Adam and Eve choose to worship Satan and make Satan the lord of their lives. Satan knew that he had won a victory against God when Adam and Eve chose him over God.

Then God kicked Satan and some of his demons out of Heaven to this earth:
"And He (Jesus) said to them: "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven..."
(Luke 10:18).
Satan made his abode on this planet and here he lives along with his fallen angels called demons and imps.

Here are some additional scriptures for further study:
(Isaiah 45:18; Ezekiel 28:13-17; Job 38:4 & 7).

Click here if you want to study the ownership principle as taught in the Word of God
The proof for the existence of God- the argument from the existence of evil
God's plan of the ages

God Uses Types and Typology:
A pure and spotless lamb is a type of Christ. A pure white dove is a type of God the Holy Spirit.

The bible book of Genesis contains many types. Can you explain what typology is and how it relates to many bible accounts? Yes. A type in the English language is a person, event, or thing that foreshadows another to come. It is an example, model, token, or symbol. A type can be a symbol of something to come in the future or an example of something that has already taken place in history. Some folks see a type as a kind of reflection- like a reflection in water. The study of types is called in English typology. God (Who is infinite) often uses typology to make a spiritual point of logic so mankind's finite minds can grasp a truth that He wants to impart to us. And God often uses typology and symbolism to make the Word of God relevant for every age and situation.
"Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come"
(1 Corinthians 10:11).

Sometimes God tells us when something is a type. However, sometimes, God wants us to go mining. We are to dig out deep spiritual truths from God's word through bible study in deep prayer and repentance. Some examples in typology from Genesis: the spotless lamb that Abel offered is a type of Christ, and Joseph is a type of Christ.

Now, one might be inclined to say that God does not use typology or there is no truth conveyed by typology. If so, I am afraid that Moses would disagree with you and he is the one who wrote the bible book of Genesis under divine inspiration. You see, he was forbidden to enter the Promised Land (Israel). Why? Because he misused a type. You can read this account in the bible in
Numbers 20:1-13. What is that about? God commanded Moses to pray to the Rock and then water would come forth. Instead, Moses physically struck the Rock twice. Was that significant? Yes. Moses did it wrong and was punished by God for it. Why? God teaches mankind spiritually by what His people in the wilderness went through physically. Many times He teaches us by the use of types. God tells us through the Apostle Paul in the New Testament that the Rock was Christ. Therefore, the Rock was a type of the Jewish Messiah to come.

"...and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play"
(1 Corinthians 10:4-7).

In typology, the Rock is Jesus Christ, the Rock of our salvation. Moses was to pray to Jesus (the Rock), not strike it. We never use prayer as a weapon. Some translators use the word "speak". In the Hebrew language the word for speak is dabar. Literally it means "to arrange" but figuratively (by implication) it means to pray, say, talk, or communicate. When used in reference to God, in my opinion, it should be translated "pray". Why? God wants you and I to take our needs and cares to Christ in prayer. We can talk to Him about our deepest needs and desires. God loves this kind of communication from His children and is delighted to meet our needs. Out of the Rock (Christ) comes the water (the blessing). And He gets the glory!

Sometimes the type can be
"...the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, see, saith He, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount"
(Hebrews 8:5).

So, we can see that typology plays a significant role in helping us understand God's word. From the study of His word we know Who God is and what He expects from us.

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