Creation and the Fall
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”1 (Genesis 1:1).
As we look back in history we can see many beginnings, but the beginning referred to in this verse is a beginning that defies understanding to the extreme. We see one of the most amazing creations in this world in a newly born child, yet that creation pails in comparison to that of the creation on the world. Look around you and imagine nothing. That’s the way in was before the Lord gave us the first of many gifts that have been bestowed upon the human race.
When you really break it down you can see that all things are truly created by God. Some may disagree and say that man has created everything from nails to computers, but the Lord created the materials that are used to fabricate this devices, thus He has created all. “When we know that He created all these things, we can know that He has an eternal purpose”2.
Verses 3-5 talk about the creation of light and separation from darkness and how the Lord called the light day and the dark night.
Genesis 6-7 reads, “And God said, ‘Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water’. So god made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so”3.
It is believed that the water that is spoken about that was above is no longer in existence today. This water layer that is referred to would help explain way people in Biblical times lived for so many years. “Like the ozone layer the water vapor layer reflects short-wave radiation out of space. At the other hand long wave radiation is passing through. This long wave radiation however reflects on the earth's surface but, going back, it reflects on bottom side of the water vapor layer. This means less long wave radiation can reach the ozone layer from the earth's surface. The effect of this is a less degradation of the ozone layer! And, as we all know today, a thicker ozone layer means less short-wave radiation on earth. Less short-wave radiation and less ozone particles in the lower part of the atmosphere meant longevity for mankind.”4 Below is an example of what the atmosphere might have looked like after the second day.5
“And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry ground ‘land,’ and the gathered waters He called ‘seas.’ And God saw that it was good” Genesis 1:9-10.6
Now reading this verse might not conjure up amazing images in your head, but take a look around you and you will see an amazing world that defies the imagination of mortal man. If God had just created man and placed him on an empty planet with nothing to see, no mountains, no bodies of water, no canyons, etc, and asked man to create a world, would we have anything close to what we see around us today? I dare to say that we would probably still be living on an empty world all these years later. Only the one true God could create...