Genesis Chapter 1 essays
After reading thefirst chapter of Genesis, I found myself asking two questions regarding the creation of Heaven and another relating to the inherent trait of domination in mankind.
The seventh and eighth verses of Genesis state, "And God made the expanse and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.And God called the expanse heaven" (Genesis 1:7-8).Thefirst question that came to mind when reading this verse was where the water went.In the next few verses the Bible explains that the water below the expanse became the seas and they were separated by land.The waters above the expanse, however, are never accounted for.Presumably then, there is a planet's mass of water residing somewhere above the heavens.After further consideration, I suppose one can assume that the water above heaven can be accounted for by rain and other precipitation, but as it is never actually addresses, I am curious nonetheless.
The second verse says, "And the earth was formless and void and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters" (Genesis 1:2).If the earth at that point were entirely water, there would be no such things as an earthly "surface".In other words, if God had to form a separation in a mass of water, he created a surface that couldn't pre-exist, therefore, how was God's spirit on the surface of anything? How can anything be above the water, if there is only more water above the water? I'm not sure if this is faulty logic or merely the incapability of the authors to grasp the concept of "infinite".
The third question is that of the creation of man and God's decree of man's purpose.After creating man God says, "…fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over ev…