THE CREATION OF MAN - PREFACE
QUESTIONS for consideration:
Is it impossible for a long-hidden interpretation of the Genesis I
Creation to ever satisfy the fundamentalists, the Young-earth
Creationists, the Old-earth Creationists, the scientific community,
Bible skeptics, and even secular philosophers?
Could this long-hidden interpretation of the Creation serve as the
missing true foundation of the entire Bible?
Could this long-hidden interpretation of the Creation reveal the
purpose of God’s numbers with Bible mathematics?
Could this long-hidden interpretation end the Creation Controversy?
GENESIS I is the first chapter of the first book of the Bible. It is
supposed to serve as a beginning foundation for all monotheistic
religions including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Because Genesis I
defines the creation of life by God, it is called the Creation. Each
religion has many different interpretations of this beginning, as does
the scientific community. Historically these interpretations can be
classified into three major groups; Bible Skeptics, Young-earth
Creationists, and Old-earth Creationists.
BIBLE SKEPTICS disregard the Creationist’s belief that God
created the world and man in it. They reject the authority of the Bible
concerning God and man. These Bible skeptics reason that if scientific
absurdity is on the very first page of the Bible, then there is no
reason to consider anything that follows. Therefore everything that
follows is labeled a myth, so any argument from a creationist standpoint
is vehemently rejected as propaganda.
YOUNG-EARTH CREATIONISTS commit to the belief that the earth was created
in six solar days, and the earth is only about 6000 years old,
regardless of scientific proof that the earth is ancient. They reason
that science, with its fossils, dinosaur bones, and carbon dating,
conflicts with their view of a 6000 year young earth, and therefore
discredits their doctrine of Bible inerrancy, and with it their faith.
For this reason Young-earth Creationists judge science as flawed, and develop various
counter-arguments against science and reason.
Young-earth Creationists, most often referred to as fundamentalists,
follow a literal interpretation of Bible text. However, they use the
King James Version (KJV) of the Bible and the New King James (NKJ). The
New American Bible (NAB) is the Catholic version that follows this
translation. Unfortunately these three Bible translations do not follow
the literal word of the original language that the Creation was written
OLD-EARTH CREATIONISTS believe that God created earth, but take a more
liberal view in that the earth is ancient. They discount time as an
important factor in the creation, and accept scientific views of the
creation of earth. However, allowing science in the door introduces a
Authority of science over the Bible could be the biggest fear of the
creationists. There is a continued advancement in science, and the
possibility of a scientific discovery that would contradict a scriptural
fact is a deep-seated fear.
Bible inerrancy denial is another fear to be dealt with. There is the
problem of Bible text compromise, where a day must be longer than a 24
hour day in order to consider an ancient earth. Most Old-earth
Creationists strive for uncompromising consistency in interpretation of
Evolutionism, first promoted by Darwin, challenges the biblical
Creation with the idea that humans evolved by natural selection over
millions of years from some monkey-like animal, instead of being created
FALLOUT from this Creation Controversy invades our churches, our
schools, the government, and even our very homes. Without a solid
foundation from the Creation, churches divide into various
denominations, and Jews can’t find their Messiah. Some schools teach
science over the creation story, so many secular skeptics become
licensed to ridicule the Bible’s creation story. The government can
not see logic in the Bible, and passes laws to separate Christianity
from public affairs. How does one answer their child when he or she
comes home from school and proclaims they no longer believe the Bible,
because the Bible’s creation story is not supported by science?
Modern day, as well as ancient global strife, is driven by religious
differences, even though Islam’s Qu’ran is based on the Torah with
its creation story. So what is the reality of this Creation Controversy between pure science and creationism? Is there another view?
What is the problem?
The problem with the scientific view of man’s origination by
evolution is that it simply ignores man’s spiritual capacity.
Regardless of where man is found around the world, he practices some
kind of spiritual ritual-in the jungles of the Amazon, the far reaches
of Africa, and even the remote sections of Indonesia.
With this spiritual capacity man was also endowed with a high
capacity of reason. This is proven by the sudden development of
civilization about 6000 years ago. Something is missing from this
The problem with the creationist view of Genesis I is that this six
day, or six thousand year, or six million year interpretation, or six
billion year, as a date-only duration for the creation of earth, does
not lay down a foundation that connects with the rest of the Bible.
There is no divine theme that opens the door for understanding. An exegesis
is needed. One way
to understand this divine theme is to see numbers in the Bible as God sees numbers, and if
God’s numbers in the Creation were understood, a new door for
understanding the Creation could be opened.
DIVINE EQUIVOCATION is a new method of viewing of the Creation that opens the door
for understanding the Creation’s divine theme as a window into the
rest of the Bible. This window reveals certain numbers from the Creation
that carry significant meaning in scripture and science. Numerical equivalences are
developed using this window of the Creation, so that the order and
meaning of Bible stories, terms, events, dates, and their order become
apparent. This method of analysis is called “divine equivocation”. A
long-hidden interpretation by divine equivocation sees Genesis I as an
ordered structure that harmonizes the New with the Old Testament. As a
spiritual creation it does not conflict with science, but instead divine
equivocation introduces divine numbers that connect with science. Unlike
the date-only interpretation, or the science-only interpretation,
something is right with this picture.
This new interpretation by divine equivocation overcomes problems of
the previous three controversial interpretation groups. First it
provides the creation with the spiritual image of man that both the
Creationist and scientific view lack. Second it provides the needed
ordered foundation into the Word and numbers of God, which is lacking in
the creationist’s view that is so necessary for understanding the rest
of the Bible. There is no danger of scientific authority, since this new
interpretation sets up scientific numbers of life, and all the elements
of the world. Bible inerrancy is not an issue, since only the literal
word is used for interpretation. In this way the Bible interprets
itself. Finally evolutionism is overcome by understanding how Genesis I
actually uses the word, after their kind. (More)