Re: Interesting contradiction in Genesis...

James G. Acker (
26 Jan 1995 16:02:28 GMT

SftwreBuff ( wrote:
: Chris Woodward (PSY) ( wrote:
: > If God didn't create the sun until day 4, then how did He keep
: > track of days 1-3 (since a literal day was measured by the sun)?
: One of the common mistakes that we English-speakers make when translating
: anything is to assume that idioms and sayings have the same meaning in all
: languages. For instance, to say that you are hot or cold means that your
: ambient body tempurature is higher or lower than is comfortable. However,
: to translate this literally into German would be a statement to the hearer
: about your sexual readiness!
: In Genesis, Moses saw that God performed a certain amount of labor, or
: perhaps a type of labor. Then, having finished that, God paused and moved
: on to something else. For lack of a better way of explaining this, Moses
: interpreted these breaks as "days". So, in essense, what we read as days,
: was merely seven different work periods, not literal days.
: Keep questioning, though. It's the best way to expand your knowledge.

Furthermore, the structure of Genesis appears to be set up
as a rebuttal of pagan (i.e. gods based on natural entities, i.e., sun,
moon, trees, animals) polytheism in favor of monotheism.

Source: chapter in "Is God a Creationist?" -- more available if
anyone's interested.

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