The Bible is replete with mysteries that have baffled the world’s leading theologians for centuries. A great example of this are the two seemingly separate accounts depicting the creation of man.
The first creation story begins at Genesis 1:26-27 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
The second creation story begins at Genesis 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
The overwhelming majority of Christians believe that both of these accounts are referring to the creation of Adam. But are they really?
In order to solve this mystery, we need to begin by considering the Torah.
The Torah (or Pentateuch, meaning 5 books) is the law of God as revealed to Moses and recorded in the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures.
These books are named, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, and have also become the first five books of the Christian Bible.
The Torah (Pentateuch) was originally written on animal skin scrolls in ancient Hebrew, but the invasions of Alexander the Great (336-356 BC) changed the spoken language in the Middle East to that of Greek.
In time, Jewish rabbis could no longer read or understand their own Hebrew scriptures. This necessitated the recruiting of 70 rabbi elders who could still speak both languages to translate the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek. This translation became known as the Septuagint.
It was this version of the Hebrew Scriptures that was added to the 27 books of the Christian New Testament Bible about 300AD.
Unfortunately, the law of God that was revealed to Moses in Hebrew had metaphorical meanings which became lost in the translation. Specific words that had special meanings in Hebrew, did not mean the same thing in Greek. I believe this led to the literal but erroneous interpretation that makes up the Christian doctrine today.
To illustrate this point, it is believed by all Christian denominations that Adam was the first human that God created a mere 6,000 years ago. But as mentioned earlier, the Bible clearly speaks of two separate creations of man. Could this first creation of man at Genesis 1:26-27 refer to Science’s discovery of modern man, which they have carbon dated as being 250,000 to 500,000 years ago?
I believe, and am certain I can show, that this erroneous interpretation from Hebrew to Greek took place during the time the middle-east was under Greek rule, and has contributed to the belief that both Adam and the universe are only 6,000 years old. (Young earth theory)
This belief has understandably placed religion at severe odds with the scientific community, whose well documented estimates place the universe’s beginnings at about 14.5 billion years ago.
Let me emphasize that it’s certainly not my intent to discredit Christian doctrine, but I do believe that correcting a 1700 year old faulty interpretation would strengthen belief in the Bible’s truth, which could be the first step in reducing the rapid increase in the spread of atheism, which we have been experiencing for the last several decades.
So let’s begin unraveling this mystery to see if we can verify that God is actually revealing two separate creations of mankind. But first, let’s set down some parameters.
First: I will be using the King James edition of the Bible since it most accurately reflects an English depiction of the Torah.
Second: I will also be using the recently developed “God Anomaly” hypothesis in my assumptions.
This hypothesis is the only method of biblical interpretation that uses both biblical scripture as well as secular evidence, which is scientific in nature, in order to better understand the Bible’s true meaning.
Third: we must realize and accept that in the Torah, God is not addressing a physicist from the 21st century, but a primitive Hebrew. Moses would have known nothing about the workings of the universe, so God would have had to speak to Moses in very elementary terms that he would understand. Notice that this need to simplify is reflected in God’s choice of words.
Fourth: In the Torah God classifies all of humanity into only two groups, Hebrews and Gentiles. Hebrews were the descendants of Abraham while the Gentiles represented all other peoples of the earth.
Fifth: the Torah was written by, for and about the Hebrews, and does not include anything about any of the Gentile races of people.
To confirm this fact, the word Hebrew appears 31 times, the word Gentile only appears once, to describe the land where Noah’s son, Japheth settled after the flood, I.e. “Isles of the Gentiles”.
Sixth: While we credit Moses with the authorship of Genesis, Moses was not born until the beginning of the second book, Exodus. This means that only God could be the true author of Genesis since Moses wasn’t around to witness any of the book’s events. So Moses and his scribes could only write down what God told him. This means that Genesis is the only book in the Bible written by God, not merely inspired by God.
With these ground rules in place, let’s begin solving the mystery of the two creations of man.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth.
Since God isn’t telling us when that beginning was, and science has well documented evidence that it was 14.5 billion years ago, let’s try going with that and see how it works out. We can always change our mind later.
Genesis 1:2 And the Earth was without form and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep; And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Here, it’s easy to determine that the Earth is in a chaotic condition and very wet.
According to the National Ocean Service, The oceans formed billions of years ago over vast periods of time. Water remained a gas until the Earth cooled to below 212 degrees Fahrenheit . At this time, about 3.8 billion years ago, the water condensed into rain which filled the basins that are now our oceans. This certainly portrays the condition of the earth as described in Genesis 1:2 above.
GOD’S FIRST ACT OF CREATION
In verses 3 through 5, God creates light and divides the daylight from darkness. It seems here that God is getting things out of order, creating light after the earth already exists. But we must remember who God was speaking to. Moses would have naturally thought that the earth was the center of the universe. After all, the Sun, Moon and stars all appear to rotate around the earth, rising in the east and setting in the west. So, to Moses, it would have only been natural to believe that God had created the earth before creating light to shine upon the earth.
According to the literal reading of Genesis, and what most all Christians believe, is that God created everything in six days and rested on the seventh day. But ask yourself this question:
What information would be most vital for Moses to know?
- The length of time it took God to create the universe.
- That God wanted the Hebrews to work only six days and worship God on the seventh day.
If you guessed #1, you’re wasting time reading any further. It should be quite obvious that God’s six day creation story was nothing more than a parable, which we fatally missed by reading the literal words instead of thinking it through.
GOD’S SECOND ACT OF CREATION
In verses 6 through 8, God is creating earth’s atmosphere. Scientific evidence shows that this event took place about 2.7 billion years ago.
He tells Moses: “And God made the (sky) ‘firmament’, and divided the waters which were under the (sky) ‘firmament’ from the waters that were above the (sky) ‘firmament’ and it was so.”
In other words, there was now water in the oceans as well as water in the clouds. As we know, the atmosphere traps the evaporated water from leaving the earth, allowing it to fall as rain.
GOD’S THIRD ACT OF CREATION
(Notice that God combines the dividing of land from water and the creation of vegetation as one act.)
In verses 9 and 10, God makes dry land appear and divides the dry land from the water. The dry land He calls Earth, the waters He calls seas.
According to science, this occurred between 2 billion and 800 million years ago. So, you see, so far science has confirmed exactly what the Torah says happened and in exactly the same order. Amazing since the Torah was written about 3,300 years ago!
In verses 11 through 13, God creates vegetation on the earth.
In verse 12, God says: “And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”
Notice in the verse above, and throughout the entire creating process, God insists that everything is “after it’s OWN kind “. If evolution were true, wouldn’t He have worded it “after a LOWER or DIFFERENT kind”?
Scientific researchers confirm that plant life began to appear on earth about 700 million years ago, again, giving strong confirmation to the accuracy of the Torah.
GOD’S FOURTH ACT OF CREATION
Interestingly in verses 14 through 19, God repeats His first act of creating light, but in this fourth act He explains the function and purpose of light; how it determines days (one rotation of the earth), as well as the seasons (tilting of the earth as it spins) and also the year (time that it takes for the earth to make one trip around the Sun.) He also speaks of two great lights to shine upon the earth, the greater to rule the day, the lesser to rule the night.
God very cleverly covers this topic with Moses, WITHOUT disclosing the fact that the earth is NOT the center of the universe. Doing otherwise would have only confused the issue.
Again, we have to remember that God wasn’t speaking to us in the 21st century. He was limited by Moses’ comprehension.
GOD’S FIFTH ACT OF CREATION
In verses 20 through 23, God creates all sea life as well as the fowls of the earth.
Genesis 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
According to the Berkeley University science department, whales appeared on earth about 50 million years ago, as did our modern birds of today.
GOD’S SIXTH ACT OF CREATION
In verses 24 through 31, which is the end of the chapter, God completes the creation of all living things, including modern man in verse 1:26-27 below.
Genesis 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and CATTLE after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Interestingly, Cows first appeared in the Miocene Epoch, part of the current era, which started 23 million years ago and ended 5 million years ago, and many different grazing species developed during this time period.
Here again, scientific evidence oconfirms biblical dating.
We’ve come all the way from “In the beginning” 14.5 billion years ago to the creation of “cattle” 23 million years ago. Amazing!
And finally God creates modern man (Gentile) in Northern Africa, which scientists date to about 250,000 years ago. This fact is difficult to deny since we all carry DNA from these early humans.
We read in Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; MALE AND FEMALE created he them.
But this “man” is clearly NOT Adam. Adam was created in the year 4004BC according to every biblical scholar throughout history.
Also, Eve was not created until sometime after Adam. Notice in verse 27 above, God created male and female together. This could only have been God creating the Gentile (one who is not Hebrew).
But let’s continue to check it out in Chapter 2, to see if there is some way we can confirm the suspicion that Adam was a separate creation from the first “man” at Genesis 1:26-27
Chapter 2 verses 1-3 covers God resting after his work and sanctifying the seventh day, as in verse 3.
Genesis 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
This tells us that God is completely finished with His creations. Finished means there is no more creating to be done. The man (Gentile) He created 250,000 years ago was the last of His work!
And then God even makes a closing statement in Chapter 2, verses 4-6, which can only be summarized in this way:
“These are the generations of my creations, from before the time that the earth would first support life.” (Atmosphere)
Here are those verses:
Genesis 2:4-6 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, (before I created plants) and every herb of the field before it grew: (before I created the herbs of the field) for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, (before I created the atmosphere to hold the rain) and there was not a man to till the ground. (Before I created the first man) But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. (No atmosphere to hold the rain)
In the very next verse, Genesis 2:7 God makes a compelling statement. . . “And the Lord God formed man (named Adam) of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man (Adam) became a living soul.”
So, why would God create Adam 250,000 years after creating the first man, as we read in Genesis 1:26-27. Was there something wrong with His first creation?
And is there really a gap of roughly 250,000 years between these two verses?
The evidence that supports this gap are the 77 generations listed in the book of Luke that we find in the direct ancestral line between Jesus and Adam. If Adam had been the “man” of Genesis 1:26-27 there would have been at least 5,000 generations listed!
The other evidence supporting this gap is the missing scripture about Lucifer. We know that God left him in charge of the earth until his fall from grace. But Lucifer does not appear in the Torah until his presence in the Garden of Eden when he tempted Eve. But there was no mention of Lucifer’s involvement in the first creation story.
If God left Lucifer in charge of the earth, there had to be people on the earth before Adam, otherwise of whom would Lucifer have been in charge?
So, clearly there has to be an inordinate amount of time missing in scripture that God chose not to tell Moses about.
And there’s still more evidence of a second creation. When God created Adam, he was not just an ordinary man, but an extraordinary human being, capable of living nearly 1,000 years. Adam lived to the ripe old age of 930 years. The “man” science records from 250,000 years ago had a life expectancy of only 30 to 40 years.
And still more evidence. If Adam was Hebrew and also the first and only man God created, we would all be Hebrew today. Obviously we are not! So Adam had to be the first Hebrew God created, not the first man.
And here’s even more evidence.
In Genesis 2:8-9, God plants a garden and places Adam in it. This isn’t God creating vegetation for mankind. God already did that in His third act of creation. He’s simply planting a garden to provide Adam with everything that he will need so that he won’t have to till the soil for his food. And He planted this garden AFTER creating Adam, NOT BEFORE creating Adam, as He had done for the “first man”, when GOD first created vegetation on the earth.
So, all evidence points to the fact that there was indeed, two separate creations of man.
The mystery of the two creations of man is only one of many mysteries of the Bible that has been solved by using the God Anomaly hypothesis.
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