Caution is needed with modern English-versions
of the Bible when studying Creation Issues.
Class Notes for Sunday, 8-15-2004
Romans Chapter 1:20-23 (KJV of 1611)
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the
world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even
his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not
as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and
their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image
made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and
Conclusion: In order to ignore God's Law, Evolution
is "pushed" very hard, so that animals are worshiped, and man can become
his own demi-god.
All things were made by him; and without him was not
any thing made that was made.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing
was made that has been made.
Conclusion: Try to remove Jesus' equality with God
the Father, and remove our personal relationship with our Creator.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
(note the plural "heavens")
Conclusion: This is the passage that day-agers try
to assign to what they call the "gap theory", a huge period of time for
starlight to travel, and going back to the dawn of all time, when all manifolds
of reality had to have been created (in order to meet their erroneous "old
earth" theory). It actually refers to how creation started.
The singular "heaven" here is the 3D fabric of our universe, and the earth
itself. Not multiple fabrics of space, but only one; the one in which
we live. It is a statement of what we had when creation began, with
just the earth and empty space. It is not a statement of all things
ever created by Jesus (our Lord and our God).
Vapor dome theory was developed before modern translations
were written. The theory states that before the flood, a shell of
water existed out at the fringe of our atmosphere, even at the very edge
of space. Some protection was needed, because if the heat of the
sun were to strike the earth, a vapor cycle would have been set-up, causing
regular rainfall. According to Genesis, before the flood no rain
fell on the earth:
2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth,
and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused
it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered
the whole face of the ground.
From the King James Version of 1611, here is the scripture
before Vapor Dome was theorized:
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst
of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which
were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament:
and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. And the
evening and the morning were the second day.
Here is the New International Version for the same
From the Blue Letter
Bible for Genesis
1:6, the word "firmament" is defined as follows:
1) extended surface (solid), expanse, firmament
1a) expanse (flat as base, support)
1b) firmament (of vault of heaven supporting waters above)
1b1) considered by Hebrews as solid and supporting 'waters' above
This seems consistent with the idea that the pre-flood earth
had a water cavern shell beneath the surface, in a manner similar to here:
It should also be noted that this is the only place in the
Bible where the word "Heaven" is used with a capital "H"
(except at the start of a sentence) indicating that it is a name
for a specific thing.
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.
God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening,
and there was morning-the second day.
Conclusion: Here, the false theory of vapor dome is
attempted to be supported by getting huge volumes of water up at the fringes
of space. This sets us up for the big error in Genesis 7:11.
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month,
the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of
the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
The Windows of Heaven is a series of windows which when opened,
allow the movement of the very fabric of our 3D space manifold. It
moves the Stars away from Earth during the first 5 months of Noah's flood,
by moving the space in which the stars reside, not by moving the stars
through space. This causes a huge time shift for those stars, wherein
they age millions or even billions of years, while on earth, only 5 months
The definition for this from the Blue
Letter Bible is "a lattice opening where smoke escapes". It has
nothing to do with water. It only rained for 40 days and 40 nights,
not 5 months.
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth
day of the second month-on that day all the springs of the great deep burst
forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.
So, what is the real answer for a "filter for the sun" in
the pre-flood earth? How about what we have right now, only much
more powerful? How about something as simple as a very powerful magnetic
field? Elihu (from the book of Job) describes the wonderful capability
of Jesus to "engineer the Earth". I believe that Job lived very shortly
after Noah's Flood and at that time it was commonly recalled from parental
stories that, before the flood, the sky was a solid bronze
in appearance during the daytime. After the flood, it gradually faded
to blue over a period of many years, as the
magnetic field wound down.
from Job, NIV:
It should be noted that if you wanted to get your vapor dome
to collapse down onto the earth as rain, then where did the "fountains
of the great deep" come from? You really can't have it both ways.
I do think that the NIV has its place, and for the most part
is a wonderful translation (see, I even used it here). However,
I think this should be a lesson to us all. Translate the Bible for
what it says and for exactly what it says. Do your theorizing on
the side and never change the Biblical meaning; it is safer that way.
37:18 can you join him in spreading out the skies,
hard as a mirror of cast bronze?
37:21 Now no one can look at the sun, bright as it
is in the skies after the wind has swept them clean.
The Windows of Heaven and the Physics of Creation
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