With this, we begin a series of articles on the first eleven chapters of the Book of Genesis.
The controversy continues today from the reading of the first two chapters of the book of Genesis. You might think that the clash between creationists and evolutionists is a thing of the past. And surely that would be the logical thing to do, given that both the discoveries of paleontology, on the one hand, and the advances in biblical sciences, on the other, would lead us to consider the confrontation more than overcome.
Let’s look at the first chapter of the book of Genesis, what it tells us and what it wants to tell us.
v.1 In the beginning God created
The author makes it clear to us from the beginning that he wants us to focus our attention on the fact that God, the only God, and only God, is the creator.
A priori, it would seem that the first goal is for the creationists *.
* We understand creationists as those who, taking the reading of Genesis 1 literally, do not accept any kind of evolutionary explanation, so they judge as completely false what paleontological science presents as findings that illuminate evolutionary theory.
v.3 And God said: let there be light
This verse begins a series of several that present the element that God introduces into creation, presents it as good, pleases God, and tells us the number of the day.
Thus, in this order, light (v.3), water (v.6), Earth and Seas (v.9), green grass and fruit tree (v.11), sun and stars (v.14), fish and birds (v.20), terrestrial living beings (v. 24) and humans (v.26).
And after this sequence, one wonders: isn’t the story showing us, with such an enumeration, an evolutionary process?
It is so evident in this story that God is the creator, as much as there are evolutionists who may deny it, how evident it is that God creates from an evolutionary dynamic, although this is despite the creationists.
Both are deceived and, by making noise, they try to deceive us, when they claim that God’s creation is incompatible with the evolution of species.
Well, our style is not that of making noise, but it must be said very loudly that, for the vast majority of biblical scholars, theologians, catechists and Christians in general, this conciliation between creation and evolution does not cause us any problem.
27 Male and female He created them
And a final little detail. There are two reasons why I have always liked this first creation account (Genesis 1) more than the second (Genesis 2). The first is this sample of the evolutionary dynamics of creation. The second refers to this verse 27, in which unlike the second story, here the man is not created before the woman, but does not make such a difference and, therefore, their creation appears simultaneously. Personally, it seems to me that he respects the equal dignity of women much more.
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