Saturday, April 16, 2016

Time, Space, Literature and Perspective

The Bible is written in different genres. Therefore, not all text could be read as narratives. Each book has to be read in-context. This means the type of literature, the audience at a particular time, the meaning of a story, and the meaning to one verse but the overall big picture.
For example, Many believe that Genesis is a Historical Genre. Although the narrative suggest how we came to be, Genesis is written in a poetic genre. The point of the author is not HOW the universe was created but WHY the universe was created. Many creationist and scientist try to explain through Genesis the HOW we came to be when it is just letting us know the reason WHY we were created This has let no confusion among people. When we see the difference, one can see science is discovering what God already has created.

Frame of Reference or Perspective

Britannica indicates that strictly speaking, Newton's laws of motion are valid only in a coordinate system at rest with respect to the “fixed” stars. Such a system is known as a Newtonian, or inertial reference, frame.

The word YOM in Hebrew means Period of light (as contrasted with the period of darkness), General term for time, Point of time, time period of unspecified length, A long finite span of time ( age - epoch - season). In Genesis, YOM is referring to an age-epoch-season and not day. YOM, used as a poetic genre, is a genius way to depicts the WHY we are here and not the HOW we got here.

Genesis 1:1-5
1 In the beginning God made from nothing the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was an empty waste and darkness was over the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was moving over the top of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good. He divided the light from the darkness. 5 Then God called the light day, and He called the darkness night. There was evening and there was morning, one day.

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