Have at it.
It’s not a stretch to believe God would redo the earth. Rev. 21:1 speaks of a “new heaven and a new earth.”
To sum up, here’s how we may reason: God created the heavens and the earth. A long period of time passed, during which a geological and fossil record was left. Then Satan turned it into something useless. Then God, in 6 days, made the earth productive again.
I find no logical flaw with this timeline. However, I’m not bound to it, and my mind is open to alternative explanations. Like I said before, I don’t consider it important at present.
On to Gen. 1:2
Genesis 1:2, in the KJV, says "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
First, it should be noted that “was” can just as easily be translated “became.”
Second, note that “the waters” existed before this event, suggesting that God didn’t begin this recreation with empty space.
Third, the Hebrew words “tohu wa bohu,” here translated as “without form and void,” have different translations.
In Deut. 32:10, for example, it’s “waste.”
In Is. 24:10, it’s “confusion.”
It’s also rendered as vanity and wilderness.
Let’s take a look at what the Bible says.
Genesis 1:1 says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Rev. 12:9 says the devil was cast to the earth. Some believe this event occurred eons before Genesis 1:2, and that the devil ruined the earth.
Support for this view may be found in Is:14:17, which says Satan “made the world a wilderness.” Since we have no record of Satan doing so after Adam’s creation, it must have happened before Adam but after the creation mentioned in Gen. 1:1. Also, 2Peter 3 states “by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.” So there was a “world…of old” that “perished” or died. Maybe it didn’t cease to exist; maybe it became lifeless.
So maybe Satan despoiled God’s perfect earth, and God, in Gen. 1:2 recreated it.
There is more than one view of the earth’s creation. Some believe God created everything in 6 literal days. Some others believe the earth is billions of years old. Can we reconcile the two views? Maybe.
I take no firm position on this because it’s not the meat of God’s law, which is “to love the Lord with all your might and your neighbor as yourself.” I do believe it’s wrong to cause division or belittle someone with different beliefs about this.
There, now this topic shouldn't plague other threads.
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