Both Feet Firmly on the Ground (Cosmology)
So YES. I have recently affirmed publicly now that I am indeed a 6 day creationist. This is a recent development and I want to explain why I felt constrained to making this move. The posting of this thought began in THIS [Click Here] post, and continues in the current post as installment 3:
What Kind of Literature is Genesis?
As I am an Old Testament teacher, I spend a lot of time teaching Genesis every year. Mind you, I have always dearly loved the Bible and the God who wrote it. I haven’t been a godless secularist waiting to destroy Jesus. I have been an evangelistic, child rearing, wife honoring, church serving Christian living under the incredible burden of a nagging scientism and a hermeneutic of doubt.
Back to Genesis, I read and memorize bits of Gen 1 every year. We memorize Gen 1.1-5, and 1.26-28 (*the first day of creation and *the cultural mandate).
For years I have assumed that Gen 1-11 (Primeval History) was allegorical and that Gen 12-50 was historical. Please notice:
I have never doubted the existence and necessity of miracles, but I felt at that time that
- Adam-Babel was obviously a different form of literature than what we would rely on for history, and that
- Miracle is always literarily highlighted as miracle rather than taken for granted.
A Seamless Garment
In truth, there are NO markers in the text indicating a transition from mythic to historical material. In fact, it looks to me a lot like these are all definitely intended to be read in unity.
- Adam made as God’s son, is made to fall into a deep sleep, his flesh is divided, and a covenant of marriage is created: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother”. (Gen 2)
- Abraham, made into God’s son (inheritance), is made to fall into a deep sleep next to divided flesh and a covenant of adoption is created: “Go out from your father” (Gen 12, 15).
- Darkness and Watery Chaos, Spirit of God (Ruach) blows over the water, evening and morning, the waters are divided from the waters, dry land is created (Gen 1)
- Watery chaos, Wind of God (Ruach) blows over the Water, 40 days and 40 nights, the water is driven back, dry land is found (Gen 7-8)
- Reed Sea, Wind of God (Ruach) blows over the water, water is driven back, waters are divided from the waters, dry land is found (Ex 14)
- People refuse to be scattered abroad, they try to make a name for themselves, they are cursed (Gen 11)
- Abraham goes forth willingly to fulfill Gen 1.26-28 from his father’s house, God will make his name great, he is blessed (Gen 12)
What’s in a Name?
Another reason that I had a hard time with Gen 1-11 was that I thought that the narratives seemed overly contrived. The names especially couldn’t be real.
Adam is humanity, Eve is Life, Noah is heard.
What was I thinking?! It goes on just like that after Gen 12 begins.
Abraham means Father of Multitudes, Sarah means princess, Isaac is his mother’s laughter, Jacob grabs at his brother’s heel, but Israel wrestles with God.
The only options, based on THESE criteria, are to accept Genesis 1-11, or doubt ALL of Genesis.
I don’t doubt all of Genesis, so I now accept Gen 1-11 as my master, and to my master I will submit.
I remember someplace that Abram believed the LORD. Me too.