Monday, December 22, 2014
Genesis: the world was created in six eras
In order to understand the book of Genesis, and the whole Bible for that matter, it is important to understand who wrote it, the language it was originally written in, and the traditions of that era. Because, when taken out of contexts, the Bible may have a completely different meaning than the one intended.
In fact, this is one of the main reasons why it's important to attend religion classes, participate in Bible Study, and attend Church regularly. It is in this way that we continuously stay fresh on the true interpretation of Biblical stories. Lacking such studies, we can hardly continue on with our task of being shepherds of of the Lord, as His message will be confounded.
Peter (2 Peter 1:21) said, "Men whom the Holy Spirit guided spoke words from God." What this means is that God revealed what he did, and His stories were recorded.
The first messenger, then, after the invention of a written language would have been Moses, so some suspect that Moses wrote the first book of the Bible, or the Book of Genesis. Yet most experts suggest that if he did write it, he had the help of many others, and he also used the words of previous authors.
When we consider that the Bible was originally written in the Ancient Hebrew language, and we consider that the word "day" sometimes meant "age." So some experts speculate, and probably rightly so, that the six days of creation were probably six eras of creation.