Volume 92, Issue 89

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


OPINIONS

Voicing diverse ideas a necessity

Exhibition lacking coverage

Look beyond first two chapters

Get to know a sister

Recycling the real issue, not hurt feelings

Drink milk, hate life

Would not change a thing

A valuable life lesson well-learned

Journalistic integrity with a dash of silliness

The last word

Look beyond first two chapters



Re: Don't rely on the word of the Bible, March 4

To the Editor:

Recently a number of letters responded to Warren Flood's truth or fiction Bible validity test which he applied using the different records of creation in Genesis Chapters 1 and 2. Instead of slamming Mr. Flood for his uniformed view of the Bible, shouldn't we try to understand what these differences might show us?

The order of creation recorded in Genesis Chapter 1 is vegetation, living creatures and lastly mankind. The progression in order from a simpler to more complex life form shows the principle and purpose of life. First God provided the earth as a suitable environment for the generation of life. Then God created life forms starting from a lower type (vegetation), through a higher form (living creatures), until reaching the higher form (man or mankind) recorded here.

Near the end of the first chapter of Genesis it shows us why man was put upon the earth. "Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness" (New American Standard Bible). God created man in His image and likeness to represent Him. Therefore the purpose of the earth with its vegetation and living creatures is to enable us to express and represent God in His creation. Therefore, this chapter shows us that life is for God's purpose.

The different order of creation recorded in Genesis two (mankind, vegetation (tree of life) and the living creatures) reveals the way God accomplishes his purpose. The tree of life in this chapter pictures God as life being available to mankind, while other parts of the Bible show that mankind is a vessel to contain God. The analogy of a glove (mankind) and a hand (God/God's life) clearly depicts God's intended relationship with mankind. God intends that you and I receive Him and contain Him.

In Genesis chapter one God mentions man last because he is the climax of creation and the intended result of God's creation. Chapter 2 mentions mankind first because the way to fulfill God's purpose depends on mankind as the foremost of creation taking in God as our life. The Bible, like any other book read in its entirety, eventually explains the reason for apparently conflicting statements. Intelligent discussion on a book as profound as the Bible requires that we look beyond the first two chapters.

David Moreno
Engineering II


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