GOD'S SCIENCE Part 2 SPIRIT AND MIND
Over this mass of water it is said that the Spirit of God moved, like a potter moving his hands over a formless piece of clay ready to give the clay a form and a face, the Spirit and mind of God began to form the basic elements of life, water, light and heat. The Spirit and mind of God was there at the very beginning and had to be there for the world to be sensible, intelligent and purposeful. Everything we see in our present world is intelligent and purposeful, now as in earth’s embryonic form.
God then said, ‘Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And so it was. God called the dome sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.’
This geometrical figure represents the expanse of space between earth and sky. But not an empty space for where there was no sky, there was sky, and where there was no water above the earth there were clouds of rain, for as you already know rain is collected in the sky from the evaporation of the sea. The dome was not empty space either for the effect of light on water turned the water into gases as it still does. The gases are hydrogen and oxygen split from water in measurable amounts that make life possible.
At this time in the writers life everybody believed the earth was flat and this belief continued until the 17th century in our time. But this geometrical figure surprisingly shows us that the earth was not flat but a spherical globe in space. The dome sounds like a building in space or sky. This is just as visible now as it was then. Where would the dome begin in the sky and where would it end?
Let us take a boat and go out to sea until we can see no land. There is the dome! The sky dips down to the north, south, east and west horizon because the dome has its circumference and its rim on the horizon and never ceases to be a dome either on land or sea because the horizon never disappears and the more we approach it the more it recedes. So the principle of shape becomes clear. The earth is a sphere in the sky and the sky is a dome encircling the earth’s sphere. God’s creation is intelligent and rational.
SEA AND LAND
Then God said, ‘Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.’
In today’s world the sea surrounds continents and islands and not only contains water but salts, sodium chloride, calcium, magnesium and potassium, enabling marine life large and small, minute and microscopic, to survive, and reproduce, as well as plants that support marine life. The weight of sea water, which varies according to temperature, evaporation and depth is approximately 1026 kg/m3. Compared with fresh water which is 1000 kilograms a cubic meter, sea water is 1.26 times greater and the deeper the sea water, the greater the weight becomes, greater than the land which covers it, which is why the dry land appeared from beneath the waters. God then called the dry land earth and the waters he called seas.
Did you know that 70% of the earth surface is covered by water and 70% of the air we breath comes from the sea. 60-70% of the human body is also water with a salinity much less than sea water. (aprox 0.9 %) As at the very beginning of creation, according to Genesis 1:1 water was the prime source of everything that God created, and earth came from the seas and absolutely depends on the seas. Our scientific knowledge of this today underpins the place of water in God’s account of his creation.
GRASS HERBS AND TREES
Dry land or earth came from the sea. As the waters contracted and earth rose out of the sea, so the primordial earth was ready to grow grass, herbs and trees on. And so God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit seeds after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.’ These elemental grasses and herbs, are the main source of food for cattle, lambs horses, cows, sheep, goats, bison, buffalo, deer, elk, wildebeest, zebras, kangaroos and almost countless herbaceous creatures. Except in deserts and glaciers grass will grow anywhere on earth and because grass has seed in itself it will continue to cover the earth year after year. Unlike grass, fruit trees take a long time to grow and only bear fruit after eight or nine years. Trees also have seed in themselves and are created to be what they are after their kind, distinct species that are the same now as at the time when they were created. God put the time span of each grass, herb and tree in its seed, and also the kind of grass, herb or tree it was. Grass and herb seeds need good soil to grow and keep on growing which is why they need fertilizer to enrich the earth. This would come later from animals. Without fertilizer the trees would also cease to be healthy and would not produce good fruit. These are facts every farmer and gardener knows today and this was how God nurtured and soil as we do now. Animals are the chief source of manure to get the best results from vegetables and plants, herbs and trees.
God put time into everything. He put time into planets. He made the earth rotate on its axis and orbit the sun, thus creating night and day and the seasons of the year. We set our clocks by the precise time the earth rotates as it faces the sun and stars. And he put this time, not just in the face of a watch but in our minds, our memories, our awareness of the past, present and future. Time was and is God’s blueprint of all that he has made. He put time in plants and trees, in the moon and tides. The first world became like this one. It had a sense of time and duration.
The meaning of time is duration from one day to the next and one year to the next but the time we have today, in 2018, does not last. All biological life perishes whether man or beast, whether planets or stars. Mortality is a fact of life. It is inconceivable that this was in God’s mind when he made everything good. Why would God give us a beautiful world to live in and then take it away? The answer, according to Genesis, is that God made man in his own image, holy and good, to live for ever. Our first parents had no fear of death because no one died of natural causes, or violence or disease. Why is this everywhere in our world? The answer to this question is in man’s fall from grace, or put in other words, his disgraceful, selfish, and possessive love of money and power.