THE POWER OF GENESIS 1

by Boanerges

Chapter 1 of the Book of Genesis in The Holy Bible, is our bedrock instructional and historical guide to understand the beginning of the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1, however, has essentially been relegated to a tertiary source of information. Science and opinion currently occupy the primary and secondary sources of information related to the beginning of the earth, and Genesis 1 is often relegated to a position not more lofty than a fable or a quaint story.

But what if we were to posit – take the position – that every single word of Genesis 1 were one hundred percent true?  Would our perception of Genesis 1 change if we were to take this chapter seriously?

The use of plain English in formulation of documentation helps provide for clarity of interpretation and accuracy of conclusions. Let us then consider Genesis 1 using the plain English provided for us. We are prone to reflexively consider that every single word a scientist speaks is true. Now, let us consider, instead, that every single word of Genesis 1 is inherently true and fully instructive. In this way we can finally ascertain the vital messages waiting for us in this short chapter.

The first sentence of Genesis 1, the first book of The Holy Bible, reads: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Let us analyze only the first three words:

IN

THE BEGINNING.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

The word ‘In’ indicates inclusion within something. Within the fuller context of Genesis 1, the word ‘In’ indicates inclusion within the first six days of the heaven and the earth, because Genesis 1 ends at the end of the sixth day. The next word, ‘the,’ is a definite article, indicative of one thing. Here, there is not ‘a’ beginning, which would be indicative of other possible beginnings, due to its unspecified nature. Rather the definite article ‘the’ is used, which indicates only one beginning. To begin entails a solid starting point. There is no adjective preceding ‘beginning.’   It is not labeled as the third beginning, but simply as ‘the beginning.’  There is no subsequent modifier to the beginning, such as the ‘beginning of a baseball game.’  Thus, it is not indicative of a random beginning process, at some point after the real, actual beginning.  Thus, a plain English interpretation of the first three words of Genesis 1 – ‘In the beginning’ --  reveal that Genesis 1 describes the real, actual beginning of the heaven and the earth, and that Genesis 1 is a solid reference point, from which all other historical events may be measured and understood. 

NEXT POSTING. Are the ‘days’ in Genesis 1 really ‘days’ as we know them, or merely metaphors for huge expanses of time? Stay tuned!