"And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth." Really? Then why are only a tiny fraction of stars visible from earth? Under the best conditions, no more than five thousand stars are visible from earth with the unaided eye, yet there are hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy and a hundred billion or so galaxies. Yet this verse says that God put the stars in the firmament "to give
light" to the earth. 1:17
Close your eyes for a moment and picture in your mind yourself waking up in the middle of the night one night. Something doesn't "feel" right. It's dark. Unusually dark. So you climb out of bed and feel your way to the light switch. You flip it... Nothing...
As you feel your way by the living room window on your way to the fuse box you notice the street lights are out too. So you feel your way to the front door and out on to the front porch. Hoping the power outage is just within your block and will be repaired quickly.
When you look up at the sky there is nothing... Absolutely nothing... No stars, no moon, you can't even see the house across the street it is so dark. And there is no sign of light anywhere close by. Stay there for a moment... in that absolute darkness. Feel it's coldness.
Light... No matter how tiny a fraction of light it may be... pierce's the darkness. Cuts through it like a butter knife through soft butter. And it brings with it warmth.
God commands us to "be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over ... every living thing that moveth upon the earth." This verse is used to justify Christian opposition to birth control, to concern for the environment, and to animal rights. The earth was made for humans, and they can do as they damn well please with it. 1:28
Well, we sure have done with it what we darn well please now haven't we? Regardless of belief in God or lack there of. Our ice caps are melting... There are holes in the ozone layer... We dump oil into the oceans... Accidentally or not. How many species are extinct now... Due to US? That's just to name a few.
However, yes, this Scripture has been twisted grossly out of context, and the scary part is they are openly teaching dominionism now a days and Christians are eating it up like candy. Think about this though... If we are to: "be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over ... every living thing that moveth upon the earth."
You cannot have dominion over something you have not subdued. As a matter a fact... If you do not have dominion over it... Whatever that may be... It most likely has dominion over you. So if we as people are to have dominion... Either we ALL have it... Or we ALL don't. People were never made to have dominion over each other. They were made to have dominion over everything else... Together.
All animals were originally herbivores. Tapeworms, vampire bats,
mosquitoes, and barracudas -- all were strict vegetarians, as they were
created by God. But, of course, we now know that there were carnivorous
animals millions of years before humans existed. 1:30
Here is the NKJV of this Scripture:
Genesis 1:30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food
”; and it was so.
Looking back at the Hebrew "for food" was actually translated from one word to two. The original one word was meat.
God makes the animals and parades them before Adam to see if any would strike his fancy. But none seem to have what it takes to please him. (Although he was tempted to go for the sheep.) After making the animals, God has Adam name them all. The naming of several million species must have kept Adam busy for a while. 2:18-20
Genesis 2: 18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.
” 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
Again, this is the NKJV. The original Hebrew was one word. It meant, help, aid. This world does "aid" us does it not? No tree's... No oxygen. No birds... No speading of seeds... No Horses... You are plowing the fields by hand... I could go on and on.... God said, "It is not good for man to be alone", Not, "It is not good for man to be without woman." He hadn't even created her yet.
As far as the last comment about how long it took Adam to name all the animals... Well... God's time scale is different than ours. 2 Peter 3:8 says,
8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Time is not the same in the spiritual realm. It never has been. You cannot take a spiritual principal and apply it to the physical world. As with God creating the solid firmament of heaven prior to the physical existence of everything else. It will never work.