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Creatures And Fowl From The Waters

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Gen ch1:v20-23
Gen 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Gen 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
Gen 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

We equated "waters" with the "waste" past that God manipulated in the present creation, as if everything had a cause in an apparent past. In testing whether His creation would survive being left on its own - that an apparent past for creation to be contingent upon is as good as an actual past, we are told God has formed the earth in a few "days" and not the some 13.7 billion years scientists deduce the universe to have existed for.

The apparent past, the "waters" in v20 bring forth the moving creatures and fowl as apparently in a similar manner to the fossil record that brought forth the vegetation of the third day. However, instead of creating them in the fossil record and leaving them to see if they would survive into the present - God does the reverse. He creates them alive in the present on the fifth day and then supplies the fossil record for them (on the sixth day) to be contingently existent upon. They in fact were created all alive (except for "whales" or "monsters"), and the waters merely appear to bring them forth, and do so well, and "it was good."

The word "whales" translates also to "monsters" which we could equivocate to dinosaurs etc in the fossil record. These "whales" are present in the fossil record but since the Earth is too young to permit living dinosaurs, we see that the distinction after the comma, "and every living creature that moveth" is actually a separation of terms (emphasis on "moveth" as "has life"), from the fossil record's ghastly past and those creatures which actually are alive today. In other words, the phrase "every living creature that moveth," enumerates upon that which follows, and does not qualify that which was before.

Verse 22 provides a problem, as we have a threat to our equivocating the terms "waters" and "seas" as we have previously with the past and the chaos of the early universe.

Does God simply state that he let loose some generative principle that filled the fossil record with a great variety of different forms? What would filling (the past) in (the causes thereof) and multiplying mean?

Clearly if the "sea" represents the cause not only of the physical universe but also other "seas" are similarly the "first-causes" of 'biological life', then the waters "in the seas" would apply to the subset of waters (possible futures) stemming from that first cause or "sea" in question.

Is this reaching too far though? Does God blessing already existent creatures in the "present" allow them to fill up completely the not-yet existing templates of life He has in mind for the fossil record? Clearly we have completeness of that which was implied by the apparent fossil record, from the two uses of "every" in verse 21, as "after their kind". The creation of the "whales" shows that causatively the templates are already existent, even though they are not alive. We are reminded of the first verse of Genesis: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and the earth was without form and void." We know that "created" may be simply be an abstraction in a formless sense (as an idea is abstract), and the "monsters" or "whales" may never have actually lived or been truly instantiated.

In blessing them to be fruitful and multiply in the waters in the seas, God is actually saying be fruitful and multiply in a similar manner as would be caused by the apparent past. He is effectively allowing them to be fruitful and multiply (as under the mechanism of "natural selection."?) In blessing them, He has or will have made the fossil record a diverse one, and life also extremely diverse. The living creatures are blessed to fill up their potential diversity from the "monsters" or templates of what appears to have once been. Why then would these "waters" in the seas be only the "past" and not the alternative, the future? (As waters above the firmament). God blesses them and has done so that they persist well into the future.

Lastly God states that fowl should multiply in the earth. What should we indicate by this? Why this apparent exception to whales (monsters) and living (moving) creatures in the fossil record? Clearly the "fowl that fly in the open firmament of heaven" (the present) are those that fly above the earth. We have also equated "above" the firmament with the future, and the Earth as located within the waters (and not oceans on the earth). Therefore these "fowl" are in similitude those creatures that live but are not found in the fossil record, giving the appearance of being too "young" a species. As they multiply to cover "the earth", (and presumeably die off) the record they also add (and post-mortem too) will grow (multiply) in "the earth"

This distinction of "young species" is made in the first verse of the above excerpt, and was intended for us to this purpose. They (fowl) still stem from an apparent past, i.e. from the waters, but are not present in the sense that they come from the "earth" after their kind as the vegetation did prior (and without God permitting chemical change). We could infer that with such "young" species, (those that appear to be young) we have evidence also that they undergo natural selection, but they are not in the fossil record.

We should not make the mistake of taking terms literally, but in similitude, fowls may not be what we call "birds" in this case, just as "whales" may not literally mean "really big swimming mammal."

The "whales" or "monsters" from the waters bring forth the moving creatures with life after their kind (the "monsters", as appearing to be under evolution), as well as the waters producing fowl after their (the "fowls") kind. The distinction is of those that are brought forth from the past that are truly to be added to the apparent fossil record and those created to appear to be too young in their species to be added into the fossil record at all.

So does the first verse show that fowl come as from the "waters" also? We may assume so, as the waters simply show that whatever was created was sustained by it's first cause in the moment that it was created, and now since chemical reactions (Electromagnetism has been created) are occurring, these "fowl" are not static but from moment to moment are living - not because of a fossil record to be added after,.. but by the life giving power of God. They have a "past" upon which they exist - they simply do not vanish altogether at the end of the fifth day - the account teaches that God Himself gives life,.. and not a fossil in its lifeless strata.


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