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Genesis 1:1

Primal Soup to Nuts

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

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Musings

There are two plausible translations of verse one. The one above and "When God began to create the heaven and earth." This one leaves creation much more open-ended.

The cartoon may bring to mind all sorts of theological questions - "Who was God's third grade teacher?" "Can God be taught?" "Wasn't God here before all else?" "Just why are toaster pastries so good?" This simply means you are forgetting that Cartoonist's privilege sometimes trumps theological concerns and you are taking this way too seriously! But good for you for thinking outside the bell jar. Now from a scientific perspective it has been pointed out the solar system would never align like this (the bell jar would fall over or we'd be sucked into Neptune), that Pluto is not a planet (preposterous) and the spacing is all wrong (but it lays out nicely). So, this brings up another aspect of cartoonist privilege - science is no sacred cow either.

However, while the cartoons will try to find some humor in these verses, most also attempt to show something of theological value. In this case, God is so awesome that perhaps creation of the universe might just be one of those things God did one day when bored. We are so humanity-centric that we can't help but think the universe revolves around us, but science and theology both tell us otherwise. Reading the whole first creation story (all of Genesis 1), can put you in awe of its insight into the ordering of the universe and its origin. You don't need to be a creationist to see God's hand in creation!


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