For my first post, I thought about whether to comment on a thread already started, or start my own.. I decided to start my own and ... (at) the beginning.
First...Ive always believed in God, had an understanding, and recognized the normal feelings and thoughts that went along with having Him a part of my life...However, there was a side of me that always felt a little guilty that I didnt really apply or appreciate what I learned.
So..about 2-3 years ago I really started reading and applying the Bible in my life.. It didnt take long for me to come to have a greater appreciation and love for Gods word.. I have found scriptures that make me stop in my tracks...As I think most would agree, it is amazing how powerful these verses are... they fill my mind with hope, a bit of fear but mostly excitement, amazment and love for our creator.
Every scripture, is just as meaningful and important as the one before it and the one after it. From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. This is the only way I can feel.. after all it is our creators only message to us... I truly feel as with anyone who appreciates this Book, that God had a very serious reason for giving us these words. Each and every one of them....To deny one word, one phrase or one verse of the Bible is to deny it entirely. To think one sentence is inferior or less important to another is to say they are all un important.. Rendering it meaningless.
Maybe because this "big Book" can be overwhelming, sometime I will just open to a Chapter and start reading. I read slowly.. taking in each word... each verse, read and re-read.. then re-read again.. I pray for God to help me understand what he is trying to say to me.
Which leads my question to this..... If people try so hard to figure out what He is trying to tell us in so many other books of the Bible and especially Revelation, do they stop and try to figure out what He is trying to tell us in Genesis?
Genesis 1:1-19 is the beginning of creation. It is beautifully told, breath-taking and moving.. describing the love and attention He considered as He laid the foundation for what was yet to come. Before man was made in His image, God took 5 days (5000 years?) to create everything perfectly from the heavens right down to the grass blades.. all before his ultimate, most beautiful and loving creation of animals and humans. He created with great detail, precision and love. His work is magnificant. It is because of Genesis 1: 1-19 that we have what we have.. Do people take lightly these first few verses of Genesis, considering it simply just "the story of creation" and move on..
Ive heard people say it many times before... why are we here...? Ive come to wonder at this point, is it just another rhetorical question.
So I backed it up...a thousand years... before God created man....and If it is possible to think about this....if you left man and animals out of the picture (for just the moment) everything would be just as he created it... astoundingly beautiful and perfect.
Has anyone else ever thought about this? Does anyone have thoughts on why did God create (not man...which only took one day)...but eveything else that took five times as long? ....