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IDOLATRY-6/Genesis Vs Science: How did Moses know all this?
Let’s compare Moses’ Genesis to the Scientific narrative of CREATION. Do they concur?
Luckily for us, the History Channel (HC) has recently summarized the “History of the World” in a series of videos based on Archeology, Biology, Astronomy, Geology, Anthropology and other branches of modern Science. The series covers the Universe’ history from the Big Bang till our days, including the full story of Evolution. We can use this report as a platform for the comparison of Science with Moses’ Genesis.
Again, all we need to see is whether or not Moses’ story CAN be matched with science, something that can’t be said about any of the ancient myths of Moses time.
THE FIRST DAY of CREATION
The HC begins by saying that the Universe started in a Big Bang that occurred about 14 Billion human years ago. The evidence for that is the observations that the galaxies are moving away from each other, as if from explosion.
Then, Science says, Entropy began to decline; Energy and Light were formed and converted to Matter according to Einstein’s formula. The Universe first expended with Chaos, then more orderly. Molecules of simple gases began to form, followed by larger ones baked in exploding Novas. Water became abundant in Space. Organic molecule appeared….
About 4.1 Billion human years ago, a barren, rocky Planet Earth was traveling around the Sun, still bereaved of atmosphere or life. Its color wasn’t blue, since it had no atmosphere.
The scientists dub it as the GRANIT PLANET.
Moses’ FIRST DAY of CREATIONseems to concur. The world began in the “Beginning,” including the ‘time scale.’ The verse mentions Chaos, Darkness over “the Deep,” which CAN mean Space. Remember, all we need to show is that unlike ancient myths, Moses’ words CAN concur with Science.
Then ELoKiM said, “Let there be Light,” and light was there. Then came Matter, Water. ‘Light’ can mean Energy.
Thus, the two accounts, that of Science and that of the Torah, CAN match.
If so, who told that to Moses, 3500 years ago?
But Moses ADDS something that Science can’t say: that ELoKiM initiated all that, and that everything was made by the JUDGE to stand JUDGMENT.
THE SECOND DAY of CREATION
The HC says, that about 4.0 Billion years ago, the Granit Planet became covered by icy waters. It looked like a white tennis ball traveling in space. There was still neither atmosphere nor life on it.
The scientists dubbed it as THE WHITE PLANET.
Here is the HC account so far:
1. The barren ’Granit Planet’ of Day One, that evolved into
2. The water-covered, icy ’White Planet’ travelling in Space.
From where did the water come?
The HC experts explain the source of the water. The Planet Earth must have passed through a ‘sea of icy comets’ in Space. For the following ‘millions and million years’ our Planet was bombarded by the countless showers of icy comets that entered from ‘above’ and accumulated ‘below’ and froze, forming the White Icy Coat. Once Earth escaped the Sea of Comets in Space, the ice shower stopped.
what does Moses say about the SECOND DAY of CREATION?
As the Second Day dawned, ELoKiM “separated the Water Above from the Water Bellow,” as it says:
(1:6) And ELoHiM said Let it be a firmament in the midst of the Waters,
And let it divide Water from Water,
(1:7) And ELoHiM made the firmament, and He separated the Waters which were underneath the firmament, from the Waters which are above the firmament, and it was so.
(1: 8) And ELoHIM called the firmament Sky, ShamMayim (“there are the waters”.)
And there was evening and there was morning, Day Two.
Thus, during the Second Day of CREATION, ELoKiM separated the ‘Water Above’ from the ‘Water Bellow’ (or vice versa.) Note that according to Moses life wasn’t yet present on Earth. Nor was there atmosphere or rain on Earth.
Isn’t this amazing? Could you find a better match between Moses’ Genesis and Science?
Remember, our goal is to show that Moses’ words and Science CAN be matched, something you can’t do with any of the ancient myth of his time. So, who told this story to Moses?
In summary so far: Earth evolved from
1. The Granit Planet of the First Day, to
2. The icy, White Planet of the Second Day.
What came next?
THE THIRD DAY of CREATION
The WHITE PLANET, continues the HC, did not last long in geological timescale. About 3 Billion years ago, a volcanic eruptionburst at the bottom of the frozen ocean and melted the icy coat above it. The oceans became muddy and wavy. Since there was not yet any atmosphere on Earth, the melted ocean looked gray and dull (You can see that dull-gray color when you dive deeply in the sea water, where sunlight can’t reach). Hence its scientific name: The GRAY PLANET.
In summary we have so far:
1. The rocky Granit Planet of the First Day
2. The icy White Planet of the Second Day
3. The ocean covered Gray Planet of the Third Day
Next, HC says, the volcanic activity pushed upwards the geologic plates, creating the first dry continent above the water.
The HC shows the geological evidence for that: black, smooth rocks that have been recently found along the ocean shores; first in South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, then in other sites all over Earth. These black rocks are unique since they are bereaved of any fossils, a proof of their appearance way before there was any life on Earth. These rocks help us to draw the map of the first, primordial continent.
What does Moses say about the Third Day?
As the Third Day dawned, it says
“(1:9) And ELoHiM said Let the Water under the Sky be gathered together into one place and let the dry land appear, and it was so.
(1:10) And ELoHiM called the dry land ground, and to the Water Gathering He called Seas, and ELoKiM saw that it was good.”
Thus, at the first half of the Third Day, the dry Land appeared above the ocean. Again, Moses concurs here with Science.
Seeding Life on the Third Day
Next, says HC, life appeared on Earth. How? Most scholars point on certain mono-cellular, algae like creature called Stromitolite, still ubiquitous in shallow waters along shores. (look it up on Google)
These algae, the scientists say, are “our fathers and mothers.” They were the source for all life forms afterwards.
These algae could photo synthesize, producing oxygen and other important gases.
After “millions and millions of years,” the HC says, “producing tones and tones of oxygen,” the HC says, an Atmosphere appeared on EARTH. Our Glob developed a blue sky, hence its new name: The BLUE PLANET.
These primordial life forms soon turned into Vegetation to its kind: Grass, Shrubs, Trees and thick Forests. The trees had to compete for light; therefore, they grew taller and taller. Thick forest covered Earth. Hence the new name it received: The GREEN PLANET.
1. The barren Granit Planet evolved into
2. The icy While Planet that evolved into
3. The atmospheric, Blue Planet that evolved into
4. The forested Green Planet.
What does Moses say about the THIRD DAY of CREATION?
Moses tells the same story: In the second ‘half’ of the Third Day, after separating the Dry land from the Sea, ELoKiM passed a Midday judgment and said that it was good. This midday trial indicates that Earth stood on a crossroad: Should it develop life on it, or not? (we’ll dwell on that trial later in due course)
Then ELoKiM decided to SEED life on Earth, as it says:
“(1:11) And ELoHiM said let the Earth bring forth grass, herb yielding SEED and fruit trees yielding fruits after its kind whose SEEDS is in itself, upon the Earth, and it was so.
(1:12) And the Earth brought forth grass, herb yielding SEEDS after its kind, and trees yielding fruits whose SEEDS was in itself after its kinds. And ELoHiM saw that it was good.
(1:13) And there was evening and there was morning, Day Three.
The word SEED is repeated four times in just two verses. The ‘seed’ brought forth grass then herbs then shrubs then Trees in that order. No mobile life is mentioned so far.
How did Moses see such an order in CREATION, having been raised in Pharaoh’s home?
Who told him that Vegetation appeared on Earth first, before any mobile life form?
So here again Moses concurs with Science. Isn’t this extraordinary? Who could have told him the story, in ancient time, when there was no science and archeology and geology available?
THE FOURTH DAY of CREATION
Let’s continue with our comparison.
The HC says that a catastrophe hit our Plant next. Earth entered a new Ice Age that killed everything on dry land. This took place 2.5 billion years ago. Life in the seas was not affected.
The scientists call this phase “THE ICY PLANET,” to distinguish it from the previous “WHITE PLANET” (of the Second Day.)
What exactly caused this drastic climate change? The scientists don’t know the answer for sure. Somme says that this change was associated with stabilization of our Planet’s rotation. The Sun and the Moon began to show up more regularly, and the Seasons were established, they say. This helped the remaining Vegetation in the Ocean to grow, while all vegetation on the dry land was either frozen of dead.
This new exposure to regular sunshine helped to develop the first mobile life in the oceans. First worms then fish to its kind.
What does Moses say about the FOURTH Day of CREATION?
Moses gives a surprisingly similar account. At the end of the THIRD Day, he says, ELoKiM passed a judgment on the passing Day. ELoKiM’s judgment is harsh and merciless. Some items He deemed ‘not good’ anymore and were eliminated, others were ‘good’ in His Eyes so He allowed them to survive and develop.
As the FOURTH Day dawned, Moses says, ELoKiM ordered the Luminaries to be SEEN on earth in a regular fashion so that a calendar could be established by them, as it says:
“(1:14) And ELoHiM said let there be luminaries in the firmament of the Sky to divide the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons and for the days and years.
(1:15) And let them be for lights in the firmament of the sky to give light upon the Earth, and it was so.
(1:16) And ELoHiM made the two great luminaries, the Greater luminary to rule the day, and the smaller luminary to rule the night, and the stars also.
(1:17) And ELoHiM placed them in the firmament of the Sky to give light upon Earth.
(1:18) And to rule over the day, and over the night, and to divide the Light from the Darkness. And ELoHiM saw that it was Good.
(1:19) And it was evening and it was morning, a Fourth Day.
Can you find a better match between the HC’s account and Moses’?
How did Moses know that the Luminaries appeared regularly on Earth only later in CREATION?
And who told him that the first mobile creature appeared in the ocean?
THE FIFTH DAY of CREATION
As we’ve seen,
the HC says that mobile life appeared next in the Oceans as worms which fed on the Vegetation. Millions of years passed and the tiny warms turned into tiny fish that evolved into big fish that swallowed the smaller ones.
What does Moses say about the FIFTH DAY?
As the FIFTH Day dawned, ELoKiM said ‘let the water swarm with Fish to its kind.’ And ELoKiM blessed the Fish to multiply and fill the oceans.
Again, Moses does concur with Science.
But Moses says something that Science can’t say: that all this ‘evolution’ in the water was initiated and conducted under ELoKiM’s order and supervision. Moreover, he says that just before the dawning of the Fifth Day ELoKiM passed His Judgment on the passing Forth Day. ELoKiM judgment is harsh. Some vegetation on the Dry Land perished while other vegetation in the water survived. This fits the scientific account very well, but it adds the dimension of ELoKiM’s intervention.
Now the fish demonstrated ELoKiM’s ways of “measure for measure.” The small fish eat Vegetation, and they in turn are eaten by the larger Fish, which are then eaten by even larger Fish. The hands of ELoKiM, the JUDGE, are clearly visible in the water. The verse “The spirit of ELoKiM was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1: 2) assumes a new meaning.
Again, who told this true story to Moses?
Still on the Fifth Day, says Moses, ELoKiM continued to create. First the Birds to its kind, then the Crocodiles or amphibians to their kinds, in that order as it says:
“(1:20) And ELoHiM said, let the water swarm abundantly with moving creatures that have life, and let birds fly above the Earth in the firmament of the sky. And ELoKiM created the great Crocodiles…”
Birds first or Crocodiles?
In the past I saw here a problem: Moses says that after Fish, Brides came then Crocodiles.
But my biology professors in Medical School told me otherwise: that in Evolution, Fish was followed by Amphibians followed by Birds. Why does Moses says otherwise?
But then came the Discovery Chanel and saved my faith in Moses. Modern scholars now say that Birds evolved from fish that were left by the tides on the shore. Over millions of years, those’ fish on the shore’ developed wings to fly back over the waters and catch other fish. They had no apatite or interest in invading inland. Earth was ‘ruled’ by enormous predator Birds circling over the waters to catch giant fish. Hence Moses is more accurate than my professors: Fish turned into Birds.
Only then, the Discovery Chanel says, some ‘fish on the shore’ invaded the inland to escape from the hunting birds. They evolved into amphibians or Crocodiles whose sole purpose was to lie quietly like logs on the water, fooling the birds to sit on them, then catch the birds with swift movements.
So Moses is right: Fish led to Bird then to Crocodiles. Never argue against Moses!
THE last, SIXTH DAY of CREATION
Next, says the HC, about 400 million years ago, enough Ozone layer was established in the atmosphere to shield the ground from the sun’s UV radiation. This protection allowed large Cattle-like creatures to evolve on dry land and feed on the vast vegetation. They lived in shallow swamps, their bodies too fat and large to live on dry land. They could not run fast.
Then came giant predator, Beasts-like creatures that could fly or run fast and feed on the Cattle. Such were the Dinosaurs which ruled Earth 200 to 75 million years ago. Some Dinosaurs were big as “seven stories building.”
Millions of years later, says HC, and a major catastrophe hit Earth and wiped out the huge pre-historic creatures. It might have been a meteor that hit Earth, or a huge gas explosion. As the huge creatures disappeared, the door opened for mammals to proliferate and evolve, leading to Mankind.
About two million years ago, Earth saw Homo Erectus.
About 150,000 years ago, Earth saw Homo Sapience, us.
What does Moses say about the SIXTH DAY of CREATION?
As the Sixth Day of CREATION dawned, it looked no different than all previous Days.
ELoKiM continued to create as before, as it says:
“(1:24) And ELoHiM said let the Earth bring forth living creatures after their kind,
Cattle and Creeping things and Beast of the Earth after their kind,
and everything that Creeps on Earth after their kind, and it was so.
(1:25) And ELoHiM made the Beasts of the land to its kind, and the Cattle after their kind,
and everything that creeps on the Earth after their kind. And ELoHiM saw that it was good.
And ELoKiM said let us make Adam in our form and our image.”
Thus under ELoKiM’s order, life on Earth expanded vastly on the Sixth Day of CREATION. New creatures appeared, in the following order: Cattle then Creeping things then Beasts which preyed on the Cattle. Then Creeping things appeared to prey on everyone else.
But then, Moses says, while the Sixth Day was still in progress, ELoKiM ‘paused’ and passed a harsh judgment on everything He had created earlier on that Day.
This was an unusual, midday trial, not unlike the one on the Third Day. Earth stood again at a major crossroad: would Adam be created next, or not?
Then, Moses says, ELoKiM said that it was good, and He created Adam. Whenever ELoKiM passes a judgment, creatures deemed ‘not good’ are wiped out, while the ‘good’ ones continue living.
ELKM’s judgment is harsh, yet just. He gives life and he takes life away, in Absolute Justice. The large Cattle-like and Beast-like and Dinosaurs were deemed unfit anymore, incapable of living side by side with Adam, and therefore eliminated. Others had to adapt and diminish their size to enter the rest of the Sixth Day.
Here again we see that Moses’ Genesis CAN be matched with our Scientific Knowledge, something that can’t be done with any of the ancient myths of his time.
Now tell me: how could Moses know all this, 3500 years ago? W
What about the Creeping Creatures?
And here again I was puzzled about Moses’ story. He tells us that the last creatures before Adam were the creeping creatures. Well, my biology professors told me that snakes and insects had evolved much earlier! Is Moses wrong?
Then came the Time Magazine and saved my faith. In an article published just few years ago the Magazine quotes archeologists who had discovered a skeleton of a huge snake, so large that it could swallow a ‘Greyhound Bus’ with no difficulty. The archeologists said that this particular skeleton belonged to a young snake. A more mature one would swallow two Greyhound busses side by side!
When did these giant snakes live? The scientists say, based on radioactive carbon measurement, that the giant snakes took over Planet Earth AFTER the Dinosaurs. For millions of years these giant snakes moved around unchallenged, snapping everything on their way!
So again, Moses is proven more accurate than my Medical School teachers. Although creeping creatures had been created earlier, they proliferated to become huge Snakes and Dragons-like creatures that ruled Earth AFTER the Dinosaurs disappeared. Some probably lived in recent history, confronted by Man.
So please tell me, who gave such accurate information to Moses?
Moses’ story is a living miracle
Rather than be embarrassed by the story of Genesis, we should use it as a flag, as a sign of the truthfulness of the Torah.
It shows that Moses’ Torah is a living miracle in our hands; perhaps the only miracle that CAN be POOVED.
No wonder that Moses placed such a story at the front of his Five Books.
It is as if he foresaw that a generation would come and doubt the validity of his revelation, so he placed that story at the front knowing that we would be able to validate it by our science. He hoped that this would make us believe in the rest of his words.
Think about this: we, our generation, is the FIRST that can verify the truthfulness of Genesis . Moses wrote it for us! He had us on his mind!
Here are the stages of CREATION again:
1. The GRANITE PLANET……Moses’ Fist Day
2. The WHITE PLANET……….Moses’ Second Day
3. The GRAY PLANET………….Moses’ first part of the Third Day
4. The GREEN PLANET……….Moses’ second part of the third day with its vegetation
5. The BLUE PLANET…………..Moses’ second part of the Third Day
6. The ICY PLANET……………..Moses’ Fourth Day
7. CURRENT EARTH.…………Moses’ Fifth and Sixth Days
Now we need to see what Moses add to the story of the creation of Adam!
Read also: "Genesis Vs. Science, Can They Match?" By Zvi Aviner, at www.smashwords.com
END OF IDOLATRY CLASS 6