Remnants of Genesis: Part 3

We have been spending the past few weeks taking a closer look at the days of creation. Last week was the creation of light. This week: the firmament.

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Day 2: The firmament. The word, firmament, comes “from a Hebrew word that literally means something firm, a dome that produces an air bubble with water above and water below.”[1] This has caused some to attribute the Biblical firmament as a mythological explanation of where rain came from before our understanding of precipitation. But this is another contradiction of typical mythology. Nowhere does the writer state that this is an explanation of where rain comes from—in fact, the following chapter states, “for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth” (Gen. 2:5). What would this firmament have been like? In his book, “A Scientific Approach to Biblical Mysteries,” Robert Faid summed up these three essential elements:

1. A greater oxidation rate:

a.) Humans would have had a much more efficient metabolism.

b.) Humans would have been a stronger and healthier people with a long lifespan.

 

2. The shielding from the sun would have eliminated almost all of the genetic mutation from harmful solar radiation:

a.) Many pathogenic bacteria may not have existed at all in this environment.

 

3. Stable Climate:

a.) Sheltered from storms, no flooding.

b.) More than ample nutrients.

c.) Well watered.

 

 

[1] Donald Gowan, Genesis 1-11: From Eden to Babel (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B Eerdman’s Publishing Co.), 23

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