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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going af–
ter strange ftesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the ven–
geance of eterna! fire."
Now back to Genesis l:l-2. Verse l, as stated above, implies
a perfect creation. God is the author of life, of beauty, of per–
fection. Satan has brought only darkness, ugliness, imperfection,
violence. Verse l shows the creation of a perfect earth, glorious
and beautiful. Verse 2 reveals the result of the sin of the angels.
"And the earth was [became] without form, and void." The
words "without form and void" are translated from the Hebrew
tohu
and
bohu.
A better translation is "waste and empty" or
"chaotic and in confusion." The word "was" is elsewhere in Gen–
esis translated "became," as in Genesis 19:26. In other words, the
earth, originally created perfect and beautiful, had now become
chaotic, waste, and empty, like our moon, except its surface was
covered with water.
David was inspired to reveal how God renewed the face of
the earth: "Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and
thou renewest the face of the earth" (Ps. 104:30).
Now another surprise for most readers. Here is another bit of
the missing dimension in knowledge, actually revealed in the
Bible, but unrecognized by religion, by science, and by higher
education.
From verse 2 of Genesis l on, the remainder of this first
chapter of the Bible is
not
describing the original creation of the
earth. But it
is
describing a renewing of the face of the earth, after
it had become waste and empty as a result ofthe sin ofthe angels.
What is described from verse 2 on, in the supposed "Creation
chapter" of the Bible, did occur, according to the Bible. approxi–
mately 6,000 years ago. But that could have been millions or tril–
lions of years after the actual creation of the earth described in
verse l!
1will comment later on the length of time it might have taken
before all earth's angels turned to rebellion.
The earth
had become
waste and empty. God did not create it
waste and empty, or in confusion. God is not the author of con–
fusion (1 Cor. 14:33). This same Hebrew word-
tohu-
meaning
waste and empty, was inspired in Isaiah 45:18, where it is trans-