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Genesis 1 and 2 Agreement or Contradiction?

February 17, 2012 by admin

Genesis chapters 1 and 2 have been a bit of a mystery in that they appear to be in conflict with one another. However, now that we understand DNA, these two chapters converge into one creation account that is logically and chronologically perfect.

Genesis chapter 1 presents the creation in the following sequence: heaven, earth, and light the first day; the firmament on the second day; then on the third day, grass, herbs and fruit; on the fourth day, the solar system and stars were created; the fifth day brought forth sea creatures and birds; and; on the six day man and animals were created. In summary, Genesis 1 documents the order of creation. Genesis chapter 2, on the other hand, documents the order in which life was given to the creation. Everything was created before the seventh day, but the plants had not been planted and neither animals nor man had the breath of life. God rested on the seventh day; if God had given man life on the sixth day, God could not have rested on the seventh; He wouldn’t abandon Adam nor would He want to miss Adam’s first day of life; but, after God rested, He formed Adam from the earth in accordance with the DNA created and selected on day 6; then, God gave Adam the breath of life and he, Adam, became a living soul.

We can compare this with the parable of the farmer who planted his field with good seed and then rested (Matthew 13:24). As the farmer rested, the seeds had not yet started growing, they were still dormant, still in seed form. In Genesis chapter 2, after God rested,┬áHe took the DNA created on day 6 and formed man, then breathed life into him. For those of you who study Hebrew, you will see that the word used in Genesis 1 is different from the one used in Genesis 2. The word used in Genesis 1 is “bara” having the sense of selecting, and in Genesis 2 the word “yatsar” has the sense of forming or squeezing into shape. Here is some of the Genesis 2 account of the creation:

Genesis 2:5 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up–for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground,

Genesis 2:7 then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

Genesis 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2:15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

Genesis 2:19 Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.

Genesis 2:20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. . (ESV)

So, Adam was given life first, then the plants, then the animals. It all makes sense.

This also explains Genesis 5:2 which has been a mystery until now:

Genesis 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. (KJV)

 

He created them male and female and called their name Adam. He called their name Adam. Adam embodied all human genetic variation. Your genes, my genes, everyone’s genes were in Adam. We were all created on day 6 and God called our name “Adam;” the name “Adam” means “man.” It goes on to say “in the day when they were created.” Again, the they is us. Our DNA was created on day six, but we were formed and given life in our mother’s womb.

Dear friends and children, know that the Bible is true and can be trusted. Genesis chapters one and two are logically and chronologically perfect.



20 Comments »

  1. Evnglst. M. Byrd says:

    Wonder-full. finally, the ackowledgement of Biblical Truth and Science. Our spirit (our inner-man) bears wittness to The Spirit of Truth (The Holy Spirit) (our known con-science)

  2. tumpak says:

    Amazing Truth of GOD revealed!
    Thank you for this research… please continue this good work for the glory of Almighty

  3. merry gunawan says:

    Amazing to know the truth, that God tells us by His Words. Please continue everything that were still mysteries for me. God bless you for what you have done. Thank you.

  4. D. Tribe says:

    Hi

    Could you please explain the passage in Genesis, “Let us create man in our own image”. To me this depicts, plural. So either more than 1 God, or male & female within one God entity.

    • admin says:

      Hi,
      Since I am a Christian, I believe the “us” refers to the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. However, I am sure many will disagree. I think one thing we can agree on is that it is “Elohim” who makes this statement and He is powerful enough so that describing Him with a pronoun is beyond the capability of any human language.
      James

      • Everick says:

        What you believe is totally unimportant and extremely irrelevant. Only facts count. The “Father, son & Holy spirit” that you talk about is a manmade construct i.e the trinity.

        • admin says:

          I have been appointed by God as a Bible teacher, it is a very large responsibility. However, I try to lead believers to find the truth for themselves and not rely on me or any other teacher. You have evidently achieved that, but you may want to work on your patience and kindness a little, it is important.

          • masum hydar raja says:

            I want to know whether there is practical or scientific evidence of existence of God. Or it is only our assumtion. The answers you are providing are not sufficient.

          • admin says:

            Dear masum hydar raja,
            I believe there is evidence of God’s existence everywhere; for instance, DNA, the code of life. DNA is a language of four letters that orchestrates all life. The Bible says that all things were spoken into existence by God’s word, and we have that evidence very clearly in DNA.

            Also, the existence of one single hydrogen atom is proof of a divine creator. Think about it, the existence of anything is proof of God.

            This is the age of faith and God has chosen to provide us with a way of rejecting Him. This is His nature; He wants to be truly loved for His attributes and not His benefits.

            Thank you for your question.

      • arthur says:

        in above article, Gen 1 is different in Gen 2 creations. God is all powerful, eternal, alpha and omega that creating lower than him (all creation)he commands his power to create, the WORD, so in all-creations, the WORD is the father-of-all-creations.
        gen-1: god created all spirits of angels, plants, animals etc., including an angel “man” in dual nature or male and female DNA codes as you wish in the spirit-earth or first earth.so its not unusual that God is talking “US” to his spirit-word-creator, creating the most beautiful angel in his image and above all archangels (Gabri-el, Mika-el, Uri-el, Japha-el) which is SATANA-EL, created in his image and likenes (a spirit and everlasting)

        gen-2: am sorry but God “formed” not create ADAM from dust of created earth,also in dual nature of male and female, but also a lower than angels but not God’s image of everlasting, placed in created heavenly-garden, east of created heavenly-paradise. we see, Eve was created out-of-
        adam’s ribs or the female part of him, God’s did not breath life for that fenale woman came from adam who has life-a living soul. he said, the earth is void of plants, birds and animals, so it is the second earth what God said in Gen-1 is different from Gen. 2, adam and eve is in Gen-2 not in Gen-1. you destroy God’s word-power of creations when you say Gen-1 is the same as Gen-2 making God-word repeating his “creations”
        God will not placed a tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden’s center only side by side with tree of life only to forbid its eating and prevents the other after eating, its time to “cleanse” God from the untruth and misunderstanding or created lies by man otherwise all events good and evil comes from god and man after becoming evil God came to save if we explain that way and not search for truth the bible is a great play-script of God playing in his own script, the hero and a villain, Good as he is also the evil, even man he came into his life to save, to sin again and to punish the-flood-sodom-jesus now humans are the same evil, so humans created god and adore their creations, have the power to explain god in the pedestal of heaven or a circus man walking on strings. the title? “the show of a dualistic God”, half goood half evil

    • jasub says:

      God is talkingto his son jesus.he was the first creation of god thats why god called him the only begoten son .He was in heaven before the time the god sent him down to earth thru Marry by the hollyspirit of god.He was tranfer to Marry woumb.,then he was name jesus.

    • Lord Bina says:

      The bible only foretold this ” let us create man in our own image” God at that point was talking to some people and to my best of understanding i realized God was talking to angels. because before creation they existed and creation was made before their eyes. Jesus christ is a typically example. the scriptures say that before creation he existed

  5. Endre Polyak says:

    Describing and asking questions as to what is is useless. He who is only told Moses when he asked this question, “I am”.

  6. arthur says:

    you see dear admin, that you were bombarded by many-differing questions that needs differing replies, you admit you are a trinitarian, but a triune-God cannot solve (you also admit) my-thousands of bible questions (we)temporarily placed to “mysteries” but try to remove for a while trinitarian and replace it with ONE GOD,that is God in the OT, in the NT, came as CHRIST in the lamb/body, gave his name Jesus, to save, promised to bring after ascension the “comporter or paraclet or fosterparent” he identified from the holy spirit of/from the father ending/identifying its him again by this words: “do not be worry, I will come to you” so the father-comporter-holyspirit in jesus name is God’s 2nd coming with another role/mission on earth to help humans expose the truh between lies. if he/jesus again (as preachers admits)is the one coming in the book of revelations, is not jesus’ second, but 3rd coming, then the prophecy fulfilled that the one born of mary is the emmanuel “God with us” and the “everlasting father”

    its not our beleif, but the truth, that God is ONE GOD in 3-stages of man on earth we find no single bible verse contradictions this space cannot accommodate to give you proof but to continue replying

    proof/question: if jesus is a son God is father what is the personality of the holy spirit?

    if jesus is a son who is his father? God or holy spirit (angel said to mary it was holy spirti who created him in her womb)
    if jesus not the father is he a liar saying “before abraham I am”, “your father Moses walk with me and he wrote me” “I am the root and offspring of david”, I and the father are ONE”, “you call me good, no one is good but the father”

    • arthur says:

      corrections: you call me good, no one is good but the father” but he said also, “i am the good shepherd”

      Jesus is God from his mouth, from the mouth of the Godfather, from the mouth of his apostle read these:
      jesus mouth: “begone satan, do not temp the name of the lord your GOD”
      God’s mouth in Hebrew 1:8, ” and God said, “and unto the son he said, your throne oh God is forever and ever”
      Thomas mouth: “my Lord and my God”
      John’s mouth: the word is God, the word became flesh” Rev.: the one coming on the throne,with vested drift in blood, the alpha and omega
      bible OT’s mouth: the child will be born is the everlasting father
      prophet’s mouth: he will come and john is his messenger-heralder
      john d babtist mouth: repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand
      Devil’s mouth on pigs” we know you are the christ of God”

      • admin says:

        Dear Arthur,

        Those scriptures John 10:11 and Luke 18:19 are classic Jesus and many miss the actual meaning. First of all Jesus didn’t say He was not good. He asked the question “why do you call me good?” in other words “have you discovered that I am God?” Then He summarized the entirety of Christianity when He said “No one is good except God” (the Greek word being theos). Everything he said was profound. He had to do this in order to not only get out the truth, but also protect His identity until the time was right. He was good with words because He was the Word.

  7. you may refer these knowledge to a muslim scholar. i agree to a certain point in your explanation about DNA. study islam, all these topics are well explained in Tafseer. like how we are created, who laid who among the children of adam and eve. two females were born after abel and cain etc., the conception of jesus and mary as his mother. you will find lots of links to this topics. good luck my friend.

  8. Mark Walsh says:

    Great connections between Genesis and DNA genetics, thank you!
    However, I have trouble reconciling your idea that chapter two is chronologically separate from chapter one, rather than the widely held concept that it is a re-capitulation in personal detail. Otherwise, how can Gen.1:26-31 include instructions to Adam and his wife if they weren’t alive yet?
    I’ve heard another synthesis from answersingenesis.org that Adam named the mentioned animals, then his wife was made from his rib and brought to him, all on day six, in time to receive the instructions in strict chonology, then chapter two replays personal details – using God’s personal name to establish the relationship He is forming with them.

    • admin says:

      Mark,
      Thank you for your question. This is very important: we believe that the problem with the decline of the church is due to this issue. Our seminaries are liberal and watered down because Genesis 1 and 2 have been deemed unreliable. So, please pray that God will give you truth on this. He has sent the Holy Spirit to “teach us all things” (John 14:26).
      Please allow us to give you our thoughts:
      1. The chapter divisions have been added by man. So, read the transition between the two chapters and consider it to be logical and chronological.
      2. If all of these things happened on day six, it would be way too hectic: forming Adam, naming the thousands of kinds of animals, operating on Adam, having operation recovery time, meeting and greeting Eve, etc.
      3. It is hard to believe that God would do all this and abandon the creation the very next day to rest.
      4. We liken Genesis 1:26 to the christening of a ship. It is blessed and commissioned before it is activated. We further believe that we, you and we at Genesis and Genetics, were included in Genesis 1:26.
      5. Genesis 1 says that the beasts were created first, then man. Genesis 2, states that the man was formed first, then the beasts were formed. This is a serious difference unless you accept the difference between creation and activation.
      6. Also, take a look at the Hebrew. You will see that in chapter 1 the words for create have the sense of selection and choosing while in chapter 2 the word for create means form, or molding into a form.
      Thanks again for the question; we respect all ideas and everyone’s personal quest for the truth.
      admin

  9. olumide ibitoye says:

    lord i say tank u fr d word i am so bless with d word glory be to your name

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