My two year old daughter loves frogs and is getting super into a show called Leap Frog. However, when my daughter says frog, it really sounds like the F-word. We were in church the other weekend and during a very quiet part of the mass, my daughter said loudly, “Daddy, frog movie, frog movie!” But to the untranslated ear it sounded like something entirely different. Needless to say, I’m going to hell.
My soul resorts to the frog word when I have deep anxiety about the big questions in life. The biggest question I and every homo sapiens has ever asked is, Who are we, Why are we here? The answer to this question is found in the original creation story, Genesis 1, but barely anyone knows this. The sad reality is, the creation story of the Bible has become a mud wrestling pit for creationists and Darwinians – throwing down cage-match style.
Nobody else wants to jump in the ring for fear of getting a stone cold stunner to the head. Creationists believe the creation story is completely literal. It is written to explain exactly how the world was created, verbatim. Darwinians believe only in evolution and think of the creation story as a children’s story; once you realize Santa isn’t real, its also time to move from the Bible to science.
What a great tragedy! Why, one might ask? Let’s look at the two possible outcomes of the debate. If the Creationists win, they will chain the Bible to a Fundamentalist reading of Scripture and drown science with the wreckage of the flood of Noah. I was in a debate with a Baptist preacher who told me all the dinosaurs were killed in the flood of Noah. Really? What happened to the T-rexes entering two by two? It must have been the early biblical rapture and all the dinosaurs were left behind, those sinners.
Foolish. If the Darwinians win, they will read the Bible like a nice fairytale told to kids in-between Goodnight Moon and Green Eggs and Ham. Life will be all about the physical sciences and all the deepest answers to life will be answered through theories like natural selection. Praise God, when I wonder why am I here, I always turn to my college biology book and the deepest longings of my heart are quenched…Not.
If the creation story’s interpretation does not belong to the sinful dinosaurs or to the survival of the fittest, what is the creation story all about? IT’S ABOUT THE HIGHER SCIENCE: THE STUDY OF THE DEEPER QUESTIONS that only Theology can answer. The creation story gives your longing heart the answers it has searched for since it first awoke and thirsted for a purpose.
The creation story is written more like a poem and less like a biology or history book. It uses poetic language to convey deep truths. Thee might beest tempted to brush it off as useless poetry, but who would contest Shakespeare’s writings are not impregnated with truth, arguably far more truth than Darwin? Don’t be a hater. God is poetic, and get ready for the poetry slam of thy life!
People often wonder if the world was created in seven days, because they think the bible tells them so. However, the days are not chronological, they are theological. How could vegetation exist on this earth before the sun and the moon were created? It didn’t:
The first three days our Shakespearean God sets the stage for his play.
The First Day: Light and Darkness
The Second Day: Sky and the Sea
The Third Day: Land and Vegetation
Once God has prepped the stage, he brings the actors in next:
The Fourth Day: The Sun and The Moon
The Fifth Day: The Birds and the Great Sea Monsters (the fish)
The Sixth Day: Animals and Man
If you haven’t already noticed, the Author is very orderly. Take a look:
Day 1 Light and Darkness (stage) Day 4 Sun and Moon (actors)
Day 2 Sky and Sea (stage) Day 5 Birds and Fish (actors)
Day 3 Land and Vegetation (stage) Day 6 Animals and Man (actors)
You are probably wondering, what is the script of this play about? This is not an Action and Adventure play. Everyone is always taught that the moral of the creation story is, the world was created for man, but this is wrong! The theory that all this was created for you is Yeezus’s Bible.
A world created for man alone would be the creation story for Napoleon or Alexander the Great, who believed the world was the stage provided for their selfish conquests. Have you ever wondered why the number six is the unholy number? I posed this question at my Bible study and the response was that six is the imperfect number; which is not incorrect, but is an imperfect answer. What does it mean that six is the imperfect number? Does God have an irrational phobia about the number six?
The reason six is the unholy number comes all the way back to the ancient poem of the creation story. Six symbolically represents man reading the creation story and putting his bookmark on day Six. Stoping on day Six is man without the most important part of the story, God.
Thomas Aquinas said what was last in execution was the first in intention. The whole story is leading to the climax: the Seventh Day. What is man’s purpose? Not the most toys wins or YOLO, but a love affair with God! Augustine said, “Thou hast made us for thyself O Lord and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.” G.K. Chesterton said, “Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.” The creation story is actually a Romance.
The Sabbath is the answer to your deep longing. You are here to Rest in God. The world is a stage for the main actors, man’s heart and God’s heart. In Hebrew, seven is translated as sheba. This is very important to know, because sheba also meant oath in Hebrew. “To swear an oath” literally means to “seven oneself” (Gen. 21:27-32). The deepest fulfillment in a Jewish man’s life was when he, the bridegroom, stood at the marital stage and made an oath to love his bride with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might (The Jewish wedding feast lasted for seven days). The sabbath is made on the seventh day to symbolically represent this: God created man on the sixth day and then proposed to him on the seventh day.
God created man and then made an oath to him: I will love you with all My heart, with all My soul, with all My might. On the last day God weds man to his heart and the whole world is a stage for this love affair to take place. That is why the greatest prayer for a Jew is the Shema. Hear, O Israel: The Lord your God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might (Deuteronomy 6:4).” A Jew is to pray this prayer in the morning and the evening: “when you lie down and when you rise up (Deut. 6:7).” It is to be the first thought when he awakens and the last thought when he is falling asleep. Why? It reminds the Jewish person of his ultimate purpose. It is not enough for God to vow himself to man, it takes two to tango. The purpose of your life is to seven yourself to God and then use the world as a stage to live out your oath.
Don’t believe me? Sound too mushy? God never forgot His oath to man and when man was lost and didn’t remember his love, God did. This is God loving you with all His heart and all His might:
When I read the creation story, I love to think of a Jewish father sitting under the stars, re-telling his children the creation story. Science is important, but the meaning of life is the highest truth! The how answers of science are fascinating and are a vital part of man’s quest for truth, but the why answers of Theology are what most satisfy. Let us re-read the creation story and bring our thirsty hearts to the sacred well of God: “Whoever drinks the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.. Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst…(John 4:14-15).”
“Who are we, Why are we here? If we ever learned this it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason. For then we would know the mind of God.”
– Stephen Hawking