To my parents Harrietta and Robert
Author: Randall J. Hoogerhyde
This book has two different themes—the myth of evolution (ME), and rightly dividing (RD) the word of truth (the Bible). The different chapters on these two themes (ME) and (RD) are interspersed throughout the book.
Written between 9/25/2015 and 01/30/2021 when I decided I was done writing because the book got too long, so I split it in two. (These two books are still kind of long, but thinning them down and keeping them as a book when they’re also a blog, is a lot of work for me to tackle half paralyzed. They are this book: randyrambling.wordpress.com The Myth of Evolution, and Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth, and its companion randyrambling2.wordpress.com The I AM, Free Will and the Universe—Body Spirit and Soul: I will be doing editing as long as I can.
Theme 1: the myth of evolution (ME), includes the importance of distinguishing, the fact of plant and animal intra-genus family (created kind) natural selection and man driven selection variation/microevolution over hundreds/thousands of years, as a beautiful forest of life, from the fiction of the spontaneous beginning of life from non-life followed by the fiction of plant and animal inter-genus family gene mutation and natural selection evolution/macroevolution large scale change amongst and between the entire plant and animal kingdoms over millions/billions of years, as one gigantic tree of life. Gene mutation is a scrambling and loss of information, not a gain of information to create new kinds, and natural selection does not create new kinds, not a gain of information to create new kinds of organisms. It selects, where unfit kind variations die out and disappear. This is a loss of information, not a gain of information to create new kinds of organisms, or both the fit and unfit variations survive and prosper under our care and control. Furthermore, there are no vestigial organs, features, or bones. For example: your coccyx(tailbone) has muscles attached to it that you need to use. It is not left over from supposed protohuman ancestors with tails. Your appendix is part of your immune system, while you can get by without it it is still part of your immune system. It is not vestigial. You can get by without an arm too but you really need two arms to be fully functional. Men have nipples because God created men and women homologous to one another as mates, not because men and women commonly evolved. Whales and snakes have small bones that are claimed to be vestigial pelvis and leg bones. This is not true, these bones are necessary for their mating and reproduction. All supposed vestigial organs, bones, or vestigial anatomical features are misinformation. Evolution(macroevolution) is a myth. I really don’t like the terms micro and macroevolution, but for the sake of comparison, I’ll make reference to them.
It is important to remember what the Bible says when you want to think you know what happened in the traditional(secular world’s) prehistoric past—“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8—you should look around yourself and see how what you observe fits with what the Bible says, not take what you (or the world) thinks and say that’s what the Bible means. The traditional(secular world’s) prehistoric past is history, not observational science in the sense of the scientific method. The Bible is our history book.
The (ME) theme in this book focuses on the myth of biological evolution, but evolution proper includes cosmic evolution, starting with the Big Bang, which gets into stelar evolution, and the questions of how do/did stars form, and where did all the elements come from when gravitation induced nuclear fusion in star theory, stops at iron before a supernova explosion? Given this where did the heavier elements like gold and lead come from? And, no one has ever seen a star form. The theory of star formation and star evolution, and its observational confirmation is questionable.
The creation vs. evolution debate presented in this book includes the gap interpretation, an indefinite time period between Genesis 1:1,2 in the Bible. It is fitting to put the rebellion of Lucifer here, which is when he was cast out of the third heaven down to the first heaven and down to earth, the original dinosaur creation. This was followed by the original earth’s “without form, and void” destruction. God only creates perfection—without form and void is not perfection. The original perfect earth was corrupted when Lucifer became Satan and defile it, the original perfect dinosaur creation, think T-Rex, velociraptors, etc. meat eating dinosaurs. These terrible predators were originally herbivores until Lucifer defiled this original creation.
I just don’t think big dinosaur creatures belong with early modern day animals like deer, antelope, lions, and bears,…. I could be wrong on this. Maybe baby dinosaurs were on Noah’s ark. I am kind of on the fence with it, but I side with the dinosaur original lost world Genesis 1:1,2 gap interpretation. This means the dinosaur original creation is the real Lost World, but if instead dinosaurs really existed with early modern day animals that Adam named and Noah brought on the ark, then maybe the baby dinosaurs saved on the ark, grew up to be the dragons of legend that knights slew. Personally, I prefer the dinosaurs to be in a separate original creation that Lucifer defiled and was destroyed by God. I would think that original creation did not have any blood until Lucifer defiled it. All the dinosaurs would have originally been plant eating flesh and bone herbivores (no blood) before Lucifer defiled that original perfect creation, same as the subsequent new creation was with Adam and Eve, where it also was just flesh and bone without blood, until the fall of Adam and Eve. The full nature of the dinosaur original creation is just speculation because it was an angelic creation, so what it originally was like is speculation.
Jesus’ body was only flesh and bone after His resurrection (the Bible mentions flesh and bone, but not blood). This is like our new incorruptible immortal bodies will be after our resurrection/rapture. It then comes full circle with no blood, just flesh and bone in the eternal third heaven. This all means there are three creations: (1) the original dinosaur lost world creation; (2) the subsequent new creation of Adam and Eve, that became our fallen world of blood and death (this is why God always demanded a blood sacrifice, beginning with Adam and Eve’s sons Cain and Able, and is why blood is a theme throughout the entire Bible), and; (3) the new heavens and new earth creation after the 1,000 year millennium. God is Omnipotent and eternal. Who knows how many creations went on in the eternal past, or will happen in the eternal future. It’s all speculation—“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1,2—this is my interpretation. (From the original Hebrew, the translation “was” can also be translated “became.”) Followed by the young time new creation 6,000 years ago with Adam and Eve, and the subsequent cataclysmic worldwide flood in the day of Noah 4,000 years ago. This theme is the 6,000 year old young earth and young solar system, and young, or possibly old universe (depending on how big the Genesis 1:1,2 gap is) supernatural creation; vs. the naturalistic 13.5 billion year old universe, and 3.5 billion year old solar system and earth deep time evolution naturalism. The distant past is historical science, not observational science. Our history book is the Bible to guide us in interpreting our observations and measurements in the present about what happened in the past. Some of the deep time universe evolution naturalism may be able to be bridged with young time creation and accommodated by the gap interpretation between Genesis 1:1,2, but not the creation of our sun and moon, and life on earth which are all part of the 6,000 year old young time new creation described in Genesis 1. Note: trying to accommodate any secular deep time naturalism is basically throwing a bone to secular science so as to not totally eschew it. This can be done by saying, the Genesis 1:1,2 gap time is unknown and could be millions or billions of years. This would be the creation of the earth’s core and mantel, and lost world of the dinosaurs, the original creation that Lucifer defiled, that God destroyed.
(See 1. (ME) Lucifer’s Rebellion—the Original Creation, and the New Creation.
It was only recently that I began to realize that evolution is not true. The documentary Is Genesis History History opened my eyes. I had previously thought evolution is how God did it. In addition, I now realize that evolution is incompatible with the Bible.
(See 6. (ME) Why Evolution is Incompatible With the Bible)
I remember when I was a boy, wondering why the Bible started out in the beginning saying the earth was, “without form, and void.” The Genesis 1:1,2 gap interpretation solves this.
It’s too bad secular science has such a small limited view of this whole thing: our true origins, our true human purpose, and our true potential eternal future. Eternal life is what makes Christianity special. Christianity is the only thing that offers eternal life.
Evolution is an important and controversial subject because if evolution isn’t true then you must admit a Creator, unless you say life came from aliens, then where did the aliens come from, older more powerful aliens? But, then where did those aliens come from? It’s an infinite regression of older more powerful aliens. That’s why you need an eternal uncreated God.
Theme 2: (RD) rightly dividing the word of truth, per II Timothy 2:15, includes the importance of distinguishing the Kingdom from the church ie. distinguishing between Judaism(law) and Christianity(grace)(the church which is His body) written about only by Paul (only in the Pauline epistles); you can think of this as distinguishing between the Star of David, and the Cross, where Jesus of Christianity is synonymous with Jehovah of Judaism, the one in the same, only begotten Son of God.
Christian denomination/doctrine hierarchy:
– Bible—Dispensational premillennialism (Grace Movement, Berean Church and Grace Bible College/Grace Christian University (formerly Milwaukee Bible College). Berean Church Wyoming, Michigan/Rush Creek Church Byron Center, Michigan, where I went to church before going to college. The name Berean comes from the city of Berea in the Bible, where the people ardently accepted Paul’s Gospel Grace message of mystery, and searched the Scripture.)
– Fellowship Bible Church (where my uncle was Pastor, and where my parents met)
I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior at Grace Youth Camp when I was a boy, late one night in the dark with my cabin counselor on the athletic field.
Bible Doctrine highlights:
- Salvation by grace through faith alone in Jesus alone (faith + nothing) see Ephesians 2:8,9;
- individual and group Bible study, rather than a given catechism, and rightly dividing the Bible between Judaism(law) and Christianity(grace), see (RD) below ie. separating the Kingdom from the church;
- belief in: the imminent, sudden, surprising rapture of the body of Christ (the church which is His body) to heaven, and the subsequent 7 year tribulation on earth, ended by the second coming of Jesus on the Mount of Olives, the final resurrection of all(the unsaved non-believers and pre-Paul Jews), and the 1000 year millennial Kingdom on earth for the nation of Israel, Jews and Gentiles grafted in before Paul;
- belief in the literal 6 24 hour day creation, as recorded in the book of Genesis;
- neither water baptism nor communion are appropriate today in the church age(dispensation) of grace(the mystery); rather, you are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ when, in prayer, you accept Jesus as your personal Savior, water baptism is a religious ritual that was instituted by John the Baptist as a showing of your faith during the time of Judaism(law), not cleansing of sin, it is unnecessary to grace through faith alone in Jesus alone; communion is a throwback to Judaism and the Passover celebration, my further thought is: we were not there to witness or be directly told about Jesus and His crucifixion, so we can not have a mental image to remember as our remembrance, communion is a religious ritual that is unnecessary to grace through faith alone in Jesus alone, “eat my flesh and rink my blood” in John chapter 6 means reading and studying the Bible for Spiritual nourishment, not communion, see John 1:1,2 and John 1:14, where Jesus ‘is’ the Bible(the Word);
- non-belief in the Devil’s lie of eternal torment of unsaved non-believers; body(dust) + spirit(breath) = soul(being), ie. you do not have a soul; rather, you have a spirit, and you are a soul;
- hell, Sheol, Hades, death, and grave are all synonymous, not a place of torment; rather, Gehenna(the lake of fire) is the place of eternal torment for the devil and his angels who have eternal bodies;
- when you die, you do not immediately go to heaven, or any other place, your body goes into the grave to wait in know-nothing death(sleep) until the resurrection of your body(dust) when it is changed and reunites with your spirit(breath) and you are again a living soul(being), in the meantime your spirit(breath) has gone back to God Who gave it, and you have no sense of time, so to you the person who died, it will seem like you are immediately in heaven, or at the great white throne judgment if you died as a non-believer. Your spirit is your breath of life and nothing more until it is united with your body at creation, as in Adam and Eve, at birth(conception), or at resurrection to be a soul(being); though, your spirit must also somehow carry some of your consciousness and memories. I have a chapter on this in my companion book. See randyrambling2.wordpress.com The I AM, Free Will and the Universe—Body Spirit and Soul 14. Free Will and Consciousness.
Education: BS – mathematics, computer science minor
Career: software engineer/project manager, become full stack MCPD consultant – stroke disabled & retired 2013
Married two children – home owner.
For years many of my acquaintances thought I was an atheist because I strictly studied math and science, but when I suddenly had a sever stroke, a guy befriended me and got me started on science and the Bible. Then, by way of phone call and email questions and answers to and from my mother, I learned my upbringing Bible study doctrine better than ever.
It is my primary concern in this book to be understanding of the different views that the reader may have on historical science hypothesis (not really even a theory) about our supposed evolutionary origins, and overall Bible interpretation doctrine, while being true to what I believe based on what the Bible says when you read it, and where appropriate, read it literally. If you do not read the Bible literally where appropriate, you are on a slippery slope of open interpretation, putting man’s ideas ahead of God’s Word; and, rightly divide it between the Kingdom and the church ie. rightly divide the Bible between Judaism(law) and Christianity(grace). Meaning, you have to separate out the church as a parenthesis faith (that begins with Paul), from within the religion of Judaism()law); otherwise, you will have verses that conflict, and you will have a false doctrine. Regarding origins, I am thinking of the hypothesis of millions of years of macroevolution naturalism ie. putting man’s ideas of deep time evolution naturalism ahead of God’s Word that the creation was really a 6 24 hour day supernatural creation 6,000 years ago. Recorded in Genesis 1; meaning, you want to tell God what He did and how He did it; rather than letting God tell you what He did. Whenever the term evolution is used in this blog(book), unless specifically qualified, it means the myth of inter-kind macroevolution, as opposed to the fact of intra-kind microevolution variation within created kinds, that we see happening around us all the time. Microevolution causes people to falsely think that macroevolution is how we got here. Macroevolution has never been observed, it is just an interpretation of the past from bones in the ground, and observing microevolution in the world around us in the present. Thus making macroevolution a hypothesis myth not a theory.
Excellent Bible explainer:
Twitter: follow @lesfeldickdaily @lesfeldick, @lesfeldickbible
Books: all Bible verse references are from the New King James Version (NKJV) Bible, also see the old Scofield KJV Study Bible, annotated by C. I. Scofield, and Dispensational Relationships, by C. F. Baker;
YouTube: dispensationalism, John MacArthur;
Web and TV: http://www.answers.tv.
This book is kind of long. I hope you enjoy it and find it useful.
Comments and questions are welcomed.
Thank you for reading my book.
III. Table of Contents
V. Disclaimer/ Acknowledgement
1. (ME) Lucifer’s Rebellion—the Original Creation, and the New Creation
2. (ME) Some Obvious Reasons why We Are Created, Not Evolved
3. (RD) Faith Alone, in Jesus Alone
4. (RD) The Apostle Paul—Our Apostle
5. (ME, RD) Christianity a Faith, Not a Religion
6. (ME) Why Evolution is Incompatible With the Bible
7. (RD) Overall, What Does the Book Say—What Picture Does it Paint?
8. (ME) The Fallacy of Man Caused Climate Change
9. (ME) Noah’s 3 Sons—the Roots of Human Variations(the Major Races and Sub-Races)
10. (ME) Origins, Naturalism, and the Scientific Method?
11. (ME) Creation vs. Evolution in Health and Medicine?
12. (ME) The Evolution Lie—Theory or Hypothesis
13. (ME) Creation Forest or Evolution Tree
14. (ME) Creation is History Not Theory
15. (RD) Day of the Lord
16. (RD) Why the Rapture is Demanded—Judaism vs. Christianity—the Kingdom vs. the Church
17. (ME) Science as God—Naturalism and the Grip of Secular Science
18. (RD) One Reason Why the Rapture Doctrine is Not a Contradiction
19. (ME) Why it is Important to Believe in a Young Universe and Young Earth Creation
20. (ME) The Imaginary Symbiosis Dilemma
21. (RD) Righty Dividing—the Dispensational Changes in the Way God Handles Man
22. (RD) Noah’s Ark and Rapture Prophesy Parallel
23. (ME) Noah’s Ark vs. Evolution—Moses vs. Darwin
24. (ME) The Imaginary Obstetric Dilemma
25. (ME) The Plausibility and Truth of Dragon, Sea Serpent, and Flood Legends
26. (ME) Origins—Literal Genesis vs. the Religion of Evolution
27. (RD) The Rapture vs. the Second Coming—Christianity vs. Judaism (Judeo-Christian)
28. (RD) Catechism/Tradition vs. Bible Study—Salad Bowl vs. Rightly Dividing
29. (RD) Eschatology—the Dual Eternal Kingdom of God
30. (RD) The Great White Throne Judgement, the Second Death, and the Lake of Fire
31. (RD) The Rapture, and After
32. (ME) It Was Not That Long Ago That I Believed the Myth That Humans Evolved From Ape Like Protohuman Life Forms
(some of the chapters posted below include video link references, along with other link references in support of my thoughts, and my Bible interpretation doctrine and related science described in the chapter posts containing the links)
Bible study, science, faith, truth, hubris, and rationale, are the theme of this book. You might call the theme, Bible study and apologetics, but the Bible can defend itself without apology.
Both the rightly dividing, and eschatological knowledge necessary to obtain the Bible interpretation truth herein, along with other Bible doctrine, were obtained by phone call and email questions from me, and answers from my mother. The chapter on regeneration was mostly due to questions from me and answers from Grandville Bible Church Pastor Tom Couch. This is not to say I haven’t added my own thoughts and ideas, in support of what was explained to me, to further the reasoning for the doctrine herein. The science, and the chapters titled, “my Thought…” or “My Idea…,” and many other chapters are my own thinking and reference.
I would like to thank my former fellow swimmer and friend Randy, for first suggesting that I create a blog to keep people updated on my stroke recovery, unfortunately at that early time in my stroke, I was not recovered enough to do that. I am now recovered enough to do this, for which I thank the Lord, my family, my friends, my doctors, and my therapists (see my FaceBook page for pictures and descriptions of some of my recovery); my brother Steve, for another suggestion to create a blog that became this book and its companion randyrambling2.wordpress.com; my former fellow swimmer and friend Chuck, for getting me started on science and the Bible after my stroke during his once a week, Tuesday visits; my mother Harrietta, for helping me with her extensive Bible knowledge; years ago, my uncle Gary, an ordained Reverend, trained at Moody Bible Institute, for his Biblical insights on the body and the spirit together making us a soul(being), the sleep of death, and his understanding from the original Bible languages that hell, Sheol, Hades, death, and the grave are all synonymous, he spoke often about these subjects together in his messages during his Bible classes that my family and I attended on Sunday morning when I was growing up in my late teens; my former fellow swimmer and friend Steve, for suggesting that I include Bible verse references; my former work associate and friend Ben, for his extensive mathematics knowledge; my former work associate and friend Kelly, for his Bible knowledge and reminding me about the Biblical fate of the universe; my cousin Don, for his coment, that you could argue that evolution requires faith, just as creation does, if not more, and for sharing with me what he found in the Jack Van Impe book, Revelation Revealed, regarding Isaiah and Jeremiah seeming to refer to the USA, as being the country having a significant role during the tribulation, and the future war and second seal, but I removed this because my mother said these symbols refer to the Greeks, Persians, Medes, and other historical empires; Grandville Bible Church Pastor Tom Couch, for his reassurance to me that the Lord is loving and that my having a stroke was not punishment for things I did before my stroke, and that I should not feel burdened and responsible that my sons do not seem to believe in Jesus, but that I should cast this burden on the Lord, He can handle it, and the way he addressed his prayer to the Father in Jesus’ name (I usually pray to the Lord); my youngest son Matthew, for helping me during the recovery from my stroke and putting up with me as I do, for naming this URL and setting me up on WordPress, and hopefully doing cover artwork for an off-line paper book version of this (he has studied and is interested in graphic design); my oldest son Andrew, for proofreading and editing, if he can (he is an English major), and finally; my wife Maureen, for helping me during the recovery from my stroke and putting up with me as I recover.
Please note that the people I have acknowledged above have there own beliefs, thoughts, and ideas, and that they do not all agree with all that I have written, except my mother on the Bible related thoughts. The thoughts and ideas written as verse commentaries and the scientific thoughts and ideas are my own, as is the interpretation of the Bible with help from my mother, which all conforms to my family and church Bible study and searching the Scripture, upbringing.
All Bible verse quotes are taken from the New King James Version (NKJV) Bible.
The Genesis 1:1,2 original creation, new creation gap interpretation(gap theory) of an original creation, Genesis 1:1, followed by an indefinite amount of time (maybe even millions or billions of years, or maybe not) of the dinosaurs when Lucifer, the highest angel who became Satan, ruled the original perfect dinosaur world on earth after he rebelled and was cast out of the third heaven (you see God gave the angels and us free will). Lucifer defiled this original perfect creation—“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1—-That was then judged and destroyed by God when—“The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2—God only creates perfection. The earth being without form, and void; and darkness on the face of the deep. Is either not perfection, or is preparation for the 6 24 hour day creation. The gap interpretation(gap theory) explains this beginning, if the earth being without form, and void with darkness on the face of the deep, was not just a preparation for the 6 day creation. It was destroyed by God because it was defiled by Lucifer. Then there was a new creation, the literal 6 24 hour day perfect creation without death(sin) that replaced the original perfect creation that Lucifer defiled. This is Bible interpretation that goes a long way toward reconciling the deep time conventional secular science naturalism view of our origins with literal Genesis Biblical history, as follows: remnants of the old original creation would be what secular science naturalism now falsely hypothesizes as millions or billions of years of evolution. This especially includes, surface feature earth science geology, distant star and galaxy formation cosmology, and the dinosaurs, but not the creation of the sun and moon, and modern day plants and animals, including humans that God created in the new 6 24 hour day perfect creation. This means that the naturalistic beginning of our solar system and life on earth, and life’s macroevolution, producing all the variety of life on earth we see today, are still all a myth.
Between Genesis 1:1,2 is a good place to put the rebellion of Lucifer and his being cast out of the third heaven to the original earth creation, because it answers why the earth was originally without form, and void with darkness on the face of the deep, and because the fall of Lucifer would have had to be before the Garden of Eden where the serpent(Satan) deceived Eve. This then infers an original herbivore dinosaur perfect creation at some indefinite earlier time (possibly millions of years between Genesis 1:1,2), where the fallen highest angel Lucifer, who became Satan, ruled over and defiled this original herbivore dinosaur perfect creation—“Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you; He eats grass like an ox. See now, his strength is in his hips, And his power is in his stomach muscles. He moves his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit. His bones are like beams of bronze, His ribs like bars of iron. He is the first of the ways of God; Only He who made him can bring near His sword.” Job 40:15-19—into a terrible predator and prey world of blood, struggle, suffering, sin(death) was destroyed by God. This would be where Tyrannosaurus Rex and the other terrible predator dinosaurs—come in, that were then destroyed by God—ie. this dinosaur world was made “without form, and void; and darkness on the face of the deep” Genesis 1:2—Who then created a new perfect creation in 6 literal 24 hour days, containing the Garden of Eden. The Bible does not explicitly tell us that there is this gap between an original, and new creation; rather, it is Bible study interpretation—“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” I Corinthians 13:12.
The dinosaurs existed in the original perfect creation. Then dinosaurs, like Tyrannosaurus Rex were originally herbivores, not carnivores, like lions in the subsequent new perfect creation were originally herbivores. They became predators after the fall of Adam and Eve, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This all allows separating dinosaur plants and animals from modern day plants and animals; rather than having the flood in the day of Noah, destroy predator and prey dinosaurs, with juvenile dinosaurs on the ark 4,000 years ago, much later in history (mixing dinosaurs with modern day animals on Noah’s ark does not seem right to me). It also avoids the question of where did the dinosaurs go that were on Noah’s ark ie. why don’t we see them today? The answer is, they were not on the ark.
Dinosaurs would have become predators and prey when Lucifer became Satan and defiled the original herbivore perfect creation. These things are difficult to know for sure because they are Bible interpretation history not explicitly described in the Bible; though, Job 40 talks about the behemoth that reads like it was a dinosaur—-“Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you; He eats grass like an ox. See now, his strength is in his hips, And his power is in his stomach muscles. He moves his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit. His bones are like beams of bronze, His ribs like bars of iron. He is the first of the ways of God; Only He who made him can bring near His sword.” Job 40:15-19—It also is history, not science. It has been a deep time vs. young time rollercoaster ride for me. I’m not fond of thinking that baby dinosaurs were on Noah’s ark, but if they were, they could explain all the dragon slaying stories as not being fiction. The dragons would have been dinosaurs that survived the flood on the ark and grew up, but where are they all now? I think I prefer dinosaurs being in an old original creation.
Ezekiel 28:13-16. In the Book of Ezekiel there is a description of someone called the king of Tyre; though, there was an actual historical person who was the king of Tyre, the description the Bible gives of this person seems to go far beyond this human leader; though, in context, Ezekiel was first speaking about the historical king of Tyre, he seemingly moved into the dateless past with a description of the original fall of Lucifer to become Satan.
Admittedly, this is a difficult passage to interpret. There are many who believe that this is a description of the account of the original fall of Lucifer to become Satan. Though, some of the descriptions given may fit the historical king of Tyre, others certainly do not seem to. These include the expressions: “perfect in beauty,” “you were in Eden,” “you were on the holy mountain of God,” and “you were blameless.” These descriptions would not fit the actual king of Tyre. Therefore they are most likely to be understood as statements about the original fall of the angel who became the Devil.
According to conservative proponents of the gap theory, Genesis 1:1 describes the original creation of God—perfect in every way. Then, between verses 1 and 2, Satan rebelled in heaven and was cast out. Satan’s sin “ruined” the original creation; that is, his rebellion brought about its destruction and eventual death, and the earth was reduced to its “formless and empty” state, ready for the “re-construction.” The length of time involved is not specified but could have lasted millions or billions of years, or not that long (it’s indefinite), this would be the size of the “gap.”—-How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” Isaiah 14:12—“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:” Isaiah 14:13
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12:9—A number of angels followed Satan, they are the demonic force. I personally believe Satan had a kingdom of angelic beings who dwelled on a perfect earth and had access to the heavens.
“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Isaiah 14:14
“Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” Isaiah 14:15
The universe spontaneously coming into existence from nothing, life’s spontaneous beginning from inorganic matter, and macroevolution naturalism, are like the proverbial fox in the hen house of the original Genesis 1:1 supernatural creation, and subsequent new literal 6 24 hour day supernatural creation.
The beauty and elegant complexity of DNA and the continuing mystery of its hidden higher workings that are continually being revealed by science, boggle the mind. It is obviously designed, not randomly evolved. Now, secular science will counter this by saying something like: given enough time and random mutations become a powerful and beautiful complex interaction that simply appears designed, but they have to say that, or admit an Intelligent Creator.
Same thing for the human eye and ear, in all their microscopic wonderful intricate complexity. They could not have begun and partially existed to evolve into what they are.
Of course there are ideas on this. For example, on how eyes evolved from unicellular organisms with eyespots that were patches of photo receptor light sensitive proteins that evolved into eyes, but this is just supposition to provide an answer for evolution naturalism.
A partially evolved eye or ear is of no use, so why would a partially evolved complex organ like an eye or an ear even begin, let alone exist for millions of years partially evolved and of no use? Eyes and ears are obviously wonderfully and intentionally designed (by God).
(faith + nothing)*1, God did two things that were perfect! The creation, and the perfect sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, His death, burial, and resurrection! You can not change either of these things in any way because they were both perfect, and complete! The Sacrifice of Jesus on the cross was perfect and complete because Jesus was both fully God and fully man, and He was perfect(sinless); now, in this age(dispensation) of Grace, we simply have to have faith plus nothing, to have salvation(eternal life), an escape from death. ___
*1 faith + nothing—Les Feldick: lesfeldick.com, lesfeldick.org, Twitter @lesfeldick, @lesfeldickbible, @lesfeldickdaily
Our apostle is Paul. Of all the authors of the books of the Bible, Paul is the only one who writes about the mystery—the church which is His body ie. Christianity.
Paul calls himself a master builder—“According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.” I Corinthians 3:10—when does a master builder enter the building project? At the foundation. That means what Paul writes about is a new church with a new foundation, that is Jesus and His death burial and resurrection. This is Christianity, the church which is His body.
The Christianity gospel grace message of mystery was revealed by Jesus as a secret only to Paul. It was on the road to Damascus when the bright light shone down on him and he fell to the ground—-“Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me.” Acts 22:6. This is the secret that was kept in the mind of God, not revealed, as said in Deuteronomy 29:29.
This is rightly dividing between the Kingdom and the church, ie. separating Judaism(law from Christianity(grace)(faith + nothing).
In this way Paul stands at the headwaters of Christianity.