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by Theresa Bright in General Questions about Jun 12 open - report

Dinosaurs, Cave Men, Darwin, Mendel.... evolution

I teach at our High school doing Credit Recovery online, so I cover every subject. I am confused by the theory of evolution, and I don't like teaching it. I know people traveled and lived in caves, but are dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible? I don't like that these things pop in my head.
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    by Theresa Bright about Jun 15

    Thank You, I was reading that I should go back and read Genesis again. I will follow your advice. Thank you for your time.
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    by Dion Todd about Jun 15

    This is an interesting topic, because dinosaurs are not mentioned in the Bible unless you could count Leviathan, which sounds like a giant sea monster in the abyss. An interesting theory that is pretty convincing is that there is a gap between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. God created the heavens and the Earth in 1, but then in verse 2 it was formless and empty (tohu and bohu), a destroyed wasteland. Something happened in between verse 1 and 2 for Isaiah said that the Lord did not create the Earth 'tohu' (Isaiah 45:18). The Bible was written for the children of Adam and does not cover previous inhabitants of the Earth, but I don't believe that we are the first to live here. Even the fish, birds, and vegetation were all here before mankind in Genesis. Angels are created beings, but demons are disembodied spirits that came from sometime else, possibly from before the flood, or from a previous harvest of the Earth. Jeremiah said that in the end, the Earth would return to a wasteland (tohu), so there seems to be a cycle: A beginning, growth, and a harvest, basically a rebooting of the Earth. Do a study on "tohu and bohu" for more, here is a brief excerpt from a commentary on it with some of the related scriptures:

     

    “The earth was without form (R.V. waste) and void.” The Hebrew (tōhū wā-bōhū) is an alliterative description of a chaos, in which nothing can be distinguished or defined. Tōhū is a word which it is difficult to express consistently in English; but it denotes mostly something unsubstantial, or (figuratively) unreal; cf. Isa. 45:18 (of the earth), “He created it not a tōhū, he fashioned it to be inhabited,” verse 19, “I said not, Seek ye me as a tōhū (i.e. in vain).” Bōhū, as Arabic shows, is rightly rendered empty or void. Compare the same combination of words to suggest the idea of a return to primeval chaos in Jer. 4:23 and Isa. 34:11 (“the line of tōhū and the plummet of bōhū”).

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