The story of Creation and the Garden of Eden is well-travelled ground for the Christians (and some non-Christians) in the Manosphere. I want to discuss an aspect of it that I have never realized before last night, and have never seen discussed–though I might have just missed it. Each part is a really short bit that isn’t talked about in scripture explicitly, but is unavoidable once you see it between the lines. By unavoidable, I do not mean that I have the answer, but that it is a question that should definitely be asked.
One of the ways in which the stories of the Bible, and the parables of Jesus, are so good is because they are the field in which new treasures are always being found.
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
This is part 1 of a series in digging for what is under the surface.
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
God makes the universe including what would become the Earth; then light, and separates the light from the darkness, creating day and night. And these are good.
Why darkness first? Not too far from now, nearly everything good is going to be described in terms of light; while darkness will represent evil. This description is utterly pervasive in human thought, and therefore seems unavoidably part of God’s design. If God wants a good universe–and in the near future a good Earth, good things on it, and good people–why does He start from a position where we would describe everything as inherently bad? Why isn’t the universe luminous from the beginning?