Creation, Decreation , Recreation. Rosh Hashana. The Jewish New Year just celebrated the start of year 5774. Meaning the Earth (and stars, planets, etc.) is 5,774 years old . But weren’t dinosaurs wiped out 65 MILLION years ago?. And wasn’t our sun formed 4.5 BILLION years ago?.
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Big Bang theory: According to the standard theory, our universe sprang into existence as "singularity" around 13.7 billion years ago. Singularities are zones which defy our current understanding of physics. They are thought to exist at the core of "black holes, areas of intense gravitational pressure. The pressure is thought to be so intense that finite matter is actually squished into infinite density ,called "singularities." Our universe is thought to have begun as an infinitesimally small, infinitely hot, infinitely dense, something - a singularity. Where did it come from? We don't know. Why did it appear? We don't know.
It apparently inflated ,expanded and cooled, going from very, very small and very, very hot, to the size and temperature of our current universe. It continues to expand and cool to this day and we are inside of it: incredible creatures living on a unique planet, circling a beautiful star clustered together with several hundred billion other stars in a galaxy soaring through the cosmos, all of which is inside of an expanding universe that began as an infinitesimal singularity which appeared out of nowhere for reasons unknown. This is the Big Bang theory.
Any discussion of scientific theory would be incomplete without asking the question, what about God? This is because cosmogony (the study of the origin of the universe) is an area where science and theology meet. Creation was a supernatural event. That is, it took place outside of the natural realm. This fact begs the question: is there anything else which exists outside of the natural realm? Specifically, is there a master Architect out there? We know that this universe had a beginning.
Genesis uses figurative language to point to a deeper religious truth
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angel Based on a word meaning “messenger,” a personal and immortal creature with intelligence and free will who constantly glorifies God and serves as a messenger of God to humans to carry out God’s saving plan.
Literary forms Also known as genres, these are different kinds of writing determined by their literary technique, content, tone, and purpose (how the author wants the reader to be affected).
Satan The fallen angel or spirit of evil who is the enemy of God and a continuing instigator of temptation and sin in the world.