IDOLATRY-7/ELoKiM/Genesis Vs Science
How did Moses know all that?
© 2017 by Rabbi Dr. Zvi Aviner
Let’s compare Moses’ Genesis to the Scientific narrative of the history of our Planet. Do they concur?
Luckily for us, the History Channel (HC) has recently issued a series of videos called “How the Earth Was Made.” It presents all we know about Earth based on Archeology, Biology, Astronomy, Geology, Anthropology and other branches of modern Science. The series covers Earth’s history from its birth till our days, including the entire Evolution. We’ll use this presentation as a platform for comparison between the Scientific narrative to Moses’ Genesis.
In fact, all we need to see is whether or not Moses’ story CAN be matched with the scientific story, something that can’t be said about any ancient myths of Moses time.
THE FIRST DAY of CREATION
The Scientific Account
Science says that the world began in a Big Bang 13.7 Billion human years ago. That number is arrived at by observing the rate by which the galaxies are moving away from each other,
Then, Science says, Entropy began to decline; Energy and Light were formed and converted to Matter according to Einstein’s formula. The Universe expended first in Chaos, then in more orderly fashion. Primitive inorganic molecules like helium and water began to form, followed by larger ones baked in burning suns and exploding Novas. .
By about 4.5 Billion years ago Earth was formed by gravity forces holding together meteors. It was first seen as a red, volcanic Planet full of melted lava that streamed on its surface. The high temperature of 8000 F was kept by radioactive decay of Earth’s elements. The Planet had no atmosphere, It is named the Molten Rock Planet
At the Beginning of Earth life, it looked chaotic, “tohu and bohu.”. Darkness prevailed over the theom, Deep, which CAN allude to Deep Space, since there was no atmosphere. Then ELKM ordered “Let there be Light,” and light was there. Then came Matter and Water.
The verse then says that it was evening, and it was morning, One Day. It does not day Day One, but rather One Day, defining for us the length of a Day of CREATION s the length of time it took CREATION to see Water and Matter. A Day of CREATION is therefore an era, a stage in the Universe history. A Day could have lasted Billions of human years.
So far Moses CAN be seen as matched well with Science. If so, who told him this story, 3500 years ago? No one in his time knew or talked about the primordial elements of our Universe. .
THE SECOND DAY OF CREATION
The Scientific Account
Next, says the HC, about 4.4 Billion years ago, the Earth cooled off. The Planet was now covered by a solid rocky crust capable of supporting Water on it.
For the next 300 Million years, till 4.1 Billion years ago, water came from Space and accumulated on the rocky crust. The Earth must have passes through a segment of Space full of watery comets that bombarded Earth like endless rain. Some water also came out of the cooling rocks. Earth became a Water World. Gushing, green-red waters (red because of iron) covered the Earth completely. It did not have yet any atmosphere.
Moses Account on the SECOND Day
As the Second Day dawned, ELKM separated the Water Above from the Water Bellow.” No life is mentioned yet. ELKM then called the waters above Sham-Mayim, “there is water.” Day Two.
Can you find a better match between the Torah and Science? So again, who told the story to Moses?
THE THIRD DAY of CREATION
The Scientific Account
The HC says that the Watery World Planet ended 4,1 Billion years ago by a volcanic eruption at the ocean bed. A new type of rock, the Granite, appeared. Unlike the previous rocks, the Granite was resistant tot he erosion by wind and water waves The new rocks formed the first dry islands.
These islands then consolidate to become the first Super Continent, 3.5 Billion years ago. Rocks dated to that period have no fossil of life forms embedded in them, not even bacteria. he Earth became a GRANITE PLANET.
Moses Account of the first part of the THIRD Day
As the Third Day of CREATION dawned, ELKM separated the first Dry Land from the Ocean. No life existed yet. Then ELKM passed a Midday Judgment and said that it was good. Again, a perfect match between Science and Moses. So who told him the story?
The Scientific account
Next, the HC says, about 3.5 billion years ago, the first life-form appeared on Earth. It showed up at a particular site: on shallow beaches of the Super Continent. There it could enjoy the Sun light. It came as a mono-cellular algae called Stromatolites, which is still found in remote beaches. These creatures have a special talent: they could produce Oxygen by photosynthesis. Thus, for the next 2 Billion years, from 3.5 to 1.5 Billion years ago, these creatures produced “tones and tones of Oxygen, enough to change the Atmosphere to its current color. Earth became a BLUE PLANET.
About 1.5 Billion years ago, says the HC, the Granite Islands coalesced to become the Mother of all Continents, Rodenia. It was a vast, barren and Dry Land under a Blue sky, bereaved of any life on it besides the mono-cellular Stromatolites at its shores.
Then, about 0.9 Billion years ago, Rodenia began to split by volcanic activity. The warmth and ashes promoted the Algae to develop into Vegetation that spread on the Continent: first as grass than as shrubs then as trees. No mobile life existed yet on the Planet. The Vegetation spread by the wind. .
The Torah ‘s tell about the second half of the third Day
Moses concurs. After the Midday trial, ELKM seeded life on Earth. The word “seed” is repeated four times in one verse. ELKM created Grass, Shrubs and Trees, in that order. Now who told him the story, being raised in Pharaoh’s home? No record of Egyptian myth tells that!
The Third Day’s trial
The growth of Vegetation on Earth, says the HC, was halted because of a devastating Ice Age that hit the Planet. This happened about 0.7 Billion years ago and lasted 50 Million years. It wiped out the entire Vegetation on the surface of Rodenia. Earth looked like a SNOW BALL flying in Space. Yet the Vegetation in the Ocean was spared. It would serve as a base for the next step. .
Moses concurs. At the end of the Third Day, ELKM passed a judgment on everything He had created earlier on that Day. ELKM’s Judgment is harsh and merciless, yet just He builds and He destroys; He gives life and He takes life away. He created the Days by following a Master Plan. At the end of Each Day He judged it. Those creatures that did not fit to enter the next Day He eliminated, with no Mercy, whereas those who could support the next Day He kept alive. The Vegetation on Dry Land he eliminated, but that one inside the water He left alive, for the next Day.
THE FOURTH DAY of CREATION
The Scientific Account
According to the HC, the terrible Ice Age ended 0.6 Billion years ago by volcanic activity at the bottom of the Ocean. It melted the ice. It also split Rodenia to subcontinents that began to move away from each other (this pattern would repeat itself few times in Earth’s history.) . The Oceans therefore grew wider, exposing more shallow shores to the sun, allowing vegetation to grow again. .
The Ice Age also ended when the Earth’s Axis stabilized. Before that era it wobbled in Space. Henceforth the Earth’s seasons appeared more regularly, the length of days and nights became stable. This promoted the growth of Vegetation in the waters. The Moon’s regular rotation created tides, that would be crucial for the next step. . .
When the FOURTH Day dawned, ELKM ordered the Luminaries to be SEEN on earth in a regular fashion, so regular that calendars could be established. The length of days and nights was stabilized.
Again, can you find a better match between Science and Moses?
THE FIFTH DAY of CREATION
The Scientific Account
As Rodenia split by Plate Tectonics, mobile life appeared first in the Oceans (Cambrian Period.) The volcanic eruption spewed nutrients that prompted small warms that evolved into the first Fish to its kind.
By 0.5 Billion years ago, the ocean exploded with mobile life. Earth would never see so many species of small and large Fish. A life struggle in the water prompted the evolution of creatures with weird shapes and strange talents, to fool their predators. Fish developed shells, skeletons, eyes, teeth and ears. The Kingdom of animals came to Earth in the sea.
Life on Dry Land was held back by lethal UV sun’s radiation. But 0.4 Billion years ago, the sky developed enough Ozone that shielded creatures on Dry Land and allowed them to move from the Ocean to the Continents. .
First moved the Vegetation that created huge swamps (Carboniferous Period.) Next came on shore insects that helped the spread of Vegetation. The insects grew huge. The constant tides (established on the Fourth Day) brought fish on shores. These fish developed, over the next Millions years, wings that helped them to fly back to the sea and catch other fish. Earth was ruled at that time by giant Birds that caught giant Fish.
Some fish on the shores, however, invaded inland to become amphibians. The swamps filled by giant alligators that caught Birds (Ordovician Period, 0.3 Billion years ago). .
Moses’ Account of the FIFTH DAY
Moses concurs. As the Fifth Day dawned, ELKM created Fish, then Bird and then Crocodiles. Can you find a better, precise match between Science and Moses? So who told him the story?
The trial at the end of the Fifth Day
According to the HC, the huge proliferation of Life in the water and Dry Land almost ended about 0.25 Billion years ago by a catastrophe that hit Earth again. Fiery explosions erupted all over Earth and killed 90% of its inhabitants. Most of the weird fish in the waters and the huge insects and crocodiles on dry land disappeared. Earth would never see such devastation again. But those who remained were crucial for the next step.
Moses concurs by saying that at the end of the Fifth Day, ELKM passes another judgment. As before, His Judgment was harsh yet just. The creatures He deemed unfit to the next Day were eliminated, whereas those who could support the next Day He kept alive. And it was evening, and it was morning, Day Five was over. .
Again, Moses’ story CAN be seen as perfectly matching our Science, something you can’t say about any myth of his time..
THE SIXTH Day of CREATION
The Scientific Narrative
As the fiery explosions ended, about 250 Millions years ago, Earth entered a new phase. The surviving creatures blossomed. The remnants of Rodeniah consolidated again and formed the last Super Continent, Pangaea.
Pangaea is the classical world of the huge pr-historic creatures that roamed the Earth (Triassic and Jurassic Periods). Life was promoted by constant volcanic activity that spewed ashes and nutrients into the air and kept its temperature warm on tropical level. The Vegetation in the swamps grew taller and thicker, The Ozone layer became thicker.
That development promoted Mobile Llife on Dry Land. Large leaf-eating Cattle- Like creatures appeared in the swamps They had fat belly and short legs, and were supported by the swamps. Soon appeared large beasts-like predators that could run fast and prey on the Cattle like. Among them the Dinosaurs big as “seven stories building..”
Moses’ Account of the first part of the SIXTHDay
Moses concurs. As the Sixth Day dawned, ELKM created Cattle Like creatures, followed by Beast Like ones. Then, Moses says, ELKM promoted Creeping things.
The Midday Trial of the SIXTH Day
According to the HC, the era of the Dinosaurs ended 0.75 Billion years ago by a major catastrophe that wiped out all the pr-historic creatures. It was either a series of volcanic eruptions or a large meteor that hit Earth near Mexico, or both. Thick cloud of ashes and radioactive radiation arose and killed all the giant creatures on the surface. It was a catastrophe,yet it opened the door for the next phase.
Amazingly, that Catastrophe promoted the growth of giant snakes that consumed everything on their way. Their skeletons which were recently discovered were big enough to accommodate two Greyhound buses side by side in them, as shown on Times magazine’s front cover. These giant snakes ruled Earth for millions years. Some survived in caves to live side by side with early Man (dragons)
The devastation also promoted the growth of higher life-forms such as mammals and Apes. Around.01 Billion years ago, Pangeae split into the current five continents. Earth assumed today’s look. About 0.4 Billion years ago Earth saw Homo Sapience, us.
Moses concurs. In the Sixth Day, before making Adam, ELKM passed a midday judgment on everything He had created earlier on that Day. It was an unusual premature Judgment, since in general ELKM passed a Judgment on a Day only at its end (beside the THIRD Day.) And as we’ve said, ELKM’s Judgment is harsh yet just. The creatures He deemed unfit to enter the rest of the Day He eliminated. Those who could support the rest of the Day He left alive, yet they had to adapt. The way was opened for Adam to be created.
As you see, Moses’ account actually places the events in a perfect order, which is not seen in the scientific narrative. I mean, Moses divides the apparently chaotic story into Days, which gives a sense of direction to the same events. .
The Torah is a living miracle in our hands
Rather than be embarrassed by the story of Genesis, we should raise it as a flag to the Torah’s truthfulness.
It looks as if Moses foresaw that a day would come and Mankind would doubt his revelation, so he therefore started his Books by a truthful account of CREATION that Can be validated by science.
And if the Beginning of the Books are so credited, so must the rest of his words be.
Now can his words about Adam creation be matched with Science? On that we need another talk.
END OF IDOLATRY CLASS 7