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Origen: “To what person of intelligence, I ask, will the account seem logically consistent that says there was a “first day” ‘

9 July 2014
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To what person of intelligence, I ask, will the account seem logically consistent that says there was a “first day” and a “second” and “third,” in which also “evening” and “morning” are named, without a sun, without a moon, and without stars, and even in the case of the first day without a heaven (Gen. 1:5-13)? …. Surely, I think no one doubts that these statements are made by Scripture in the form of a type by which they point toward certain mysteries.”

– Origen of Alexandria, Third Century

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  1. 9 July 2014 2:23 pm

    Methinks the good doctor, who I do not doubt had no malicious intents whatsoever – placed too much faith in his “surely” over against the plain sense of the language employed, in the textual context employed; context which as one goes further on in the Torah, is in fact not progressively unlayered ala the fleshly-minded, craving for the esoteric, but is actually upheld by no less than the burning bush seeing, waters parting, face-glowing, friend of God being, Moshe when he says: “For in six days the LORD made heavens and the earth, and the sea, along with everything in them.” Exodus 20:11.

    Yes, yes, I know it staggers the mind, the doctrines of scientism are flatly against it, not to mention the readings of measuring instruments calibrated to measure the decay or persistence of one element or the other, all this – but yet, the scriptures say what they say, and much like many other sayings, are just hard, cross to the natural mind as they may be, a worthy cross to bear they are. 🙂

    Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” Matthew 22:29

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