Words Are Important
were birds created?
QUESTION: Genesis 1:20 says the fowl were created out of the waters; Genesis
2:19 alleges they were formed from the ground.
This is an
easy one. You should already know the answer based on what you learned
from the answer to the first supposed
contradiction. The best place to always start is by reading the verses the
humanist is references. Here they are:
Then God said,
Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above
the earth in the open expanse of the heavens. - Genesis 1:20
is straight forward. God spoke, and it happened. The oceans were filled with fish
and the birds were flying through the skies. All of them... created by just God
Out of the ground the Lord God formed every
beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see
what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was
its name. - Genesis 2:19
Once you have the verses being referenced,
what next? Get the context of those verses.
So what is the context
of verse 2:19? It is day six of creation. In a search for a helper for
Adam God is showing Adam all of the animals He created, and Adam is naming them.
How does God do this? One option would have been to teleport each type of animal
from wherever it was, to where Adam was. That, however, was not the option God
chose... and besides, it might have been a little traumatizing for the animals
to be one place, and then an instant later be in another place.
did was to form each animal, and each type of bird, from the ground. This was
not a new creation. It simply was God's way of showing the animals and birds to
There is no contradiction here.
to Genesis 6:19-22, God ordered Noah to bring of every living thing of all
flesh, two of every sort . . . into the ark. Nevertheless, Genesis 7:2-3
relates that the Lord ordered Noah to take into the ark the clean beasts and the
birds by sevens, and only the unclean beasts by twos.
the answer here