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
This 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 speaking.
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.
What God 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 Adam.
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