Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them Exodus 31:17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth
Both of these quotes are corrupt.
The proof is that they contradict the division of the one heaven.
I suppose I could be considered a literalist. Although, I don't like putting people into boxes and assingned names, I nevertheless, allow myself to be thought of as a literalist, but, only in that I agree with the notion of understanding scripture as plain and direct speech and as having a strict preciseness. Scripture has both of those traits because God is the author if scritpure, not man. It is God who authored the Bible in a way allowing it to be understood by all men of faith. God is a perfect communicator and knows all languages and so, in English the Bible presents all the same information that exists in any other language, such as Greek or Hebrew. There is no of a superior language, but only that there are diversities of languages. This is proven by the fact that no one has ever presented any superior knowledge of scripture that isn't found in English, for example, in disregard of any knowledge of Hebrew.
Men can and do, however, change what is written and corrupt the text.
God is also precise in his speech. His preciseness is little appreciated by many, as proven by how men casually change his words and his usage of them. Lastly, God never contradicts his own speech.
For these reasons the general notion of literal is my stance, which I clarify here and now, only so that no one misunderstands me and becomes offended when I point out the obvious corruptions that men insert into the text, and into its meaning.
By literal I mean, "one who reads scripture as literature." That is, as literature the scriptures use all available uses of a language. So, in my understanding, a literalist knows when something is metaphoric, an analogous, narrative, poetic, and prose.
The above quoted scriptures are a good example of corruption by a little change, a slight.
The scripture correctly states...."For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth..." and this is the reading in both quoted passages.
One way to discern the preciseness of God's speech is to note what he doesn't state, or in the way he doesn't say a thing.
For example, in Genesis 1:1 It says that God 'created'...(which is, "past tense") and then says, "the heaven and the earth" Notice it doesn't read..."created heaven and earth". So, both things are unique and singular. If anyone says that "heaven" should be read "heavens", then the corruption is proven by the immediate contradiction that arises where we read about how God seperated the waters of the deep into two waters. Some waters above a thing called "firmament", and the other waters, the waters that remaining below the thing named "firmament." If the heavens had formery been a plurality in number, then the creation of two more heavens makes no sense. Especially in light of the fact that the newly formed one called "firmament" is given the proper name..."Heaven."
God teaches by rightly dividing what was once set before our eyes as a whole. And, the wholeness remains, but our understanding becomes more discriminating by division.
Solomon, being the wise man that he was, reveals his knowledge of how the heavens are. So, we should be able to see that the phrase "in six days God created heaven and earth" is a phrase speaking of a unity. It is a phrase which in context refers to all the things we see exist as one thing in our experience, namely, the land and seas of the earth, and the moon, sun and stars above us in our heaven. Some things of it are on earth and some not on earth. The universe consiting of heaven and earth.
Whereas, stating that, "God created the heaven and the earth", precisely states that he created a singular and seperate thing termed "the heaven", and also another thing termed uniquely "the earth".
In the end these two things, heaven, and earth, shall resolve into one place, and then will they be one in the Heaven as God so properly named it. In the mean time they are rightly divided to teach the ignorant, such as you and I, concerning what we can't very well see, and more aptly...discern, rightly.
The main problem with one of the arguments presented in this thread is the misunderstanding about the above quoted verses of scripture. As if they speak of the singular heaven that existed prior to the six days of creation week. That is incorrect because each of the six days are required to be defined as consisting of a "evening and a morning". Whereas, the heaven wherein God sits on his most high throne does not consist of mornings and evenings, for his day is eternal.
The proof of there being a misunderstanding is given in verses, 14 through 19, of Genesis, chapter one. Those verses clearly say that the "firmament" that seperates the waters above it, from the waters below it, is the "heaven" wherein all the visible stars, sun, moon exist. That is not the heaven where God sits on his throne.
Again, another expanse of heaven is spoken of in which the birds of the earth fly. And, both of these are of the Heaven.
These points show that what we call 'universe' is the 'firmament' of God's creation week, which firmament was made on the second day. Which again plainly shows that the heaven of verse one of Genesis is not our universe at all. Which heaven is that wherein God has up to now dwelt with his holy angels, and other hosts of heave.
Note that 'hosts' of heaven, having other discernible meanings, as well implies that God was the ruler of his house prior to the arrival of his diverse creatures.
I wonder why it is that some people have no grasp of why God did these things just as he said he did them.
Why would God create "the heaven" and also at the same time "the earth" and allow angels existence for some span of time while, all the while, leaving the earth set down in a deep place, with no light shining on it, no form to it, and void? "potter's clay"?
Why would God create the universe with witnesses present. And, also putting them to good use in the work. For, he plainly states of the witnesses and helpers...."let us make." Is he not presenting "legal proof of ability"? Which proofs God provided befor all the angelic doubters who having awakened in the morning of their creation shouting for joy, then, later on, in the process of time, began to conspire against their creator?
How did such intelligent, powerful creatures make that blatant error of judgment do you suppose?
Isn't it obvious that those angels of the heaven rebelled because they didn't believe the witness of God concerning his actions before they existed? Same as men on earth do now and claim evolution or naturalism?
As if the angels began to suppose that God was not really any different than them. As if to claim that he was merely the first to awaken to awareness?
So, God said to those angels...watch this.
And what did he have them watch?
He made them witness the very thing they had overlooked in their pride of life. The formless, muddy, useless looking, lump of clay set down at the bottom of the deep in utter darkness...the earth. A deep thing.
Isn't that the teaching of God? That he is the potter. That all creatures are but his clay as it are also?
Doesn't God say that he takes the foolish things, like the earth, by which to confound the wise?
Isn't that what he did when he took hold of the earth and made it fit for man to dwell upon while all heaven watched him closely?
He showed his power to create to those angels and to all the inhabitants of the heaven.
He showed the angels a man he created and formed in their own image, and in God's as well. But, he made man a little lower.
And in time, he took a lump of clay to make for Jesus Christ, a body...the scripture says..."a body hast thou prepared for me". And God let the Word of God dwell in that lump of clay. And by force of will and righteousness and truth and love, that Word made flesh, overcame all obstacles of the law of God. And so he rose by qualification to the most high throne of his Father. And he proved by force of will that his Father is indeed worthy to inhabit the most high throne and to be worshiepped by all for, is not the law of God that, Kind begets kind? And that is what Satan wishes to claim isn't so?
Legally, if the only begotten Son is proven worthy, then legally, and logically, that can only be due to his Father being worthy.
For, the Son obeyed the Father freely of his own will.
I think what many or not realizing is that when men change a word here or there, or a context. Then corruption of man enters in and evil naturally results. What a profound error occurs when men allow even a little "s" to appear in their supposed scriptures in the very first verse of what they deem should be the word of God, the Holy Bible. It can seem small and slight at first, if one is ignorant of what God is saying, and remaings so for thousands of years. But, before you know it men begin to then entertain whole worlds existing before history on this earth, worlds full of vile monsters, full of primitive and stupid creatures evolving on their own accidental way. Beasts become men in fantasy, instead of man being understood correctly as he that was created in the image of God. Ages of time in which nothing useful occurs, and in which things just steadly improve themselve accidentally are envisioned and consensified and politicized. Such rotted thinking arises out of lies inserted in the first verse of God's written word, by the "s:serpent", and more and more thereafter. And why have any changed the words? What, and why is there an axe being ground for?