Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:10 AM
To be honest wether or not the earth was water/ water per vs 1, or water/land verse 3, in the realm of the rest of creation, I am not sure what the big argument is about?
Gods intent was to create the bio-mass and human kind, this took land (eventually), many YEc's including a good friend of mine recently gave very good arguments for water/ water...if so; land was created right after that?
My inclination that when the earth (eretz) was void and without form, this picture also infers a world without purpose... I take the position as some fo my other good friends that beneath the waters that the Spirit hovered over, there was land....(see psalms and other creation scriptures) and not soup but actual land and that would be with strata, and possible mountains below the waters. When GOD spoke the waters and dry land appeared, one of two things could have taken place--either he spoke into existence--land... Or the waters parted and it became dry land....which existed previously?
I know many here are discussing Pangea and one land mass... and certainly that is possible....but the splitting of land at Peleg seems like removing pieces of the earth thousands of miles would be such a huge thing that all life would have been affected by that?
Also I do not take the position that the wwFlood was responsible for the formation of continents as we know them, I actually believe they were formed fully robust with a look of age and the biomass that was put in each and every eco-system as God spoke them into existence calls for mountains, valleys, dessert areas, and grasslands. The fossil record clearly shows all of these land types existed pre-flood, though this flies in the face of some YEC ideas. The earth of the pre-flood world was nothing like it is today and certainly the diversity was huge compared to today as well as the distribution of animal fauna and flora (per fossil record). So it was a different world at the time including the oxygen content, but I have an inclination (yes my own "presupposition") given our current diversity that is living and has a fossil record that it is very possible the continents (more or less) were created in the beginning of creation.....
I don't see the need for millions of years, and I don't think that our God is so small that he couldn't speak into existence a biomass...or land or anything. we have the bible as a historic narrative, and we ahve observable science - none of us were there so I don't see how the argument for water/water or water/land is that big of an issue???? He obviously began creating shortly after the land appeared....