First thanks for explaining priestly and yahwistic accounts to me. I find it is an interesting take on it at the least.Yes, the book I have includes the Egyptian accounts. The greek accounts are merely recasted Akkadian and other ANE myths as well as Egyptian myths. You see, the gods of old were bound to geographic locations and when they crossed boarders, they simply merged with existing God's. Do you recall when Jacob was running from Esau and he had a dream of angles accending and decending? Do you recall what he says? Surely you are in this place. Jacob then makes a deal with God that if God kept him safe in the foreign land, then he would serve God. Our God was showing Jacob that He wasn't confined to any geographic location And how much more when God entered Egypt.
Genesis 1 is a priestly account and was written from a temple perspective. God is called El and Elohim. El is singular and in cultural reference, El is the Title for the singular God of the Pantheon. Elohiem is the title for the head when He is ruling over the Pantheon. Hence, Lord of Lord's, God of gods. Deuteronomy 10:17. Within it's cultural context, our God is proclaiming that He is above all the other God's. There is no God higher than our God.
Genesis 2 is considered a Yawistic text because God's name YHVH is used. It is the angle of how God personally interacts with his creation.
Genesis 1 lays out that our God is creator and sustainer of all things. He is all powerful and sovereign over all of creation. Genesis 2 shows us how our all powerful God interacts with his creation. It's more personable I guess you could say.
Genesis 1 and 2 combined act as an apologetic response to the surrounding cultures with their God's and myths.
Yes, I struggled with intellectual pride myself. But God has a way of cutting you down at the knees and bringing you low. Job was such a man and there is much from Job we can learn spiritually. Humility can beca rare commodity on forums. If I ever become prideful please let me know.
There are slight differences and I think you misunderstand me. You say I day God is order and God is light. Thus God is limited. That's not what I'm saying.
King James Version
7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.
Does this passage make our God an evil God? One could misunderstand this passage if they don't know God's nature and how God interacts with his creation ( Genesis 2).
King James Version
20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Keep this passage in mind while you read 45:7
Darkness is the absence of light. Genesis 1 shows our God created order where there is chaos. The absence of order is chaos. Thus goodness is created. Evil is not created. Instead, evil is the absence of goodness. How then can God be present in his absence ( how does God create evil and darkness if He is a good God).
I don't imagine God, because I know God. He lives within me and guides my steps. I know His voice and I experience His presence. He has brought peace to my troubled soul and I experience the joy that only comes through Him.
11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
Did Levi pay a tithe to Melchisedec?
Second, when I say how do you imagine God I mean how do you imagine his form, his boundaries?
Ok my entire point is that God is EVERYWHERE and because of that chaos could not exist until it was created out of order. To say that at first there was God and there was also chaos which was not apart of God, does indeed put a limitation on God because you are saying that there was something (this case chaos or darkness) separate from God that was able to exist without God. No for God to be infinite and all powerful there could have been nothing except him before creation. And because of that everything that is created had to be created from order. The chaos and darkness that we see in verse 2 had to be created from order and light.
Now on to your verse Isaiah 45:7 about God creating darkness and evil. I could be wrong but the only answer that I could think of for explaining that is that he created us with the ability to also create and we create darkness and evil. It's the same reasoning that I see in exodus when at one point God said he would kill the first born sons but in reality it was the destroyer who killed them. And so I do not believe that God is responsible for the chaotic state of earth in genesis 1:2 as I stated earlier there was a rebellion. Satan and those who chose to follow him created the chaos. Or the initial chaos at least. The judgment that flooded and destroyed the earth could have come from God or another agent like again with the example of the first born son being killed.
Also, I don't get what you are implying with Levi and melchizedek (the answer is yes). Are you implying that the king of tyre could have went into the Temple while he was yet in the loins of his ancestor? No. Solomon's temple had not been built yet. Moses' tabernacle would have only let lefties in. And being in Adam's loins in the garden would apply to everyone of us and would make using it as a description for anyone specific pointless. But maybe that's by what you were trying to say.
Anyways I really want to ask if you believe in aliens. Specifically ancient aliens.