The thought that understand the Scriptures is the first presumption of religious people. People read their translations of the Scriptures as if God is engaged in casual conversation with them, attributing normal meaning to normal-sounded phrases while utterly missing the profound implications of the words themselves.
An example of a myserious passage is found very early in the Scriptures. In Genesis 1:3-4, "Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness."
Now when reading this passage, the following questions naturally arise:
1. When God spoke, was God speaking to the inanimate universe, Himself or to the angels?
2. When God spoke, was God speaking ancient Hebrew or was He speaking in some other language?
3. When God called this new creation "light" what exactly did He mean?
4. What was created when God created light? Was God creating the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum here, or was God creating the whole electromagnetic spectrum?
5. Was the light created in Genesis 1:3 created ex nihilo, or was light produced in response to the physical processes which govern the creation and transmission of light?
6. Was the light created on Day 3 present throughout the Universe or was it localized?
7. To what extent does the light of Day 3 correspond to the Cosmic Background Radiation?
8. When God said that light was "good" exactly what did God mean?
9. God could perceive the Universe prior to the existence of light. Yes or No?
10. When God separated the light from the darkness, exactly what did God do?
11. Was the separation of light from darkness the division between particles which transmitted light and particles which absorbed light?
12. Was the separation of light from darkness the creation of physical bodies which blocked light with their shadow?
13. According to the Scriptures, is light a wave or a particle, or both?
I think that these questions demonstrate that a full understanding of the Scriptures requires a knowledge of physics, quantum mechanics and a healthy familiarity with philosophy.
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