You asked me about Genesis 1:1. Now I’m asking about John 1:1. I get that “the Word” is supposed to be Jesus. But, if he’s “the only begotten Son,” how is he present at creation?
It’s funny you should ask me about that. The reason I asked you about Genesis is that somebody told me it could be translated, “In the beginning he created God.” I like that translation too. You say that it’s because we can’t know God. I think maybe it’s because Jesus is our way to know God. For Jesus to be present at creation, I think God had to create him right there at the beginning. And that solves the “let us create man in our image” problem, too! Jesus is there and God, the Father is talking to him.
I know you’re wondering about how Jesus could be created and begotten. Well, that’s easy. He was created, and probably the Holy Spirit was too, at the dawn of everything. Then, Jesus was begotten when Mary was a maiden.
What do you think?
Hi RevToña, and friends,
I’ve been studying Genesis, the first account of creation. One of the points that came up in our discussion is that there are several ways to translate the Hebrew words that I’ve always known as: “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth . . .” So, RevToña, what’s your favorite translation and why?
RevMary44 (RevMary was already taken this morning when I confirmed.)
My favorite translation of breisheet bara Elohim? There are two, actually.
The first is “. . . in the beginning of G-d creating . . .” I like that because it’s a reminder that we don’t really know where the universe (multiverses?) comes from. Even in the Big Bang theory, there’s a point called Planck Time (10 to the-43 seconds – that’s 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 seconds after the bang)where they just don’t know what’s there. I like that the scientists have to admit that. And this translation is the religionist’s admission that we don’t know some things any more than scientists who have to prove them can claim.
The second is “In the beginning (he) created G-d” To me, this is an admission that even at our most open, even in our deepest knowledge, we don’t know G-d. We know what we project onto the Eternal One, we know what we want to think of as G-d, but we don’t know G-d. What we know is a face, that was created so that we could find a way into the Unknowable, Ineffable, Transcendent, Immanent Ground of All Being who created all that is. I believe that when Paul said in the Christian scriptures, “We see through a glass darkly,” this might have been the reality he was facing. We keep looking through the glass and hoping it’s a window, but it’s just not a clear glass.
And, I’ll admit, I like the idea that the Eternal One cares about me so much that “In the beginning (he) created G-d.”
What do you think?
I am RevToña, a Jewish woman, and
I am RevMary, a Christian.
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