Six-day creationists use Genesis 1 to justify their ministries. I will not contend. However, their focus on the literal 6 days draws attention away from other important messages of Genesis 1.
The 6 days may also act as index markers leading to the seventh day which is important through out scripture, especially Revelation.
Without some way of counting 6 there can be no 7.
In Genesis, 7 marks God's rest, but God's rest is complete in Revelation.
All of the books work together.
What other applications can you find in Genesis 1?

Please try to construct your posting in the form of a question instead of a contention. Wouldn't that form prompt more discussion instead of argument?
I think we should seek agreement and points of further study, instead of formulating doctrine. What do you think?
I would hope that many other people might read these discussions. Let us be representative of civilized and orderly dialog.
Any additional suggestions are welcome.

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This February 14 marks St.Valentines day, that commemorates the beheading of a legendary character.
Somehow, modernity has translated that into heart love.

This day also marks the beginning of a special time according to Jewish custom - a series of 4 Shabat's leading to Passover.
The reading is from Exodus 21 where numerous laws and penalties (mishpatim) are defined.

Upon reading it one might notice that it addresses proper relationships and in that respect is similar to our modern Valentines day.

However it is important to keep everything in proper perspective to the teaching of the New Testament.

Romans 14 from Young’s Literal Translation of the Textus Receptus.

1 And him who is weak in the faith receive ye — not to determinations of reasonings;
2 one doth believe that he may eat all things — and he who is weak doth eat herbs;
3 let not him who is eating despise him who is not eating: and let not him who is not eating judge him who is eating, for God did receive him.
4 Thou — who art thou that art judging another’s domestic? to his own master he doth stand or fall; and he shall be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
5 One doth judge one day above another, and another doth judge every day alike; let each in his own mind be fully assured.
6 He who is regarding the day, to the Lord he doth regard it, and he who is not regarding the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He who is eating, to the Lord he doth eat, for he doth give thanks to God; and he who is not eating, to the Lord he doth not eat, and doth give thanks to God.
7 For none of us to himself doth live, and none to himself doth die;
8 for both, if we may live, to the Lord we live; if also we may die, to the Lord we die; both then if we may live, also if we may die, we are the Lord’s;
9 for because of this Christ both died and rose again, and lived again, that both of dead and of living he may be Lord.
10 And thou, why dost thou judge thy brother? or again, thou, why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand at the tribunal of the Christ;
11 for it hath been written, ‘I live! saith the Lord — to Me bow shall every knee, and every tongue shall confess to God;’
12 so, then, each of us concerning himself shall give reckoning to God;
13 no longer, therefore, may we judge one another, but this judge ye rather, not to put a stumbling-stone before the brother, or an offence.
14 I have known, and am persuaded, in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean of itself, except to him who is reckoning anything to be unclean — to that one it is unclean;
15 and if through victuals thy brother is grieved, no more dost thou walk according to love; do not with thy victuals destroy that one for whom Christ died.
16 Let not, then, your good be evil spoken of,
17 for the reign of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit;
18 for he who in these things is serving the Christ, is acceptable to God and approved of men.
19 So, then, the things of peace may we pursue, and the things of building up one another;
20 for the sake of victuals cast not down the work of God; all things, indeed, are pure, but evil is to the man who is eating through stumbling.
21 Right it is not to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor to do anything in which thy brother doth stumble, or is made to fall, or is weak.
22 Thou hast faith! to thyself have it before God; happy is he who is not judging himself in what he doth approve,
23 and he who is making a difference, if he may eat, hath been condemned, because it is not of faith; and all that is not of faith is sin.

Berean Order

As demonstrated during our previous conversation, everyone, you included, has the freedom to choose. You can choose to hear or not. You can choose to believe or not. I can choose to share or not.
I will share something that I think you should be able to believe, if you choose to.
I had a severe skin fungus on my left leg moving to my right leg. I went to specialists and they put me on steroids which did not help. But they lowered my immune system and I got a staph infection in my left leg. It happened so quickly that I went unconscious. A day went by and my brother rushed me to the hospital.
They put me on triple antibiotics but after a week it was worse. I was facing double amputation at the hips and that was doubtful to stop it.
It was beyond my ability to pray but I had not lost faith. Many came to my bedside to pray for me and many more were praying at home.
The fever in my left leg was so severe people could feel the heat radiate from 12 feet away. It literally gave me second degree burns on my whole leg from the inside out.
Then suddenly, within 2 hours it was over. I was up walking. The next day I was released. The fungus was dead.
I was healed by faith and trust. The doctors and medicine couldn't do it.
Now the story does not stop there. There is much more to tell, but that depends on your heart and Gods will.
Jesus is God. Speak to Him, not me.

Is Genesis parenthetical? There must somebody who can help me with this question.
1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
I perceive that as a completed work, with two parts heaven and earth, beginning to end - the compete account through Revelation and beyond. It brackets the whole bible and all of creation.
Genesis 1:2 is a parenthetical statement that should be cognitively placed inside of 1:1.
1:3-31 is parenthetical and should be cognitively placed inside of 1:2,
Genesis 2:4-25 is parenthetical and should be cognitively read as being a parallel account 1:6-31 without trying to line up particular events.
I think it is vitally important to understand this dynamic of the Bible and how it introduces concepts and then later expounds on them. It is not always directly chronoligical.
The big question - is there any theological authority that I might refer to in order to either confirm or refute the parenthetical nature of the bible.
Also are there any resources for further study.

I must note, I have been working on this for over ten years and have read millions of words including the alphabet soup of supposed authors of Genesis.
I can find some resources that talk about the parenthetical nature of some parts of Revelation but that is all.

The Jesus Film has been translated into thousands of languages.

Trinitarian theology.
I was raised in the tradition of belief in the Trinity.
Please read that very carefully.
There is much to support the triune nature of God.
Much information has been presented to persuade me to unbelieve.
Unbelief is a serious matter for believers in Jesus, and I am not ready to take that stance.
My position at this time is that I am in consultation and am considering evidence.

The Blessed Decree.
Be Holy

"In the beginning God created (start to finish, completed) the heavens and the earth." End of account.
This short sentence accounts for all of creation and all of Gods work including the resting.
The rest of the Bible expands on this creation and fills in the details in an ordered manner.
We are going to study that order.
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