I read a book recently called "Winning the war against darkness" by Gideon Akinsuyi It’s basically about spiritual warfare but it brings up something which I had never thought of. This is from the book.
“The first kind of spiritual warfare on the earth was the battle between light and darkness. Ever since, every other forms of Spiritual warfare have taken their roots in this original battle which I called “Battle in the beginning”.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” Genesis 1:1-3.
Already you know who is at work in darkness; God is now showing us what to do when it comes against our lives and the works of our hands. We are to confront it and resist it. There is only one way to resist darkness and that is by attacking it with light.”
He says that the light and darkness mentioned in the opening of Genesis is is not literal as the sun and moon were made on the 4th day. He suggests that this light and darkness is the good and evil, that God first rebuked the evil of darkness with his light. The bible often uses light and darkness to convey good and evil.
If so then Genesis 1: 1-3 is an account of something that took much longer than one day. “In the beginning God made the heavens and earth” A considerable amount of time must of elapsed for darkness to become a manifest of evil. God would of already had all the angels and Lucifer would have already rebelled against God and become Satan.
The author also says; When darkness is in operation what you see is confusion, disruption and all kinds of disorder. This has been the form from the beginning. “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep"
The emptiness and confusion that characterized the work of God at creation was not part of the original plan. It was the work of darkness. And that was why God started the work of change by rebuking the darkness first before anything else could be done."
**Has anyone heard of this interpretation of the opening of Genesis? **
Does it have merit? Why, why not?