Point to ponder: I was recently reading from the first chapter of the book of Genesis as found in the Old Testament. It struck me that in no way does it sound like God created water. It speaks as if water was already there. God created the heaven and the earth, says the opening verse. In the following verse, it speaks of “the Spirit of God [moving] upon the face of the waters.” Granted, this may be water that God has created, but that is not made evident by anything Genesis says. Rather, after God creates light and divides it from the darkness, thereby creating day and night, God goes on to create a “firmament in the midst of the waters” (my emphasis). Again, this sounds like the water is already there. He then gathers the waters while causing dry land to appear—an interesting discrepancy. In the tenth verse, God calls the dry land Earth, but he does not call the waters Seas—instead, he calls the gathering together of the waters Seas.
I’m not saying there’s something deep and significant about the idea that water has always been around. Many in the Judeo-Christian tradition would reject this, I’m sure. But I find it interesting. I especially find it interesting because so many believers of the Bible are adamantly opposed to going beyond what the text says, though I think pretty much everyone does this (including these people).
Food for thought … at the very least, a light snack.