World Soil Day 2018 is on Wednesday, December 5, 2018: how was the world created?
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The Earth and the whole universe was created by God. On the first day of creation he created light and darkness. On the second day he created water and sky. On the third day he seperated the dry ground from the oceans and created all vegetation. On the forth day he created the sun, moon, and stars. On the fifth day he created all of the water dwelling creatures. On this day he also created all of the birds. On the sixth day he created all of the creatures of the land. It was on this day that he gave life to man. He called this man Adam. On the seventh day God rested.
This question is potentially too broad in scope to answer fully, so it is better to assume that the reader wanted an answer from a Christian perspective, and therefore the answer(s) must be found in the Bible.
There are 3 biblical sources of information on the creation of the world: 2 in Genesis and a fragmentary one in Psalms. Because the third one is fragmentary, I will ignore it in favour of (1) Genesis 1:1 to 2:4a ; and Genesis 2:4b to 2:15.
In Genesis 1:1 to 2:4a ( up to first sentence of 2:4) there was a pre-existing watery chaos. The ocean was already present and a wind moved across the surface. The seas rested on the dry land, which appeared on day 3 when God gathered the waters together. The order of creation was as follows:
(Day 1) light (day); (2) the firmament, which was believed to separate the waters of the heavens from the lower waters; (3) By gathering the lower waters in one place the land appeared. Grasses and trees; (4) sun; moon and stars - the lights in the firmament; (5) fish, land creatures and fowl; (6) man, both male and female. Notice that the light of day was not yet understood to have originated from the sun, although the sun was universally understood to rule the day. That is why it was possible to have grass and trees before the sun was created.
Genesis 2:4b to 2:15 is actually the older account in the Judaic religion and says that there was pre-existing dry land, but Yahweh had yet to make it rain for plants to grow. A spring arose and God took some moist clay and made Adam.
The King James Version contains a translation that is so obscure that few probably try to understand it fully. However, there are clearer translations that are also closer to the original Hebrew, one being the (Catholic) New American Bible which provides a clearer translation of the original Hebrew verses 2:4-6:
Such is the story of the heavens and the earth at their creation. At the time when the LORD God made the earth and the heavens - while as yet there was no field shrub on earth and no grass of the field had sprouted, for the LORD God had sent no rain upon the earth and there was no man to till the soil, but a stream was welling up out of the earth and was watering all the surface of the ground ...
The order of creation in the second creation story is that God made man before he created the creatures in his domain. There is no mention at all of God creating the sun, moon and stars.
More information can be found in Anchor Bible Series: Genesis (Speiser) and Middle Eastern Mythology (Hooke).
How does Phileas Fogg meet back up with Passepartout, in the book Around The World in 80 Days?
Around the World in Eighty Days (French: Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours) is a classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, first published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager set by his friends at the Reform Club.
Fix sees Hong Kong as his last chance to arrest Fogg on British soil. He therefore confides in Passepartout, who does not believe a word and remains convinced that his master is not a bank robber. To prevent Passepartout from informing his master about the premature departure of their next vessel, Fix gets Passepartout drunk and drugs him in an opium den. In his dizziness, Passepartout yet manages to catch the steamer to Yokohama, but neglects to inform Fogg.
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: Includes Around the World in Eighty Days overview, about the author, character analysis, setting, techniques, social concerns, themes, literary precedents, adaptations, key questions, and ideas for reports and papers.
: Includes chapter summaries, key literary elements, overall analyses, questions, and bibliography.
How can I make my world a better place?
Each world cores from within. There isn't a world that's not made better by not nurturing its potentialities. The pleasant fruits come from the good seeds/deeds we sow and grow. They provide us days with enough fertility to enrich our soil, and nights of peaceful rest. When we're at awe inside with the brightest stars in our inner skies, the rest of the outer world harmonize in the same essence. We are what our world is.
Great question this is. :) Thanks.