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Although both the Ancient Egyptians and the Book of Genesis linked the creation of time with divinity their relationship towards each other and the distinctions between the two differ In Genesis God is the creator of time and stands apart from it The Egyptians saw their gods as a part of eternity and the unending cycle of life and death Ra was the God that first went through this process He emerged from the primeval matter Nu which had already been in existence He was not the creator of time and earth he was rather the God who gave life to an indeterminate mass of death He 2 molded and shaped what was already there This was a creation of life from a preexisting death Rather then bringing something out of what was already there God created the universe out of nothing The matter of heaven and earth came from him He created eternity and therefor had a control over it To God eternity was a finite thing It had a definite beginning which must be followed by a definite ending In Genesis God brought forth existence giving him power over time and eternity Ra brought forth from existence making him more a part of time and eternity After Ra came into creation the beings Shu and Tefant followed him These were the gods of the heavens Out of them emerged more creators of earth and nature The gods were a part of their creations Therefor nature became an eternal and divine process Because of this the Egyptians felt harmony and mutuality towards their gods Nature was a sign of divinity and a gift given to them The cycles of nature were a symbol of the creation of the earth and the life of the gods It was life and it was death The two 3 worked together and emerged from one another These gods created an unending circle which they
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