Genesis: The Beginning

Genesis 1:1-2:3

The book of Genesis: possibly one of the most revered books in the Bible. (Maybe because people don’t read much further due to the bible’s shear girth.) A less cynical outlook, it is probably so revered due to humanity’s quest for knowledge of our origins. We seek knowledge of our origins because we believe that it defines our purpose. The problem with this origin tale is that it is riddled with flaws, and, instead of viewing the book only as an allegory, some Christians see this as the unquestionable reality of our beginnings despite all evidence. The first chapter, The Beginning, outlines the creation of the Earth, its life, and the cosmos.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”, and while he hovered over the waters he created light. This created the existence of day and night.

On the second day he created the “sky”.

On the third day he commanded that the water gather in pools so that land would emerge. This brings me to my first problem to address. Based on what we know, land would have existed before water, and from the gravitational pull on the Earth by the Sun and the Moon the land would have shifted releasing gases that would soon form our atmosphere. The Atmosphere would then create an environment possible for clouds to form which would then release water. The water would then pool in the lowest crevasses first until we had large bodies of water. Also, the only large bodies of water mentioned are seas, not oceans. This is another display of ignorance that an all knowing God who created everything should have been able to point out when he was having man pen his best seller. On the same day that God created the land he also created vegetation.

On the fourth day God finally decides to create the Sun and the Moon as well as the stars. So on the first day god created light without the Sun? That is an amazing miracle I must say. Also, vegetation was able to survive without the Sun? So prior to the Sun photosynthesis was irrelevant? What, did plants evolve over time to require photosynthesis? God also states that he creates “a lesser light to govern the night”, the Moon, implying that the moon gives off light. This we also know to be a fallacy. The notion that the Earth predates the Sun also enforces this Ptolemaic belief of geocentrism that has been disproven thanks to Nicolaus Copernicus. Just another example of the ignorance that permeates this book. This concludes God’s fourth day.

God creates fish and birds on the fifth day and commands then to multiply.

On day six God creates all other animals. He also decides to create man, “in our own image”. The use of “our” implies that God is the monarch, king, or tyrant, if you prefer, of man. This is the first glimpse that we see of Christianity’s tyrannical tendencies. When God created man, he didn’t just create Adam. God created both male and female at the same time. God then graciously gives man every seed-bearing plant, tree, creature, anything that has the breathe of life in it for food, yet pork is supposedly off limits, as well as the tree of knowledge of good and evil, even though it doesn’t state that here. So did God lie to man or had he just forgot at that moment? Either way, it shows fallacy in the infallible.

Come the Seventh day God decided to kick back and take a day off, and that concludes the first chapter of Genesis.

This is just the first chapter of the first book of the bible and already so many faults can be found. These alone already discredit the book, yet there are those who believe, despite all fossil evidence of our hominid ancestors–Homo habilis, Homo erectus, and Homo sapiens–that shows our gradual evolution, that this is how humanity and the cosmos began. Why people believe promoting such ignorance in our biology classrooms is a good thing, I will never understand. Now it is also worthy to point out that this creation myth is prevalent throughout many early societies. Some are more interesting than others; I suggest the greco-roman story told in “The Metamorphoses”.

In the second chapter, “Adam and Eve”, I expect things to get quite interesting. I hope you join me for that.

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An Atheist’s Bible Study

An Atheist’s Bible Study is my exploration of the Bible. Each post includes a summary of the passage I read and my thoughts. I began this blog to share my exploration with others to receive feedback, and to inspire others to read the text critically. I welcome comments and I read them all. I began reading the New International Version of the Bible, but I have switched to The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version,
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