The Book Of Genesis:
This is the first book of the Bible and the first book of the Torah (for my Jewish friends). This book contains some of the best known stories of the Old Testament: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Ark and the Tower of Babel. Let’s start with creation.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) One of the first things I noticed is that it doesnt tell us how he made it. It just says he made it. Apparently the author of the book (some beleive it to be Moses) didn’t feel the details were important OR he made it all up and couldn’t figure it out himself. Maybe he knew people would be naive enough to beleive it only on faith. Continuing on…
“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” (1:2). So picture this, God was just hanging out in the darkness. Maybe he became bored and felt he needed something to do. So he grabbed his night vision goggles, because after all he IS in total darkness due to his not creating light out of nothing yet, and got busy creating.
I know I’m just a common man but I have enough common sense to see that the creation story just doesn’t add up. Think about this; God created light and darkness on day one but the sun and stars didn’t appear until day four according to the scripture. Tell me, from whence did the light come? Now if that wasn’t confusing enough, God states that on day five he created the moving creatures that have life, birds and animals from the water that formed the oceans, but in the next chapter it says “and out of the ground the Lord formed every beast of the field and every fowl of the air” (Genesis 2:19). Hold on! Back the truck up! What happened to the creations made of water in chapter one? Excuse me as I take a second and scratch my bald head in confusion.
The Creation of Man (This should be good)
Here we are, it’s day six and God has finally decided to create a human being. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him” (Genesis 1:27). Hmm…made in his own image eh? If this is true why aren’t we invisible and if we are truly made in his image which of us does he most resemble? Is he black, Asian, middle eastern or white? When looking at the above verse one cannot help but ask; What did he create us from, air? I ask this because in Genesis 2:7 God created us again. I wonder what happened to the first one? “The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul“. Wow! So in the eyes of God man really is dirt. That’s comforting to know…Not! While we are on verse 7, did anyone notice the complete contradiction to chapter one claiming the wild life was made on day three and man on day six? I didnt at first, but here are the verses for you (Gen 2:4-7) “When the Lord God made the earth and heavens and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up – the Lord God formed man form the dust of the ground.“
So in chapter one God created man after the wild life and in chapter two man was made before wild life. Which is it, before or after? Maybe I will let you work this one out of your own.
Adam and Eve
As a young boy I remember thinking Adam was the luckiest man alive ( it never occurred to me that he was the ONLY man alive, like I said I was a young boy). He didn’t have to deal with parents, didn’t have to clean his room and was lucky enough to hang out in the garden with a smokin’ hot naked girl. To a hormonal boy, it didn’t get any better than this. Now as an adult I view the story a lot differently.
The Bible teaches that Adam was the first human ever created and he had the garden all to himself, except for all the wild life of course. Now, here is where all the confusion starts to kick in. In Genesis 2:16-17 it says God told Adam of every tree in the garden thou mayest eat freely eat except for the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. If you eat of this tree you will surely die. So, eat of one specific tree and you will die except we know he didn’t. According to scripture he lived over 900 years. Now, in verse 18 God creates Eve. Am I the only one who has noticed that Eve wasn’t created when God laid down the law about the deadly tree? How screwed up is it that Eve is blamed for the fall of man yet she never received the instructions from God?
Let’s back up to the actual creation of Eve for a moment. Scripture says God caused Adam to go into a deep sleep and God took a rib from Adam and used the rib to make Eve. I can remember being taught in Sunday School that a man having one less rib than woman was proof that the story of Adam and Eve was true. Any doctor would tell you that both men and women each have two sets of ribs counting twelve ribs per set. I guess the question is, who should I believe; the doctor or the Sunday School teacher? I think I choose the doctor. Score one for science!