Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Reading the Bible - Genesis 1-2

Genesis 1 is a breakdown of the creation account of the Universe or more importantly the Earth. In a nutshell the days can be broken down as follows.

Day 1 (verse 1-5) God creates the Heavens and the Earth, of course we have no evidence for the Heavens but at least we can focus on the Earth. Importantly, here God also got around to creating light and separating the lightness from the darkness. This is a bizarre  as darkness is the absence of light and so the absence of light and light co-existing in the same place at the same time is very interesting. Now, I have no idea how this works, but luckily I am pretty sure that Biblical scholars also do not know so we can happily just pretend it did not happen and mark this down as an oops. But the bizarreness this thought will become even more apparent in day 4.

On day 2 (verse 6-8) God got down to the important part of giving the water ball that Earth was an atmosphere.

On day 3 (verse 9-13) the water ball of Earth was finally divided into land and sea. At the same time, the plants were created and we learn that they were created to be able to make seeds of their own kinds. This word kinds is the one creationists love to throw around and say that all animals and plants can come from groups of kinds through mutation. However, this is against the Bible as it clearly states that kind can only create the same kind.
"And the earth began to produce grass, seed-bearing plants and trees yielding fruit along with seed, according to their kinds."

Day 4 (verse 14-19) was the day of the abstract and insane. Here we see that the stars or luminaries are created, and importantly we see that the moon and sun are created. This is strange as we know we already have the separation of light and darkness in day 1 so how the hell the sun is only getting formed now is just beyond me.

Day 5 (verse 20-23) is when the Earth is populated with aquatic animals and birds.

Day 6 (verse 24-31) is when all the animals are created. Again we read here about the kinds and so we know that all the kinds were created and as such evolution is ruled out of the equation. This is an important as point, because as we have noted before that kinds only create the same kinds.

Finally on day 6 man and women were created in the image of God. God also blesses man and woman and they are commanded (blessing?) to populate the Earth and at the same time they are told that they have control over every living thing on the Earth.

Moving to Genesis 2 (verse 1-3) we get the completion of the creation story, that is on the seventh day God had a beer and put his feet up. We also then get a highlights package (verses 4- 25) of some of the important parts of the creation. This is also where we start getting some interesting discrepancies and get to wonder about the logic of this loving God.

Here we learn that in contrast to Genesis 1 that man (day 6) (who was created from mud) was created before trees (day 5) and other animal life (day 6). Now this could be down to bad proof reading, or it could be that as this is a highlights package everything is not in order. However, I have to disagree with this, as it explicitly states that God made it rain on the ground and then used this mud to create man. Additionally, it continues to say that the garden of Eden was created at this point and then man was placed in the garden. Surely this then implies that  Adam came before plants and animals.

Now we also need to realize here that two special trees (and not one) were created by God in Eden, that is the tree of life as well as the tree of good and bad.
"Thus Jehovah God made to grow out of the ground every tree that was pleasing to look at and good for food and also the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and bad."
Now, the tree of good and evil was placed in the middle of the garden and God told Adam not to eat this fruit, although he could eat from the tree of life. Now this simple verse here is reason enough to think that God is a twisted individual. If you do not want to tempt someone why put them next to a temptation, i.e. the tree of good and bad.

Lastly, we hear that God created women as a helper for man. This is in itself a weird story as Eve was created from a rib of Adam which effectively means that Adam and Eve share the same DNA. That translates into Adam having sex with his miracle monozygotic sister, I say miracle as monozygotic twins are usually the same sex unless there is some genetic problem which makes the one twin adapt another sex, but we know this cannot be true as Adam and Eve went on to populate the Earth.

In conclusion we have learned that God is a twisted individual for making Adam live next to temptation as well as populating the Earth with the female equivalent of himself.

The translation being used is the New World Translation Of The Holy Scriptures.
Online version available at the Jehovah's Witnesses official website