Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Reading the Bible - Genesis 8

Genesis 8 is the conclusion of the flood genocide story, and its one of those Bible chapters that can only be understood if you accept that magic exists. Essentially, we hear that God used magic to look after Noah, the animals, food, drinking water and the ark while it was rolling around in the global flood. Although, I do like the way the Bible vaguely words it far better.
"But God gave attention to Noah and to all the wild animals and domestic animals that were with him in the ark"

This is also the chapter where we get the chronology of the flood when we hear that it lasted for a little over a year, in fact according to the Gregorian calendar it was 375 days long or from "in the second month, on the 17th day of the month" to the "second month, on the 27th day of the month, the earth had dried off." We also hear that after 5 months that ark finally came to rest on the mountains of Ararat, but that did not mean the mountains were visible as that took another 3 and a half months before the tops of the mountains could be seen. Problematically, this information is not validated as Noah only opened the Ark window once these mountain tops were visible, yet he could not have know they were visible without opening the window and on an on the perpetual circular reasoning goes.

The next part of the story is where Noah sends out a raven and a dove to find dry land. For some reason the raven takes a back seat in this tale, while the dove gets all the glory. My guess why the dove is so heavily focused on has to do with the mythology that surrounds a white dove that goes further back than the Bible. However, the other part about the dove finding an olive branch (lending from mythology again) is pretty crazy, as seriously that olive tree is the fastest growing olive tree ever. After finding this olive tree, for some reason the dove gets sent out again and this time it does not come back, so we can only assume that the reason the dove came back the first time guessed it magic!

Now after the ark is opened on new years day (more mythology anyone?) it took another two months before all the people and animals were allowed out of the ark with Gods blessing. Of course what would Gods blessing be but the same as he gave before the flood story.
"Bring out with you all the living creatures of every sort of flesh, of the flying creatures and of the animals and of all the creeping animals of the earth, that they may multiply on the earth and be fruitful and become many on the earth."
That's right God wants the animals and humans to spread across the Earth again. Interestingly, this time we do not need a fall story as God while committing Genocide did not forgive humanity he just kept all that harbored hate inside so he can judge again at the end of time.

Finally the animals leave the ark, and we hear that they leave in families.
"Every living creature, every creeping animal and every flying creature, everything that moves on the earth, went out of the ark by families."
As such the animals were procreating while on the ark. This clearly is important as it again begs the question where did all the space for these animals come from. Anyway, at this point there are only a few animals left on the world so what does Noah do? That's right he goes and sacrifices a few to God, now while this is dumb on a purely numbers level it was good as God then finally saw the light and realized he was a psychopath.
"Never again will I curse the ground on man’s account, for the inclination of the heart of man is bad from his youth up; and never again will I strike down every living thing as I have done."

On this realization, God decided to make a blessing on the Earth.
"From now on, the earth will never cease to have seed-sowing and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night."
Naturally this promise is an uber fail by God as we see famine and hunger all the time.

There you have it the flood is over and God has had an attitude change from psychopath. I am guessing this is not going to last forever, but then again I have read the Bible.

A friend pointed out to me that Noah may have known that the Ark was not moving if it had come to rest without having to send a dove out. I admit this totally makes sense and as such this circular reasoning argument I proposed was not correct after all.

All verses come from the New World Translation Of The Holy Scriptures.
Online version available at the Jehovah's Witnesses official website