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Genesis Theory

November 23, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

I am a skeptic of Genesis- especially the creation story. According to the bible the Jews were in captivity in Egypt, where they became the nation of Israel. Joseph went through his trying life in order to get into his position of authority in Egypt through which he was able to bring his family into the country during a time of famine. They became slaves, and multiplied. Then through another odd chain of events Moses is a position of authority in Egypt, and similarly leads the people out through yet another odd chain of events. Then he decides to sit down and write all of history from the beginning of time until now based on oral tradition of the people kept in slavery. That is the origin of Genesis. Just so you know, I do believe it was divinely inspired. However, I do not believe it to be literal on every point. The creation story reads like classic mythology. Any student of mythological religion would agree that the way Genesis 1-3 is not written to be literal, but is a highly figurative story. I would say, because of my belief that it was a prophetic allegory alluding to future events. I’ll write a few more blogs on that idea, since it’s super interesting. I’m tired of creationists, and I’m tired of hearing atheists rant on how the earth isn’t 6,000 years old and concluding that God is all a myth because of some obviously bad interpretation of the bible. Stop being a young Earth creationist. And if you’re an atheist, stop having this one little misunderstanding be the backbone of your disbelief. Read the scripture; look at science; ask: do they really conflict?

  1. Maverick
    November 23, 2010 at 2:20 AM

    Carlyjo – you’re right. It isn’t to be taken as a literal, historical fact. It is actually ancient Hebrew poetry. If you read it in the form of a poem, with stanzas and a repeating chorus, you’ll see it. But, the most amazing thing is, if you study the ‘big bang theory’ (not the tv show), you will see that the progression of each day (in the creation poem) follows the scientific theory exactly. Just saying …

  2. November 23, 2010 at 4:35 AM

    Frank Frick’s “Journey through the Hebrew Scriptures” would help you further develop your view. Frick and most critical scholars thing Genesis was among the last books written in the Torah, prolly around the Babylonian exile. great post!

    oh, and btw, did you know there were at least 7 creation stories in the bible? a few psalms and Job talk about God killing the leviathan and creating the world out of it, which would be an old Canaanite tale of El, the head of their pantheon. El Shaddiah is another name for God in the OT. connect the dots there.

    • November 23, 2010 at 8:39 PM

      I’ll look into Frick’s work, thanks for the reference. I did know about a few of the creation stories which parallel the one in Genesis pretty close, but was unaware that the leviathan mentioned in Job was taken that far. I’ll have to go back and read over that.

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