There’s no telling what happened to cause God to create life. We can’t even say for sure what God is. One thing that I do feel comfortable saying is that God didn’t say “let there be light”. After all, who was actually listening?
So I rinsed through the Genesis story one more time and came away with these thoughts:
Genesis 1:26 – “And God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness’….”
Afterthought: Obviously there was more than one god and they all looked like each other (i.e. their image and their likeness).
Genesis 1:27 – “So god created mankind…male and female he created them.”
Afterthought: Adam and Eve were seemingly created simultaneously. So how was it that Eve was created from Adam’s rib?
Genesis 1:29 – “Then God said, ‘I give you… every tree that has fruit and seed in it. They will be yours for food.’”
Afterthought: Every tree? Even the Tree of Knowledge?
Genesis 2:16,17 – “And the Lord God commanded the man…’you must not eat from the Tree of Knowledge…for when you eat from it you will surely die.’”
Afterthought: Then why did he plant it at all? Of course man did not die when he ate from the tree, so why did God lie?
Genesis 3:4,5 – “’You will not certainly die,’ the serpent said to the woman. ‘For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’”
Afterthought: So the serpent told the truth, while God lied.
Genesis 3:7 – “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked….”
Afterthought: Obviously, it took the knowledge from the Tree of Knowledge for them to understand their reality (that they were naked). Prior to that, they were not even consciously aware of being naked. But why was this of any importance unless God was clothed and they were, therefore, ashamed of their nakedness because it inferred a station in life as a lowly servant of God.
Genesis 3:9 – “But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’”
Afterthought: If God was omnipresent, how could he not know where Adam was hiding?
Genesis 3:16-19 – Afterthought: How could God punish the man and woman for being disobedient? Since they hadn’t eaten yet from the Tree of Knowledge, they wouldn’t have known that disobedience was evil (i.e. they could not differentiate between good and evil). Besides, because of the omniscience of God he would have known what choice Adam and Eve would make before they made it and could even have stopped them if he so chose.
Genesis 3:20 – “Adam named his wife Eve….”
Afterthought: What ever happened to Lilith?
Genesis 3:22 – “And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.’”
Afterthought: Obviously, God didn’t want man to be as powerful as the gods (i.e. like one of us). So he made sure that man wouldn’t also eat from the Tree of Life.
Genesis is a great story, but it’s only a story. It’s not even an original story at that, having been borrowed from Babylonian/Sumerian writings. Besides, science has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the biblical chronology for the creation of the first man (Adam) is all wrong.
So, I know by now you’re asking yourself: Then what’s the real story? Well, humor me for a minute and I’ll give you my version of what really happened. It goes something like this:
In the beginning, all there was was God. That’s God, with a big G. He created the Big Bang and all that came before it. Billions of years later, along comes god, spelled with a little g. Now the gods needed workers to help make their lives more comfortable, or as Genesis says – man was needed to till the garden. So they took the DNA from existing life forms on this planet and upgraded it with their own DNA (since they were a physical species themselves). In other words, we really were created in the image and likeness of “god”.
At some point, the gods had issues with their creation. They were supposed to be slaves but they had rebelled against authority, which was represented symbolically by the eating of the forbidden fruit. In order to quell the rebellion, the gods manipulated man’s DNA to dumb him down. This corresponds to the Genesis verse where the gods decided to keep man from eating of the Tree of Life, which is symbolic of our double helix DNA. In the future, man was commanded to worship god (little “g”), and only him. As a result, monotheism was born.
As Voltaire once said, “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” So it was that man, in ancient times, struggled with their finite minds to comprehend the Infinite. Eventually, Genesis would be written to help provide an explanation, at least in human terms, of how man came to be and what his relationship to “god” was. Perhaps, some day, the gods will return and tell us what they know about the real God (big G).