Genesis Revisited

01/06/2013

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).

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13 Responses to “Genesis Revisited”

  1. Or it is not to be taken literally at all. To do so will make you go crazy since, as you can see there are actually two creation stories. These are mythic tales to be understood metaphorically. They teach us the larger truths: God created the universe and everything in it. His creation rebelled against Him, and entropy entered the world. It is also metaphorical for what happens to each of us as we mature: childhood is full of joy and happiness (or is supposed to be) and then we become teenagers and rebel and “fall”. The rest of our lives is like the stories in the Bible, struggling to reconcile ourselves with the world and God, till we reach the climax at the wedding feast of the Lamb, where we become one with God again.

    • chicagoja said

      Jareth:

      Thank you for your comments. Yes, metaphorically to be sure. However, the historical backdrop of real events is also important in understanding the creation stories.

      • James Hoggatt said

        Unfortunately we know for certain that the vast majority of events in the first four books are mythological. For instance, the Israelite nation was never in Egypt. There was no battle of Jericho. It isn’t until you get to around Kings that you get some actual history going on at a decent rate of accuracy.

        The creation story is important to the Jewish people because it also gives them the justification for their genocide of other groups of people. Cain is the representation of the first murderer who then populates the Canaanite people. It is this that is invoked as part of the genocide in Joshua.

      • chicagoja said

        Not sure how you define mythology, but my intent was to demonstrate that some of these stories were based on real events, just not events about God. Rather than God/Lord/Jehovah one should insert the word extraterrestial in order to better understand the true history. Although, archaeology has disproved some of the Bible stories, some researchers/historians believe that the Israelites and the pharaohs were from the same bloodline and that some of the pharaohs were actually Israelites.

      • James Hoggatt said

        Researchers/Historians can posit what they want, because genealogists and geneticists have shown that to be nonsensical at best. Hence why the two groups experience completely different sets of genetic illnesses.

        All genetic evidence shows them from being south of Caanan and have no connection to Egypt until much later.

        Care to show me the people who claim Israelites were pharoahs? B/c the only thing I can find is this guy, http://stevenmcollins.com/WordPress/?p=2569.

        Ironically many of the sites in the article actually just say the pharoahs had a lot in common with western europeans– not jews.

      • chicagoja said

        Thanks for your comments, James. Off the top of my head, I would refer you to Laurence Gardner and Ahmed Osman. By the way, genetic research is still in its infancy and science has yet to unravel the mysteries of DNA so genetic research, while interesting, is not proof for me. By the way, Western Europeans and Jews have intermarried for more than 2,000 years not to mention that Celtic migrations out of the Caucasus Mountains originated further East and South. There’s no such thing anymore as a pure Jew or a pure European. Egypt is a fascinating story unto itself. At the time of Alexandria, there were more Jews living in Egypt than anywhere else. With Egypt and Palestine sitting on top of one another, there was a lot of cross pollination in ancient times.

  2. Well done. I might have added other anomalies that do not pass a reason test. JFD

  3. violetwisp said

    Those afterthoughts are excellent! Very entertaining. (I hope it was meant to be entertaining …)

  4. 0penm1nd said

    The afterthoughts are indeed amusing, but as someone said previously, you can’t take it literally. Man can be created first in the non-physical world and placed in the physical later. The order in Genesis isn’t meant to be taken as the order things were created. We’re talking about text that is 3000(?) years old and translated from how many languages?
    Adam would die if he ate from the fruit – Why can’t this mean the start of his test in this physical world?
    Your subsequent ‘story’ of how man was created is even more ‘amazing’. Whether you’re right or not isn’t really important. What is important is our role and purpose in life. God has created us for a reason and he has given us intelligence to decide between right and wrong, yet no other creature has that ability. It’s for us to wake up and find the true message.

    • chicagoja said

      Thank you for your comments. Truth is an elusive concept. What truth? Whose truth? As aptly stated in Pascal’s Wager, “If there is a God, He is infinitely incomprehensible.” Yet, man endeavors to explain God, define God and ultimately to humanize God in a vain attempt at understanding. As for Genesis, I think the story was based on actual events which man could not fully understand. Surely, it was not a story about an incomprehensible God but rather, I believe, a story about the higher level beings who created us.

      • 0penm1nd said

        Can you elaborate on the higher level beings that created us, or if it’s covered in one of your other posts, please let me know.

      • chicagoja said

        In addition to “Genesis Revisited”, there is relevant material in the following posts: “Who Were the Gods in the Bible?”, “Whose God Is it?” and “The God Below God.” I am also currently working on another post which deals with the topic and that new
        post should appear soon. If those posts raise more questions than they answer (a likely outcome),I will try to answer whatever questions you have.

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