This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
About issues arising from stupid ideas out of Genesis!
Everyone it seems, at least everyone who have their voices heard in public, are into God-bashing. The religious of all persuasions from atheist to theist are united in their theocidal ambitions. They do it either directly or by portraying God as a vindictive, hypocritical tyrant who doesn't know what he is doing.
Organized religion's leaders, scholars and translators have laid the foundation for this perceived demise of God in what they have bequeathed to humankind.
Right from the beginning have their educated guesses fiddled with the early books of Genesis.
Two creation accounts? 24-hour creative days? The Fall? Sex the sin? Death the penalty? Cut off from God?
All precursors to their Fairytales.
Evolutionism or scientism later copied the methodology which seems to have had a great deal of success in the hearts and minds of generic man.
Plenty of Bibles out there for me to have to needlessly quote many verses here.
1. Two creation accounts? No, there is only one.
The first two verses of Genesis 1 are not part of the 1st creative day:
"in the beginning God . . . " whenever, however that occurred or how far back into universal history these verses reach back to, who cares? I certainly don't. Not relevant to understanding God's purpose.
Now please try to visualize the creation account via a video presentation.
a) As the camera pans the universe from some remote point in space the voice-over
In [the] beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
b) As the panning ceases the camera now focuses on a spot of barely discernible light which grows brighter as the camera zooms in on an image of a galaxy. Gradually the zooming continues, resting its gaze on a shrouded planet in a star system but for a moment, continuing on through the dense cloud of uncertain composition, coming to a hovering halt just above a planet entirely covered with water amid virtual shouts of Lights! Action! so that the camera could see and record, while the voice continued:
Now the earth was formless and waste* and there was darkness upon the waters; and God’s spirit was moving to and fro over the waters.
*in the sense of these synonyms: uncultivated, barren, bare, fallow
It is from this moment in universal time and Earth's geological state of affairs, that the 7 creative ‘days’ began. All thereafter in Genesis and the rest of Scripture is viewed as if watched by human observers on earth, because everything in the manual from Genesis to Revelation, and the whole physical universe for that matter, relates exclusively to humankind, as indeed does the Creator.
Verse 3 of Genesis then commences the journey through the 7 creative days a bit less than 48000 years ago.
The end of this creative epoch or week of days, is yet a little over a 1000 years in the future.
Really! Where does that come from? . . . well, before we go there, what is the so called second creation account thought to begin in chapter 2 of Genesis?
Unfortunately the genius who devised the chapter/verse numbers often did so arbitrarily to help print. Sometimes he drew inappropriate lines in the sands of time.
Introductions that usually precede an article or section are in the bible frequently situated at the end as a summary. The first six verses of chapter 2 are therefore better situated at the end of Chapter one.
At verse 7 of Genesis 2 the zooming camera takes the observer right back into the details of chapter 1 verse 27. From then on until the end of Revelation is the manual about the history of humankind within the context of Israel's relationship with their Creator and His purpose for them.
2. 24 hour creative days? No, they are 7000 year-long epochs.
Verse 3: Let light come to be! Really? Not really, no. It's just the thinning of the obscuring shroud that now allows a measure of light to filter through, dispelling some of the darkness. Now that was easy.
No clear discerning of the source or direction that light is coming from. Just some light as if on a heavily clouded day.
Now it gets interesting as the first day concludes with this phrase in verse 5: And the evening and the morning were the first day. OK, that draws a line under the first day.
Time to note that creative days 2-6 have the same concluding phrase except the 7th. The Apostle Paul indicates in Hebrews 4 that this last creative day or epoch was still continuing in his time as it was at the time of King David. . . Interesting.
OK, let's go to day 2 -verses 6-8, where some of the water covering the earth was
lifted from off the earth and suspended as a sphere above. This was the water that
later deluged all or part* of the earth in Noah's day. The day ends with a phrase
as did day one: And the evening and the morning were the second day.
* the bible is not clear about the all. Please see the deluge sub-page.
While we are on lights, the two great lights God ‘made’ in Genesis 1:16 had already been created as part of the heavens as noted from verses 1 & 2. In verse 16 God made them to be more clearly discernible through what remained of the original shroud of whatever composition, so that the source of the light from an already existing sun became more discernable.
3. The fall? Fall from what? Adam did not like God's dietary advice. So God granted him and his progeny complete autonomous independence for a limited time. Adam remained perfect and in God's image as designed and created. More detail in other essays.
4. Sex the sin? you gotta be kiddin'! How else were they to fill the earth? Pick each other's noses?
5. Death the Penalty? Adam already had death, needing to eat to stay alive.
THINK ABOUT IT! ‑More detail in other essays.
6. Cut off from God? C'mon, God talked with and tried to help Cain to deal with his jealousy so that this would not escalate into murder. God just was not going to give unsolicited advice again. Independence meant just that. However, If someone, anyone, wanted to speak with Him, God would always be accessible. No need for a mediator, because generic man was still sinless, and perfect. More detail in other essays.
7. Eve is to blame. Women's fault! . . . . . Really?
Well, right from start of humanity, it was, and still is in God's eyes, the male who passes on life, gender and tribal identity.
Alas, the male also carries the responsibility and is accountable to God for his performance and that of his family, while they are nonetheless individually accountable to God.
Whose fault was it then?
Who is to blame for the condition all humans currently find themselves in?
The Apostle Paul sheds some light on this in 1 Timothy 2:13-14:
For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 Also, Adam was not deceived, but the woman was thoroughly deceived and came to be in transgression.. . .
Adam's action was deliberate and intentional. No, not because it was part of some disgusting master plan devised by God for testing humanity, as most of the so-called Christian religions have it, but Adam lacked faith that the human race could continue as purposed even though he may forever lose that most gorgeous creature he loved with all his heart and thought.
However, and that is a big However, Adam's action must never serve as a source for excuses humans and their Christian blame-gamers, put forward in trying to explain the human condition. It is all learned. We are what we eat intellectually and spiritually, as we are what we ingest physically.
Garbage In Garbage Out must be the prevailing axiom.
Faulty education to enhance the power base of our great leaders in all epochs of history has proved to be a good foundation for bad things.
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