There are two creation stories. Which one is correct? Compare with 2:4 – :25.
Is it not interesting that the earth was made before the stars and sun and that the Universe is 13.77 billion years old while the Earth is 4.54 billion years old? How could there be a first day without a sun for day and darkness for night? I wonder where they get their evidence?
Let me understand this, there was water with firmament under and above? I don’t understand this! Sounds silly to me.
So all the water gathered in one place and dry land appeared on the third day? The grasses, herbs, trees, all before dividing day and night? How could photosynthesis work?
Well, at last we get some solar energy to produce all those living things that grow!
Along comes creatures with life, the fowl that fly above earth in the firmament of heaven and creatures of the sea, all instructed to multiply.
Now it is the turn of the beasts and things that creep to be made, as well as male and female humans who were instructed to multiply and have dominion over all that swims, crawls and flies as well as all seeds. There was no mention of overpopulation or of great wealth living beside great poverty. All this creation was evaluated as “good” without regard for the existence of greed, slavery, oppression and exploitation.
If you haven't read Mark Twain's take on creation, get his Letters from the Earth.
You might find some partial collections, so look for the one with an introduction and eleven letters written by Satan.
I found a set at the Gutenberg Project site.
I remember enjoying the critique of the senseless religion of Christianity that the humans created for themselves, and particularly their bizarre and inane conception of heaven:
Sex is a powerful motivating force, and people risk their reputations, futures, and even the prospect of getting into heaven for it... yet in this idea of heaven there isn't any! It's as if you offered a thirsty man in the desert everything he wanted, only he'd have to choose to do without one thing, and he chose to do without water.
Also, in real life many people don't like to sing, and can barely stand to stay through a church service. So in this "heaven" everyone stands around singing all day, and not just any songs, but repeated praises and alleluias without end.
GC, you've either read Twain's Letters from the Earth or your mind is working as his did.
He wrote a related story: Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven.
I found it at the Gutenberg Project website.
Yes, I was recalling Letters from the Earth!
Another criticism of the conventional Christian heaven: people don't get to use their intelligence there.
And I too read Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven online. Some good imaginative, reasoned extrapolation there! (I could imagine that with the ability to take on bodies of any age and condition one wants, older, wiser people who don't fit in with teens/twentysomethings might still choose young, vigorous bodies; there'd be plenty of others like themselves for company.)
The only way the Genesis creation story makes any sense at all is if you think of Earth as the Center Of The Universe ... being created first, then building everything else around it. How disturbing must it have been for established religion and especially the RC church to learn that Earth wasn't at the center of all things and indeed, not even the center of our own solar system?
That's a kick in the pants I suspect they're still recovering from.
Loren, as usual, you can take all the babble and turn it into the virus it is.
Before the RC Church began its recovery, its true believers had to torture and burn a few thousand people and kill thousands more in religious wars.
America's RC bishops are showing us that its recovery is not complete.