As most of you probably already know, the bible contains a lot of contradictions and inconsistencies. A favorite of mine occurs right in Genesis in chapter 2 when God tells Adam and Eve not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge.

It's a great way to start of the bible... with a supposed omnipotent, omniscient, benevolent being either lying to Adam or making an error. Go figure.

For the details of my take on it, go to RationalityNow.com.

Cheers!

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Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 16, 2009 at 9:37am
(Cross-posted under the full article.)

The "crime" in this story is that Adam and Eve got to learn the difference between right and wrong. Until that time this knowledge had been reserved for the Yahweh god (or was it the El god?). Until this moment neither Eve nor Adam knew that it was a sin to disobey god or that it was a sin to go around naked looking like an image of the El god (or was it the Yahweh god?).

In other words, the Yahweh and/or El gods made humankind in its/their own image but failed to provide the humans with divine moral knowledge. When the poor blighters ate the fruit because they did not yet know that it was wrong to do so, they suddenly realised that their god-like body was disgusting and covered it up real quick. The Yahweh and/or El god then punished his ill-formed creations for something that they had only just been given the knowledge to know was wrong.

Would you want that kind of being running your life or your justice department?
Comment by cj the cynic on March 15, 2009 at 9:57pm
Any being that forbids people from gaining knowledge is just fucked up. Yet, tons of people buy that crap as the love of an omniscient god. Crazy.

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