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"And God said ..."
Posted by Tim on Saturday, July 09, 2005 | View Comments (70)
The creation/evolution "debate" seems to have run riot in the comments to these posts. I've previously admitted to being no expert on evolution, although the more I learn the more amazing (and likely) it seems. But let's forget about evolution for a moment. I don't think that creationism is false just because evolution seems likely to be true, I think that creationism is false because it is laughably absurd. Frankly, anyone who takes the biblical account of creation literally is severely lacking in brain cells.
But for the sake of argument let's now pretend that the world was created in six actual days ..... ladies and gentlemen - time for some bible study.
Our text today is taken from Genesis, chapter one, as it can be found in the King James version of the bible (so beloved by fundamentalists due to its important sounding olde-worle-english).
 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
In the beginning ... a dramatic start - although there is no information about where God came from or what he was doing before "the beginning".
 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
The writers of the creation myths had no understanding of the universe as we know it. Many ancient civilisations believed in a "watery chaos" on which the (flat) earth was created. It is understandable that the concept of the earth being spherical and floating in "space" was beyond these people, but presumably we now know better (unless any Christians out there have any alternative meanings for "deep" and "waters" ...?)
 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
"Let there be ..." - I could be being pedantic here, but surely asking for as yet undefined things to suddenly come into existence is logically impossible? Simply thinking these things into existence would have made more sense. And who was God speaking to anyway?
 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Further proof of the lack of understanding of the universe by the writers of these myths. Firmament? Dividing waters from waters?
 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
So, God makes the sun and then has just enough time to squeeze in the making of the countless billions of other stars ... and the sun, moon and stars are merely light givers, set into the firmament ... and these light-givers "rule over" the day and night, yet this is already the forth day ...
 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
... in his own image? So God is a physical being who looks like us?
God created males and females at the same time? Wasn't Eve created some time later, out of Adam's rib? And doesn't the next chapter of Genesis states that the animals were created after Adam?
 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
All animals are vegetarian ...?
 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
And of course, the omnipotent God needed a rest on the seventh day.