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I brought some of my writing to a get together yesterday.  After reading my slant on the creation of the universe a young woman asked a question about ultimate truth.  She said “What about absolute truth?”  She said “I don’t see any mention of the Lord in here.”  She is one of those who believe that the Christian Bible is the absolute truth.  I have never understood how otherwise sensible people can completely lose their critical thinking skills when it comes to their religion.  Her version of creation comes from Genesis.  I found a Bible and opened it to Genesis to check out the Christian’s official version of creation.  It says in chapter one that God created the heavens, the earth, the plants, the critters, and in his own image He created man.  “Male and female He created them.”  He told everything and everybody to be fruitful and multiply.  On the seventh day God took a break.  Guess He gets tired just like people do.  Now maybe God logged off and when He rebooted the whole creation thing there was a glitch in the software program ‘cause in chapter two, which comes right after chapter one in my Bible, Adam is alone.  We just got done rolling the opening credits and already something strange is going on.  Picture Adam in the garden of Eden.  All the critters are copulating and fornicating.  They’re being fruitful.  They’re multiplying like there’s no tomorrow and here’s Adam all by himself.  God decided that it was not good for Adam to be alone.  No kidding.  Who knows what kind of hanky panky Adam was thinking about?  He had no concept of good and evil because he doesn't eat from the tree of knowledge until chapter three.  No telling what kind of mischief Adam was about to get into!  On the other hand since girls hadn’t been created yet maybe Adam was like the Ken doll.  You know... no package. And no urge to join the party.  Just watching the action with a blank look, wondering what the all fuss was about.  But then God would have had to retrofit Adam with the block and tackle after He created Eve.  Who can know the mind of God?  Anyway God decides to create Eve from one of Adam’s ribs while he’s sleeping and restore some balance to the situation.  Chapter three is where the serpent gets Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge and in chapter four they have a couple of kids - Cain and Abel.  Then the Bible says that Cain went out and hooked up with his wife and they had kids.  If Adam and Eve were the first couple (apologies to Michelle and Barack) and Cain and Abel were their progeny, then where in the devil did Cain’s wife come from?  Are we supposed to take this stuff seriously? 

 

This book is more than a thousand pages long, and while there are some good lessons in it, it is filled with flaws, errors and omissions.  Look at how many there are in just the first few pages.  If you like the Bible and you want to read the Bible, I’m cool with that, but don’t tell me the Bible is “absolute truth”. 

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Hi Bulaboy.

 

I debated whether to respond to your post or not, because it's fairly irrelevant to me.  However, on the chance that you don't have your mind completely closed on the subject, I'd like to address just a couple things you said.

 

On the seventh day God took a break.  Guess He gets tired just like people do.   It is true that the Bible says God 'rested' from his labors on the 7th day.  But the Scriptures were originally written in Hebrew, not English (sorry, King James, lol),  And in Hebrew, the word there for 'rested' doesn't mean the same thing that it means to us.  It simply means he desisted, or stopped working, or stopped creating things.  Not that he was tired. 

 

Now maybe God logged off and when He rebooted the whole creation thing there was a glitch in the software program ‘cause in chapter two, which comes right after chapter one in my Bible (referring to Eve's creation), Adam is alone.  We just got done rolling the opening credits and already something strange is going on.  There's nothing strange whatsoever about it.  The first chapter is a general overview of the order in which things were created, before Chapter 2 gets down to specifics about what happened during those periods of time.  You might find it interesting that the order in which things were created in Chapter 1, according to many scientists, is the order they believe the world and life on it was formed in -- however you believe it got there.  Be  forewarned, though, if you are preparing to point out more time-travel-type errors, that the Bible's accounts are NOT in chronological order, as it's printed now, or even in the order by which date they were written.  For example, Revelation, the last book in the Bible, was written in the year 96, whereas 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John were written in 98.  The reason for this is fairly simple.  The Scriptures of the Bible weren't arranged into this order by God, himself; it was by the humans who had the scrolls and were doing the arranging at the time.  So there are flashbacks, events out of order, etc.   It doesn't mean you can't learn what happened; you just might have to learn how to read dates and history.  Just so you know.

 

Oh, and in case you're planning to jump on the bandwagon that yells, "How can you people believe the universe was created in just 7 24-hour days???", knowledgeable Christians don't.  The Bible does indeed say that God created the universe in 7 'days' of creation.  However, again remembering that it was originally written in Hebrew, in that language the word 'day' doesn't just refer to a 24-hour literal day.  Nor does ours.  You've probably heard people say, "In my grandfather's day, we rode in covered wagons' or whatever.  They're not referring to 24-hour days; they're referring to a period of time.  The word 'day' in Hebrew does the exact same thing.  It refers to a general period of time, just as when it refers to 'the days of Noah' or 'the days of King Solomon.'  Therefore, the 7 creative 'days' could be 7 periods of time totalling millions of years. 

 

Chapter four they have a couple of kids - Cain and Abel.  Then the Bible says that Cain went out and hooked up with his wife and they had kids.  If Adam and Eve were the first couple (apologies to Michelle and Barack) and Cain and Abel were their progeny, then where in the devil did Cain’s wife come from?   Enjoyed the reference to the Obamas, lol.  But the question regarding Cain's wife is simple to answer.  The Scriptures tell us that Eve was the mother of everyone living.  That being said, she would have had to have sons AND daughters.  In Bible times, there was no societal taboo against marrying relatives -- even your sister -- until much later.  Therefore, it would have been an easy thing for Cain to marry one of his many sisters.  Not pleasant to our minds, mind you, but acceptable in their day.  I personally think polygamy is sickening, but there are still people who do that today, too.

 

That's just an example how, with an open mind and a  little bit of knowledge, many 'unbelievable' things can be easily explained.  Now, if I may almost quote you,  If you don't like the Bible and you don't want to read the Bible, I’m cool with that, but don’t tell me the Bible is “absolute untruth.”

 

Are we supposed to take this stuff seriously?   That's up to you.  I just didn't want you to take your DISbelief seriously, based on a simple lack of information.

 

Have a good one.

 

Sierra

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