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”.