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(Reblogged from The A-Word)
Even as I begin this post, I’m seriously doubting that anybody really believes the creation story in the Bible. Is there a story so blatantly unrealistic, so clearly incompatible with science and reason and basic common sense? Well, if all this somehow passed you by, fear not. I’m hear to open your eyes and explain just what is so laughable about the creation story. To Genesis Chapter 1 everybody!
Genesis 1:1-3: In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Spirit of God was moving over the water. Then God commanded, “Let there be light” – and light appeared.
Just like that. God the miracle-worker. Well, unfortunately, God’s miracle-working doesn’t quite comply with reality. Light? FROM WHERE? We know that light comes from the sun, moon and stars, which weren’t created until much later, specifically the fourth day. Very mysterious indeed. Or, just plain fictional. And where exactly would the ocean be in a formless world? It’s water; it needs to be contained in something solid, i.e, something with some kind of form. Anyway, on to Day 2:
Genesis 1: 6-7: Then God commanded (and, incidentally, just who was he commanding? Himself?), “Let there be a dome to divide the water and to keep it in two separate places” – and it was done. So God made a dome, and it separated the water under it from the water above it. He named the dome “Sky”.
Is this implying that there is water above the sky? Really? The Bible was clearly written back when people thought the earth was flat, hence the whole “above the sky” business. You’d think an omniscient God would give the writer of Genesis a hint. Well, let’s proceed to the next day, when God creates “earth” and “sea”, and…
Genesis 1:11: Then he commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of plants, those that bear grain and those that bear fruit” – and it was done.
Yay! Plants! But God was kinda hard on them, wasn’t he? How were they supposed to bear grain and fruit when they couldn’t even produce food for themselves? Yes, the sun had not yet been created, therefore the poor plants couldn’t even photosynthesise. Way to go, God. Way to go.
Genesis 1:14: Then God commanded, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate day from night and to show the time when days, years and religious festivals begin; they will shine in the sky to give light to the earth” – and it was done.
What, the mysterious light of earlier suddenly wasn’t good enough for God? Whatever the case, he went on to create sea creatures and land creatures, which is all well and good, but let’s go to the highlight of God’s creation: human beings.
Genesis 1:26: Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all the animals, domestic and wild, large and small.”
Hear that, fellow humans? We have power over all the animals! Let’s go fight bears and lions, we’re sure to defeat them in hand-to-hand (or perhaps hand-to-paw?) combat. Not. And now for a verse that still makes me laugh:
Genesis 2:2: He rested.
Not so omnipotent, are we now? Hehe. Well, let’s move on to the rest of Genesis Chapter 2, shall we, where we’ll see exactly how God created man.
Genesis 2:7: Then the Lord God took some soil from the ground and formed a man out of it; he breathed life-giving breath into his nostrils and the man began to live.
Oh, dear. Soil. Flesh. No connection. At all. My new friend Kennedy Karuga (who I met at the Free Thinkers’ Meeting last Saturday) posted a very interesting status on Facebook the other day:
Christians whine that evolution is belittling to human beings because it implies a relationship between us and damn apes. Let’s ignore the absurdity of this claim. The same Christians accept a tale that says they were made from clay. Now, if we were to accept this, that would mean human beings are related to other clay products: cooking pots, vases, tiles and the like. Now, I don’t know about you people but I would prefer to be related to an ape any day.
(Side note: Kennedy, if you’re reading this, I beg to differ on the small matter of the relationship between human beings and apes, specifically chimpanzees. There is one, and it’s not absurd to claim so at all. While there are clear and obvious differences between chimpanzees and human beings, we must remember that chimpanzees are the most closely related animals to humans, with total genetic variation between them estimated at between 6 and 7% – at least according to a study published in the November 2006 issue of the Journal of Molecular Evolution.
One has to laugh at creationists’ attempt to make sense of this. To borrow from an article from the University of North Carolina that was definitely written by a Christian: “But why would God create a creature that is so close to a human, but not quite? To answer this, we have to reason from what we know or can infer about God’s motives in the creation. This may lead us to considerations that seem far removed from those that are expected in this context. The original creation was intended to contribute to the happiness of man and animal. We can assume that in many cases the Lord created animals that would be a delight to man, and created man to be a blessing to the animals. Even today, both children and adults enjoy seeing gorillas and chimpanzees in zoos. It is reasonable to assume that these creatures were partly made for just this reason, to be a joy and entertainment to us. In a similar way, we can speculate in unorthodox terms that an animal such as the koala bear was created because of its cuddly appearance, which is a delight to children and many adults. Even if such creatures don’t seem well adapted from our viewpoint, they serve their purposes very well.” HA!)
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