Another Atheistic Bible Study Of Genesis Chapter One Verse One
July 18, 2017 3:36pm CST
My first feature on the opening chapter and verse of The Bible confined itself to the opening three words, In The Beginning. Now I’m looking at what supposedly, allegedly happened in the beginning. This is the first day of the six day creation process. If we take the Jewish Sabbath (day of rest) as being the Saturday, the first stage of creation occurred on the Sunday. We are told simply that he created the heavens and the Earth, and that the Earth was at this stage, formless. There was darkness on the surface of the deep. It sounds as though the Earth is at this stage just a lump of building material, like a builder’ concrete, cement, clay and bricks, waiting to be shaped into a house. The darkness seems inevitable as God hasn’t yet witched on The Light or invented the Sun. The deep sound as if it should be an ocean, and the next line describes the face of God moving on (possibly reflected on) the waters. Without light how the God face is seen (and by who given no one witnesses this) is unknown. Also, how can an omnipotent and omnipresent (everywhere) entity be small enough to have his face glint off water in the dark or even in the light? Why also has he created the waters? Where did he get them from? Very big buckets? His own bladder? That God has a face actually sets limitations on his supposed omnipotency. He becomes a giant but not a being who could be everywhere. If his eye is somewhere then his big toe nail has to be somewhere else. He cannot possibly be everywhere and have form. Then there are the heavens. Stars and planets are due later in the creation process, so what are the heavens beyond the void around the Earth, which would be there even if God hadn’t rolled a misshapen ball into our planet. God now creates the Light, looks at it and likes it. What exactly is this light as the Sun’s creation comes later? God separates the light from the darkness and labels them night and day. The Sun, that actually gives the day its light when shining on that half of the planet will actually mark the day and night, but God claims credit for it before even giving us The Sun. This ends the first day, the Sunday. Arthur Chappell
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• Pikeville, North Carolina
@sabtraversa If you look at the Egyptian story of creation, which predates the Hebrew version by a few thousand years, you can see where the Hebrews borrowed from the Egyptians and how the Egyptian story seems to describe the Big Bang.
• Hong Kong
@arthurchappell This is a very interesting discussion my friend. How we wish we know how to read, speak, write and understand the Hebrew/Aramaic Language which we know is the original language were the "Book of Genesis" was originally written and the other book of the "Old Testament". Q1: What is the word "darkness" in the original? How can one use the term "darkness" when there was no creation of light ("lightness") yet at that time. Or where to contrast or distinguish the word "darkness" from "light" as a reference point? Q2: What is the original word in Hebrew for the word or phrase "the surface of the deep" or the word "surface" or "deep". How can there be a "surface" or a "deep" when there is no creation yet? Q3: In relation to Q2 We assumed that there is "creation out of nothing" ("ex nihilo" in Latin or "out of nothing"), or nothingess or empty sapace before any "act of creation". Is that "surface", "deep" and "surface of the deep" a "something" or a"nothing"? Q4: Why was there already a "surface", "deep" and "the surface of the deep" even BEFORE the "first act of creation" Who created the "surface" and the "deep"? Q5: If before any "act of creation" there was already this "surface" or "deep" how can there be an act of creation when in fact there were already something that PRESUPPOSES THE EXISTENCE or "pre-existing" before the act creation at that time? Q6: We know that God is Light and why is it that in the "Book of Genesis" there was "darkness" prior to the "act of creation"? if God is Light then this Light could have permeated every empty space or nothingness prior to the "act of creation".
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@mandala100 Questions?! I love questions! Yes, if we could read from the original language, it would be better! Q1: I guess darkness just means absence of light, light is also made of matter, or nothing at all? Q2: So it has nothing to do with water?! Q3: If nothing was there, who created God? Obviously something was already there. Q4: That's top secret. Q5: More creation, more stuff showing up from nothing. Magic. Q6: God was dormant, or somewhere else. Were the answers exhaustive enough?
If God didn't have a material form, his omnipresence would be possible somehow. God has more than one name in the Bible, the one in Gen 1;1 is originally said to be plural: Elohim. Therefore, if God was "plural", it could easily be omnipresent! I enjoy interpretations, I think the Bible is allegorical, therefore open to interpretation.