Wednesday, January 16, 2013
If we assume that the Bible is correct, then we must assume that mankind was created in God’s image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27) on the sixth day (Genesis 1:27); we must also assume that mankind was told to not eat from the “Tree of Knowledge,” and that if we did, we would die (Genesis 2:17, Genesis 3:3). Since Eve listened to a talking serpent who told her that eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge wouldn’t kill mankind (Genesis 3:5), then she told Adam the same thing (Genesis 3:6), then God was justified in punishing them for disobedience (Genesis 3:16-19).
IF we assert that mankind was created on the sixth day after “Let there be light,” we are delusional; I won’t go into the ponderous scientific evidence that denies the claim that mankind was created on the sixth day after light came into existence.
IF we assert that there was some “Tree of Knowledge” that bore fruit which, when eaten, magically gave us awareness of good and evil and whether or not we were naked (Genesis 3:7), we are gullible. Notice that mankind didn’t die after Adam and Eve ate the fruit? God LIED to Adam and Eve! Good and evil are subjective and are agreed upon collectively; as for the naked part, mankind started to wear garments because we needed protection from the elements. As we evolved and spread into colder regions, we needed to cover ourselves.
IF we believe that serpents can talk, we need medication. While all animal species have ways of communicating, only mankind is capable of speech.
IF we believe that Adam and Eve were punished by God for disobedience, okay. Any rational parent would punish their kids for disobedience. But IF we believe the Bible, we must believe that God evicted Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23) after lying to them about a rule which turned out to be false!!
IF we believe that Adam and Eve were punished for this “original sin,” why would God continue to hold that over the heads of mankind for eternity? Would you punish your grandkids for something your kids did? Sounds vindictive and cruel to me, especially considering the sin is connected to a lie by God. There is no indication anywhere in Genesis that anything God created was ever intended to be perfect. Adam and Eve were never told that perfection was expected of them; all they were told was “Don’t eat from the tree of knowledge or you’ll die.” Were they disobedient? Yes. Were they told the truth about the tree of knowledge? No! Adam and Eve did NOT die after eating from the tree! If taking responsibility for violating moral law requires hereditary motivation, shouldn’t Adam and Eve have received that motivation from their father, their “creator?” God demonstrated his morals by lying to his children to enforce their obedience; the source of the Original Sin is the Original Lie.
IF we believe all of this without thinking about it, we have fallen for a story designed to intimidate the ignorant into blind obedience.
IF we look carefully at the details, we must ask ourselves IF any of it is worthy of belief, including the existence of God. I have asked myself that question, and my answer is “No.”