So, let’s talk about the flood. Just kidding. I hate talking about the flood myth, if for no other reason than it’s been utterly destroyed by facts and science. Didn’t happen, couldn’t happen, it’s complete nonsense. Even the recent construction of the abominable replica that was was thought up and built to try to lend a young earth creationist flood myth credibility only served to decrease its credibility. Good job, Ken. Suffice it to say… it’s a waste of time to rehash all the hash marks in the story.
I hate talking about the flood myth, if for no other reason than it’s been utterly destroyed by facts and science.Tweet
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Ken Ham and his "Ark Experience (pictures above). Learn more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ark_Encounter
Leading up to the flood, however, there was a small list of begats. The descendants of Adam had lost their way. This is another example of that division, the elitist separation of “righteous” from “wicked”. These were all descendants of Adam, mind you… plus some angels breeding with the local girls to create giants, I guess.
So God wanted a clean slate, but decided to use the same genetic pool he felt he needed to wipe out to start again. I’m really certain that this character would have been edited from a modern story, but shows exactly the primitive mindset that originally created it. God doesn’t really ever seem to know what’s going on or what will happen. This division that keeps showing up is a theme that keeps repeating throughout the book. Fall of man… Salvation.
God doesn’t really ever seem to know what’s going on or what will happen.Tweet
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We get treated to another list of begats, and once again, it’s not incredibly long. Enough to create entire nations, including Babel, Assyria and Canaan though. Apparently, that shit made God nervous and so he had to make them speak a bunch of different languages so they couldn’t challenge his power by building towers and stuff. This is that division thing yet again, and none of it coincides with actual archaeological findings in the region. Shocking.
Now we arrive at Abram. God apparently didn’t like his name, among other things anatomically, so he changed his name to Abraham. I guess that sounded better?
Once again, Abraham is given a covenant because he’s righteous and not wicked. We don’t only arrive at Abraham though, because in that itty bitty list of begats, somehow now there are also Egyptians and Sumerians. Regardless, Abraham is told to leave his home, and he is promised that God would give him some place new. It’s interesting to note that when Abraham gathered an army to go rescue Lot, this story is represented in Sumerian cuneiform nearly five centuries before it became a Hebrew story.
It’s interesting to note that when Abraham gathered an army to go rescue Lot, this story is represented in Sumerian cuneiform nearly five centuries before it became a Hebrew story.Tweet
The story of the rescue of Lot from Sodom is a Sumerian story. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah came much later. God frowned upon all the “wicked” fornication and gay sex happening there. I mean, apparently it was a pretty savage place. They didn’t even mind ass-raping some angels. So God wanted to get his destruction and murder fix by just taking care of that place. Now here’s the only truly interesting part about it, and one of Abraham’s finest moments… God was afraid to let Abraham know what he was up to. Not only that, but he lost a haggle with Abraham when Abraham found out what was about to go down. Hilarious.
The rest of Genesis is just passing of the covenant from Isaac to Jacob and finally to Joseph. This is the establishment of the Jewish covenant with God and their line of succession.
Except the timelines are impossible for the establishment of all the nations that existed at this point. We are asked to believe that the Egyptians, Sumerians, Assyrians, Babylonians, and all the other people everywhere came from Noah, and in just a handful of generations. I don’t know about you, but I find it all a bit hard to swallow. If it’s allegory, how is it conveying anything good about God? If it’s just mythology (shhh… it is definitely mythology), then why treat it with any sort of care?
We do have a decent preface for all the smiting and murder that will unfold later in the book, along with more division of good and evil. The general lack of benevolence of, or compassion from, God. God’s impotence and lack of omniscience.
Genesis reads like what it is: a plagiarized and edited re-edit of ancient mythological stories. Some names and locations are real, maybe, but the majority of it is complete and utter garbage.
The general lack of benevolence and compassion of god. God’s impotence and lack of omniscience. Genesis reads like what it is: a plagiarized and edited re-edit of ancient mythological stories.Tweet