I don’t know how many religions out there teach about a god who created everything, if there are, they are not my concern tonight. This evening I want us to look a bit more at the Judaic cults and what they tell us about their god and his creation, in this case especially man. We will use the passage from Genesis 1 for our purposes since the creation story in chapter apart from being shallow doesn’t tell us much in the way god intended man to be.
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them[ Genesis 1:26-27]
Read the passage.. am patient and I will wait for you to finish. Let us for the purposes of this post just allow this god or gods existence and then consider this passage carefully. Before we do that, I will digress, man in making robots and computers with AI tries to make something that acts, feels and with the capabilities as he does and it has been accepted that man is not perfect. So we can say here, without a doubt, that the imperfect man, in creating things that resemble him, tries to give them the same qualities he has even if he doesn’t say it.
With that bit, we are told in the good book, a book we are told was inspired by the gods themselves, that we are created in the likeness and image of god. What is the nature of man?
- He has the propensity to harm himself or others
- His short life here is full of anxiety and worry
- Some are born insane
- Some are born with deformities
- Some die having learnt nothing ie die stupid
So please tell me, are these attributes of god too? Is this his likeness? If it is not, then please can someone tell why a god who we are told is perfect would create anything less than perfect? What was the intention in creating man whose choices many times lead to him harming others or himself, that is, he is due to err. If the god believers can excuse their god for his apparent mistakes, then either they or their god has a cruel sense of humour.
While we are still in genesis, is this a contradiction
22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. [Genesis 3]
In Genesis 1, man is created in the image and likeness of god and in C3, he has become like god. Which is the correct version? Maybe there is a metaphorical difference in the two passages that is lost to me and I hope someone would be kind enough to shed light on the possible difference in this passage. But while at it, I submit here that god intended man to be an ignoramus.
He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever. [Gen 3:22b]
I don’t know about you, but it is also evident here that man was never meant to be immortal. He is not allowed to rich to the tree of life, which would have allowed him to live forever. It is plain from this reading whichever way you want to consider it, that at the time of being created, these gods already intended man to die. If anyone has a different explanation, am open to persuasion.
And here is an example of bad parenting. Unfortunately I know there are some parents who have followed this script from the tyrant of all tyrants, God.
23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
What parent does this to a child they claim to love at the commission of the first offense, if ever eating fruits of knowledge were offenses? Any parent who did this would be considered irresponsible to say the list, caprice, cruel and not deserving of being called such yet the god believers go around thumping their chests that their god is good and holy! Unless such words have a different meaning in godland, in which case they are meaningless to us, don’t apply any positive attributes to this god.
As an aside, what would prompt a god, who is immutable, perfect, disembodied to create a world from nothing? Could it have been boredom of living in endless god time and god space, could it have been darkness, or did god just want to be cheeky, tried an experiment and the god ethics board said it couldn’t be stopped and while the gods were asleep, this god tried to drown everyone to redeem face sparing 8 hoping that the incestuous relationships would lead to a pure breed of godly people.
Am glad I no longer believe that such a cruel god exists and if it did, I would volunteer to help in killing him/them.
Note: The bible passages are taken from NIV Bible Online.