In The Beginning God-

Kingwell By Kingwell, 18th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/18qvh-ap/
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In this first of a series I look at the creation story as told in the first two chapters of the Bible and offer some thoughts on my own perspective.

The Christian Bible

In the beginning God - so begins the first chapter of the first book of the Bible-the holy book of the world’s 2.2 billion Christians. Having been raised in a Christian home I first started reading the book some sixty-five years ago and have been reading it on a regular basis ever since. Consequently it is the only one of the world’s holy books that I feel that I can comment on with any degree of accuracy and this I intend to do in a series of articles of which this will be the first.
There are a number of Christians who believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God and therefore meant to be taken literally. I do not want to offend such adherents but I must confess that I am not among those who accept that way of thinking. I am convinced that we have been given a mind and an intellect to interpret for ourselves passages that our logical mind and oftentimes our heart tell us cannot be it as they have been written.
Since the stories and narratives contained in the Bible were handed down by word of mouth, sometimes for hundreds of years before being written down, it is natural to assume that it had gone through numerous changes during that time. Even in the New Testament the first of the gospels – that of St. Mark was not put on papyrus/ paper until some fifty to sixty years after the death of Jesus! Add to that the fact that the Bible as we have it today was not put together until the sixth century you will understand some of my misgivings. Nevertheless this ancient text contains great wisdom and instruction for living.

A Spiritual Creation

Today we will begin with the first book of the Bible known as Genesis and with the creation stories as contained in Chapters one and two of that book. I know that some of you will immediately cry out that there is only one creation story and that it is all contained in Chapter one - I however, beg to differ! The first creation story is a spiritual creation not a physical one, for as Chapter Two, verse five tells us there was neither plant nor herb growing on the earth and neither was there a man to till the ground! Backtracking to Chapter one, we learn that God had already created grass, herbs and trees as well as cattle and all wild animals, fowls of the air and fish of the sea. When all these had been created, God decided on his masterpiece for in verses twenty-six and twenty-seven we are told that God said ”Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”; ------------ so God created man in his own image ----------- male and female created he them. Have you ever wondered who God was speaking to when he said “let us make man in our image, after our likeness?

The Physical Creation

Getting back to the creation story in Chapter two we find that God caused a mist to come up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. Now the plants, herbs and grass would get their physical bodies! Next we are told that God formed man from the dust of the earth and later placed him in the Garden of Eden, before giving the animals physical bodies, also from the dust of the earth – but had God overlooked something? When God created the spiritual man he created them male and female yet a physical body was given only to the male! Clearly there is both a male and female form of God just as there is a male and female version of man. Anyone who doubts the statement has only to look again at verses twenty-six and twenty-seven of Genesis chapter One!
This is where God changes his tactics. Realizing that man must have a female as well as a male side, instead of returning to the dust for the raw material, as he had done for all the animals, he decided to put the man into a deep sleep, take one of his ribs and from it fashion a female body. All goes as planned and we are told that the man and woman were both naked and were not ashamed. This is the first time that shame is mentioned in the Bible and I find it rather strange that it would be thought that the man and woman would be ashamed of the bodies that God had given them – I would think that they would be very proud. The next time we will look at the happenings in the Garden of Eden and what follows.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 2

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Carol Roach
18th Mar 2015 (#)

in our own image has perplexed scholars for ever, some taking that there were more than one God.

The shame aspect introduces sin, and Adam and Eve now were exposed to it.

Also remember Genesis is part of the Hebrew Torah long before there ever was christianity

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you for commenting Carol. I am merely pointing out certain things that are rarely spoken off. I'm not proposing the idea of more than one God but it does seem that God is made of both male and female. I feel that the idea that the idea of shame is man made and has caused more harm than good. The Torah contains the first five books of the Bible and were supposedly written by Moses. I think that many Christians put too much emphasis on the Old Testament rather than on the teachings of Jesus. I realize too that religion can be a touchy subject for many and it is not my intent to upset anyone but to speak of things that are usually not spoken about by those who take the Bible literally. It is a fascinating book and the fact that there are some 40,000 denomination within Christianity shows that there has been many different interpretations. I'm not claiming to have all the answers either lol! Blessings.

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author avatar Utah Jay
18th Mar 2015 (#)

In the Bible story, Genesis 10 God called the dry land earth and the water He called seas and God saw that it was good. In verse11 And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, and so in 12 the earth brought forth grass and herb and tree. In verse 20 it says, and God said, let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creatures that have life, and the fowl that may fly above the earth. In verse 21 he created whales and sea creatures, in22 God blesses the sea creatures to multiply and the fowl to do the same in verse 24 God said Let the earth bring forth the living creatures after his kind, cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after his kind. It wasn't until verse 26 that God created man, but this was after he created the animals. He only brought them to Adam to be named. Neither Adam or Eve were ashamed of their bodies until the serpent (Satan) came along and beguiled the woman, telling her if she ate of the fruit that she would be as a god, knowing both good and evil and it was she who then deceived the man and the eyes of both were opened and they saw they were naked and they made clothes of fig leaves. So as the "story" goes it was not man who brought forth shame, but Satan whispering in their ears. He is the source of all evil if we are to believe in God as I do. And as I do I feel it is wise to get things in the proper order. And in the reading of Genesis I can see no place where God created man and woman until He took the rib from Adam. In Genesis it is very clear that the creation of man came last.

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you for commenting. I am simply pointing out things that are rarely talked about when one takes the story literally. Of course everything you quote is correct but you are combining chapters 1 and 2. In Chapter 1 God created all things but it is not until later that he gives them physical bodies. In Chapter 1 He created man male and female and refers to himself as us yet later in chapter 2:5, it says there was not a man to till the ground. Also in Chapter 2 the man gets a physical body before the animals. There seems to be some contradiction here which is almost never spoken off. I believe in questioning rather than being told that this is the way it has to be. This is just me and I am not trying to change others. Blessings.

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author avatar M G Singh
19th Mar 2015 (#)

Very interesting post

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Madan. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol
19th Mar 2015 (#)

This is a lovely post.

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. The big dander here is that it will offend someone but it isn't what I am trying to do. I just like to point out thing that are rarely spoken off and that can put a whole new meaning to a passage. I am not trying to convert anyone to my way of thinking or upset anyone. It is written for those with an open mind. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Mar 2015 (#)

I meant danger not dander lol!

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author avatar Utah Jay
21st Mar 2015 (#)

I guess it's that I have no questions Kingwell, I just know it is ture. I asked and He told me.

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Mar 2015 (#)

I'm happy for you Utah. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Mar 2015 (#)

I believe in whetting my curiosity be it science, creation or religion. We can all have our own views than be blindly led by others. Appreciate your honesty and integrity Kingwell - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. We agree on a lot of things. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
13th Jun 2015 (#)

Great is THE LORD ~ and ~ greatly to be praised. I am thankful that He gave us not only His Holy Word ~ but ~ a mind and intellect as well.

Thanks for sharing ~ Kingwell. I look forward to following this series.

Richest Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Jun 2015 (#)

Helen my friend, You have read and commended on 7 of the posts in this series in one day! Thank you. I hope you will continue to follow and comment. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
13th Jun 2015 (#)

You are right ~ Kingwell. Seems I've done little else today except a few landlord tenant relationship phone calls.

You set these up beautifully ~ so that we could go from one part to the next ~ without going back to messages.

THANKS FOR THAT.

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Jun 2015 (#)

Blessings friend.

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