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Creation

The Creation of Adam

The Creation Of Adam

Today I want to take a break from cults and discuss something that irritates me to no end. That topic is creationism, specifically young Earth creationism. Old Earth creationism, in particular the day-age flavor, can be simply dismissed thanks to the only piece of logic to come from the YEC camp.that is trees which need sunlight to survive were created before the sun that gives that light.

What do creationists believe? To put it simply, they believe the universe and everything in it was created in 6 days somewhere around July 4th 4004 BCE. As can be seen from the previous mention of day-age creationism, these days are mostly believed to be literal 24 hour days as seen by the almost constant reference to there was “evening and morning.” Guess since god created the universe and everything in it in 6 days I could understand why he was so tired he needed a rest on the 7th day. Let’s take a look at the days of creation (table taken from Wikipedia and edited shamelessly).

  • Day 1: God creates light. The light is divided from the darkness, and “day” and “night” are named [Was god stumbling around in the dark?].
  • Day 2: God creates the firmament to divide the waters above from the waters below. The firmament is named “skies”.
  • Day 3: God commands the waters below to be gathered together in one place, and dry land to appear “Earth” and “sea” are named. God commands the earth to bring forth grass, plants, and fruit-bearing trees.
  • Day 4: God creates lights in the firmament to separate light from darkness and to mark days, seasons and years. Two great lights are made (most likely the Sun and Moon, but not named), and the stars [Didn’t we already have 3 days?]
  • Day 5: God commands the sea to “teem with living creatures”, and birds to fly across the heavens. He creates birds and sea creatures, and commands them to be fruitful and multiply. [god preferred birds and fish over man?]
  • Day 6: God commands the land to bring forth living creatures. He makes wild beasts, livestock and reptiles. He then creates mankind in His “image” and “likeness” They are told to “be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it.” Humans and animals are given plants to eat. The totality of creation is described by God as “very good.” [Although he later destroyed it, why did god create birds and fish yesterday and animals today before man? Was man an afterthought?]
  • Day 7: God, having completed the heavens and the earth, rests from His work, and blesses and sanctifies the seventh day. [Translation: He got tired]

As can be seen in the above table a literal reading of the creation in Genesis is really very comical. Then again, there are two different creation accounts in chapters 1 and 2 but for sake of sanity let’s just stick to one but our discussion of creation week is over so let’s check in on the Garden Of Eden and Adam and Eve. Strangely enough according to Jewish legend Eve was Adam’s second ‘wife’. His first wife was Lilith [not the psychiatrist from Cheers] who was taken from the garden for saying god’s name. But let’s disregard this and look at the biblical account of Eden Estates And Garden Apartments LTD.  On day 6 of creation god finally got around to creating Adam and had to put him somewhere so the he put him In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida [forgive me but the temptation was irresistible]. Seeing Adam alone [did god really give Adam an English name? An interesting fact is the Hebrew word for Earth is adama] god brought all the animals before the hours old man who probably could barely talk, walk or stand but the task was set to him “Thou shall live in my garden Apartments rent free  if thou shall name these beasts” so Adam named them. God saw no mate for Adam so he became the first organ harvester but instead of an organ he harvested a rib and formed women then left Adam laying in a bathtub full of ice thus the urban legend was born.

Now we have man and women and all those countless animals and birds that god thought enough of to create them before man and well before woman [who apparently god thinks is the lowest creature] so god evicted Adam and Eve from the Garden Apartments because they ate an ‘apple’ on a tree he put in their yard which was “sold” to them by the devil in the guise of a talking snake that he placed there. What a damn set up. Anyway out go Adam and Eve never to return but apparently the animals were still freely allowed to roam the garden Estates.

Adam and Eve had children who in turn populated the Earth. Wonder why the clear fact that the kids had to….well….do it with each other wasn’t mentioned in the bible? But let’s ignore that racy story and pass over the Lot stupidity where he gave his virgin daughter to a bunch of enraged homosexuals and stop over on Noah.

Before we get on to the flood myth let me give you a quite whimsical account of the creation story from the Thinking Atheist.

The creation god saw and called good on day 6 was something he called wicked and not good now. He decided to destroy it and every living thing on the planet. But in order to save him the trouble of creating everything again [and getting tired again], he decided to have a 600 year old guy build a boat to house his family [again with the incest to populate the world?] and 2 of every kind of animal so they would be saved when god killed everybody in one of the worst ways to die. Some will claim there is nothing wrong with the flood story other than there is no geological evidence at all. That is wrong, there is no evidence but the story is full of so many holes it was probably thought of in a swiss cheese factory.

First problem we see is that Noah had to gather animals from far and wide. Animals that were not indigenous to the middle east. Seriously, are we to believe that Kangaroos hopped over the ocean? Pretty much that amounts to millions and millions of different species. Alone that is enough to crush the myth of the flood but there is that argument from flood believers that there were much less ‘kinds’, maybe a few thousand. Ok, let’s work from that perspective. We still have a 600 year old man gathering ‘kinds’ from all over the world but lets bypass that problem.

How were the animals and people fed? I put animals first because god did, maybe god did it in alphabetical order? Seriously, that must have been one huge load of food to feed all those animals and people for almost a year. That does raise another question. The ark had one window, how did they get rid of the tons of….animal poop? Tons of garbage from every other source? Guess they could have dumped it out the window but that really would have been a dirty job [not like those clean ones on that Discovery show] and I don’t see anything wrong with their dumping refuse overboard since there is no commandment that says “thou shalt not litter.” We also have the problem of predators being caged next to prey and the often overlooked problem of the parasitic bacteria that was saved. There were no fish on the ark since they could survive the flood but there are fresh water fish that can’t survive in salt water and there are salt water fish that can’t survive in fresh, how was the water separated because if it wasn’t, there would be no fish anymore. After almost a full year the ark grounded itself on the mountains of Ararat never to be seen again.

Another video from the Thinking Atheist you definitely will enjoy.

I could go on and on on this subject but it is clear to any thinking human that creationism, whether YEC, OEC or the ones dressed up in lab coats called ID  [Intelligent design], is an entirely untenable position nor is it compatible with any scientific fields such as geology, paleontology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, germ theory, evolution, biology and genetics just to name a few. I ask you readers to please forgive my interspersal of a few jokes throughout the text because without them I never would have been able to write about this subject without my blood pressure rising into a danger zone.

In case anybody is interested in a video of the top 10 creationist arguments, I present yet another video from the Thinking Atheist.

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4 Responses

  1. Erm….. I can’t understand how anyone can see the Biblical view as literal fact. How could anyone look at such stories and yet claim that science is false and the Bible is true? I don’t understand. Good job, as that’s quite a complete rebuttal of the Genesis account.

    • One word Darren…..

      Evolution…

      It makes a mockery of science……

      Go back to the drawing board and come up with a more palatable idea,supported by real proof and we might take science more seriously…

  2. Starchasr as usual portrays his complete lack of understanding of anything to do with science with his inane comments. ‘real proof’ just displays the way his mind works. He wants grandstand, turnkey, silver bullet ‘proofs’ to simple and easily explain how things work. Thus his affinity for a deity (I know not which one) which is the largest get out clause in history. It doesnt occur to him that there have been numerous religions, with a multitude of failings, all of which professed to know ‘the truth’. I assume he is some form of Christian, but he doesn’t relise that the religious meme has just survived because of evolutionary social processes.
    Science, meanwhile, has continued to observe how reality functions, tested using rigorous, repeatable, independantly verifed experiments, rational thought and logic. It generally does not claim the truth, it doesnt progress smoothly and it isnt a democracy. Why he thinks evolutionary science is some flawed branch of science is explicable because sadly his book of myths and fables has a bit in it which provides the goat herders view of the origins of the universe, the earth and biodeversity on the planet. Evolution runs roughshod over the latter viewpoint.

    So Mr Starchasr, cry me a river, build me a bridge, and get over it. Name one observation that contradicts evolution (just one!) and Ill give you a fir hearing. Until then stfu

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