Thursday, August 18, 2011

Divine Pish-Posh Part I: The Creation Myth

The Christian Holy Bible's story of Creation is probably one of the most well known of such stories. In only six days the universe and everything in it is created by God. Reference these Holy Bible verses so that you may read this for yourself: Genesis 1:1-31; 2:1-3. Psalms 8:3; 33:6-7, 9. There are many, many verses that directly concern Creation, but listing all of them is counter-productive. If you wish to find more Creation verses simply Google it.

Creation myths all lack the very same things: a scientific approach, a common sense approach, a real and true search for cause and effect.

Creation myths also all share some very interesting qualities: zero proof of said story, absurd claims, impossible or improbable sequences of events.

Why have so many cultures nurtured such myths? Perhaps some of the reasons for this is to maintain certain aspects of heritage and culture, to learn about the consequences of good and evil deeds by stories of gods and heroes and villains, to establish some type of spiritual foundation and respect, to help explain all facets of existence (to include all things supernatural) that humans do not understand, and even to serve as a unifying and longevity factor for some cultures.

And of course there is the entertainment factor. What better way to spread the favorite stories of one's culture with individuals of neighboring cultures and nations than to weave colorful, amazing, and captivating stories that each hold fast to specific beliefs held dear by the storytellers? I encourage you to go and research the creation myths of as many different cultures as possible. You will find an amazing array of fantastic acts of heroism, numerous stories of selfish and self-less gods alike, stories of slavery and freedom, of life and death and rebirth.

Many biblical historians date the written creation of the Pentateuch by Moses to be around 1400 B.C.E. to 1280 B.C.E. Creation myths with Enuma Elis, or with Marduk over Tiamat have been suggested to date around 1800 B.C.E. to 1100 B.C.E. Some Sumerian myths have been dated to be around 2150 B.C.E. Egyptian myths from the 5th and 6th dynasties date to around 2375 B.C.E. to 2184 B.C.E.

People can squabble over whose myth is the oldest and therefore the most viable. Yet, perhaps the specific approach of trying to pinpoint the oldest of such writings (in order to establish ONE specific myth as THE truth) is contrary to the purpose of the creation of the myths in the first place.

I think that maybe the myths just share different viewpoints and associations and perceptions of what is thought to be man's progression through existence, to include all things supernatural. And maybe myth is also about remembering what and who man has been in order that he better understand how far he has come and who he is now.

And who he may be in the future.

These myths are not intended to be taken as truth. This is what atheists, at least some of them, are trying to say. This is precisely what some atheists are trying to prove as they go point by point over the ridiculousness of Christianity, trying to show the severe inconsistencies and the sheer lunacy of accepting mythology as ultimate truth. It is about opening the eyes of the deluded. These stories are not meant to be taken literally, to be used as tools of separation, to be used as tools of subjugation, or to be used as tools of fear. They are ALL PRETEND.

This is why I write what I write. Remove the blindfold, all ye immersed in swallowing what Christianity crams into your mouth. Remove the blindfold.

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1 comment:

  1. Myth and belief are never good to take as straight up truth.


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