The Bible Story,
An academic circumspection:
Is there truth in this Story?
By: David Freed 11/01/06
Creation and the de-evolution of man.
Hopefully, one day, I’ll have a chance to tell this story in some type of recorded media, because I fully understand the slow read of scripture, but for now, this exercise will help to build the perfect script. It would be impossible to include all aspects of the entire story, without reproducing the Bible itself.
I know that there is a lot of information to cover, just in the origin stories alone; therefore I have abridged the information as much as possible and will only focus on two parts. Part one begins with our initial creation and covers the de-evolution of man. Part two Ponders the cultural manipulation of the Jewish people and their role in twenty-first century current events.
Remember, Heavenly inspired or not, the Bible is one of the most complete records of mankind throughout our history. Actually, it claims to start at the very beginning of our creation and predicts our future demise. Not only does it claim to cover the entire history of our reality, but also it is additionally supported by a wealth of reference material and commentary, both pro and con.
Genesis is the oldest text in the Bible and its authorship is debated. Therefore, every argument about the Bible being “not-factual,” and full of transcription and translation errors, must apply to Genesis in spades. So, lets just examine this Bible Story, from our larger and more cosmologically academic perspective.
The Creation Story
Gen 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth….”
Gen 1:3 “And God said, ‘Let there be light…’”
Gen 1:5 “…. And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.”
Gen 1:6 “And God said, ‘Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.’”
Gen 1:7 "So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it ..."
Gen 1:8 “…And there was evening, and there was morning – the second day.”
Gen 1:9 “… And God said, ‘Let the waters under the sky be gathered to one place and let the dry ground appear.’”
Gen 1:11 “Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation…’”
Gen 1:13 “And there was evening, and there was morning – the third day.”
Gen 1:14 “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night…”
Gen 1:16 “God made two great lights – the greater to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night…”
Gen 1:19 “And there was evening, and there was morning – the fourth day.”
Gen 1:20 “And God said, ‘Let the waters teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth….”
Gen 1:23 “And there was evening, and there was morning – the fifth day.”
Gen 1:24 “And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures….”
Gen 1:26 “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our likeness, and let then rule…”
Gen 1:27 “So God created man in his own image…. male and female he created them.”
Gen 1:28 “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Gen 1:30 “… everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food….”
Gen 1:31 “…And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.”
Gen 2:2 “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy…”
So, there we have the infamous six days of creation story. How bold of any document to dare describe the earliest moments of the birth of our reality. Remember just how long ago these words were first formulated and transcribed.
A closer review of these six initial days is attempted in paper later in this series, The Big Bang of Creation. That essay will attempt to survey what current astrophysicist may have to say in relation to these miraculous six days.
Adam and Eve
Gen 2:5 “… God had not sent rain on the earth…”
Gen 2:6 “but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground…”
What an interesting place this describes. It doesn’t rain on the Earth, but streams come up from the ground in enough quantity to water the entire Earth.
Gen 2:7 “ the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.”
And man became a living being.
Gen 2:8 “…God planted a garden in the East, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed…”
Gen 2:9 “… I the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
Gen 2:10 “A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters.”
Gen 2:11 “The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold…”
Gen 2:13 “The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds though the entire land of Crush.”
Gen 2:14 “ The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.”
So we have a large oasis, the actual Garden of Eden, watered from the ground up with enough volume to supply four rivers that wind their way through much of the land.
Gen 2:16 “…God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;“
Gen 2:17 “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for… you will surely die.”
Gen 2:18 “… God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
God brings all of the beast of the fields and the birds of the air to Adam in Gen 2:19.
Adam names all the creatures, but no suitable helper for Adam was found: Gen 2:20
Gen 2:21 “…God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and… took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh.”
Gen 2:22 “… God made woman from the rib…”
Gen 2:23 “The man said, … she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man.”
Wait just a minute. Didn’t we just read that God already made woman in is image. Gen 1:27: So God created man in his own image…. male and female he created them.”
I Ponder why we are also have this version where surgery is performed on Adam and his biological sample was manipulated into a woman. Biological manipulation is an issue that is apart of our current cultural knowledge base. We understand its possibilities and potentials as DNA manipulation or hybridization and fear its potential ethical corruption related to the possibilities of human cloning.
The suggestion of genetic manipulation once again causes me to Ponder the question, if genetic make up helps to determine who we are and how we behave, could our species be a programmable commodity?
Enter the Serpent
Gen 3:1 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say…?
And the justification the serpent uses to deceive Eve…
Gen 3:4 “’You will not surely die,’ the serpent said to the woman.”
Gen 3:5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Gen 3:6 “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her…”
Two big things stand out to me here. The desire for wisdom and knowledge over immortality and Adam was right there with her, perhaps the whole time.
After they ate of the fruit, they became aware that they were actually naked and made some type of clothing out of fig leaves, Gen 3:7. They hid from the Lord among the trees because they were naked, Gen 3:8. However, God caught up to them and immediately knew that they had bit into the forbidden fruit, Gen 3:9 – 11.
Gen 3:14 “So the Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, Cursed are you …”
Gen 3:15 “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers…”
Some translations say that the enmity is between Satan’s seed and Eve’s seed. It is quite clear what is meant about the offspring of Eve, but just what in the heck is the offspring of the serpent. ‘Satan’s seed’ is subject that is totally avoided by our culturally conditioned concept of our Judeo-Christian Heritage, but hopefully becomes a subject for much exploration before this exercise is complete.
Gen 3:16 “To the woman he said.’ I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing…’”
Gen 3:17 “To Adam he said, ‘Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree…. Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it…”
Gen 3:18 “It will produce thorns and thistles for you…”
Gen 3:19 “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground…. for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
Gen 3:22 “… God said,’ The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.’”
Gen 3:23 “So … God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground…”
Gen 3:24 “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.”
Now in my own personal cosmology there really cannot be any correlations between geographical locations of the pre-deluvian area and today, but I Ponder the concept of the East somehow becoming a boundary.
We can assume that Adam and Eve went to the East, because God placed the cherubim on the east side of the Garden. So, only three chapters into Genesis there is already the groundwork for the concept of East verses west. Isn’t the Garden, with its trees of knowledge and life on the west side of the cherubim? Making the best and most desirable life in the west closest to God’s garden. Additionally, notice that God just made man and let him loose, so it sure didn’t take very long indeed for man to fall. God pushed us from the Garden of Eden and prevented us from becoming immortal.
It is almost as if man begins to de-evolve from his designed place in the universe right from the beginning. There is a trend that develops as we go through this story.
Cain and Able
So, Adam and Eve leave the Garden and have two sons. Cain is the first-born, Gen 4:1, and Able is the second born and tends flock, while Cain worked the soil, Gen 4:2. However, when the two siblings sacrificed to God the fruit of their respective labors. God showed his preference to Abel’s offering.
My memories of Sunday School are of Abel’s offering is one of his flock. Murdered, bled, and perhaps burnt and Cain became upset enough to kill his brother Abel, Gen 4:3 – 8. This is when God asked Cain about his brother, Cain replied with the famous scriptural quotation;
Gen 4:9 “…Am I my brothers keeper?”
So now, Cain is cursed and driven away to become a restless wander, Gen 4:11 – 14.
Cain is convicted of a crime – “Guilty of Murder!” Too bad that Cain didn’t have access to O. J. Simpson’s legal staff. Degrees of momentary insanity work for the Court Room heroes of television every day in our society, perhaps Cain saw that God likes Murderers and thought what better to win back Gods favor, but by sacrificing his own brother.
I am not trying to minimise the story of Cain, or any of its implications. I just want to make the point that there is always more than just one side of any story.
In any case, I ponder the fact that from the very beginning of this story there is a theme of God showing preference to one group over another. Then those two sides begin to posture and war.
Seth, the replacement son
Enoch, Methuselah, and Noah
Gen 5:3. When Adam was 130 years, old he had another son Seth. Through Seth the lineage continues to Noah. So even though Cain was the first-born, it is the replacement son that carries out the Bible Story. The linage of Seth includes some of the most famous names of the predeluvian area.
Enoch, the father of Methuselah walked with God in heaven and eventually God took him to heaven, at age 365, without Enoch having to die and as man, Gen 5:24. Methuselah was the oldest and wisest man to ever live, only to die at an age of 969 years old. Methuselah also fathered Lamech, who intern fathered the Noah of the great flood.
One of the most outstanding aspects of the fifth chapter of Genesis is the age of the people mentioned. Adam lived 930 years. Seth lived 912 years. Enosh lived 905 years. Kenan lived 840 years. Jared, the father of Enoch, lived 962 years. Lamech lived 777 years, and Noah was 500 years old before he had his sons.
What a different place this era must have been. No rain, yet there is a great firmament above. There is no rain, but instead, plants water from the ground up and people live to incredible ages.
The Fallen Angles and the Nephilim
Now the Bible Story tells us that some of the Fallen Angles come to Earth and married any of the daughters of men that they choose, Gen 6:2.
Gen 6:4 “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days – and also afterward – when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.”
Just how else can we take this passage? The Fallen Angles produced hybrid children with mortal women. Here we have another reference to children and pedigree. Is this another genetic reference? Hybrid children, that are the product of Angelic beings and mortal women, became the heroes of old and men of renown. What an interesting race of creatures this must have been. There is more discussion of the Nephilim in a following paper in this series: The Nephilim and the pre-deluvian area.
Just for the moment, imagine the Fallen Angles here on Earth. They are higher created beings. They are Angles that have come into the Earth’s realm. How much greater is their knowledge base than mankind’s. We mortal men must have appeared extremely primitive indeed. What boundaries and rules would they follow; after all they were arrogant enough to rebel in Heaven. How interesting, that their past time was focused on genetic manipulation and hybridization.
Noah and the Flood
Gen 6:5 (one verse later) “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.”
Gen 6:6 “The Lord was grieved that He had made man…”
Gen 6:7 “So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth…’”
Gen 6:8 “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”
Gen 6:9 “… Noah was a righteous man blameless among the people of his time…”
He was pure in his generations according to (need footnote). Yet, another genealogy reference to genetic purity, or at least, genetic heritage.
Gen 6:13 “So God said to Noah. ‘I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them….’”
Sort of reminds you of today and current events, doesn’t it?
Gen 6:13 “’… I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.’”
God didn’t say that he was going to really damage something; instead He is going to destroy it. If you destroy something, it is completely undone.
We all understand that the flood was to wipe out mankind, save Noah and family; but notice here that the Earth is also to be destroyed. Both man and the Earth are altered from their original form to something different.
Gen 6:14 God tells Noah, “… make yourself an ark …”
Gen 6:15 “This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high.”
How bold of ancient man to include such precise measurements. Just imagine how maritime man of yesterday must have considered the dimension of the ark. Take Christopher Columbus for example, his Santa Maria flagship was 2 feet shorter in overall length than the ark was in height.
Mankind never built ship to this scale until recent times. Consider the scale of the ark: Width x length, 75 x 450, or 1 x 6. Interesting ratio when you discover that it is the exact same average ratio, which modern super tankers and container freighters are built to today. The ratio that been shown to be the absolute most stable flotation platform. Not too bad for ancient man and it sure yields a hint of creditability to the story. I closer investigation of the feasibility of the Biblical Ark follows in a paper in this series, ‘Noah and Expanding Earth Theory.’
Gen 6:20 “Two of every kind of … animal … will come to you to be kept alive.”
This two by two progression to the ark of animals marching to the ark, as represented in children books, may not be far from the reality. Some people forget the: “You can’t see the forest because of all the tree syndrome,” and try to argue that the ark wasn’t big enough, and of course, what about the dinosaurs? The flood came to destroy the world and the creatures in it so a lot of creatures didn’t make it. Even man didn’t make it, save Noah and kin. The point is that every creature that showed up was to be “...kept alive.”
Gen 7:6 “Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth.”
Gen 7:11 “… on the seventeenth day of the second month – on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened”
Gen 7:12 “And the rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.”
Gen 7:17 “For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth…”
Gen 7:19 the waters “… rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered.”
In fact –
Gen 7:20 “The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet.”
Certainly taking a stand on the flood being a global event verses a local phenomenon.
Gen 7:22 “Everything on the dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died.”
Gen 7:23 “… Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.”
Gen 7:24 “ The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.”
Gen 8:1 “But God remembered Noah and all … that were with him in the ark, and sent a wind over the earth and the waters receded.”
Gen 8:3 “The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of 150 days the water had gone down,”
Gen 8:4 “ and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest in the mountains of Ararat.”
Doesn’t say specifically the mountain of Ararat, but rather in the mountain range of Ararat.
Gen 8:5 “The waters continued to recede … and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.”
Gen 8:14 “By the twenty-seventh day the second month the earth was completely dry.”
Gen 8:15 “… God said, ’Come out of the ark…’”
So all this time, I always had the flood story as forty days and nights – ha – Noah and company spent at least one year and ten days inside the ark. What a ride that must have been – not to mention waking up every morning to rhinoceros breath.
God’s covenant with Noah
Gen 9:1 “Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.”
Gosh, there are over six billion people on the Earth today!
Gen 9:3 “Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.”
So, before the flood man was a vegetarian only, but now we can eat virtually anything. Today, if you look at the eating habits throughout the world, there really isn’t much that doesn’t get eaten somewhere.
Evidence that we are not the same man as the pre-deluvian people. Pre-deluvian man was destroyed. Modern man almost seems to be if he has de-evolved into a different species. Our life spans are certainly not the same, nor are our eating habits. Once again moving away from that original creature Adam, the man that God made in his image and walked with in the Garden.
Gen 9:6 “Whoever sheds the blood of a man, by man shall his blood be shed…”
This is the perfect example, of social programming with a tendency toward violence and specifically murder. Programming requires a program. Operating software, if you will, say something subtle as perhaps a genetic imprint. Once again the question appears, is man a programmable commodity?
Gen 9:11 “…Never again will all life be cut off from the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
Again the comment is made that two different things were destroyed, life, and the earth. Just as modern man is a different creature than pre-deluvian man, the Earth has also changed into a different place. Just look at what the rainbow represents.
Gen 9:13 “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”
So, the covenant with Noah is that we are now de-evolved violent carnivores, with greatly shortened life spans; but the rainbow is actually an apology to the Earth.
Ham, genetics, and cultural heritage
Once Noah was re-established on land, he planted a vineyard and made some wine, which must have been pretty good because,
Gen 9:21 “When he drank some … he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.
Gen 9:22 “But Hamm, the father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness …”
Gen 9:24 “When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, “
Gen 9:25 “he said, ‘Cursed be Canaan…”
The curse is that line of Canaan will be slaves to the descendants of Hamm’s two brothers, Gen 9:25 – 27.
Gen 9:28 “After the flood Noah lived 350 years.”
Why is this story worthy of surviving abridgment? For me, it is another insight into the genetic imprinting of modern man. According to the Bible Story, only eight people survived the flood, Noah, his three sons and the wives to these four men. Outside literature, specifically the Hebrew Mid Rash, defined as the body of ancient Hebrew writing that didn’t find its way into scripture, talks about Hamm having other behavior problems the ark. Problems possibly of a sexual nature and it is this outside literature that people use to skew Hamm’s transgression into some type of homosexual occurrence.
The point that jumps out at me is that of the gene pool God chose to repopulate the earth, 1/8th was pre-dispose to behavior problems. Sort of reminds me of today and current world events.
The second point that jumps out is the name Canaan. Canaan becomes the bad guy. Canaan’s defendants are ones that become oppressed. Sounds a little like Cain from the first age of man. As we read on there are many Canaanites to deal with throughout the story. Just as the Fallen Angels oppressed man in the first era, here a group is selected out to be the recipients of a new era of oppression.
Finally, I ponder the reality of Noah living so long after the flood. How many descendants would he have had in 350 years? Wouldn’t he be revered as the grandfather of everyone? Just imagine all those grandfatherly stories about the days before the flood. Then once a large enough population base began retelling these stories, over and over, they have become our multicultural heritage link to the pre-deluvian era.
Remembering back to the days when Enoch walked with God, back in the days when Methuselah lived to be the oldest and wisest man on the planet, and a firmament covered the Earth. There was no rain in those days, but the waters sprang up from the ground to water the entire planet and forming four major rivers. Higher created beings, Fallen Angels, came to Earth's surface and just corrupted creation by both genetically interfering with man, and instigating wickedness. How would higher created beings act if there were here in our reality? They would be immortal, Fallen Angels, that have been in Heaven and know the truth of our reality, possess an amazing knowledge base, and possibly possess powers or abilities beyond mans capabilities, creatures that are arrogant enough to rise up against God. Wouldn’t they pass themselves off as gods to us? Evidently we couldn’t stop them from experimenting on us as a species. Having children with mortal women that were heroes and men of renown. Isn’t that the Hercules story? Didn’t Zeus have is way with a mortal woman and Hercules was born and became both a hero and a man of renown. Perhaps the gods of the Greek and Romans have a place in history after all.
Then there is Methuselah, the oldest and wisest man that ever lived on the planet and a man that died at an age of 969 years old. I know that Hollywood has us all thinking that everyone from this time period was a simple dessert dweller with nothing but a sheep and a camel, but it is hard for me to picture Methuselah this way at all. After 900 years or so don’t you think that he had indoor plumbing? It was Methuselah’s father Enoch that walked with God. Enoch went into Heaven for a while as God’s guest. I am sure he returned with many secrets of the universe. We know for sure that some of the population of the Earth has superior knowledge, because they fell from Heaven and we are told they at least had technology enough for genetic experimentation. This doesn’t sound like a primitive people at all! But yet, this advanced civilization sank beneath the ocean cause by the flood. Remind you of any other Greek story of old. Perhaps of a technologically advanced society that also sank beneath the ocean told by Plato and named Atlantis.
These are just some of the things I Ponder. Some people may say that I am really stretching things here, but if there is one central truth to it all; then I suggest that no factual evidence anywhere can degnie that truth.
The tower of Babel
Gen 11:1 “Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.”
This certainly would explain how pre-deluvian stories became common to all peoples.
Gen 11:2 “As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.”
Once again the Bible Story is moving East.
Gen 11:4 “…’Come let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches into the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves…’”
To me, this is one of the most puzzling items of Judeao-Christian Heritage. This doesn’t seem to be anything like those old Sunday School pictorials of the bunch of, desert dwellers, building a rugged looking stone masonry tower. To me, this sound much more like these guys wanted to build a complex. A city sized research complex dedicated to exploration. Dedicated to understanding and connecting with the universe. Why? - for the benefit of the species! Isn’t this the same goal as modern man desiring to colonize space, or organizing a One World Government?
Isn't the desire to grow and achieve another one of those genetically imprinted survival instincts? As Tennyson would say," ... Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho' we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are -- One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will. To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." Or as my generation would say, "To boldly go where no man has gone before."
Gen 11:6 “The Lord said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.’”
This is another big piece to my puzzle. If God created us and he is our Father, then why in the world wouldn’t the above statement make Him proud? Even with all the de-evolution away from the original man, Adam, and even with all of the impediments placed in our way, man still pulled together as one people and strived for greatness, but what does our Father have to say?
Gen 11:7 “Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
Gen 11:8 “So the Lord scattered them from there over the earth, and they stopped building the city.”
For a third time God directly intervenes in the development of mankind by once again stunting our potential and completing our de-evolution. Some people claim to have so called reasons to be mad at God about something or another, but if I had to pick one this would be it. I know that I must till the soil for my food and I can never return to the Garden of Eden, but why can I not live up to my potential.
Is there some genetic control over us as a species? Sure opens up the possibility to the concept of Cognitive Closure and the idea that we are programmed so that there are just some things we cannot know. A level of growth and achievement we cannot attain.
Imagine if let alone, our species may have been space faring for centuries by now. Just look at how much progress we have achieved as a species over the last few hundred years and we made it to the moon, and beyond. We could all be praising the Lord from several quadrants of the galaxy by now. Evidently, God didn’t want that to happen either.
Ponder the possibilities. The Nations of Ishmael setteled the quadrants to the East of course. The Gentials setteled the quadrants to the West. Earth becomes the home planet to the Nation of Israel, and the eventual Battel of Armageddon plays out on a glactic scale.