Thursday, September 10, 2009

Let me give you something to think about as you ponder the six theories of Creation. Think with me about the context of Creation ideas in the ancient world. In Greek mythology Gaea, mother earth, simply appeared. She gave birth to a son named Uranus, in Greek ouranos, the word for heaven. She then became the incestuous lover of her son. They had children who became irritating to Uranus so he imprisoned them in the womb, the deep earth, of Gaea. She became angry and plotted with her son Cronos to ambush Uranus. Cronos with a flint sickle provided by his mother co conspirator cut of the genitals of Uranus and threw the remains into the sea, the bloody foam on the shore produced the goddess Aphrodite.

In Sumerian mythology Tiamat was the primevil chaos monster goddess. Pictured as a dragon she is described as a bizarre figure of serpent parts, udders, and human appendages. Her husband Apsu was irritated by their children and plotted to kill them. Tiamat resisted and in a battle with the god Marduk she was distended, shot, cut in two, and pierced in the heart. Her crushed skull signaled her death and the corpse which remained provided structure to hold up the sky.

And then Genesis...In the beginning God created... He calls his creation good using the Hebrew word tob meaning beautiful, delightful, morally good. The Creation account is good news for mankind gone wild with family meltdowns, incest, hatred, violence, immorality.

What if the purpose of Genesis 1 has nothing to do with the six theories but instead is the Gospel of Creation?

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  2. I appreciate your willingness to engage in discussion. As I read through Genesis 1 it seems obvious to me that God is not so much concerned about communicating how He created the heavens and the earth, but very much wants us to know Who created the heavens and the earth. I'm fine with that. If the Gospel of Creation means God creating life from nothing then that is indeed good (great) news.

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  3. Thanks Eric, I agree with you wholeheartedly. I think it is like walking into a bank and asking for a colonoscopy. Both bank and medical procedure are valid, but the context and intent are not fitting- as unfitting as using colonoscopy as a metaphor in a conversation about creation. Many thanks.

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