We are still occupied with the verses of Genesis 1:1-2. We have so far dealt with two keywords found in these verses namely "heaven" and "earth". So, today my quest to understand the Genesis creation myth nonliterally takes us to the words of "darkness", "without form and void" and "The Deep." What do they mean nonliterally? In what way can these words also be used in the Bible? Let's find out.
Saturday, 25 February 2012
Friday, 24 February 2012
IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH. THE EARTH WAS WITHOUT FORM, VOID AND DARKNESS WAS UPON THE FACE OF THE DEEP. AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD MOVED UPON THE FACE OF THE WATERS.
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Perchance I should start with so importantly reminding you that the whole theme of literal creation did not necessarily exist as a fact derived from any source that can be trusted without any doubt. How we know that the universe was created was handed down to us by our grandfathers and our ancestors. Basically, the thing about the theme of literal creation is that--very much like all other ideas and beliefs of the ancient times--it has been with humanity so much as a traditionally derived opinion and not as a matter of fact. Then, not unlike all other traditions, beliefs and practices of the ancient times the details in this theme should not necessarily be thought as giving us infallible information. In fact, not unlike all other traditions of the past age, the ancient conception of the created universe has well shown to be inconsistent with recently established facts. We all know how the ancients conceived of the universe as consisting of a flat earth covered with a dome-shaped sky around which there are masses of waters. The sun, the moon and the stars are confined to this dome. Though, we all know how as of late science has dramatically shifted our outlook about the nature and structure of the cosmos. Nowadays we think totally differently about the universe.
The next thing I want to importantly address about the Genesis story of creation is how we are supposed to read it literally. If we have to understand this story nonliterally then we have to first agree about its literal meaning--including all the contradictions and the problems the story raise--because the nonliteral meaning is decoded from how figuration is used in its literal sense. This is going to be today's main topic of discussion.
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
What is the truth about the Genesis creation story? What are the alternatives to the scientific and creationist approaches? The thing with the creation story is that the way it has been popularly literally read may be the one which is in itself wrong. Well, as a matter of fact, we never read every text in the Bible strictly literally. I will give an example.