Ever wonder why, in Christian bookstores, you can find so many versions of the New Testament by itself without the old? Considering the importance of the story of Adam and Eve and the garden, which makes belief on Jesus Christ necessary, I find this odd. Without this one event, the concept of original sin committed by childlike newly made humans of picking a piece of fruit that was forbidden, the entire structure of the Christian religion would fall.
I am no scientist or researcher. I’m just someone with an average IQ trying to grasp the workings of this god. But even I with my limited intellect can see something questionable in this creation story…a major contradiction… that the religion is founded upon.
God is all-knowing. He can see the entire future and what is going to happen before it happens. God is perfect. This is what Christianity maintains. He made humans in his image. That means the original humans would have been perfect too. Or should have been. Had God in his perfection set about to make a perfect creation. But then he didn’t obviously. Because a creation made in his image would be perfect. Unless, that is, he failed? Can God fail? Or is everything he does, part of a master plan?
If God made humans in his image but didn’t do it right and they ended up flawed, corruptable, wouldn’t God have known it ahead of time that his creation was flawed and taken steps to correct the problem? If you are a sculptor making a figure out of clay and the arm falls off, wouldn’t you take the time to reattach the arm? Or better yet start the sculpture over again so this time it has no defect, no weak point?
Clearly if God is all-knowing, he knew when he made humans that his creation had a weakness. Not only did he know this, but he also knew ahead of time that humans would be tempted in the garden. He would have to, because he is all-knowing and can see future events, yes? So he would have known even before he made the earth or scattered stars across the sky that his creation mankind would fail him. And since God cannot fail or make imperfection and/or mistakes we were made perfectly as he intended us to be–imperfect! Human beings. Perfectly (and purposely) made imperfect.
In the same way, God would have known when he made the angel Lucifer, that this angel was going to betray him, cause an uprising against him in heaven, and force God to cast him to the earth, thus creating his worst enemy and the cause of never-ending suffering on the earth. And yet…God made Lucifer anyway, and, knowing ahead of time this angel would be flawed in his character, God could certainly have chosen to not make the angel at all, or perhaps remade Lucifer so he was as perfect as his other angels. Because angels aren’t supposed to have free will like humans. Therefore obviously it would be a flaw in that angel if it were capable of acting in defiance. So twice now at least, God has made flawed creations. Deliberately, because he’s all knowing. First, by making Lucifer, who did have free will, (and then apparently other flawed angels who were capable of being turned to follow Lucifer). And then of course with the creation of humankind, which God would have known ahead of time all the events that were about to happen.
He’d have known it when he made Lucifer, that this angel would fall, known it that Lucifer would become Satan and thus forcing God to make hell as a place separate from God for Satan and his followers to live. God would have known ahead of time that Satan was lurking in Eden in the form of a serpent, would have known ahead of time that he put his flawed creation man in close proximity to this fallen angel and known ahead of time that the creation he had knowingly made flawed, would ultimately fail him.
If you were a ship-wright, and you made a little boat, and you decided to put a hole in its hull before placing it on a lake…would you be angry and surprised to return to the lake a few hours later and find the boat had sunk? Would you become enraged at the boat, curse it, haul it out from the water and break it into pieces and burn it, blaming the boat for having the hole?
Essentially this is what God does in the Adam and Eve story. He throws a tantrum when he “discovers” man and woman hiding their nakedness from him. Yes, like he didn’t know ahead of time that man and woman would succumb to the temptation of Satan or didn’t know ahead of time that Satan whom he bungled the job of making correctly, would foil what I guess was his original plan (does God change his mind?) of having perfect immortal creations made in his image, in a garden to keep him company for all eternity?
Does any of this make sense? So ok, another thing God knew ahead of time. He knew because he had created human beings flawed, deliberately it seems, and Lucifer flawed, again, AWARE, and yet doing this anyway, that a gulf would be created between humans and himself. And in fact from that moment forward humans would have to grovel and offer sacrifice and do everything in their power to make amends for the flaw that God had made in them, the flaw that God had made in Lucifer and in the angels who could defy God and follow Lucifer. That’s alot of flaws for a perfect flawless being to create. Which of course means they aren’t really flaws but part of God’s making that he did deliberately and knowingly.
So great. Now he has outcasted flawed angels in this horrible place called hell because they did just as he had made them to do. And we have a race of sentient beings who must forever give of their food, prosperity, time, energy, love…whatever…to appease this God’s wrath over the fact they too, did what he had designed them to do.
If you make a fire to burn and so it burns, would you then have a tantrum and punish it for burning? Yet, isn’t that what God does with his creations he made flawed deliberately and so they acted as he made them to? If you make a car with its steering wheel stuck all the way to the right so all it can do is drive in tight little circles…would you punish the car for having this flaw? Why then does it make sense that this creator can make flawed creations, and being all-knowing as he is, being aware of the flaws as he makes these flawed creations, only to punish the flawed creation for doing just as he made them to?
A race of slaves, running to do God’s will for fear of being smited if they do not. Giving to him in fire portions of their best crops and livestock, and all the humans after those first flawed creations inheriting that flaw, and having to do likewise…
All so God could send down his only son to be flogged, abused, and ultimately die for the fact we humans (and some of God’s own angels) were made flawed by God, all to provide us a way to reconnect with God again and not have to make sacrifices anymore. Christians call this a loving father. What a role model for father’s everywhere, a superbeing who for generations planned and then oversees that it’s carried out– the murder of his own son. All because…oh yes, that’s right, God knowingly made us flawed and therefore deserving of punishment, needing someone to die horribly so we are all washed clean in his blood.
Lovely image, that. Isn’t it? How odd it is that for this peaceful, loving God so often blood and pain and death are sang about and celebrated by Christians.
Did Jesus supposed sacrifice really free us of God’s judgement–God’s tyranny because certainly Satan never dreamed it up. Free us of the horrible penalty we inherited from flawed primitives who made a mistake with a talking snake? Christianity teaches we are born into sin. We inherited original sin, Eve’s sin, and Adam’s, and our parent’s sin, and their parent’s sin, and their parent’s parent’s sin. We are born corrupted and in need of fixing. We are born flawed–more flawed creations God made deliberately, and the only way for us to avoid eternal torment in a horrible place called hell, is give over our lives to this God. Oh, but we are given free will to choose! And the choices? Take a bullet in the head, or love me. Jump into a vat of acid or love me. Burn and suffer forever in endless torment, or love me. How, may I ask, can this be called free will???
Why would i want to love or follow a God that deliberately and knowingly, made humans flawed and then blamed us, punished us ever since, for it? Unlike every other living thing born on this earth, I am born broken until I beg God to make me whole again.
This is not in my view, the actions of a good and loving God. I think if I were a very sadistic scientist in a lab and I wanted to, just for kicks, torment some rats, I’d do about the same things to them. I’d genetically create rats with only three legs, not four. I’d expect those rats to perform as well as or better than four-legged rats, and when they did not, I would punish them–throw them live, into a fire. Then I’d make the offspring of those genetically engineered to be flawed rats, also born with three legs, to perish the same way, just for inheriting the desired flaw I made them to have.
These are just a few of the flaws I see in what really is the foundation of the Christian religion, a story that without it, there would be no need for Jesus Christ and belief in saviors, or for that matter a need to support churches, or spend our precious little time worshipping a bully who forced all this on us–put us in this position of dependency on him and his mercy, all on purpose apparently if he truly is all-knowing. If God had made us correctly in the first place (and being perfect he should have been able to) and Lucifer, and those angels who followed him–we’d still be in the garden right now. All this is according to his divine plan, Christians say. Well then. His divine plan was to make a flawed race of slaves and force us to surrender up our lives to him to keep from being damned forever for having a flaw he gave us in the first place.