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The First Lie.
January 3, 2016, 09:26
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The First Lie.

This year I am, as I have several times in the past, reading the complete Bible. I am sorry to say the bad stuff starts early, in Genesis we have not only the birth of misogyny, but the first lie and it’s God that tells it. Right there in Chapter two, ‘And the Lord God commanded the man saying, “You may freely eat of every tree in the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”’ Of course the human mind cannot process a negative and inevitably the man eats of the fruit and what happens, does he die? No! God throws a hissy fit and punishes the man by kicking him out of the garden of Eden and making life unpleasant for him and his wife. However the man has eaten the fruit and lived, he did not die, God lied.

You can try and get round it by saying that what died was the man’s innocence, but that’s not what God said, he said, “You shall die.” not “You will know what’s what,” nor, “I shall make life difficult for you.” You can say the story is not to be taken literally, but then why should any part of the Bible be taken literally? Indeed many Christians are quick to dismiss Jesus’ injunction to the rich young man to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor as symbolic while claiming Genesis as a foundation for treating women as second class citizens.

As I read the Bible I realise that  ̶̶  like any scripture  ̶̶  it contains truth, but that truth lies in allegory not historicity. When Adam ate the fruit he became aware of ‘good and evil’ that is to say he fell under the delusion of duality. Why did God not want the man to eat the fruit? As he says later in the Bible he is a jealous god. He wants a dependent creation and not a questioning one. Looking at the God of Genesis it is little wonder that some gnostics saw him as less than an almighty God but rather just a creator of a material world which he might rule for his own satisfaction. This god could not kill Adam because he needed to be worshipped and obeyed and so he lied and when his lie was challenged indulged his spite rather than lose his subjects. I find the Genesis God a little sad in his need to be obeyed. Later on in Job we see that Satan is nothing more than a functionary of God who tempts people to disobey God so that God can punish them.

Three days into the Bible and so far it’s pretty grim reading and a little inconsistent, where did Cain’s wife suddenly appear from? I do hope she’s not a previously unmentioned sister because so far the only woman mentioned is Cain’s mother. There’s a lot of loose ends here and now I’ve got to Noah it’s not getting any better, that’s a heck of a small boat to fit in all those animals. Oh and again, where are all these wives coming from?

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