Memo no 4 to the Bible God aka the Hebrew God

Gawd, as you may already know in advance, this is my fourth memo, assuming of course you exist, are omniscient or not suffering from amnesia. This memo is about some aspects of creation as reported in the Bible, the so-called book of truths inspired by you according to some people. In case you can’t remember what you have allegedly inspired, I am appending excerpts from Genesis, viz:

  • 1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
  • 2. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
  • 3. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
  • 4. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.
  • 5. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
  • 6. And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.”
  • 7. So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so.
  • 8. God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
  • 9. And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.
  • 10. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
  • 11. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.
  • 12. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
  • 13. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
  • 14. And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years,
  • 15. and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.
  • 16. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.
  • 17. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth,
  • 18. to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
  • 19. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
  • 20. And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.”
  • 21. So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
  • 22. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”
  • 23. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
  • 24. And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.
  • 25. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
  • 26. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
  • 27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
  • 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.”
  • 29. Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
  • 30. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
  • 31. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
  • 1. Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
  • 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.
  • 3. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
  • 4. This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens-
  • 5. and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground,
  • 6. but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground-
  • 7. the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
  • 8. Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.
  • 9. And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
  • 10. A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters.
  • 11. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold.
  • 12. (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.)
  • 13. The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.
  • 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.
  • 15. The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
  • 16. And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;
  • 17. but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”
  • 18. The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
  • 19. Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.
  • 20. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.
  • 21. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh.
  • 22. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
  • 23. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”

Who heard you saying or doing all this, and who wrote Genesis, do you know?

We are informed through the first few lines of Genesis that there was darkness before light was created and that light was called “day” and darkness “night”. In Genesis 1.16, supposedly the fourth day of creation, we hear of the creation of two great lights and the stars, and of the greater light being for governing the day and the lesser light the night. Presumably the greater light can be taken to mean the Sun and the lesser light the Moon. Right? If the Earth and the Sun were created on the third day and fourth day respectively, presumably days or nights already existed before the creation of Earth and Sun and the passage of each day, for example, the first day followed by the second day and then the third day, can be taken as a measurement of the passage of time. But the passage of a day or night on Earth is now understood, depending on where one is located, as something relative to the rotation of the Earth on its own axis in relation to the Sun [one day or night] and the revolution of the Earth around the Sun [365 days or nights]. So, what does the Bible mean when it refers to “the first day”, “the second day” or “the third day”, before the creation of Earth or Sun? Presumably the term “day” in Genesis cannot be the kind of day as we understand. Can you explain via a return memo?

If my interpretation of the text is correct, it would mean that you created vegetation before you created the Sun. This seems like a reverse order, since vegetation is dependent on energy from the Sun.  But you can argue by telling me that you had already created light on the first day, so the sunlight from the Sun can be seen as additional source of light or energy for the Earth’s vegetation. However, from science we have learnt that all or almost all living things on Earth, including vegetation, are highly dependent for light and energy from the Sun, albeit there may be billions of stars/suns in the universe.

On the sixth day, vide lines 1.26 to 1.28, you allegedly created the first man and the first woman. Although these lines make no specific mention of the creation of “woman”, from the words “male and female he created them” we can surmise that you created a pair, a man and a woman, and this is confirmed when further down Genesis we are given a description of how Eve was created, from a rib from Adam’s body. In chapter 1 of Genesis human beings were allegedly created after the creation of plants and animals but in chapter 2 man was created first, followed by the creation of plants and then animals and lastly a female human, a woman. Gawd, can you provide an explanation that can account for these discrepancies?

PS: This was a piece posted in another forum [Atheism v Theism] years ago.

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