It's been a long time since I was in the car long enough to listen to the last giant tome of an audiobook leftover from last summer's audiobook extravaganza. It's 60 CDs, and I tried listening to it at my desk while I worked, but, in order to critique or comment on it, I just can't be thinking about other things while I listen... so the car is really the best place.
However, posting about it on the freeway could perhaps send me to my "maker" (the great big starfield in the sky?) sooner than I'd planned. :) Too bad, though.
Other sites will dissect the Bible in greater detail for contradictions or violations of physical laws or the historicity of the big picture events or the like, and I will leave that to them. I will just simply be posting my thoughts as I go, and there are likely to be bunches of posts, followed by long lulls, and then a flurry of posts again on the next trip.
I haven't gotten that far and already I'm struck by something, where god divides the waters and puts the firmament/heavens in between. I read/heard somewhere someone discussing how this claim violates the laws of physics, so if there was water up there it would come crashing down on our heads because water is heavier than air. But my take on this is to look at the "universe" as rotating, and then centrifugal force would keep the water on the outside with a kind of 0G vacuum in between, a.k.a. heaven. Of course, what this suggets is that there could be a whole other "world" up there. Hmmm... "evidence" in the Bible for extraterrestrial life!! What do ya know!?
Also, the passage where god talks about the animals being fruitful and multiplying in Genesis 1, he follows this by saying to fill the Earth. In context then, the same injunction could apply to people. We have filled up the Earth, so "be fruitful and multiply" no longer applies, yes?
I just love how the bible can be used to argue for just about anything, don't you? :)
If god is omnipotent, why does he need to rest?
Nevermind the two creation stories, he also gives two instructions about eating the plants of the Earth. in Genesis 1 humans are told they can eat anything, and then in Genesis 2 takes it back and says, well, everything but that tree. God gave the serpent its talking points. No wonder Eve was confused.
God-Adam-Eve-serpent: Nothing quite like the buck stops here, eh? Why should men be the leader of the family if they aren't prepared to act like a leader? He doesn't take responsibility for any of his family or even try to protect them.
And did not god himself precipitate the conflict the Cain and Abel by preferring the one to the other?
So Even had Cain and Abel, and then three generations of offspring were born before she had Seth? And people thought my grandmother was old having a child at 45.
The sons of god were attracted to the daughters of men? Who is this now? Who are the sons of god? Men? Angels? Daleks? And who are these giants and where did they come from??
If god destroyed everything he'd made except those things with Noah in the ark, why keep the "unclean" beasts? And how did he kill the fish and how did Noah keep them in the ark? And where did the olive branch come from if everything was destroyed?
Why does it seem like every time humanity tries to improve itself, god feels threatened and destroys the work and punishes humanity? Knowledge (Eve). Agriculture (Cain's sacrifice rejected.) Building. (Tower of Babel.) Explain why I should worship this tyrant again?
Abraham lied to pharaoh, but it was the pharaoh god punished. Makes sense... not!
Lot is what we're working on now. That notorious story doesn't need comment here. Others have done it better.