Is Genesis God breathed?

Introduction

Paul said in Timothy 3:16:

“All Scripture is God-breathed ….”

JW following Paul have among their books, one with the title
All Scripture Is Inspired of God and Beneficial” https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1101990061

A friend atheist of mine once said “The religion is an invention of the Devil”.

Evilness

Woman attacked with acid. Because of the 

“God-breathed” Bible Genesis?

One of many torture tools.Because of the “God-breathed”
  
Genesis?

Woman accused o be which to be burned.
Because of the 
“God-breathed” Genesis?

Jews boys in German lager 

Boy suffering leukemia
Because Adam sinned?

Vulture waiting for the starving boy to die.

Because Adam sinned?

Child with Smallpox in Bangladesh.

Because Adam sinned?

   

 

I have written about homophobia and witchhunt. I have often found a connection between evils around us and religions and messengers like Paul and others. I  saw that all links of evilness led me to the Bible Genesis.

I have long thought about the consequences of the Genesis story. About all the women who have suffered and died probably because of this “God-breathed” story.

I thought about the masculine ideal of superiority being the “image of God”, about the masculine stereotyping and the discrimination of women in all kinds of activities during many centuries.

Reading the book “Chiara di Assisi” (Clare of Assisi) by Dacia Maraini that discusses the situation of women in Italy why teenage women who preferred to imprison themselves for up to 40 years in convent living in poverty and silence instead of suffering the domination of a husband in marriage.

The hypothesis came up that Moses, who is said to have written Genesis, may have been inspired by an evil inner voice when he wrote Genesis.

I rewrote 2 years ago a page called “The whispering of Iblis. See www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/2018/04/24/iblis-whisperings/ when Mohammad was warded by Angel Gabriel to not listen to the whispering of Iblis, the devil.

I that is true, could maybe the Devil have inspired Moses?

I invite you to, first of all, read my page about bias and deities as it explains some concepts I use in my conclusions.

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Index

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Jesus and Paul about Genesis 1-2

Paul refers often to Genesis. But how is it with Jesus? 

Only in Matthew 19:4-6 you can listen to Jesus referring to Genesis 1:
“Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”
“Haven’t you read,”
he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?” So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

  • “Jesus obviously had read Genesis 1 and 2 because He’s quoting it .We don’t often think about Jesus reading the Old Testament, but He did.  As a well-taught Jewish boy in the first century, He would have gone through the normal Torah instruction all boys His age did.” Read more in isgenesishistory.com

But nothing is said about a woman wanting to divorce a man. And  when you marry a woman in Church, it is not God that has joined together but love. And love can die.

Paul and Genesis

If you instead look for Paul referring to Genesis 1 you find a lot of sites.

Max Doerksen wrote a thesis about “the use of Genesis in CORINTHIANS 11:16, EPHESIANS 5:21-33, AND 1 TIMOTHY 2:ll-15”  https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk2/ftp03/MQ26819.pdf

He says on page 19 among others “We know that he was probably only using the Hebrew of Gen 2:18-25 as a point of reference…Paul begins with the theological statement and then builds his argument from there. This method of interpretation is known as a form of midrash. ” Haggadah midrash according to page 24

Page 22 continues with Paul is inquiring of God to find a solution to the problem of gender distinctions in worship, and he bases his solution on his understanding of Gen 2:21-23.”

Read more about Paul and Genesis in:

https://answersingenesis.org/the-word-of-god/apostle-pauls-use-genesis-13-romans-1/

Jesus never talked about women as inferior to the man as Eve was created from the rib of Adam and she listened to the devil. But Paul does.

Nor does Jesus talks about homosexuality.

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Moses and Genesis 1-2

Moses was most probably a good man. He did maybe listened to his inner voice conditioned by his biases. Also, several scientists like Cantor and Einstein seem to have done so. I have done so too. But who did talk to Moses? Could he distinguish between the voices? I have my doubts about that.

I am more and more convinced that that was not God or a good intelligent voice that talked to Moses. The devil may have inspired Moses with the Genesis story to Moses who believed in it because he didn’t know better and wrote it (many believes he did this) down as his first book.

The story about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is a strange one Why would God not allow humans to know about good and evil especially when created in the image of God? That tree story contradicts the fact that all humans have some kind of inner innate moral supported by bad and good conscience.
And God as all-knowing and loving would have known about the weakness of humans, a well-developed brain, having an obvious wish to know and distinguish between evil and good. Who would not?

God would therefore not have tempted these first human beings with some impossible obstacle, like a “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” ( Genesis 2:9 2:17)

The devil told that Eden was between Tigris and the Euphrates 2-14 something that was told differently to the prophet Mohammad. This Tigris story is one of the pillars of conflict between Science (among others anthropology) and Hebrews and Christians. God does not induce to evilness so God had no reason and intention to tempt nor confuse human beings and have many of them using reason, burned for heresy like e.g. Giordano Bruno.

The creation of a woman is another one evil leading story (Genesis 2:18) The woman to become  “a helper suitable for him”.

God that is a loving spirit, would never share a story that creates damage.

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An agnostic/atheist view of Genesis

I don’t know if this is a view from an agnostic or atheist. I think however that this answer to the question “What are some arguments supporting the claim that the biblical God is cruel?” shared by Nick L. in Quora is a excellent, great and clear analysis of Genesis:

  1. “He creates all the animals as male and female, but then he creates Adam all by himself with no female companion. Does that make any sense? What are his dangly bits for? Are they purely recreational?
  2. Adam and Eve are to live in Eden without the knowledge of Good and Evil. That means they have no moral compass- they must rely on God to tell them right and wrong.
  3. The kind-hearted Promethean snake helped them evolve by eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, giving them the intellectual ability to see the chains God put on them.
  4. God did not like that, so he punished them- punishment for the crime of being able to think for themselves.”

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Good looking story with evil consequences

if it was an evil voice to inspire Moses, the evil voice was able to tell the simplified story of the creation of the Universe (1:1-2:2) and the creation of human beings (2:7- ). These stories were easy enough to be understood by Moses and were in agreement with his confirmation bias and teleological biases and stereotypes among others 6000 years ago. It was fully acceptable for men who did not want to abandon their power over women.

With this in mind I went back, reading Genesis again to create this list of verses, allusions, and evil consequences:

  1. 1:27 So God created mankind (Hebrew haadam) in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

    • Wisdom 2:23for God created man for incorruption,
      and made him in the image of his own eternity,
    • Paul’s allusion to 1:27 in Colossians 1:15-17 about Jesus “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”  Evil consequences: 
    • “Imago Dei” doctrine
      • woman discrimination
        “mankind in the image to God” view = the second part was often forgotten by mostly man. 

        Only men can become priests in the catholic church.
        Women never lead JW meetings.
        Women did not have the right to vote in many countries
         
  2. 2:18 “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” +2:20 “for Adam no suitable helper was found.”
    • Paul’s allusion to 2:18 in Corinthian 11:9-10neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own head, because of the angels.” Evil consequences: 
    • natural use of the woman” Paul in Romans 1:27 
      The use of a woman as an object for the pleasure and to make children.
    • Wife submission: married women obliged to do what the husband requests 
  3. 2:22-23 the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.”
    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.””

    • Paul’s allusion to 2:22-23 in Corinthian 11:3: “I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man,” 
    • Paul’s allusion to 2:22-23 in Corinthian 11:7-9
       A man ought not to cover his head,For man did not come from woman, but woman from man;  neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. “
    • Paul’s allusion to 2:22-23 in Corinthian 14:34-35Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak but must be in submission, as the law says.   If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church”
    • Paul’s allusion to 2:22-23 in I Timothy 2.11-13 ”
      A woman should learn in quietness and full submission.  I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.  For Adam was formed first, then Eve.”
       

      • Evil consequences: 
        • woman discrimination – “man in the likeness to God” view = the man superior over the woman.
          Only men can become priests in the catholic church.
          Only men lead JW meetings
          Women did not have the right to vote in many countries. 
           
  4. 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
    • Paul’s allusion to 2:22 and 2:24 in Corinthian 7:4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. “ 
    • Evil consequences: 
      • fornication concept – 
      • marriage dogmas and injustices
        • women obliged to marry men for conveniences and not for love and not able to divorce without being discriminated despite husband domestic abuse.
        • young girls being married to old men against their wish – whenever a man or family finds it convenient
        • marital rapes note being a crime – men’s right to use the husband’s body whenever wanted. 
        • homophobia supported by Paul Romans 1:18–32,-> theory of homosexuality or of lesbianism as a disease ( Don Carrega, Turin )  –  Jehovah witnesses: Homosexuality can be cured “we can help homosexuals by looking back at sexual abuse traumas many homosexuals suffered”
        • masturbation is a sexual immorality and sin to be confessed in Catholic church 
  5. 3.1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 
    • Evil consequences: 
      • Reptile indiscriminate killing. the human view of repitles and right to kill these despite they are an important part of the ecosystem eating rats and other =evilness against nature. 
  6. 3:4 You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.”
    about eating from the tree. The devil shows knowledge about the soul.
     

    • Evil consequences: 
      • Demonology – Witchcraft & inquisition 
  7. 3:6 “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” 
    • Evil consequences: 
      • Original sin doctrine
      • Body dogmas and taboos “flesh, and the devil as threats to the perfection of the soul” (John of the Cross)
      • the view of woman as allied to the devil is here “prooved”
      • reason to regard women as dangerous and to control women’s sexuality and knowledge, giving the right to burn them if they show knowledge and are therefore felt as a danger for man’s power.
        • Mortification of the flesh
          • Our healthy body is not a gift of God but something we can damage as we want except committing suicide.
        • sinful nature doctrine
        • whichhunt (Read more in witchhunt-in-europe)
        • Inquisistion. the book Malleus Maleficarum 1487 on how to fight witches and heresy and how to torture to get confession from women. (Lelio Finocchiaro in “”Briciole di storie” p 98)
  8. 2:25 “Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
    + 3:7 “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” 

    • Evil consequences: 
      • the vision of the body to be sinful and to be covered and suppressed – obliging naked indigenous people to wear clothes or otherwise give man right to rape or kill – the sexist perverse Christian view of sexuality as something dirty and sinful allowing murder in case a woman get in love with someone else or have sex.
      • homophobia (read more in fighting-homophobia)
      • sexuality myth and dogma. Read more in sexuality)

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Conclusions

Ǵod being all-knowing would know the consequences of this Bible Genesis story.

If God gave this story to  Moses then God reveals to be either ignorant for the consequences or does God reveal itself to be nasty beast having fun setting up rules that can not be followed by intelligent people wanting to use their brain and know more.

And with the punishment, even punishing the unborn, like Hitler made in the concentration camps.

If Genesis is God breathed then God is incredibly cruel.

It is not strange that many find God to be cruel and a psychopath. because that is the picture Genesis gives.

If Genesis was evil-breathed or conditioned by biases at Moses then we can have back our loving and forgiving God.

Only a devil or an evil God if it exists, would have wanted all this evilness. Not an all-knowing and forgiving God. 

So most probably, Genesis was written by a man with bad mood, stereotypes,  unconsciousness biasconfirmation bias, and teleological bias

Genesis must be rewritten

But this implies that we need a new Genesis. A Genesis that tells us that maybe…

“God decided several tensors and rules (probability and others)  and started several Evolutions with very small building blocks.

”Source:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNVQfWC_evg minute 33)

These evolutions (nucleosynthesis, stellar, organic, biologic, cultural) finally ended up us having a brain on Earth, to be used taking care of ourselves and our planet.

  • If we don’t do our best, we will learn from our experiences. We won’t solve our problems by praying to God or Saints or project all our guilt on women (as we have done for centuries) or  deities like a Devil.” (Read about the details in this page )
    • The Christian religion that is based on the Genesis story, is therefore indirectly based on evil.
  • A few exceptions.
    • The Bible Genesis may have not had the same evil impact on Hebrew and Samaritan communities. 
    • Mohammad got a different story about the Creation that did not have the same evil consequences. We must remember that extremist Muslims are known to not have followed instructions in the Quran, like Moses law “Do not kill”. 

When I wrote my illuministic Genesis it was obvious for me to take inspiration from the  Quranic version of the Creation and to what Science tells us.