I calledmy Genesis “the enlightened-genesis” before. But this title is too provocative for especially some Christians and Hebrews.
I hope that this page gives you a satisfying introduction of my Genesis 2000AD.
Religion without science is blind
Science without religion is lame.
- Spiritual path
- Spinozas view of the Universe
- scientific and interreligious path
- n imperfect body a natural history museum
- Agnostic hypothesis integration
- Why “enlightened”?
- The purpose of Moses first book, Genesis
- Sacred scripts about the Creation
- The enlightened Genesis (link to a separate page)
I came to writing my Genesis following three paths:
- Reading the words of Jesus – a spiritual path
- Scientific and interreligious path
- Reading my grandfather’s book
- Reading the diary of Giordano Bruno
Here in this section, I deal with the and interreligious path.
Jesus invited the disciples to eat bread and drink wine at the last supper. Have you ever thought why Jesus said about the bread
‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’
Have you ever thought why Jesus said about the cup of wine
20 ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood poured out for you.” (in Luke 22:19-20 )
“The disciples were as astonished as the Jews in Capernaum. But they did for sure not foresee Jesus sacrifice at the pole and its purpose. They would have otherwise talked about that instead of wondering who was the one to betray Jesus.
I thought for years what I was eating every Sunday Catholic Mass until a Pantheistic view was born in my mind. How can that bread be Jesus and God? What did Jesus tell with this bread and wine metaphor?
Important about pantheism: I am not an animist, adoring the Sun, animals or mountains.
I early connected Jesus’ message to Einsteins E=mc2. I thought God is energy and after the Big Bang God partly materialized keeping the Spirit, into the Quantum strings/particles and the Universe with all its stars, planets, creatures, and human products, like bread and wine….
Despite being challenged by Jesus’ speech in Capernaum (John 6:35-59). I am still not excluding a pantheistic view. Also, the stoics and Spinoza walked on this path.
To test this view, I decided to make a few revisions to my enlightened Genesis.
Spinoza’s view of the Universe
In Ethics, Spinoza demonstrated that the world is not the incoherent compound of a finite set of simple or compound bodies of which only a few would be aware:
the world is a single immense body that coincides perfectly with a single infinite mind, to the point that, as one of the most famous propositions states, the order and connection of ideas coincides with the order and connection of things. (translation from an article written by Emanuele Coccia, Repubblica 20200819
An imperfect body that is a natural history museum
If God created our body in the beginning why did God create it with imperfections and useless functions some of them even causing illnesses?
. Our body inherited characteristics we do not need,
characteristics our ancestors had and needed where some give us illnesses like:
- blood coagulation properties needed by Neanderthal but causing stroke in our body.
- energy production needed by Neanderthal but giving us diabetes.
Others are useless for humans like:
- Useless orangutang shoulder hairs
- Useless Embryo tail
- Useless Palmaris longus
- Useless auricularis superior, anterior and posterior
- Useless arrector pili causing Goosebumps
Know more about this in this video:
Agnostic hypothesis integration
In my agnostic and pluralistic hypothesis of the humankind evolution, I integrate
- Scientific theories and observations
- selected verses from the Bible and Quran
The discrimination of women that was part of the ancient cultures, became a dogma thanks to the Bible Genesis Creation story. Its translations were made by men that thought themselves as “inspired by God”.
So God, in Genesis (1-2) called Elohim, became masculine “He”. Paul used the Genesis Creation story to “prove” that the woman should stay at home, as I wrote about in www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/2018/03/15/silent-women/ The macho clerics obviously later could not allow women to become priests despite many women superiority. And during the witch hunt, many women died with the suspicion to be cooperating with the devil (as Eve did in Genesis misleading Adam)
Adam a bad example for man
Adam as he is described in the original Genesis was not an example of a leader that was intellectually superior to Eve. Eve was fooled by the devil, but Adam acted before thinking. I want to emphasize this in my Genesis.
Why “enlightened” or “2000AD”
page 37: Giordano Bruno prayer in his last diary was:
I beg you God, pronounce once again ,
in the darkness of this Earth,
may it even be after my death, your powerful verb:
May it be light!
I hope I will help to give some light as Giordano Bruno prayed for. This was the main reason I chose to give my Genesis the name “Enlightened Genesis”. I hope Filippo Giordano Bruno will find it enlightened. (Read more about Giordano Bruno in a separate post.
Parts of my Genesis are inspired by the Scientific hypothesis still not prooven like the Pebble accretion formation model of Earth I use in the Creation of the Solar system and Earth section.
A better description
the validity of my hypothesis (that evolution developed billions (maybe a trillion) of species) is a better description of what we can observe than the non-validity of the hypothesis (that God created all billions of species existing today, among others 350,000 species of beetles and 8500 worms “the first six days” and then had these loaded on Noah’s ark.)
With this Genesis, I upgrade God and Jesus to be much more than artists and magicians.
I have like Einstein an “unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it” and I understand it.
God and Jesus did
In the Bible and the Quran, you frequently read “We did” instead of “I did”. While Muslims clearly say “God is one” despite the “We did”, the Christians adopted the idea of Trinity like God would be Three things. For me, Jesus (in Arabic Isa) was created by God first of all. God and Isa then created the plan to create an image of God, together.
The name of God.
In Psalm 83 the name of God was originally written with the four hebrew consonants YHWH :
“Many monotheist believers know that you God, whose name was written as YHWH, “you alone are the Highest over all the earth.”
No one knows the exact pronunciation of the four consonants YHWH. Instead of writing the correct YHWH name, I prefer to use the gender-neutral and most accepted name “God”.
In New International Version (NIV), the four consonants are translated into “the Lord” as God would be a man like in many paintings. Jesus often called God with the name Elohim in Hebrew/Aramaic or with the metaphor “My father” probably protecting Mary from accusations for adultery. In e.g. Genesis you read “He called” “He separated” where “He” is a misleading translation from the original Hebrew text “Elohim”. God is not a person and does not have a gender. It was for a reason one of the biblical and quranic laws was “Do not make idols or set up an image” like e.g. Michelangelo did in his “Creation of Adam“.
God is all-knowing
God, being an all-knowing God, knew that Adam was to become a wrong-doer. Like children learn to go by falling and staying away from fire getting hurt, so homo sapiens to become images of God, have to make mistakes, be led by God through messengers to behave like good humans. So humans have to suffer to develop empathic intelligence and learn to love.
Biblical NIV and Quranic translations
We can not prove that a Creating God really exists. We can not see the invisible. So we can only feel about and believe in God.
The Buddhists say that the existence of God is not an interesting issue. It is more important how you behave. But if you are trying to know about a Creator read Romans 1:20-22: “For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward,“
As written in Quran 29:20 paleoanthropologists and Darwin did
( “Travel through the land and observe how He began creation. Then Allah will produce the final creation. Indeed Allah, over all things, is competent.”
My scientific and interreligious path
My grandfathers three questions
I studied my grandfathers book “The arise of the world and human being” published in Freiburg, Germany 1907, searching for knowledge for a new book called “The creation of the world and human being, 100 years later“,
The title and subtitle of my grandfather’s book were “How did the world and humankind arise?” and “Did God create the world from nothing? Did Adam and Eve have ancestors?”
1. How did the Universe and the human being developed
2. Did God create the world from nothing?
3. Did the first human beings, Adam and Eve have ancestors?
Einstein and Giordano Bruno
I love Einstein’s quote about Science and Religion and their mutual dependencies:
During this search, I found this Einstein quote. True or not I liked it.
Inspired by Einstein’s quote I started to search for possible answers to my grandfather’s questions. I documented my findings in this page. With Quantum physics I found the explanation to many theological mysteries. Studying the Creation as it is described by Science, I got a different picture of the power of a Creator.
I decided to do the same as my grandfather. But following Einsteins’ quote above, I included the readings of the Bible Genesis and the Quran Creation Surahs in my Scientific search. My search ended writing an enlightened Genesis. I wrote this Genesis as it could have been written with the knowledge, theories and hypothesis of our time. My Genesis is a parascientific idea and hypothesis of a continuous Creation process that integrates Christian and Muslim believes. A unified creation theory. As said above, my Genesis became my final answer to my grandfather’s three questions.
Why enlightened or 2000AD?
Filippo (Giordano) Bruno inspired me to choose this adjective. He said in prison frustrated about the mind darkness and ignorance of clerics geocentrism of his time:I beg you God, say once again over the darkness of this Earth even long afer my death, your powerful verb:
“Let there be light!”
The purpose of Moses first book, Genesis
I have for a long time seen the old Genesis Creation story as a metaphor about the Creation where a humble God tells Moses about its Creation as something made without much planning as made by an artist and magician.
“Bible scholars believe that Genesis and the Pentateuch were written by Moses, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, during the forty years that the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness” ( 1450 – 1410 B.C.) (Source: www.allaboutcreation.org/ )
I think that 3400 years ago. it was for God important to tell Moses a story that was easy for him to understand and remember and share to the people of his time and for future generations. If it was to be written today, God should for sure have used a different language and approach, an approach that would avoid the confusion and conflict we see today between evolutionists and creationists.
For me and some others, Scientific observations and a belief in a God creator can coexist. The recent discoveries in and understanding of Quantum physics seems to help out with this coexistence. The Vatican is now opening up for a scientific, religious dialog.
read more about this dialog on my page about faith and science.
Sacred scripts about Genesis
The Beginning from Genesis 1:1-24
About mankind from Genesis 1:26-31
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,<sup class=”footnote” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px;” data-fn=”#fen-NIV-26a” data-link=”[a]”>[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky 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 in the sky and all the creatures that move along 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.”
About Adam and Eve from Genesis 2:4-25
1 “Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.
Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time, Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering, he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.
13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”
15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.”
Adam Creation from Clay in ( Quran 6:2)
“It is He who created you from clay and then he decreed a term and a term specified with him yet you are in doubt”
God and the angels about Adam in quran.com 2:30-36
30 And when said your Lord to the angels, “Indeed, indeed I am going to place in Earth a viceregent” They said, “Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?” Allah said, “Indeed, I know that which you do not know.”
31 And He taught Adam all the names (of everything) , then He showed them to the angels and said, “Tell Me the names of these if you are truthful.”
32 They (angels) said: “Glory be to You, we have no knowledge except what you have taught us. Verily, it is You, the All-Knower, the All-Wise.”
33 He said: “O Adam! Inform them of their names,” and when he had informed them of their names, He said: “Did I not tell you that I know the Ghaib (Unseen) in the heavens and the earth, and I know what you reveal and what you have been concealing?”
34 And (remember) when We said to the angels: “Prostrate yourselves before Adam.” And they prostrated except Iblis , he refused and was proud and was one of the disbelievers.
35 And We said: “O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in the Paradise and eat both of you freely with pleasure and delight, of things therein as wherever you will, but come not near this tree or you both will be of the Zalimun (wrong-doers).”
36 Then the Shaitan (Satan) made them slip therefrom (the Paradise), and got them out from that in which they were. We said: “Get you down, all, with enmity between yourselves. On earth will be a dwelling place for you and an enjoyment for a time.”