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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Does Genesis give a good explanation of how the universe was created?

Genesis does not conform with what we know about how the universe came about. 

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

No, in the beginning there was a singularity that contained all the energy of the universe. The earth was not formed for billions of years after the Big Bang

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Much happened before the earth came together. And there cannot be water without a place to contain the water. If the earth had no form, there was no water.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Early stars were among the first objects, but stars did not come together all at once or on a single day.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

This is nonsensical. A stars light is constant. The only way to say that darkness is divided from light is to be on a part of a planet where you can't see the light. And earth had not been formed yet.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

People name things, not imaginary deities.

6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

Earth had still not been formed. But yes, we know from plate tectonics that land masses were formed. Which did not happen in one day.

7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

There is not and was a water canopy over the earth. Gravity would not allow waters to hang over the earth.

8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Ok, where is this heaven that was created with firmament? We have been above the earth and there is no heaven created of a firmament there.
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
Water was not on the early earth, it came later from asteroids crashing to the earth.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

Sigh, people name things.

11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

Plant life on the planet started in the ocean. It did not move to the ground for millions of years.

12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Even after plants came to the ground, fruits were still along way off.

13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

We know astrology has no basis in reality. The planets do not provide signs.

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
Our sun gives us light, starlight would not allow us to grow plants.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. The sun came before the earth, not afterwards. The moon was not formed at the same time as the sun. And it owuld be impossible for plants to have been formed before the sun. They need the sun for photosynthesis and without the sun, the earth would be  frozen. 

19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

Life occurred in the ocean before on the land. And birds were not among the early life forms on earth.

21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Fowls were just mentioned in the last verse. Did your god forget and create them twice?

22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

We know from genetics that mankind did not come from two original people. We also know that man evolved from more primitive primates (no, not monkeys)

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

God has a form? 

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

There are many plants that are poisonous to humans.

30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

It is absurd to say that Genesis is a close account of how the universe or our planet was formed.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Should the Pledge have been changed?

When the Pledge of Allegiance was created it did not contain the words, under God". Therefore, the entirety  of the Pledge was altered  when the words were added. The Pledge was written in 1892. It was not until 1954 that the additional words were added. For 62 years, the Pledge allowed Americans of ALL beliefs to proudly make a statement of allegiance to this great country. The Pledge without those two words, was sufficient to get us through WW I & II and the Great Depression. 

However, now, the original and completely satisfactory Pledge has been altered and made a point of controversy. If it had never been changed, then ALL Americans could still proudly make a statement of allegiance to the USA without compromising who they are and what they believe. 

I am sure Christians feel the Pledge was enhanced with these words, but many disagree. Given that was never necessary to change this Pledge, it is unfortunate that one group in America has hijacked the Pledge that was meant for all citizens.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Does the Hebrew word Chuwg mean a flat circle like a coin or a sphere?

Here is another example of how the bible is wrong.

The Hebrew word Chug (חוג) means a flat-circle like a coin. The Hebrew word for a sphere like a ball is Dur (דור). He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball (Dur) into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord's house. (Isaiah 22:18) While the Hebrew language lacked a specific term for sphere, we can tell from the way the word is used in other verses, that it is referring to a flat circle. Dur is not exclusively a word for sphere, but it is much closer to describing the earth than a circle is. Is. 29:3 And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee. Obviously the soldier would not camp around a sphere but encircle the city. The root of chûgh (or chug) is mentioned six times in the bible, and it is quite evident from its usage, in context, that it refers to a specific geometrical shape; "A circle as drawn with a compass" or "encompassed". In Job 26:10 and Prov. 8:27, chûgh is used with choq, intending "to inscribe a circle." This nominal infinitive form also appears in Job 22:14, when signifying "the circle of the heavens"In Isa. 40:22, where it denotes "the circle of the earth".43:12 uses chûgh as description of the rainbow.In Isa. 44:13, chûgh appears as mechûghah, which simply means "a compass," in other words the geometrical instrument which you use to can draw circles on a paper. In contemporary Hebrew cosmology the common belief was that the earth was formed as a plano-concave plate with slightly raised edges covered by high mountains, where the heavens were attached to the earth. In the second part of the above mentioned verse by Isaiah this becomes quite obvious when god stretched out the heavens over the earth like a canopy - which completely lose all meaning and become utterly absurd if you try to apply the text to an image of a spherical earth. However, it fits perfectly with a flat earth model. Moreover, Job 28:24, Job 37:3, Job 38:13, Jeremiah 16:19 and Daniel 4:11 all claim that the earth has ends (or edges depending on what version you read) But regardless of translation, a sphere has neither edges, nor ends. But a two-dimensional flat form does. In Job 11:9 you can read: "Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea" which also become quite incomprehensible if you try to apply the verse to a spherical conception of the world, but again corresponds completely with the idea of a flat earth . Finally, in Job 38:44 it says: "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?" If the author would have had a spherical shape in mind, the last question in Job should have read "Who stretched a measuring line around it?"