Many scholars believe that the ancient Israelites had creation stories that were told and retold; these stories eventually reached the Biblical authors, who wrote them down in Genesis and other books of the Bible. Creation stories in Genesis were etiological……many Biblical scholars argued. That is, the creation stories in Genesis served to provide answers to why the world was the way it was, such as why people wear clothes and why women experience pain during childbirth.
The biblical creation story is a myth just like other myths one can fetch by a mere search at different regions of the world. It was an attempt to explain/demystify the unknown. Just as we have science doing such today.it was never the word of God, nor does it need a specially equipped cipher to decipher it , except one is running an exercise in self-deceitfulness. And as such; its never a thing posterity must rely upon !!!
Just as we have it in the days agone, in which many mystical/esoteric articles were written about 9 planets and its spiritual cause and effect. Only to later find out the planets were either less or more than 9 . For instance, planet Pluto never existed!
Pluto was only a discovery never in actuality and reality but in the figment of imagination of Clyde Tombaugh an America Astronomer in 1930 .
The Bible is an unreliable authority because it contains numerous contradictions. Logically, if two statements are contradictory, at least one of them is false. The biblical contradictions therefore prove that the book has many false statements and is not infallible.
Examples of Old Testament Contradictions :-
The contradictions start in the opening chapters of the Bible, where inconsistent creation stories are told.
Genesis chapter 1 says the first man and woman were made at the same time, and after the animals. But Genesis chapter 2 gives a different order of creation: man, then the animals, and then woman.
Genesis chapter 1 lists six days of creation, whereas chapter 2 refers to the “day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.” Genesis 1:2-3 claims that God created light and divided it from darkness on the first day; but Genesis 1:14-19 tells us the sun, moon, and stars weren’t made until the fourth day.
Chapter 1 reports that the fruit trees were created before the man, while chapter 2 indicates they were made after him. Genesis 1:20 says the fowl were created out of the waters; Genesis 2:19 alleges they were formed from the ground.
Contradictions are also seen in the biblical story of a worldwide flood.
According to Genesis 6:19-22, God ordered Noah to bring “of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort . . . into the ark.” Nevertheless, Genesis 7:2-3 relates that the Lord ordered Noah to take into the ark the clean beasts and the birds by sevens, and only the unclean beasts by twos.
Genesis 8:4 reports that, as the waters of the flood receded, Noah’s ark rested on the mountains of Ararat in the seventh month. The very next verse, however, says the mountaintops could not be seen until the tenth month.
Genesis 8:13 describes the earth as being dry on the first day of the first month. But Genesis 8:14 informs us the earth was not dry until the twenty-seventh day of the second month.
The Old Testament contains an interesting contradiction in the story of the census taken by King David and the resulting punishment of the Israelites. God was so angered by the census that he sent a plague that killed 70,000 men. According to II Samuel 24:1, the Lord had
caused David to take the census – which makes the punishment appear even more nonsensical. But an attempt was later made, at I Chronicles 21:1, to improve God’s image by claiming that Satan incited the census.
Further, the Old Testament is contradictory as to whether the Lord commanded the Israelites to sacrifice animals to him. At Jeremiah 7:22, God denies he ever gave the Israelites commandments about animal sacrifices. In contrast, Exodus 29:38-42 and many other verses depict God as requiring the Israelites to offer animal sacrifices.
I couldn’t just resonate with the ever timeworn arguments of the thinking that some biblical verses should be interpreted symbolically rather than literally. What symbolic logic or allegory could be found in such a contradictory tome?
The massive and incessant promoting of the Bible as the word of the master of universe(GOD), whom in its power and presence we stand ,is an invariably embarrassment unto its esteem repute
Emphasis is mine!