I’m Byzantine Catholic, and except for a time when I had some issues with the Church, I attend the Liturgy as often as possible. I was taught Creation (Catholic, remember?), but as I got older, there was no way, at least as far as I was concerned, that I could believe that the Old Testament could be taken literally. The ‘seven days’ had to be representative of a greater amount of time.
One of the books I read some years ago was entitled “The God Hypothesis”. An excerpt from the review at Amazon.com says the following,
…the God Hypothesis–that UFO entities are guardian spirits who have watched over and manipulated humanity since ancient times, perhaps as part of a divine plan. The serpent gods of the Sumerians, the Watchers of the Books of Enoch, the cloud pillar of Moses, and the angels of the New Testament represent interventions in the past. Modern UFO abductions are attempts by these beings to generate shifts in human consciousness toward a new spirituality, or evolutionary step. Although this sounds akin to Heaven’s Gate^-style cultism, Lewels takes a scholarly and progressive Christian approach and tries to reconcile the God Hypothesis with science, religion, and history.
Now, I’m not coming out and advocating beliefs in UFO’s and aliens and the such, though ya gotta wonder what all that hubbub is about. But after reading this book, there was a considerable amount of info that made me go ‘hmmmmm.’ (You’d have to read the book to pick up on the UFO reference, but suffice it to say, the book suggests that God is a being of higher intelligence.)
One of the themes mentioned was references in the Bible that, if pondered over, made the context of the verse seem confusing, and, if you’ll permit me the off-subject article today, I’d like to show you some. Please don’t take me for some blasphemous, needs-to-be-excommunicated religious zealot. I’m not. But there’s a side of me that has this insatiable curiousity for the supernatural, and religion is a part of that. So, that being said, let me list some of the out-of-the-ordinary verses in the Old Testament.
Genesis, Ch. 1, V. 26 –
Then God said: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
Genesis, Ch. 3, V. 22 –
Then the LORD God said: “See! The man has become like one of us, knowing what is good and what is bad! Therefore, he must not be allowed to put out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life also, and thus eat of it and live forever.”
Us? Our? Our? Doesn’t that mean ‘more than one’?
Genesis, Ch. 6, V. 1 –
1When men began to multiply on earth and daughters were born to them,
2 the sons of heaven saw how beautiful the daughters of man were, and so they took for their wives as many of them as they chose.
3 Then the LORD said: “My spirit shall not remain in man forever, since he is but flesh. His days shall comprise one hundred and twenty years.”
4 At that time the Nephilim appeared on earth (as well as later), after the sons of heaven had intercourse with the daughters of man, who bore them sons. They were the heroes of old, the men of renown.
Sons of heaven? And who are the Nephilim?
A short preface: One of the suggestions in the book is that there were actually two Gods of the Old Testament, one good, and one not-so-good. The good God was the one that delivered Moses and the Israelites from Egypt, told Noah to build the Ark, etc. The not-so-good God was the one that destroyed Sodom and Gemorrah and wanted the Earth wiped clean by the Flood.
Genesis, Chapter 11, v. 1-9
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that they were building. 6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel [c]—because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Why would a good and just God not want people to work together and to understand each other?
Genesis, Ch. 38, V. 7 – 10
7 But Er, Judah’s first-born, greatly offended the LORD; so the LORD took his life.8 Then Judah said to Onan, “Unite with your brother’s widow, in fulfillment of your duty as brother-in-law, and thus preserve your brother’s line.”9 Onan, however, knew that the descendants would not be counted as his; so whenever he had relations with his brother’s widow, he wasted his seed on the ground, to avoid contributing offspring for his brother.10 What he did greatly offended the LORD, and the LORD took his life too
God doesn’t leave much room for error in the Old Testament, does he? (Seeing the argument for two Gods?)
The list goes on throughout. There are numerous references where God spoke through a burning bush or from a cloud, or that fire came from the Lord’s presence, or that angels of the Lord appeared to Moses or others, indicating a much more hands-on Supreme Being.
Are there explanations for all of these verses in the Bible? I’m sure. But to go through and read and find verses such as those above, really makes a guy scratch his head.