By John Bedson
To a Christadelphian Evolutionary Creationist, having Genesis chapter 1 in the Bible is like suffering a senile old auntie around for dinner. She takes a glass of wine and pours it into her handbag. She picks at her warts and creates a foul smell that fills every part of the dining room. She inverts the soup bowl over her head to prevent aliens reading her thoughts. Throughout the main course she rambles on about past events that never happened. Finally she eats too much apple pie and falls off her chair collapsing into a heap on the floor.
- That's how bad Genesis one is. It describes how God made the entire universe in six days, six thousand years ago. It says that God created a solid dome in the sky (the "raqia" firmament) into which he placed the Sun, Moon and stars to rotate around the flat Earth. Then God lifted up an ocean of water and put it above the dome firmament. It assures us that all living species were created at that time by God, so they could not have evolved and all of modern biology and geology must be bunk. It says that plants were created in the dark before the Sun and that our Sun, Moon, stars and entire universe are three days younger than the Earth.
Genesis one says that fish and birds were created at the same time as each other, the sea contains monsters and that humans look exactly like God "in his image." Finally, (this is the part where auntie falls off her chair onto the floor) God was so exhausted after his work that in the first verse of chapter two he "rested" for an entire day.
Genesis chapter one is dementia in words. It is poetic Alzheimer's. It is 110% wrong about everything. If I did not know better I would think that Muammar Gaddafi wrote it when he was intoxicated.
Put embarrassing nonsense like this before a Brisbane doctor with two degrees and a brilliant mind and what did he do with Genesis one? - I'll tell you what he did; he took a surgical scalpel and neatly cut it out of his Bible and put it into the trash.
"Genesis one is NOT a description of Creation by God; It's an anti-pagan polemic instead" Ken Gilmore proclaimed. - Problem solved!
It's as if he had met his senile old auntie at the door, told her that she was at the wrong house, called a taxi and sent her back to the lunatic asylum. Sanity was restored; he could eat his dinner in peace.
This is how the Evolutionary Creationist movement in Christadelphia removes the excruciating embarrassment of Genesis chapter one from the Bible. It mocks Christadelphians who take it literally as if they were stupid. "Asinine" Ken Gilmore called them on his blog. It waves the problem away with a flick of the wrist and a boot up the backside. White is black, up is down, now you see it now you don't, Gen 1 is not how God created the World. - Off you go back home Auntie and don't come back because you are barking mad.
Now here comes the good part: If you can get gullible Christadelphians to believe that Gen 1 is not an honest description of how God created the world, you have a clean sheet to work on. You can even write your own Gen 1 and make it say whatever you want.
To stop intelligent young CDs from leaving the religion in disgust at Auntie Gen 1's behaviour, you can invent a glamorous sexy new Auntie all dressed up in Evolution, Genetics, Common Ancestor, Ancient Earth, Geographic Distribution of Species, Vestiges, millions of Fossils, Cosmology and Abiogenesis and call her "Evolutionary Creationism." You can say that God guided the entire process so that he can get the credit for what would otherwise be a natural process.
You can make up anything you want so it fits together with modern science and everyone feels good that Auntie Gen 1 is no longer around to spoil the party.
Does Gen 1 read like an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Does Gen 1 read like other anti-pagan polemics in the Bible? - NO!
Does Gen 1 mention any pagan gods? - NO!
Does Gen 1 get explained anywhere else in the Bible as an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Did Christ say that Gen 1 is an anti-pagan polemic - NO!
Did Paul say that Gen 1 is an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Is Psalm 8:3 which is based on Gen 1 an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Is Psalm 33:6-7, 9 which is based on Gen 1 an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Is Job 37:18 which is based on Gen 1 an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Is 2 Peter 3:5 which is based on Gen 1 an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Is Proverbs 8:27-29 which is based on Gen 1 an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Is Psalm 148:4 which is based on Gen 1 an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Is the entire Psalm 104 which is based on Gen 1 an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Is Jeremiah 5:22 which is based on Gen 1 an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Is Psalm 136:6-9 which is based on Gen 1 an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Is Jeremiah 33:20, 25 which is based on Gen 1 an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Is Jeremiah 31:35 which is based on Gen 1 an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Is James 3:9 which is based on Gen 1 an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Is Matthew 19:4 which is based on Gen 1 an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Is 1Timothy 4:4 which is based on Gen 1 an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Is Exodus 20:9 which is based on Gen 1 an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
Is Hebrews 4:4 which is based on Gen 1 an anti-pagan polemic? - NO!
How did Ken Gilmore and the Christadelphian Evolutionary Creationists figure out that Gen 1 was an anti-pagan polemic, when all of the other writers of the Bible, who were supposed to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, made an almighty mistake and thought that it was a literal account of God's creation of the World? Are all those writers "asinine" as Ken calls the Christadelphians who take Gen 1 literally? Does he call the Holy Spirit "asinine" for not being smart enough to comprehend that Gen 1 is an anti-pagan polemic and should not be taken literally?
What's wrong with God and his Holy Spirit inspired writers that they didn't understand Evolutionary Creationism and failed to mention it in the Bible?
What's wrong with modern science that it laughs at the notion of Evolutionary Creationism and smirks at the thought of seriously studying the idea?
There is nothing wrong with modern science. Ken Gilmore has hijacked it and twisted it into a supernatural hypothesis that is a hybrid rejected by both Science and the Bible.
Most religions worry about the conflict between Science and the Bible. Ken's Evolutionary Creationism theory conflicts simultaneously with both Science and the Bible.
Yes Auntie Gen 1 is mad. But the way to deal with her is not to cut her out of the Bible. If the Bible can't get its first chapter straight, it is not likely to get the rest right either. If you think that Gen 1 is crazy, try reading the last book of of the Bible, Revelation; it makes Gen 1 look sensible.
From start to finish the Bible is barmy. Cut it out of your life and regain your own sanity.