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Biblical Mythology by De Kretser and
Biblical Fact by Anonymous
Old Testament recounts Judeo-Christian beliefs regarding Creation, Adam
& Eve, Cain & Abel, Noah's Ark, The Tower of Babel, etc:
The first part of the fairy tale is "In the beginning God creates the
heavens and the earth…" (Genesis 1:1) God created this out of nothing,
what was he doing before that?
162, 2015 May)
"Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of
the deep and the spirit of God was hovering over the waters." (Genesis:
According to Genesis God made heaven and earth in 6 days and rested on
the 7th day.
*On day 1 God said "Let there be light…" on day 4 he made the sun, moon
and stars to shed light. So what happened to the light he made on Day
God created man in his own image. (Genesis 1: 27.) Therefore each of us
is as good as God. It is clear that it was man who created God, in
man's own image, with human qualities such as anger, jealousy,
vengeance, remorse, hatred etc, rather than the other way around.
"God formed man from the dust on the ground ... and breathed into his
nostrils, the breath of life and the man became a living being…"
(Genesis 2:2-7) Ha! Ha! was God created from dust too?
Genesis states that the earth is 6,000 or so years old, but science
tells us that the dinosaurs became extinct at least 65 million years
Genesis also states that God said "I will not allow people to live
forever... From now on they shall live no longer than 120 years.” But
Adam lived to 930, Noah to over 600, Jacob to 147, Levi to 137, Kohath
to 133, Abraham to 137 and there are more.
Christians claim that the bible is God's word. But which Bible?
The protestant bible has 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 in the
The catholic bible has seven more books to the Old Testament and
add-ons to the books of Esther & Daniel.
The Greek Orthodox Bible has several more books than the Catholic
claim that the Bible is the word of God, written by God and is
historically correct. This claim cannot be sustained. The Bible is a
bundle of religious documents written by many during about 750 years.
The Bible has 66 books by 42 authors, a cast of approximately 3,000
characters (mostly mythical) in about 1,500 locations (mostly
mythical). It has about 150,000 variant readings. So much for the
infallible word of God. It is just a pack of re-cycled myths, fairy
stories, out right lies and contradictions.
every page of the Old Testament one can read of this talkative deity
chatting to someone or other, giving orders, instructions. When he is
not chatting he is killing by the thousands. It’s all there in the
Bible for all to read.
creation story is a myth re-cycled. The originator was Zarathustra of
Babylon whose god Marduk created the world. This was about a I000 years
before the bible was written.
Adam & Eve story is another re-cycled myth from the Greek story of
Noah flood-Re-cycled from the Sumerian story and a Babylonian version,
hundreds of years before the Bible was written. There are two versions
in Genesis, God himself gave plans to Noah and the exact measurements
for building the ark. It would not have floated or even got off the
ground with one dinosaur on board. (Genesis 9:8-11)
Sodom & Gomorrah myth is recycled from the "Epic of Gilgamesh", a
Sumerian legend from the 3rd millennium b.c.
10 commandments are re-cycled from about 2,000 b.c. from the story of
king Hammurabai of Babylon who put these into the mouth of his god
Shamash. (Exodus 19:16-19)
Sinai is a mythical place, cannot be found or located by modern
science. Here God would chat with Moses, and also issued two sets of
the 10 commandments to Moses (remember Moses dashed the original to
Tabernacle is a mobile place where God came to live among the
Israelites, and a place where he used to chat to Moses, face to face,
like friends having a talk. (Exodus 33:11) God gave Moses exact plans
for its construction. (Exodus 25: 8-10)
Old Testament states that God told Elijah to go to Israel and challenge
King Ahab to put up 450 prophets of the god Baal, against 400 of
Yahweh's prophets. The challenge was to light a fire on the alter using
only prayer. It goes without saying that Yahweh's mob won, as Yahweh
sent down a fire-ball directly on to the altar.
Elijah flees for his life from Judah and falls asleep under a tree. He
woke up to find that an angel had brought him a picnic hamper from
heaven. Elijah eats and again falls asleep. Once more the angel wakes
him up to eat as he had a long journey ahead.
Hezekiah (Israel) vs King Sennacherib (Assyria) were about to enter
into battle. (Isaiah 37:10-35) Hezekiah got in touch with God with his
problem. The following morning God sent down one of his angels and
185,000 Assyrian soldiers were 'mysteriously' found dead in their
tents. King Sennacherib fled, but only to be hunted down by God who
ordered the king’s son to slay him while he prayed to a foreign god.
Following this slaughter, Hezekiah became sick and was about to die. He
prayed to God to spare his life, he told God. God heard his prayer and
replied, "I have heard your prayer, and seen your tears, I will add 15
years to your life" (Isaiah 38:5) and so Hezekiah was cured by Dr. God.
vs Satan. The mind boggles at this one. God and Satan gamble on Job's
faith. Job is given three tests by Satan so that Job may curse God who
bets Satan that Job would not:
1 Job’s donkeys, oxen slaves wiped out by the Sabeans.
2 Job’s Sons and daughters are wiped out by a mighty wind. Their house
fell on them.
3 Job is covered in boils and sores.
Job stands firm and God makes him twice as rich as he was before, but
his sons and daughters murdered by God's gambling habits remain dead.
(Surely he could have raised them from the dead?) (Job 1:16-20 and Job
reader, I will stop now, not because I've run out of myths. The whole
bible is full of these myths and fairy stories too unbelievable even
for children. It would be difficult to find much truth anywhere in the
Bible. But in spite of all the proof there are still no-brain believers
in droves. This chatty deity has now lost his voice. Ha! Ha! He has not
spoken for over 2000 years.
for Research into Religions;
REPLY TO DE KRETSER
163, 2015 July)
Kretser in Biblical Mythology (#162) says that most churches teach that
creation was "out of nothing". "Out of nothing" may be true when
considering the Universe, but Genesis is not about the Universe.
the beginning when God created the heaven and the earth…" (Genesis 1:1)
is a summary of the overall creation narration that follows.
verse 2, planet Earth already exists; uncreated; covered in water;
ruined. Churches commonly interpret "spirit of God" (1:2) as a member
of the Trinity, but the NRSV Bible gets it right — "a wind from God
swept over the face of the waters…" The concept "wind from God" occurs
about a dozen times in the Old Testament and refers to strong wind.
1:2 gives an atmospheric and oceanographic description of Earth before
creation. The planet was dark, lifeless, swept by wind, and covered in
Earth ever like that?
1974 I read the book Bombarded Earth
(1964) and recognized Genesis 1:2 as agreeing with what a big asteroid
crashing into an ocean would do. Genesis doesn't mention an asteroid
but I inferred it from the description. In 1974 the idea of asteroid
impacts was disregarded by most scientists who considered them to be
contrary to geology's paradigm of "Uniformitarianism" (i.e. gradual
in 1980 came evidence that an asteroid extinguished the dinosaurs 65
million years ago. Countless craters are now confirmed on neighboring
planets and on Earth.
oceans too have been bombarded many times. Mann (2014) writes:
But scientists have
now reconstructed the effects of an enormous 3.26-billion-year-old
asteroid impact on Earth that boiled the oceans, turned the sky red hot
… shook the planet … deforming the seafloor, generating seismic waves
1 "Let there be light" is when light penetrated the debris and water
that filled Earth's atmosphere.
4 "God made the two great lights" is when the sky cleared sufficiently
for Sun, Moon and stars to become visible from Earth's surface.
length of the "six days" is much argued over and we might discuss it
Kretser writes that Catholics have seven "add on" books to the standard
39 Old Testament books that others accept.
refer him to the article "New Testament Canon" (#127) where I showed
how anyone can check whether the "canon" (the set of books regarded as
authentic) is correct.
Kretser claims that the Bible's 3000 characters and 1500 locations are
"mostly mythical" and the Bible has "150,000 variant readings".
recent centuries “textual critics” have compared all ancient New
Testament manuscripts and have established the 1st century wording with
high accuracy. (See the "Transmission of Scripture" debate in #96-#102)
Having many "variant readings" proves there was an original and helps
establish its wording.
investigated Old Testament characters and locations in Investigator #61, #117 and #50 and
observed a trend of archaeology confirming more as time passes.
locations named in the Old Testament number about 900 of which 500 are
confirmed or tentatively confirmed. Named people number almost 2900
with about 60 confirmed.
however, is ongoing. In 1999-2000 the ground level on the east side of
Jerusalem's Temple Mount was lowered with bulldozers to lay new
pavement, and 400 truckloads of soil were dumped in nearby Kidron
Valley. In 2004 archaeologists established the "Temple Mount Sifting
Project" to sift the soil. Discoveries include pottery fragments,
jewelry, beads, figurines, arrow heads, dice, bones, ornaments, wall
tiles, coins, etc.
One discovery is a bulla (clay seal impression) with the words "son of
This possibly supports Jeremiah 20:1 — "Pashhur son of Immer, who was
chief officer in the house of the Lord…"
Kretser calls Sodom and Gomorrah "a Sumerian legend". One
archaeologist, however, believes he has found Sodom (Colins 2013) — but
it's not conclusive. The biblical description of the destruction
matches the Tunguska asteroid explosion of 1908, which definitely
occurred although no trace now remains.
Kretser's claim that the Genesis Flood is based on Sumerian legend was
answered in #135 and #139. Oceanographers and geologists have
identified many great ancient floods, and more will be discovered. We
need to wait.
Kretser claims the Ark would not have floated. However, wooden ships of
the Chinese navy around 1400 CE were almost at big as the Ark (400 feet
versus 450 feet) and sailed the Indian Ocean. (Viviano 2005)
“Enuma Elish” story featuring the god Marduk was not re-cycled by Jews
to write Genesis as de Kretser claims. The "Enuma Elish" has
little about creation and is mainly about gods (including Marduk) born
in the primeval ocean and warring for supremacy. (Sproul 1980) Having a
few words in common such as "creation" or “god” amidst everything else
different hardly suggests "recycling".
did any Jew (or "Yahwist") borrow the Adam and Eve story from
"Prometheus" of Greece as De Kretser claims. Wikipedia says: "The
Prometheus myth first appeared in the late 8th-century BC…" Genesis was
composed earlier and Prometheus has no obvious similarity with Adam and
Moses' Commandments re-cycled from king Hammurabi of Babylon? This idea
is based on both law codes having some commands in common — but
commonality can result because similar social problems and similar
crimes require similar laws.
Mount Sinai mythical? Williams (2014) examines three candidates for
Mount Sinai including one in Arabia. Doubt regarding the real one is
not proof of myth.
Kretser queries the Bible on Sennacherib and the 185,000 slain. That,
however, was considered in Investigator
71 in "The God of the Prophets Versus the Assyrian Empire".
of the Bible goes on and on. The New Testament, for example, mentions
"God fearers" (Acts 13:16, 26) and it is confirmed that this
designation was in common 1st -century use.
Wikipedia entry on Aphrodisias (in western Turkey) says:
Aphrodisias have also uncovered an important Jewish inscription... The
inscription, in Greek, lists donations made by numerous individuals, of
whom several are classed as 'theosebeis', or Godfearers … probably
interested gentiles who attached themselves to the Jewish community,
supporting and perhaps frequenting the synagogue. The geographical
spread of the evidence suggests this was a widespread phenomenon in
Asia Minor during the Roman period.
(2010) supports 1st –century dates for the writing of the Gospels:
They [the four
gospels] are all likely to have been written in the last three decades
of the first century, around a half century after Jesus died, but
certainly no later than that, since they are already beginning to be
quoted in other Christian texts datable not much later than 100 CE… To
a surprising degree, the Synoptic Gospels reveal distinctive quirks of
speech in Jesus' sayings which suggest an individual voice… (pp
Kretser says his mind "boggles" over Job because "God and Satan gamble
on Job's faith."
not a "gamble", however, since "God" put limitations on how much damage
Satan can do and predetermined the outcome. (1:8-12)
book of Job teaches important theological lessons. Job himself
(19:6-13) blames his suffering on God treating him unfairly; other
characters in the story similarly argue that God is punishing Job.
the book identifies the real source of evil as "Satan" who acts within
constraints imposed by God.
can apply this principle to all Bible verses that speak of God as doing
evil. (e.g. Isaiah 45:7; II Thessalonians 2:11) Such verses attribute
responsibility for evil to God because He permits evil within limits
although able to prevent it completely.
able to prevent, why doesn't He? Because humans want to decide right
and wrong for themselves; they think they can manage without God.
(Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7) The situation is this:
They say to God,
'Leave us alone!
attitude of humans that they don't need God is being tested and is why
God permits evil — He has in effect said, "Prove it; show me".
do not desire to know your ways.
is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
what profit do we get if we pray to him?' (Job 21:14-16)
The consequences are all of history's horrors, suffering, stupidity,
disasters and crime. Humans are deluded and morally weak but won't
admit it; therefore the test continues. (See: "God, Tsunamis and Evil"
number of Bible characters and geographic locations confirmed, and
statements in biology, ethics, history, psychology, genetics, astronomy
and other sciences confirmed, total over 1000. Confirmation is ongoing
and demonstrates the Bible as reliable.
S. Where is Sodom? The Case for Tall el-Hamman, Biblical Archaeology Review,
March/April 2013, 32-41, 70-71
R. 1964 Bombarded Earth, John
D. 2010 A History of Christianity,
B.C. 1980 Primal Myths,
F. China’s Great Armada, National
Geographic, July 2005
V.W. nd Englishman's Hebrew and
Chaldee Concordance of the Old Testament, Bagster & Sons,
M. In Search of the Real Sinai, Archaeological
Diggings, August/September 2014, 34-40
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