Creation according to the Christians & Hebrews
Christianity is the world’s biggest religion, with 2.3 billion followers as of 2010. The Christianity account of creation is described in the first chapter of the Bible, Genesis.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1-1).
According to the creation story in the Bible, God created the earth in 7 days.
Day 1: God created light and separates light from darkness.
Day 2: God created the sky.
Day 3: God created the ground and seas, as well as vegetation.
Day 4: God created the sun, the moon and the stars, and he separated day from night.
Day 5: Birds and creatures in the sea are created.
Day 6: God created animals on the earth, as well as man and woman.
Day 7: God rests …
One God or Many?
There are a few paragraphs in the Bible that provide some additional, and interesting, information about creation. One of those paragraphs is in Genesis, paragraph 26 of the first section, where God refers to himself as ‘us’.
Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, [a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.
In fact, there are many references in the Bible where the plural pronouns are used when alluding to the Christian deity, countering their claim in the belief that there is one god.
Some people have argued that this is simply reference to the Trinity rather than more than one god. However, there was no doctrine of Trinity in the Old Testament – the word does not exist in the Bible anywhere, nor such language as one in three or three in one. The language relating to Trinity is not the language of the doctrine but the language of the ancient Church. The modern belief in the Trinity originated in the 4 th century at the Council of Nicaea where King Constantine presided over the Council with the purpose of uniting the Roman Empire by achieving agreement on Christian doctrine. Following this meeting, a mandatory belief in the Trinity was instituted.
The Garden of Eden and the Forbidden Fruit
In chapter 2 of Genesis, there is a description of Eden, a garden which God has created and placed man in.
Then the Lord God formed a man [c] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7
Soon after, he creates Eve to accompany Adam.
Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib [h] he had taken out of the man. Genesis 2:22
(It is interesting to mention that Man was placed in the Garden in order to tend it!
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:15
Once inside the garden, God set some restrictions for the newly created Adam and Eve. In the middle of the garden was the ‘tree of knowledge of good and evil’, from which Adam and Eve were told not to eat.
You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.
However, a mysterious creature in the shape of a serpent tells Eve that what God said about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was not true.
For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3:5
And the statement made by the serpent is proven to be true. Once Adam and Eve eat from the forbidden tree:
a) They do not die (which indicates that God lied).
b) They begin to realize things (like the fact that they were naked).
The next part is very interesting. Once Adam and Eve eat from the forbidden tree, God—again in the plural—said:
And the Lord God said, The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever. Genesis 3:22
In that paragraph a second forbidden tree is mentioned, the tree of life. Adam and Eve are not allowed to eat from that tree because they will become like gods.
After that, God expels man from Eden and put guards to protect the tree of life.
After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side [e] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. Genesis, 3:24
What conclusions can be drawn from the above accounts? If we were to take the words of Genesis literally, it would seem that God is not one but many, and that the God(s) do not want man to gain knowledge or immortality. Both of these two points contradict the central concept of a monotheistic god as put forward by Christians since the 4 th century CE. Another interesting point is how Genesis is unclear as to the purpose of the creation of man.
Hebrew and Christian texts about Genesis are basically the same and share many parallels with Muslim texts. In Hebrew the word Elohim, which is referred to throughout their religious texts, is the plural form of Eloah and means ‘Gods’. Later on, when Hebrews became more monotheistic they began using the latter form of the word in reference to the one ‘God’, or to be more precise referring to the ‘God of Gods’.
It would seem obvious and logical that for man to become wise, there is a need to have knowledge of justice and integrity (knowing and distinguishing ‘good’ from ‘evil’), and at the same time to be able to achieve spiritual freedom and immortality. Yet according to Genesis, God did not want that for man—the two trees were forbidden and heavily guarded. The question people should be asking is why?