© 2021 by Rabbi Dr. Zvi Aviner
IDOLATRY-4/Is Genesis a Myth?
Know your CREATOR, know yourself and know the difference
1: Questioning the validity of Genesis
Since ELKM is, by definition, the Truthful JUDGE,
who follows the Absolute Truth,
Is the story of CREATION a truthful story?
And since His Name acts like a stamp of truthfulness
And since His appears 32 times in the Six Days,
does it mean that the story must be true?
Today, most scholars, even lay people, doubt
the validity of Genesis, since they think
that our Scientific findings negate it.
The Biblical fundamentalists, Jewish and Non-Jewish alike,
Take the story of Genesis on its face, believing every word,
But they can’t reconcile it with our Science.
Some prefer to ignore the problem,
Some apply mystical interpretations to it
And some see it allegorically
The sad result of these approaches is
that most of the college students in the USA
reject the Bible altogether,
seeing Genesis as a Bronze- Age Myth.
And if Moses is a true prophet, people ask,
why did he elect to place such controversial story
right at the beginning of his five Books?
You don’t need to tase more than on spoon
to realize that the entire soup is spoiled!
Hence, when we deal with the truthfulness of Genesis
The stakes are high. For if we discredit it,
We’ve also discredited the entire Bible!
On the other hand,
If we have found that Genesis story is true,
then wow! How could Moses, living 3500 years ago,
tell such a story! Who told it to him?
Isn’t it a living miracle in our hands?
In our class,
we’ll compare Genesis to our Scientific knowledge
of the History of Earth.
But before doing that, let’s compare Genesis
to other stories of CREATION told in Moses’ time.
2 Genesis Compared to Bronze-age Myths
We know much what the ancients thought about CREATION
The Egyptian in Moses’ time believed
according to K. Amstrong (History of God
that the world was created, when
a male god named Rah (like in Ra-amssess)
impregnated a goddess named Nun (‘water’ or ‘darkness.’)
Fearing that her embryo would rebel against him
Rah slashed Nuns’ belly, killed his son
and threw its testicles into the Mediterraneansea
near the city of Acca.
The lamenting mother-goddess Nun then dived into the sea
retrieved her sons’ testicles and resurrected him.
From this, the world was either created or flourished
We can imagine how emotional the story was in the Egyptian’s eyes.
We can imagine their priests parading and chanting f its glory.
We can imagine their philosophers and poets composing hymns
seeing deep meanings in every part of the story,
we can sympathize with the story, even clap our hands,
but one thing we can’t do: to say that the story has nothing in common
with our Scientific knowledge. It is just a ‘beautiful’ myth
We also know what the Greek in Moses time
told about CREATION. According to Karen Armstrong,
the Greek believed that a ‘male god’ named Uranus
impregnated the goddess of Earth, Gaia.
Fearing her numerous embryos, the Titans,
The father Uranus pushed the Titans back
into their mother Gaia’s womb, causing her much agony.
Whenever the Earth is shaking under your feet,
it is Gaia twisting in labor pains.
But the youngest Titans, the brazen Cronus,
stood up against his father-god, and cut his sexual organ
when he penetrated Gaia.
Cronus then threw his father’s sex organ into the Sea
from where the world flourished.
Again, we may sympathize with the Titans
even play football game in their glory.
Yet we can’t say that the Greek’s story
has anything to do with our Science.
Their story is mythical,
whereas Science’s story is factual.
Other ancient myths in Moses’ time,
The Japanese, Chinese, Indians and Africans,
all told similar stories, full of sexual perversions,
jealousy, rivalry, murder and chaos between the gods.
None of them can be matched
with our scientific knowledge of CREATION!
Moses’ Genesis is Clean
Although Moses grew up in Pharaoh’s home,
Where he must have heard all those myths,
His account of Genesis is surprisingly dry,
bereaved of any violence, Jealousy, rivalry,
or ugly, weird sexual perversions.
Moses’ story id factual
Moses’ Story seems dry and factual.
You wouldn’t parade with it in the streets.
You wouldn’t chant hymns to its glory.
You wouldn’t cry with emotion, hearing it.
You wouldn’t spread the good news about it.
you only stand in awe, realizing the miracle
of its truthfulness.
Moses sees an order in CREATION
Because, unlike all ancient myths of his time,
Moses’s story recognizes ORDER in CREATION.
Some elements and creatures of Nature came first,
some came later, In a logical way
that makes sense even in our eyes.
That no one in Moses’ time perceived any order in Nature.
For Pharaoh, the animals roam the Earth for his pleasure,
For trade and hunting. For the Egyptians’ wise priests,
the powerful animals are here to be worshipped.
And so did all the ancient civilizations.
None recognized any order in the animal kingdom.
How then, can anyone count Moses’ Genesis,
among those myths?
Having compared Genesis to the myths of Moses’ time
let’s compare it with our Scientific knowledge.