If you won’t follow God because you don’t buy him making the earth in seven days please consider this short article.
Fundamentalist atheists and fundamentalist christians are two of a kind. They both take extreme positions and fail to grasp the poetic, artistic and dramatic writing styles of the bible. When fundamentalists read, ‘if your arm causes you to sin cut it off,’ they get the hacksaw out! When they hear Jesus say, ‘there once was a man…’ and he tells a parable, one sets out to prove every detail a historical fact while the other sets out to find a single detail that is wrong. Two of a kind.
Storytelling has always been a valued means of communication that all cultures enjoy, even Jesus told stories, but the point in creative writing goes straight over the fundamentalist’s head. He simply doesn’t understand non literal communication. When fundamentalists read, God made the heavens and the earth in seven days, they take it literally. As a bit of a Trekkie I have considered the various ways Captains Janeway and Archer might have encountered such a phenomena, but I won’t take a fundamentalist position that each day of creation must be accurate to the second any more than insist the five wise virgins and the five foolish virgins were literal. Ten virgins?
Fundamentalists on both extremes expose their ignorance by insisting each and every passage in the bible must be a literal track record. The most evangelical scholars right through to the most critical scholars will tell you the bible is a rich fabric of poetry, drama, history, narrative, song and even comedy complete with role plays and imagery. This means different rules of understanding must be applied to each one. You cannot read the movie script ‘The taking of Pelham 123’ the same way you would read the train time-table for Pelham 123 or the wiring diagram for Pelham 123 as all three serve different purposes. The movie is not a literal account like a train time-table, it does however show how different people respond to a crises and how they interact with each other during it, so non-literal manuscripts still have great value!
Romeo and Juliet and Song of Songs cannot be read the same way you read the periodic table so there is no erosion of credibility when you don’t treat each and every narrative, poetic work, condensed story and song as a literal account, because if you did God would literally have to have a hand, a wing, an eye… and you would have to literally gouge your eye out very time you stared at money, food or something sexually appealing for too long. Which style of writing is the seven-day account? Is it really a literal account, a condensed story, a dance or something else?
Terry Crews posted, “It takes more faith to be an Atheist than any other religion. It’s like believing your car made itself during an accident.” Don’t get hung up on whether God created the earth in seven literal days or not as what really matters is that at some point the creator started creating and a step at a time put things in their place.
In the beginning… revamped.