Why Do Humanists Reject The Bible?

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Reject Genesis?The BOOK of GENESIS

HUMANIST QUESTION: Genesis chapter 1 says the first man and woman were made at the same time, and after the animals. But Genesis chapter 2 gives a different order of creation: man, then the animals, and then woman.

Humanists love to take parts of scripture, impart to them whatever meaning they desire, and then claim there are contradictions. There is little or no effort to understand the context or what scripture is actually saying. Nor do they pay attention to what scripture actually says. Words are important, and word choice in scripture is important... even in our English translations.

Background: There are three creation accounts in Genesis chapters one and two.

Genesis 1:1 provides a broad overview. It is a summary of what God did. In many respects it can be considered a title for this section of scripture:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. - Genesis 1:1

The phrase "the heavens and the earth" is a shorthand way of saying everything. In these ten words God is saying that He created everything.

Genesis 1:2 through 2:3 narrows the focus, describing the creation week from the viewpoint of the earth. It starts with the earth being formless and void, and moves through each of the days of creation as seen from the viewpoint of earth.

Genesis 2:4 through 2:24 narrows the focus even more, these verses are specifically about day six of creation and mankind. The details of each day of creation given in Genesis chapter 1 are not reiterated, with God focusing on giving us the details of man's first day.

So, does Genesis 2 give a different order of creation than Genesis chapter 1? No. Here is a verse by verse description of what is happening.

Please note, the chapter and verse divisions were added later to make it easier for us to reference things in scripture. They are created by man and are not inspired.

2:4-5 - Introduction to creation and a summary of days one and two of creation.

2:6 - Days three through five are not described, they are completely skipped. Verse six provides some additional information, describing how the earth was watered.

2:7 - We're now in day five, and a detailed description of what God did in creating man. God did not need to use dust to make man, but in doing this He shows us a master craftsman shaping a work of art to which He gives life.

The contradiction is supposedlty that God created the animals after man. I assume this is a reference to Genesis 2:18-19

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.

This is not describing the original creation of the animals and birds. What is the subject of these verses? That it is not good for man to be alone. So what is God doing? He is showing Adam all of the animals and birds for Adam to name them, and see if any are a suitable helper.

Birds were created on day five, and the beasts of the earth (field) were created before Adam on day six. But, now God needs to show all of them to Adam. So what did He do? He forms them out of the ground and brought them to Adam to be named. There is nothing wrong with doing that. And it does not contradict Genesis 1.

Finally, no suitable helper was found, so God makes Eve... this is still day six of creation. So God created them male and female, and He did it all on day six of creation. No contradiction.

More detailed information from Answers in Genesis.

Next question...

Genesis chapter 1 lists six days of creation, whereas chapter 2 refers to the “day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.”

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