Contradictions in the Bible

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 14:10

IX. My personal view on creation

Written by Gabriel Baicu
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    From my point of view, the conclusion that the narratives from the first 11 chapters of the book of Genesis are only mythology and not the expression of reality prompts me to reject the theist creationist view on God. The world wasn’t created in seven physical days and not even in seven longer periods of time and we can know that for certain because the stories from the first 11 chapters of the book of Genesis aren’t real. It isn’t only that the period of time proposed by the book of Genesis for creation is in total disharmony with the discoveries of the sciences but very importantly the order of creation proposed by the Bible is contradictory and absurd therefore it cannot be upheld.

    In what concerns the theistic evolution view I fully agree that nature became what it is through a process of evolution, starting with the less sophisticated forms of life and reaching a high level of development in human consciousness.  

    God is not the Creator in the sense in which He is presented by the Bible. We don’t know how God is involved in the generation of our universe and of humankind. The Bible doesn’t give us any revelation about the degree in which God is involved with the world. We can know how God is not connected with the origins of the universe and humankind and that is the way in which the Bible says that He created the universe. Any other way of creation can be possible until is proven impossible or improbable. The manner of creation described in the book of Genesis is highly improbable.  

    In the same time, there is a huge problem when one tries to separate metaphysically in any way God and the world. The creationist view maintains that God is a necessary Reality while the world is only a contingent reality. God is also seen in the creationist view as transcendental to His creation and that allows for a degree of separation between God and the world which finally doesn’t leave any place for Him in the entire existence.   

    In order to understand God, we necessarily need to operate with a larger concept than that of the universe. This concept is the concept of existence per se which includes all existing entities from all existing worlds or all existing universes. The cosmos contains a visible part and an invisible one but we know that the invisible part exists from its effects. Our world isn’t all that is because before the Big bang it was another reality which made possible the existence of the singularity which caused our universe.  

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    In my view, the existence per se is infinite because absolute nonexistence, no space, no energy, no particles, no laws, cannot be said to exist. Absolute non-existence cannot exist because from absolute nonexistence nothing can emerge hence the so-called “reality” which doesn’t produce anything at all is nothing. The existence of all realities can be perceived from the effects that they produce. Where there aren’t any effects of any kind there we are confronted with nothingness. The existence of our universe is the undeniable proof that it never “was” a state of absolute non-existence. If it “was” our universe couldn’t exist at all because absolute nothingness means absolute nothing, no space and no laws, no matter, no energy, no anything and that cannot produce anything.  

    Absolute nothingness means a state in which nothing at all can be generated hence we can know that such a situation didn’t exist until know from the existence of our universe. In the same time theoretically, we also know that absolute non-existence cannot exist because doesn’t have any attribute which would qualify it for existence. If we define what existence means, we can also know what existence isn’t.  

    Our universe comes from a state of existence which necessarily comes from another kind of existence and so on. The existence per se is an extraordinary and unexplained reality. We don’t know the origins of existence per se and the possibility of an infinite reality opens the mind toward God’s existence. If existence per se is infinite God also can be an infinite Reality and that Reality can be also of infinite complexity. The argument from complexity is an argument for the existence of God. An infinite Reality can be also infinite in complexity not only in spatial extension. This infinite Reality cannot be other than God because this infinite complexity necessarily entails consciousness.  

    Existence in the sense of the continuation of the presence of space is infinite. There isn't any reason to believe that space was generated from absolute nothingness hence either space was generated from something else or it is eternal. Time and space form a unity which depends on the presence of matter in the ways described by Einstein. In the same time, space cannot be other than eternal if it wasn’t generated by anything else, something which can be demonstrated that exists in no space. A thing can exist only if it either directly occupies space or if it depends on something which is in space, for example, an idea depends on a brain.

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