I started this study asking a fundamental question: What kind of modifications, if any, happen in the content of a personal Christian faith when one has to admit by the force of evidence that the first 11 chapters of the book of Genesis are neither factual nor inspired by God? From my point of view, we now have an answer to this question. Knowing that the first 11 chapters of the Bible are only mythology and not facts, the entire biblical foundation of one’s faith is removed.
The first 11 chapters of the Bible are essential for the Jewish and for the Christian faith but also for Islam which recognizes also that all of the humankind was created from the first two human beings, Adam and Eve. All three monotheistic religions are affected when one realizes that the story of Adam and Eve is a myth and doesn’t have anything to do with reality. God didn’t create the universe and mankind in six days and the acknowledgment of this situation casts doubt on all theologies, regardless to what religion one belongs, which is based on this foundation – it invalidates their basis. A theology built on a false foundation cannot be other than misguided in its conclusions. Spirituality understood as a personal relationship with God doesn’t suffer damages but religions cannot be trusted in what they say about the origins of the universe and of humankind. If there is a relationship between God and human beings and I believe that there is, this isn’t configured as it is described by the three monotheistic religions. God didn’t say the word and the universe didn’t come to be as a consequence of the spoken word. God didn’t form the first man from dust or clay as the potter does with his statuettes. The implications for this change of supposition are huge and I only started to address them, but the complexity of this discussion is still to be dealt with. If Adam and Eve are not real personages the faith in God isn’t the same and the relationship between Him and every human being isn’t placed on His authority based on His suzerainty over the world anymore, but only on love.
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If God is a Creator we don’t have any revelation of how He created the world or if He created it because the first 11 chapters of the book of Genesis cannot be trusted and there aren’t other biblical texts to replace them. The supposition that God created the world is based on nothing and is only an article of faith chosen by the believers. It doesn’t mean that God doesn’t exist or that He isn’t all-powerful. We don’t know anything about the creation of the world by a divine Person and we can explain the origin of the cosmos without any divine implication in it. If God didn’t create humankind from mud, the evolution of the human beings is based on a long story starting many millions or even billions of years ago if one takes into consideration the first forms of life existent on Earth. God didn’t create man but He could have influenced the apparition of life on Earth by generating the right conditions for life. At the same time, we don’t have any proof or any revelation that He influenced in any way the apparition of the world. God didn’t create man but he can help human beings to better their moral statute and can give to each man and woman a new spiritual nature which is closely linked with a new vision of life. If God is the Consciousness of the entire existence, when He connects our consciousness with His Consciousness, our minds open and at that stage, we see the world differently. We can see our fellow human beings with God’s eyes, in a new perspective; we can love the others as ourselves. Having access to the universal Consciousness, our own way of thinking improves greatly and this is a kind of out-of-body experience. It is an out-of-body experience lived “in the body” in the sense that the universal Consciousness dwells in our body in unity with our consciousness. In this way, our consciousness extends out of our body as far as the universal Consciousness allows us to go. This goes further than a religious faith which doesn’t experience direct contact with God’s infinity but which is based only on religious dogmas and doctrines. Spirituality is based on a personal experience with God; religions are based mainly on the experiences of others which they try to transmit through religious traditions. The spiritual experience is more like a kind of “out of our biological instincts” experience.
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