The first book of the Bible is a foundational book for three of the world's religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This trio of religions claims a very large portion of the people on earth. While these three have much that is not in common, even among themselves, they have this book, written by Moses thousands of years ago, as one of their cornerstones.
This book of Genesis holds the key to modern Jewish-Arabic relations, did you know that? Both groups look to Abraham as their father. What a debate has been going on for centuries on this one!
- The Arabs claim all the promises to Abraham because they are the descendants of Abraham's older son. That this birth occurred outside of wedlock is of no consequence to them.
- The Jews claim all the promises of Abraham because they are the descendants of Abraham's son by the only woman he married, his wife Sarah, which they say makes him the official heir.
Let's look at something else. What if the book of Genesis is historically accurate? What if the part about the early history of mankind is accurate? What should we expect to find? Should we condemn those that don't honor the book? What if the Judeo-Christian-Islam God is a God of Love as some believe and that this God used Moses as written in order to document some things about God and God's nature? What about all those people that don't have this book, are they missing something?
Let's have some fun with this book, and make a few assumptions. Yes, let's not argue if these assumptions are true or not, let's agree that they may be true. Then let's see what would happen since the events of the book, and compare them to our actual history. We may have some amazing surprises! Here's our assumptions for the sake of this article:
- God created the universe, and mankind to inherit it.
- The genealogy of Genesis is accurate, though difficult to understand at points. Yes, we are all descended from Noah and his wife. (In fact, I personally believe that every cultures "creation story" is based on that culture remembering not the original creation week, but the re-creation done through the flood. There is much, much evidence to support this!)
- When 'The Children of God' got split up at the tower of Babylon, which happened centuries before Moses penned 'Genesis', and only 100 years or so after the flood, God didn't pick favorites AT THAT TIME. God still communicated with each of the newly created cultures in a manner which they could understand. There were no Jews, Christians or Muslims at that time. So, we should be able to find traces in each culture of this event.
- Also, after the split at the tower, God was still involved with ALL OF THE NEW CULTURES, not just the one's whose family tree is listed in the book of Genesis. God communicated with them in their cultural way.
If these assumptions are true, then we can expect to see traces of this same God in every culture. It is possible that the "creation myths" of each culture go back to the Tower of Babel and their memories there. Yes, other cultures didn't have a "Bible" to check back to and refer to over the years, they have a better excuse to stray from what they had been taught in the beginning. Those with the book, have no such easy excuse.
But they would still be worshipping the same One God. (Sioux Indians refer to "The Great Spirit" that created everything.)
- Noah and the Greeks and Roman Mythos
- Examples from American Indian Cultures
- Since others don't have Genesis ...
- Pyramids: Descendents of the Tower of Babel?
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- www.kjvbible.org What about this thing called "Christian Geology"?
- www.answersingenesis.org More on "Christian Geology"
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book of Genesis is very, very important!
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