Monday, August 31, 2009

Genesii and "oui"

Whether you believe Genesis was written completely by Moses, compiled of many sources by Moses, or simply put together by a few different authors during the time of Moses; some interesting things can come from noticing the dividing lines that have been drawn.

The dividing lines of "Creation Accounts" seem to be Genesis 1:1-2:4a, and Genesis 2:4b-3:24. Skeptics have often used this accounts to try and "disprove" certain things, or point out there are discrepancies in the Bible, etc. But recently reading through Caputo's book, he points out something much more calling.

The first creation account includes God creating something (although perhaps not ex nihilo, according to Caputo - which includes a beautiful move from metaphysical debates to a focus on God creating LIFE. Which is a good move to make I think, even if you have to stand firmly on nihilo.) each day, and ultimately making a powerful declaration. He makes his declaration firmly after each step of the process, and ultimately over all things that have been made.

What does God proclaim? "it IS Good."
Or as others have put it - "Yes, YES"

It is the SECOND creation account where Adam and Eve lead all humanity down a path undesirable. But Caputo points out that this is only AFTER God has already put his stamp/proclamation of "it is Good/YES" on all things He has created. Perhaps there is a message in these two creation accounts being placed in the order they are in. There is an incredible emphasis possible here. What does this mean?

Our ability to mess things up is NOT an ability to take away from what God has already proclaimed is our design, and our future. We are, in a sense, writing our stories onto an ancient parchment onto which God has already plastered His giant and irrevocable "YES" in giant letters, although humbly allowing our letters to be seen on the page. I will end with a quote from page 91 of "Weakness of God":

"The yes to life that Elohim sprawls across the space of history, as on a great map in which the letters go unnoticed, the yes that echoes across the ages, is at the same time a vast and resonant no directed against hopelessness and meaningless suffering."

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