I’ve been told over and over again that we have the ‘end of the story’. That’s why we should believe over those who lived in Biblical times. Because we know how the story ends and the great lengths God has gone to to save us – the greatest love story ever told – that is reason enough to place our faith in the Almighty and never question that love. That implies never questioning His authority, His word (i.e. the Bible) nor His existence.
Ruminating in my mind over the last few days is that, if we take the creation story as fact(which I don’t), a ‘very good’ Adam and Eve were placed in the ‘very good’ garden where God walked with them in the cool of the day. They could walk with Him and talk with Him and be His very own. He gave them one instruction. The world, erm…garden, was their oyster. How difficult can it be to follow one instruction given to them in person by the rule maker Himself? Mind you this was before the fall, before they knew good from evil.
Why did God place the tree in the garden? Was it a test? I thought God did not tempt us. So what is that about? If God wanted us to live in an ignorance is bliss state for all of eternity why put the temptation there in the first place? Has He been trying to trick us since the beginning? Wouldn’t it be a bit evil for the Creator to be this devious? We would call this entrapment.
God walked in the cool of the day with the imperfect mankind He made and then suddenly when they showed their imperfections He couldn’t stand the sight of them. They were too evil for His presence. Yet we are to believe that this same God loved us enough to kill His Son who would be reunited with Him after the fact all so He could also be reunited with mankind only He still won’t show His face. Presumably because we’re still too evil?
Fast forward eight or so thousand years. A lot has happened in that time. We are expected to believe that the records of Gods dealings were written hundreds of years apart by a dozens of different authors and from those books a committee of priests hand picked which of those books were actually divinely inspired, bound together, and that they form a cohesive statement about God’s love for mankind and his expectations of mankind.
There are many more rules to follow and a far-fetched virgin birth story followed by a far-fetched resurrection story. We are told that without faith it is impossible to please this invisible force. Yet outside the Bible there is no evidence that this force even exists – not in the Christian sense.
Then the thought comes barrelling though my mind like a freight train that maybe the reason God hasn’t shown His face since the Garden of Eden is because that’s just a story. There was no Eden, there was no Adam and Eve and there is no God, at least not the one depicted in Genesis.