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Two Conflicting Biblical Creation Stories

Lionheart
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8/26/2011 8:31:06 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Conflicts between the creation stories

There are some apparent inconsistencies between the first and second creation accounts:

- There may be a conflict over the number of days over which creation happened. Genesis 1:3 and subsequent verses say that God created the universe in six days.

- In Genesis 2:4, some translations, including the King James Version, imply that it took one day.

- In the first account, fruit trees appeared before before Adam and Eve; in the second account, God created Adam, then the fruit trees appeared, then Eve.

- In the first account, God created animals before Adam and Eve; in the second account, God created Adam, then the animals, then Eve.

- Genesis 1:20 describes how God had "the waters bring forth ...fowl" ; in Genesis 2:19, God formed them "out of the ground".

- In the first account, God caused fish to appear on the 5th day; in the second account, the fish of the sea were not created at all.
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8/27/2011 7:28:37 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Not one post?

Wow. I would have expected to see a smoking gun when I checked back.

How do you biblical followers explain the inaccuracies?
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8/27/2011 9:06:18 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
They're complimentry not contradictory!

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1) Whatever has contradictory attributes does not exist.
2) The Biblical God has contradictory attributes.
3) Therefore, the Biblical God does not exist
BennyW
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8/28/2011 2:41:16 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
It has to do with the writing style. To us it may seem weird but the Bible often recaps things it has already said and so since it already gives the details there is no need to go into detail again.
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8/28/2011 8:21:17 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/26/2011 8:31:06 PM, Lionheart wrote:
Conflicts between the creation stories

There are some apparent inconsistencies between the first and second creation accounts:

- There may be a conflict over the number of days over which creation happened. Genesis 1:3 and subsequent verses say that God created the universe in six days.

- In Genesis 2:4, some translations, including the King James Version, imply that it took one day.

- In the first account, fruit trees appeared before before Adam and Eve; in the second account, God created Adam, then the fruit trees appeared, then Eve.

- In the first account, God created animals before Adam and Eve; in the second account, God created Adam, then the animals, then Eve.

- Genesis 1:20 describes how God had "the waters bring forth ...fowl" ; in Genesis 2:19, God formed them "out of the ground".

- In the first account, God caused fish to appear on the 5th day; in the second account, the fish of the sea were not created at all.

If you are interested there are actually some other sources that do give slightly different accounts of the creation. You would need to believe in modern revelation though...but there has been further light and knowledge given on the subject!

There are 4 sources we have: 1. Old Testament 2. Book of Moses 3. Book of Abraham 4. Temple

I had an Institute teacher who described it to me in this way:
Genesis is like high school
Moses is like college
Abraham is like a masters degree
The Temple is like post doctoral

While the basic truths are the same...the level of detail and clarification and reasons are expounded upon more as you go.

it is learning "line upon line and precept upon precept"...as described by Isaiah...

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8/28/2011 8:34:29 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/26/2011 8:31:06 PM, Lionheart wrote:
Conflicts between the creation stories

There are some apparent inconsistencies between the first and second creation accounts:

- There may be a conflict over the number of days over which creation happened. Genesis 1:3 and subsequent verses say that God created the universe in six days.

- In Genesis 2:4, some translations, including the King James Version, imply that it took one day.

- In the first account, fruit trees appeared before before Adam and Eve; in the second account, God created Adam, then the fruit trees appeared, then Eve.

- In the first account, God created animals before Adam and Eve; in the second account, God created Adam, then the animals, then Eve.

- Genesis 1:20 describes how God had "the waters bring forth ...fowl" ; in Genesis 2:19, God formed them "out of the ground".

- In the first account, God caused fish to appear on the 5th day; in the second account, the fish of the sea were not created at all.

The second account is not meant to be chronologically accurate, it is more of a recap with some more detail. If his intent was for it to be used to establish a timeline, it would be obvious to him that it failed, had he proofread it once. The timeline had already been established in the first account.
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8/29/2011 7:48:01 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/26/2011 8:31:06 PM, Lionheart wrote:
Conflicts between the creation stories

There are some apparent inconsistencies between the first and second creation accounts:

- There may be a conflict over the number of days over which creation happened. Genesis 1:3 and subsequent verses say that God created the universe in six days.

- In Genesis 2:4, some translations, including the King James Version, imply that it took one day.

- In the first account, fruit trees appeared before before Adam and Eve; in the second account, God created Adam, then the fruit trees appeared, then Eve.

- In the first account, God created animals before Adam and Eve; in the second account, God created Adam, then the animals, then Eve.

- Genesis 1:20 describes how God had "the waters bring forth ...fowl" ; in Genesis 2:19, God formed them "out of the ground".

- In the first account, God caused fish to appear on the 5th day; in the second account, the fish of the sea were not created at all.

The actual truth is that the first one was written by the priestly source much later. This author wrote in response and often contradicted the JE source. J, the "Yahwehist" wrote much of the 2nd one, all but the first few verses(also written by P). The sources were writing at different times with different perspectives. When R, the redactor, put these 2 pieces together, he also put the P source first as, being of the Aaronid Priest persuasion himself, he thought it more important. At the end of the day to try and reconcile the 2 as being the same story is to take both writers way out of context, strange Christians always accuse atheists of this.
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