There are several records of creation in the Bible, each differing from the other. In the first book of Moses, called Genesis, Chapter One through the first three verses of Chapter Two, we read of the first creation. Here the Record states that: "The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good." And so it was until "the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. ... And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."
All within this framework was reputedly brought forth by God (Spirit, Elohim) and was pronounced very good. However, beginning with the fourth verse of Chapter Two of Genesis, we have a second account of the "generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God (Yahweh, Jehovah, the specific tribal god or divine sovereign of the Hebrew people) made the earth and the heavens." In this account we learn that "there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the Lord God (Yahweh) formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Bear in mind however, that this is only the activity of an historically early Hebrew deity.
We have already two records and have examined less than two chapters of Genesis. First is the Elohistic, second is the Jehovistic. Now let us examine the third record.
In Chapter Two, verse twenty one, we read: "And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife."
Study of this passage reveals many startling things. Why, if dust was the source of Yahweh's man, did he not make woman from the same mixture? Why should he have to break down his original product, take a rib therefrom and make the rib into a woman? But then, if this troubles you, Dear Reader, remember it only went on under the blanket of "mist that covered the whole face of the ground." Of course, added to the mist, to guarantee no slip-up, or spying by the victim, it was performed under "a deep sleep" from which there is no record of an awakening down to this very day. Apparently even Yahweh could not perform such a surgical operation without benefit of a heavy anesthetic!
This man Adam (this "dust" composition into whose nostrils Jehovah breathed the breath of life; this concoction of a tribal deity concerning whom the prophet Isaiah commanded: "Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for wherein is he to be accounted of?" Isa. 2:22) is quite a character. He is not phased by either the impenetrable mist which envelops him, or his deep sleep. Without sight, without even troubling to wake up, he instantly knows all about Eve; where she came from, what her purpose is, and what her future holds for her! He glibly talks about man leaving "his father and mother," yet supposedly this Adam is the first and only person extant. He has known neither father nor mother. He was originally but a pile of dust, a mixture of mud into which the Lord God supposedly blew the breath of life; gave identity like unto itself, and wherein only the claim that it is living, real, would seem to make sense.
What an insight Adam has! He talks about man cleaving "unto his wife," regardless who might stand in the way, "and they shall be one flesh." Nothing up to this point has been suggested to Adam that Eve was strictly meant as a means of further generation, yet he seems to know all about it; that there would be children, mothers, fathers,' wives! Apparently Adam's IQ was very high. Instinctively he sensed that the Lord God had reached his limit, done his best, spent himself, for why else had Yahweh had to resort to operating on the man in order to manufacture the woman? There was still plenty of dust, and to breathe into it would be far more simple than surgery.
Adam was sure that from now on it was up to him to bring forth his kind, and he had no intentions of allowing it to become one-sided. Why lose any more ribs? He had a "help meet." Let her do her share. Had he not borne the entire burden-given his all, as it were-that Eve might have substance? From thence, his would be the more pleasant portion. It was his just due, for if it had not been for him, she would never have had existence!
Note, if you will, verse seventeen of Chapter Two. The Lord God does not behold all as "very good," such as the Elohistic account records of his productions. Here the Lord issues a warning against evil; the "tree of knowledge" which knows both the active allness of Good, and God's active absence, called evil!
For God, Good to be infinitely present, and also be aware that Its Presence is equally absent, puts Infinite Intelligence in a strange and impossible position. This situation reminds me of a question I was asked when a very small boy. On my way from Sunday School I encountered a playmate who never attended religious services. Having asked where I had been and why I went, he informed me it was more fun playing ball. At that early age I was very orthodox and accepted the Bible as true and divine throughout. I remonstrated with my friend. I pointed out to him the dire consequences of his sins of omission and commission; that God would someday punish him. He listened for a few moments, then asked me two questions that silenced me. His first was: "Can God do everything? Is God all-powerful?" I answered that God was Omnipotent, and could do everything. His next question: "Then, if God can do everything and nothing is impossible for God, can God make a rock so big that God can't lift it?"
That the record be kept clear, remember all this double talk of God being present and absent at the same time, in the same place, is done under the dark cover of "the mist which went up from the face of the earth." Within this pale, nothing but contradictions and impossibilities can have a pretense of existence. Let one iota of Light shine in this purported darkness, and the darkness is not.
The first verse of Chapter Three states: "Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made." Please notice that the comparative degree "more" is used, meaning that everything the Lord (Yahweh) had brought forth was "elusive, wily, cunning, crafty, artful (artificial, imitative, skillful or ingenious in gaining an end, adroit, hence crafty, wily, tricky)." (Webster)
In verse twenty of the same chapter: "And Adam called his wife's name Eve: because she was the mother of all living." Yet the Lord has already brought forth all things that are living! Eve was but a rib removed under a deep sleep from Adam; the last production staged by the Lord. Nevertheless, the credit for all living, including Adam, is given to Eve, without so much as a by-line for the Lord!' For this, there does seem some retribution in that Adam is forced from the Garden of Eden and made "to till the ground from whence he was taken." A flaming sword is placed at the east of the garden. For Adam there is never a chance for a return.
We now come to the fourth record of creation. As you recall in the third account, Cain is born, and thereafter, Abel.
In the record, it is but a short time before Cain slays Abel, then goes "out from the presence of the Lord" to dwell "in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden." Here, in the Land of Nod (sleep, slumber, dreamland), Cain "knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch." (Gen. 4:17) From whence came this wife? According to the record of man, only Adam, Eve and Cain are extant. In the "land of Nod" however, it is simple for Cain to find a wife, the fifth creation.
But, if you will, note the balance of the verse under discussion: "and he (Cain) builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch." Now a city, even in those days, must have consisted of more than Cain, a wife of unknown or not-yet-originated origin, and a single infant. And the very next verse reads: "And unto Enoch was born Irad," and so forth, Enoch being the father of the longlived Methuselah.
Meanwhile Adam and Eve "begat Seth," their third child. So far, no daughters were born, just males, according to the record. "And to Seth, to him also there was born a son, and he called his name Enos." Eve alone is the only female, and she was not born, but made of Adam's rib! Not until we come to Chapter Five, verse four do we read: "And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters."
The ways of Adam and Eve, however, became the generally accepted pattern for generation with the human race. It continued without further upset, save for those already recorded, until the advent of the Christian era when Jesus made his appearance. Here is the sixth record of creation. The male is taken from the female; the reverse of Adam's experience when he alone was the origin of an offspring. In Adam's case, as in Mary's, sex was not a factor.
In pointing to the record according to the King James' version of the Bible, no disrespect is intended, nor any theological teaching ridiculed. However, it is important if you would understand this work, that the Reader challenge any statement offered him pertaining to Life, Identity, Self, and see if it is in accord with Truth or merely a figment of mass psychology, theological philosophy, social custom or unquestioning complacence. Because certain beliefs are time-honored, this does not make them factual. As so often pointed out, the years during which the earth was purported to be flat did not make it flat. God is purported to have brought forth a creation; is supposed to be the origin of opposites, of good and evil, love and hate, awards and punishments. Because the masses have accepted this for centuries, does not make it fact.
God did not create a universe and people it with children, offspring of Itself, nor did It cause or produce a male and female and order them to do Its work for All; to "replenish (stock, supply fully, to fill again, especially after having been emptied; to stock anew-Webster) the earth, and subdue it." (Gen. 1:28) If produced by God, pronounced "very good," what was there about it that must be subdued, conquered, overcome?
God, who is all of all Life, Perfection, Substance Itself, does not look to an animal or vegetable kingdom for Existence, Identity, Constancy or Self-perpetuity. Perfection already is perfect. It is the Alone One Whole beside whom there is nothing else. What about God can be "subdued," or needs to be; by whom could such be accomplished, even if such nonsense were possible?
Anyone who begins with the human point of view may take stock in this theological myth merely because it has such general acceptance. He may assume he lives because of the food he eats; that he depends upon the animal, vegetable, mineral kingdom for survival; upon sex for a continuity of the race; upon evolution and growth for progression Perfectionward. From such a viewpoint, Infinite God is nebulous, while the things that are blindly seen, "mist"-takenly felt, impossibly heard, are the realities.
Truth exists in only one Place. It cannot be found where It is not, nor in what It is not. Truth cannot be discovered, exist, or used by anyone but Itself. Truth is Truth only to Itself. Truth is God only. Only God is Truth. This cannot be stated too often. To look for God anywhere save here where God is, is to ignore Truth. To seek Truth outside of God, Its entirety, is blindness. To assume anything but Intelligence Itself can comprehend Infinity, Truth, is "Babel." To imagine that Truth, Holiness, Wholeness Itself could bring forth men, and these men incomplete, but half-truths (male and female) which must be attracted by chemical or magnetic impulse to become whole, "one flesh," (Gen. 2:24) united, is folly; that through this contact comes forth additional half-truths, which must do as their parents have done: this, at the supposed command of God, is the essence of absurdity!
We do not deny that this is the accepted pattern for racial propagation, or that it will continue so long as time is a factor in measuring Life, but there is no Truth, no Divine impulsion underlying it. Truth, God, Life is Complete, Holy, Entire. Its universe of Reality is Perfect. Nothing is lacking. No extras can be added. The I-Am-right-here is Self-identification, the Individual Conscious Awareness, Truth has of AllInclusive Being; of Being All-Inclusive.
Dear Reader, you are not what education may have led you to believe. This does not mean that you should fare forth to do battle with education, the church, society. You do not have to wage war upon disease, sickness, sin, evil, death, hell, Satan, an adversary, materiality, false belief, hypnotism, or any of the other "wrong influence" in so-called human experience. You do not have to quarrel with yourself, with erroneous thoughts and impulses springing from personal desire, or stemming from parental inheritance or racial inclination. Evil has neither been passed on to you, nor have you passed it on to others. It does not exist where God is all, hence cannot influence you or anyone else at any time, either by induction, deduction or seduction. Nothing of a mortal past or future can affect or bind you because there is nothing mortal. The Present is Perfect Good. It does not "affect" you. There is neither effect nor cause. Present Good is Your very Identity Itself! This Present is not in "time," hence is not past nor waiting to become. God, Life, the Present-I-Am is now. The Present is Changeless. It cannot shift or become dimensional, measurable, past or not-yet-present.
Contrary to what you may have been taught, regardless on what authority, you have never been human, nor will be so long as God is God. Can God stop being? What would be if Life were not? Where, if Place, Presence, Substance were not? Who could identify anything if Intelligence, Consciousness were absent? How would it act, all Action being God? But if God is God, All, when is evil? Where? What? Who says so? What is the authority?
Truth is. God is Your whole and only Mind, perfect in Its Intelligence, Consciousness, Presence, Action. You have no personal mind beside whose thinking you must watch, whose problems must be solved, whose growth and development comes about through emerging from a material to a spiritual state, nor one who has a human world that needs preaching to, elevating, evangelizing or healing.
Contrary to the Biblical injunction, you do not have a sinning world that you are to save. You have but one world, that which God includes within Infinite Intelligence, the Kingdom of God which is within You. This world is not poor, nor is there anything within it for which you should feel sorrow, pity, heartache. If you insist on two worlds, you dishonor God and remove the inhabitants of your universe from all possible Health, Wealth, Life, Love, Perfection; forever shut them outside of Infinity, Heaven at Hand. If you have but one universe, as you do in Truth, then all is already within Infinite Mind, Perfection.
Not one real Identity shall be lost. "All shall know me (God) from the least unto the greatest of them." (Jer. 31:34) All means just that. "God hath no pleasure in the death of him that dieth." (Ezek. 18:32) "God is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living." (Mark 12:27) God is Everlasting Life. Then there is never any death. Who dies? Can one seriously accuse Life of dying? Yet death is supposed to overpower or destroy Life, God! The body or corpse is still in evidence to the one who looks thereon; the one who still says Life is present to him, but gone from the victim. What strange notions the human sense presents for belief!
Where does death come from? What does it destroy? Who directs it? To whom is it responsible? Where does it get its power? How does it know where and when to strike? How long will it continue? What is its purpose? How did it start? Why? On what does it feed or subsist? Is it a living entity, intelligent, active, with a given plan, motive, intent? What satisfaction does it get? What makes it greater than God, Life? Why does not Life rid Its universe of death? How often does death strike at Life? How complete is death's victory over God, Life? Where does it reside while not working? What does it know concerning God, Life, that gives it power over Life; power to eliminate Life?
These are important questions to face. Their answers can come only from Truth which will reveal that God has no enemy sniping at God. God is the Alone Presence, Power, Life. There is no lesser Life, nor is there a contrary presence that can set God at naught. However, so long as one works in the realm of the human, the relative, watching thought, overcoming problems, trying to be more moral, more spiritual, he will continue being the victim of his shortsightedness. Not because ignorance is something that can set Truth aside or alter It, but because one who ignores Reality finds himself battling self-imposed indignities-finds himself acting prodigal to The Alone Self, The Everpresent Identity.
Life, Spirit cannot be transmigrated or transmuted. Life cannot be changed into a mortal, a human, a something that can be started and stopped, produced and destroyed, be here for awhile and then be gone forever! Life, Mind is constant. What It is, It is forever. No creation can be added to It, grafted on, attached. Being all of all, all-in-All, the One Entire, Indivisible, Inseparable, Unchallenged Life, Individually Infinite and Infinitely Individual, contains all ideas but does not look to them for anything. God is the Sole Substance, Identity and only Intelligence that knows where each thing is, what it is, why it is. This Undimensional Mind is all of all. You cannot be a creation, a product of another Self, because there is but One Infinite Self, Your Self, God-there is no other. Rejoice and be exceeding glad that You are the Self You are, world without end.