Scalpel to the Scriptures: Vol 8
Critique of the bible. Last week: Genesis 5
Genesis Chapter 6:1-7 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. – Guessing “sons of God” means angels. Many English versions of this verse, including the NIV, also use the phrase ‘sons of God’.
3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. – A woman lived to be 127 in 2014.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. – No daughters of God?
Agnostic New Testament scholar Bart D. Ehrman, explains how ancient copies of biblical manuscripts vary from copy to copy, and many of the variations could be the result of attempted corrections or elaborations made by different copiers. Why is this important? “Sons of God”, as stated in verse 2, seems to identify the angels as divine in some way. Christ, however, has been called the “son of man” and also the “son of God” in the Bible, supporting the idea that there were different authors. These different authors may not have agreed upon Christ’s divinity or deity.
Also, most people were illiterate, and had to rely on varying interpretations of the Bible. If there really were a Christian God, then he did not care if anyone got the same message, and the textural variations were severe. Don’t believe me? Look up Bart D. Ehrman lectures and debates on YouTube. Ehrman has also written books on problems with the Bible.
5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. – This sounds like a really vague excuse for drowning people to death.
“They were really, really evil! I had to do it!” – God
6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. – The almighty, all knowing god, suddenly realized he was sorry for making something.
7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. – You’ll see that God changes his mind a lot in the Bible. This may be the reason people believe they can pray and change God’s mind today.