More to come!
I like it Mig! Good work brother!
Thanks Mario! I’m so glad you like it. I’ll be posting a couple of pages every week. Lord willing, we’ll have the world’s first Systematic Theology in comic book form!
Miguel, Starting next Monday, I will be teaching an Buble class to non-Christian high school students, primarily Buddhist background from China. I may make reading your comic strip a required assignment if they go along with what we are discussing. My first 2 weeks are an overview of the OT before moving on to Jesus as seen in John.
Wonderful! If you do use it, please let me know how they respond. This is exactly why I am doing this! This is really encouraging, thank you.
Friendly atheist question. You mentioned in this comic that “The creation as found in the bible, is a correction of these myths.”
How then do you reconcile, since I assume you are well read of Genesis, the well known contradictions in the order of what happened and when between Genesis 1 and Genesis 2.
And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image…. So God created man in his own image. (Genesis 1:25-27)
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. (Genesis 2:18-19)
Obviously in the the first chapter of Genesis, the first human being was created after the animals, and in the second chapter of Genesis, the first human being was created before the animals.
Also another famous example…
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27)
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them…. 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. (Genesis 2:18-22)
Yes it’s around the same areas of the verses, but it’s a different point I’m making in this second comparison. In the first chapter, it appears God made male and female simultaneously after the animals, and in the second chapter, it appears God made a male human, then the animals, and then made the female from his rib.
Here’s another famous contradiction that could be confusing if someone were to read Genesis without the guide of a parent or pastor. If you were just reading innocently to find out what happened at creation for instance.
And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. (Genesis 1:20)
And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air (Genesis 2:19)
So in chapter 1 again we have a different story for the origin of life. The first living animals were made out of the ground or the water?
Thank you for your patience answering my question.
The first contradiction you mention is not really one.
1.In Ancient Hebrew, it is common to give background information about things as they are mentioned in the narrative. In this case, when the animals are brought to Adam, their origin is recapped. The English translation makes it sound like they were just made and sent to Adam, but this is not the sense of the original text.
2. There really is no contradiction here either. Both accounts are accurate. The second one is more detailed, while the first one just states the end result. I can say, “two guys died” and then I can say, ” two guys ate poisoned apple pie that their grandmother made, who turned out to be a Skrull, and they died.” Do those accounts contradict?
3. In the Genesis account, everything came out of the ground, including water.
“But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.” (Genesis 2:6, NASB95)
No real contradiction here either. It is simply a matter of how much information is repeated during the course of the narrative.
If you want a nice account of Genesis that gives a great overview of what it actually says, check John Sailhamer’s Genesis Unbound
As for the many seeming contradictions you may have been made aware of in the Bible, Gleason Archer’s Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties is a wonderful resource to answer your toughest questions.
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