Friday, May 29, 2015

That Story Sounds Familiar...

I want to tell you about a myth.

It involves some Gods.

Who create a man.

Who lives in the wild.

Who's naked.

A woman tempts him. He falls for it.

Bad things happen, but he gains knowledge.

Later, the Gods decide to create a worldwide flood to drown everybody. Because they're all sinful.

But they decide to save one man who's righteous.

They order him to build an ark. He could bring on board some humans and a sampling of animals.

The flood comes and submerges everything.

All the other people are killed off.

The Ark lands on a mountain in the Middle East.

You get the idea.

All of that, by the way, is from the Epic of Gilgamesh, written in approximately 2100 BC.

Some people say it influenced the Hebrew Bible.

Some say the Bible influenced Gilgamesh... which makes no sense.

And others say they were both telling stories from a common source before their time.

Either way, the point is that these stories have been around for a long time.

Adam & Eve and Noah's Flood? They're not real. And they sure as hell aren't original.

So if Moses wrote the Book of Genesis, then he was just plagiarizing from cultures that were around long before him.

That applies to pretty much all the Bible stories -- virgin births, performing miracles, a human son of God, resurrecting from the dead -- you can find these stories being told long before Jesus came onto the scene.

The only surprising thing is that people still say the Bible is literally true. Even Christians who dismiss Creationists think the Jesus story is legit. It's not.

But, you know, it's not like pastors ever tell those other stories during church.

Or they just blame Satan for trying to confuse us, I guess.

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