And man said, let there be God
Growing up in church, it’s easy to assume that since the beginning of time, God, as defined by the Bible, existed. After all, Genesis 1:1 states that “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” The Bible then proceeds to document the history of humanity.
However, upon closer study, one would discover that this history of humanity is from the perspective of a small group of desert nomads and they referred to themselves, of course, as “God’s chosen people.” If you did not live within this very small region in the Middle East, you may has well have not existed. Furthermore, one would discover that the earliest books of the Bible were written sometime between 800 and 1500 years before Christ – hardly the definition of “in the beginning.” Even Christians who do not believe the earth to be millions of years old, can safely conclude that humans have existed for at least 10,000 years, possibly longer.
Did the earliest humans have a belief in God? If so, was he defined as he is in the Bible? In fact, one could ask was he even a he or was he a she? Female definitions of God pre-date the male definition due to the fact that it was a woman who gave birth to life.
As humans matured, they began to struggle with their origins, with their mortality, and with their purpose for being here. In this process, could God have been created to provide an answer to these questions? To believe that we will see our loved ones again does help us cope with the reality of death. To believe that we were created by God does answer the question of our origin. And to believe God has a purpose for our lives, does bring a certain security to our existence. In an age when there was no science, it’s easy to see how many questions a belief in God could answer.
Many religions hold to the belief that God created man but the reality is – man probably created God. Here’s my version of the Creation story.
- The de-Convert