Genesis 2:18-20, Adam’s First Temptation

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: … but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

//Today’s verse is an absolutely hilarious story about how God parades all manner of animals in front of Adam, hoping to satisfy Adam’s need for a mate, but Adam isn’t tempted and holds out for a woman. Don’t you think this is a fantastic story? It’s gotta be my favorite story in the Bible.

I meet all kinds through my blog, but there are two kinds of people I guess I’ll never be able to reach:

[1] Believers who wonder why I am trying to destroy their faith in the Bible.
[2] Nonbelievers who wonder why I bother wasting my time on the Bible.

Sigh. Yes, I write often about funny stories and contradictions in the Bible. I honestly do think it’s healthy to be able to laugh at the human touches within our holy book. But it’s still the Bible! Capital B! I’m not mocking it. It’s still the most miraculous and fascinating collection of stories in existence. It’s still Christianity’s written link to the divine.

Readers: please understand that I have no desire to shake your faith, but to refine it! You can read the Bible differently, recognizing its human contributions and myths, and still appreciate God. The modern age of enlightenment, which forced everybody to divide even the Bible into neat little piles of facts and non-facts, has ruined its reading for many. Nobody used to think critically like this. The Bible never used to be peered at through a microscope. Nobody used to worry about making sense of religion in a literal way. The scientific age has killed us, science has killed us, because we have let science rise up as some sort of adversary to our spirituality. We have let critical thinking change how we read God’s Word. We have to get back to that old-OLD-time religion, where ultimate truth rises above the base, boring facts, if the Bible is going to survive.

The story of Adam and Eve is great religion and unquestionably belongs in our Bible, whether or not it really happened.

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