Comparison/ Contrast about Creation Myth
- Creation Theories
The first lines in the first section of the bible states that “in the beginning God create heaven and earth” this means that the earth had no form, it was full of darkness and it dint contain anything. After that event, God continued to create different things day by day as according to Carlson, Richard and Tremper (25) as explained below in details;
First Day: God created light and light was separated from darkness that occurs at different time of the day.
Second Day: God created the universe that separated water and sky.
Third day: God created the earth and the sea and later on the same day God created plants and animals to live in. the earth is the dry land where plants can grow and animals can either live in waters or on the land.
Fourth day: God made moon, sun, stars and other objects in the skies that are important in providing light and influencing climatic conditions necessary for the existence of animal and plants created in the second day. Also, these items were used to signify the beginning or the ending of seasons such as daytime, nighttime, month and years. Climatic condition can also be influenced by items create in fourth day such as hotness, cold, windy, rainy seasons that have major impact of land and water (Carlson, Richard F & Tremper, 33)
On the fifth day: God created creatures for filling the sky and water. They include winged birds and aquatic animals.
On the sixth day, God made animals that were to exist on the land and later made human being to rule over these animals. Human being was the man and a woman who were called Adam and Eve. While creating a human being, God ensured that they have resembled him and gave then more knowledge and powers to do things than all the other animals.
On the last day God rested having finished creating things and this day God made it holly. In this day, God rested and resting portrays the need for refreshing that every human being requires for the sake of relieving our inner self from effects of stress, strain, tiredness and other aspects in social lives (Carlson and Longman, 42).
In the begin chapters of the bible, the genesis 1st, the book give two characters who include, the man and God who represents the biblical drama. God is the centre-stage while the main theme is to portray a divine love biblically whereby, God create all other things separately and offers his love to a human being by assigning then to him and to take control over them. Similarly, genesis 1 is showing God as the author of creation and creation theory being a Devine drama, the drama can then be comprehended by beliefs of an individual. When reading this chapter, one tends to ask him/herself, how? When? Where? Did all that happen? Answer to these questions will remain mysterious to the audience but the main gain to the audience is the faith enrichment.
Accordingly, Carlson & Longman (56) states that at the end of creation, God rested and was thankful to all the work he did and considered it as “Good”. It is for this reason that despite all the challenges individuals face everyone will remain part of Gods creations that is so great to him. Creation story teaches us that after God accomplished his work he praised and enjoyed about it, therefore our work is the sources of our daily living and we should be proud about it. The interrelation of faith and reason might provide us with an alternative way of approaching the individual categories of faith and reason. The major claim of this biblical concept is that they both play a part in understanding God and Scripture (Carlson & Longman, 62). To elaborate on this a little bit more, this concept also means that we all have to place our faith in some authority (in a religious context: God or Scriptures) as the basis for how we think and do. However, we should not be satisfied with simply resting on an authority, but we should seek to understand the authority in which we have placed our faith. In other words, we should not just believe, but we should seek to understand why and what we believe. The driving idea behind this concept is the complete association between Gods creations and the work of mankind (Carlson & Longman, 71).
- Darwin’s Theory of Evolution
According to Francis (118) Darwin’s theory believes in of biological evolutions is based on notion that live evolved from common ancestors but from different species. The theory assumes that, simples creatures have been changing over long period of time to give simple creatures that exists today. Darwin theory presumes that natural evolutions occur to nonliving thing and over years for living things. For instance, according to Darwin, Man originated from an animal that through environmental facture, its changes gradually over years until it formed mankind.
- Mayan Creation Theories
Mayan creation theory tells that there were two Gods who made the world and include Tepeu the Maker and Gucumatz the Feathered Spirit. These two Gods met in the darkness and decided to create the world through imaginations. Anything they could think about in their imaginations came to being an exhausting all imaginations the world way create and complete with everything. Animals were also created and later decided to man a mankind that was created after a number of attempts. Previous attempts to make a mankind lacked simple skills that made them be destroyed while others disappeared in the woods and became monkeys (Kaku, 109).
This theory of creation is based on assumption of events and thing. Mayan creation theories can be based on historical facts and it does not show the true origin of events or mankind. The theory can be assumed to be imaginative story that it full of facts but no evidence. These facts are similar to biblical creation theories in the way they occur and the time that are created at different events (Kaku, 121).
4. INUIT Theories
According to the theory, the world existed and was empty and silent. The theory is sources from “Raven” that made the waters with beats of his wings. Accordingly, man existed but had no knowledge of survival or the ability to do anything. The “Raven” being the main character that changed the man nature by offering whatever it was asked. Every creation was done in different days as man asked from the Raven. Therefore, most creations including animals, plants and other beings were made through man desire for then and from the powers of the raven.
Different theories have been the sources of many myths found amongst mankind from different backgrounds and the key driver to the formation of different religions. Mythical dimensions are symbolic influences to cultures, religious conflicts, politics, social esteem, natural or scientific ideas and the formation of laws amongst modern society.
Carlson, Richard F, and Tremper Longman. Science, Creation And The Bible. 1st ed. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2010. Print.
Francis, Keith. Charles Darwin and The Origin Of Species. 1st ed. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2007. Print.
Kaku, Michio. Parallel Worlds. 1st ed. New York: Doubleday, 2005. Print.
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