I am a 61 year old man. From DNA results my ancestors are related to the Eviya and Eshira people of Gabon, Africa. The truth as I know it is that hundreds of years ago, one or more of my ancestors was kidnapped from a life of freedom in Gabon. They were enslaved by European Americans who had invaded the North American continent and systematically wiped out a Native American culture that already existed there. European Americans through a combination of diseases they brought with them and aggressive land grabbing annihilated a culture in North America to the point that today it barely exists. Before these events, life was created on Earth thousands of years ago. We tend to not focus on our historical past to find understanding to our present. I believe that is a major mistake. That is my truth.
Seeking some understanding to life in the United States and the events of today and the past, I have turned to the Bible. A religious historical document that stands at the foundation of many of our lives and beliefs. This series of blogs takes into account my understanding, questions, and reactions to the words in the Bible. Let us first start with Genesis, the beginning.
I recall as a teenager writing to the company that published a dictionary. I was questioning the accuracy of the definition of the word “beginning”. I had spent 8 years in a Catholic school environment. I recall reading catechisms and being taught in a classroom setting the beliefs of the Catholic church. As a teenager it occurred to me that based on what I had been taught, somehow a God, Gods or some form of life always existed. There was no beginning. There just was life that existed beyond the understanding of human thought. I’ve always remembered that moment. Although there was no answer, it was a moment of clarity for me.
In the bible, Moses is stated to be the author of Genesis. Somehow he passed on the content of Genesis to future generations. The story/events were finally put into writing in biblical form. Genesis 1, starts off with “The Beginning”. I always assumed that Genesis was talking about the beginning of life on the planet Earth. We as people seemed focused on believing that all life began with the creation of human beings on Earth. I see no reason to not believe that our Creator, God, or whatever you want to call “Him” has created other life forms beyond human beings. So why do we think the beginning of life revolves around us here on Earth? It seems somewhat of a self centered approach to life. Human beings self promoting ourselves into the number one spot on the life cycle!
Are there other inhabited planets and life forms out there? I really don’t believe that human beings are the best life form that God, our Creator, could have made. How and to what extent do such other life forms worship our Creator?
The “beginning” referenced in Genesis, may be the story applicable to life on Earth only. It is possible there are other stories of “beginnings” for life forms different from ours on other planets and other solar systems. As I read Genesis 1, it covers the creations of God, such as water, living creatures and the natural resources of the Earth. The thought struck me, “if God created all these things and humans in the role of caretakers, don’t we have an obligation to protect the environment that He created?” Why should we destroy what God created? Genesis does appear to give people the role of ruling over animals. We were given every seed bearing plant to use as food to include every tree with fruit. As Genesis 1 ends, it is apparent that what God was doing was “working” at creating human kind and the supporting systems for human kind. It would not be a smooth creation. Drama and humanistic problems were coming quickly.