Saturday Sermon: Apologetics

I am of the mind that if the Bible is supposed to be the word of the one true God, then shouldn’t this book be universally understood from the words, “In the beginning…”? Instead, we get a completely unhinged, contradictory mélange of stories that drift between the absurd and the insane. God’s first words to the newly created man is a bald-faced lie when he tells him that if he eats of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil he will die in that same day. It turns out that serpent (that so many people wrongly refer to as Satan) was the only one who told the truth and he was punished for it. Yet, there will be some smooth-talking defender of the faith who justify it. This person is an apologist.

Christian Apologetics is the defense of the faith, doctrines, and even the Bible. In this case, apologists seek to use the Bible to defend the Bible. Earlier this week, I talked about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and also the Binding of Isaac (or rather, the attempted murder of Isaac) and how I could not reason out how Lot or Abraham could be considered righteous. Lot offered his virgin daughters to the angry mob to protect the angels, which anybody with a conscience would have seen as repugnant. However, a cursory search of apologetics for this story states that Lot asked for forgiveness from God and received it. Where was this? Apparently in Psalms, and also in 1 Peter. But I haven’t read that far yet, so I guess the story is a cliffhanger? If this book was truly written by a superior being then it would explain itself in the context of the current reading and send the reader on a wild goose chase all over the book for random verse that may or may not explain the context of a story.

In the case of Abraham and Isaac, I have read some Olympic-class mental gymnastics justifying this story. “Abraham knew that God would not let harm come to his son.” How? Did he ask him? This was a test from God, but if God is all-knowing, wouldn’t he know that Abraham would willingly do what he was told? Instead, God allows him to travel for three full days to the place where he was pointed. That right there shows intent in and of itself, but it’s not good enough. Abraham and Isaac build the altar and prepare it, which is still not good enough. It’s not until Abraham ties up his son and pulls the knife that God finally says, “Haha, LOL. JK. Yeah, you don’t really have to do that.” Apologists will say that Abraham was obedient to God and that made him righteous. So being unquestioningly obedient is a sign of righteousness? No, that’s the sign that you might be in a cult.


Next week, I will finally hit the halfway point of Genesis. Tuesday’s post will spark a new Saturday Sermons periodic series about…nah, you’ll have to wait until next Saturday.

3 thoughts on “Saturday Sermon: Apologetics

  1. I have always taken this – Genesis 2:16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you[f] shall surely die.” – to mean that before eating the fruit, man would not be subject to physical death but now would be because he knew all of these things like shame, etc. Of course this also may be one giant parable. What God would put two creatures in charge of overseeing his powerful trees? If they have knowledge AND eternal life, holy moley! They won’t need me at all and the Bible ends at the end of chapter two. We can’t have that. We have to scare the humans to stay in line and give the power to the Pope.

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    1. But why would there need to be a Tree of Eternal Life if man was meant to live forever? I do agree that Chapter 2 (and most of Genesis) is a parable.

      In chapter 3, God does in fact say that man has become like the gods which is why he has to protect the Tree of Eternal Life.


      1. Why there needs to be a tree is beyond me. Maybe the tree harnesses some biological energy force that allows this eternal life to exist? Or maybe it’s ancient people trying to explain death before modern medicine?

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