750 Dead

I think I’m giving up on the word count requirement.
It was becoming a barrier to posting in the first place, which is really what this is all about.
Sure, it would have been nice, but I think my heart just isn’t in it this year.
Not that I’m giving up NaBloPoMo, just the word count requirement.

Recently, sci-fi author and generally all round cool guy John Scalzi went to the Creation Museum.
He did a report, and took some pictures.
It’s worth the read, and if you don’t like reading, it’s worth looking at.

As a note, the Creation Museum website is off to a bad start, considering that the embedded commercial video says open 7 days a week, and the site says 6.
Oh well.

I’m not a very religious person. One might argue that I’m not religious at all.
One might be right.

I’d like to think I’m sitting squarely on the fence of agnosticism.
I’d also like to think I’m covering my bases.
That suits me just fine.

The problem with the creation museum is that it takes a literal translation of the bible, and attempts to cram in things that were found later.
I once asked a minister why there weren’t any mention of dinosaurs in the bible. He stated that’s because when it was written, people didn’t know about them.
That made sense to me then, and it still does now.
That’s if you take it as a general guide instead of a rule book.

If you take it as a general guide, then more of it works.
OK, so let’s say that God created the world over 6 million years, and not 6 days. That works. It still has a 6 in it.
There is a third theory, and that’s interventionism.
This is a nice fence theory.
People evolved to a point, were given a bush from a benevolent being, and continued on their merry way.
Now, if you change being with Bean, a funnier picture starts to form in your head.

Mr. Bean is just settling into his nice comfy chair.
He’s just turned on the world, fiddled with a couple of dials, and appears pleased with himself.
He starts to sip his tea, and soon his face grows bored.
Nothings happening with the world.
He grumbles, puts down his tea, and get’s up to adjust the world.
He looks at it, wanders around it, and finally gives it a little shove.
Success! Something is happening again.
Looking very pleased, he sits down again and continues with his tea!
Rowan Atkinson makes everything better.

Let’s also assume that Adam and Eve were the first people. And that they lived in a garden somewhere. And it was good.
That’s not hard to grasp. For all we know, the first people were named Adam and Eve. Who’s to know?
Sure, they might not have shown up right away. There might have been millions of years worth of other things before them, but that wasn’t really important at the time of the first writings.

What’s amusing here is that the Museum tries to pop dinosaurs into the garden of Eden.
And since the garden was pure from evil, everyone was a vegetarian.
Including the giant monsters with huge teeth and flesh ripping claws.
See, it doesn’t work.

The flood.
This one kinda bugs me, mostly because something like it shows up all over the world.
Even ancient Native Americans had something like it in their history.
Please bear with me, I read about this in grade 9, some 15+ years ago.
Generally, it went like this.
There were things living on the ground, and the water started to rise.
They moved to higher ground, and became different things. The water continued to rise, they moved up, and changed again.
This happened over and over again until the water stopped rising, and the things became people.
See, this is the best of both worlds. Not only do you have a flood, you have evolution!

I don’t want it to sound like I’m attacking the bible or any religion.
OK, maybe I am a little bit, but not a lot.
I guess I’m attacking the people that have let faith get in the way of reason.
You can follow the bible and still be a rational human being.
There are a lot of good things in the bible, and for the most part, I’d like to think myself a good person.
I follow most of the 10 commandments, especially the ones that work for me.
I don’t kill people.
I don’t covet much.
I steal only intellectual property, not real property.
And I don’t worship false gods. Because let’s face it, MS Gundam is the one true god.

Oh, look at that, more than 750 words…how’d that happen?

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