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Two Creation Stories In Genesis Compare And Contrast Essay

Essay on Native American Creation Story versus Christian Creation

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When I was a child I had been told a Christian creation story is different from the one that I had read in the book ? Iroquois. The differences between these two creation stories are: at the beginning of creation of the world, the type of people, and the meaning of the story. At the beginning of the story about the creation is different: in Christian story, the first day God created the heavens and the earth. God created the world in seven days, and the world has day time, night time, plants, trees, sky, seas, lands, water, birds, wild animals, foods, the man ? Adam, and his wife ? Eve. On the other hand, in Iroquois, that has two worlds in ancients already ? the lower world was in great darkness and humankind inhabited the upper…show more content…

The bad mind baby - Enigonhahetgea that had an evil opinion and born under the side of his mother?s arm, and the good mind baby - Enigorio born the normal way. In the Christian story, there has man and woman. On the other hand, in Iroquois has two-difference kind of people ? good mind people and bad mind people. In Christian story, Adam and Eve had told that they could not eat the food from the good and evil tree. However, they ate it and realized they were naked. They sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then, God found out that what they done and banished them from the Garden of Eden to the ground. After this, Adam and Eve had to live on their own. On the other hand, in Iroquois the two brothers now created a world for them to live. However, whenever the good mind brother - Enigorio created something, the bad mind brother ? Enigonhahetgea must deprive of his. Then, Enigonhahetgea offered a challenge to his brother ? Enigorio and resolved that who gains the victory should govern the universe. Engiorio won and he crushed his brother ? Enigonhahetgea in the earth. Compare these two story, the God punished Adam and Eve which is an education story for us. To remind us if we did something bad, God will punish us in some way. However, Enigorio killed his own brother ? Enigonhahetgea that is a brutal and real-life story. To remind us the real world have two rather people that if you do not protect yourself

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One major controversy concerning a biblical narrative and its valid or invalid explanation of nature is the dispute over the creation accounts put forth in the first and second chapters of Genesis.  There has been much debate as to whether these two chapters are contradictory or complementary.  Some of those with the former view insist that, due to the seeming differences, more than one author is involved, neither of which was aware of what the other wrote.

Traditionally, though, Moses has been taken to be the writer of both accounts.  If so, why do there appear to be differences between the chronologies of chapters one and two?  Upon superficial reading, the following seems to be the order of events of Genesis 1 and Genesis 2, with direct comparison easily seen:

There do appear to be differences in the two accounts.  The main difference is that, in the Genesis 1 account, animal life came into existence (1:20-25) before mankind (both male and female) did (1:26,27); whereas, in the Genesis 2 account, it looks as though man was created (2:7) before the animals (2:19a), and after that woman was formed (2:22a).  Why the discrepancy?  Actually, there is none.

The first chapter of Genesis, a chronolog (an account of events in chronological order), is a general overview of the creative activity of God.  It is a sequential sketch, an outline.  Other things (for example, dinosaurs) came into being at this time.  But if everything that God made during His creative process had been written down, it no doubt would have taken many volumes to contain it.

On the other hand, the second chapter of Genesis focuses primarily on God�s final (and greatest) creation, mankind, and on mankind�s interaction with God�s other creations.  In Genesis 2:19a, the verb �formed� (or �had formed� in the NIV) is the pluperfect tense of the verb, implying that what follows (that is, �all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air�) had already been formed at some point in the past.

Because Genesis 2 is consistent with and complementary to Genesis 1, we know that the animals were made before Adam was created.  Then the animals were brought to Adam to be named (Genesis 2:19bc).  However, no suitable helper for Adam could be found among the animals (2:20b); so God placed Adam in a deep sleep, removed one of his ribs (or a part of his side), formed Eve, and brought her to him�and Adam named her �woman� (2:21-23).

Whether one believes in a creative period of six literal 24-hour days or in six �age-days� should make no difference in perceiving Genesis 2 as being an account consistent with Genesis 1.  Josh McDowell and Don Stewart, who believe that God created in six 24-hour days, sum up well their view of the consistency between the two chapters:

A much more detailed explanation is given in a chapter entitled, �Don�t Genesis one and two contain two contradictory accounts of creation?� in McDowell and Stewart�s book, Answers to Tough Questions Skeptics Ask about the Christian Faith.  Similarly, Hugh Ross, who opts for the six �age-days� (billions of years) of creation, states this: Misunderstanding of the creation chronicle (Genesis 1) and development (Genesis 2) has prevented many from taking seriously the rest of what the Bible has to say.  By accepting the explanations put forth above as plausible, hopefully many skeptics will be able to open their minds to consider additional Bible messages and revelations as cogent and believable.