1) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Wrong! In the beginning there was light (Big Bang)
2) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Wrong! The word earth is a misnomer for Universe. If we assume the word “earth” to be correct here, the entire tale becomes incomprehensible. The Universe is not made of water.
3) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Wrong! Light was not the third part of creation, it was the first part of creation.
4) And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
Wrong! The light was from a most violent explosion and release of energy, which was neither good nor bad.
5) And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Wrong! The sun and planets were not yet formed and there was no day and night as we know it. God’s day must have been many billions of years. Moreover between evening and morning lies night.
6) And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
Wrong! Whatever shape the Universe has, it is definitely not a dome shaped firmament. And where did the waters come from?
7) And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
Wrong! This statement is totally false. It makes no sense whatever. Water above the firmament?
8) And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Wrong! If the firmament is the Universe, then it cannot be Heaven, which should lie beyond the firmament in the waters above. Second day, another many billions of years. Moreover between evening and morning lies night.
9) And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
Wrong! The waters on earth were gathered in several oceans (not one place). As I understand it the earth was a molten rock and water came much later. And here the implication is that the firmament (and heaven) was over the earth only.
10) And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
Wrong! You cannot equate the universal “earth” (in the beginning….) with Earth as dry land.
11) And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Wrong! The first living things on Earth were unicellular microorganisms called prokaryotes. The first prokaryotes are thought to be Blue-green algae (also called cyno bacteria).
12) And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Wrong! Without sunlight (not yet created) flora cannot survive.
13) And the evening and the morning were the third day.
Wrong! Another few billion years (give or take). Moreover between evening and morning lies night.
14) And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Wrong! The firmament (universe) has no days or nights. Lots of stars though.
15) And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
Wrong! The sun and moon were not yet created according to the previous account.
16) And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
Finally we get to the creation of the sun and moon (day and night). Many stars had already been formed.
17) And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.
OK, but why?
18) And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
OK, but why?
19) And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Another several billion years (give or take). Finally we enter the age of earthly days and nights. But between evening and morning lies night.
20) And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Quite a stretch from a single celled organism to a flying bird.
21) And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Wrong! Evolution was creating a great diversity among species and technically speaking we are all of one kind,
Heterotroph: Humans, Mammals, Flowering plants, Predators, Some forms of bacteria, Amoebas
22) And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
Wrong! Many species of flora and fauna died off from cataclysmic events and during the process of natural selection.
23) And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Wrong! The implication here is that god’s day always was 24 hrs, but we know it took another several billion years.
24) And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
True! Thank God. Apparently He left that part to evolution.
25) And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Apparently he did not feel that predation was a bad thing.
26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Obviously God cannot be of flesh, thus the implication here is that he made man intelligent and ability to choose (attributes of god). But man did not become intelligent until after eating from the tree of knowledge.
27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
God is hermaphrodite? But again, this statement implies intelligence, which is a convenient circular argument.
28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Humans don’t need god’s blessing to exercise their dominion over life on earth and ruination of our environment.
29) And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30) And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Again all life is to be vegetarian. Why would god create predatory carnivorous animals?
31) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Ah yes, another few billion years and god’s work week was done and he could now rest with only an occasional whisper in the ears of some of his favorite people. I wonder if the original text was written from right to left. Then the day thing makes sense..
Scientists are still trying to unravel one of the greatest mysteries of earth: When did “life” first appear and how did it happen? It is estimated that the first life forms on earth were primitive, one-celled creatures that appeared about 3 billion years ago. That’s pretty much all there was for about the next two billion years. Then suddenly those single celled organisms began to evolve into multicellular organisms. Then an unprecedented profusion of life in incredibly complex forms began to fill the oceans. Some crawled from the seas and took residence on land, perhaps to escape predators in the ocean. A cascading chain of new and increasingly differentiated forms of life appeared all over the planet, only to be virtually annihilated by an unexplained mass extinction. It would be the first of several mass extinctions in Earth’s history.
This sudden explosion of life was possible by what could have been a very simple mutation, caused by natural stresses in one of the great ice ages.
I believe myself to be a generous person with ability to see fundamental truths even when presented as allegory. But I cannot reconcile this account (revealed truth) of Creation with my (admittedly meager) understanding of the natural physical and even a possible metaphysical universe.
I invite any theist to correct me if and where I am wrong in my critique of Genesis as science.