According to the Bible, man was first created in the image of his creator, God. And, thanks to modern advances in science and discovery, we now know that all human embryos take an average of four months to actually grow their external sex organ. While sexual orientation is believed to be determined at the moment of conception, depending on which X and Y chromosome binds with the X chromosome in the cell – this still raises a couple of issues.
The first issue is that humans are neither male nor female back in their cellular state … essentially, gender free.
The second issue is that, regardless of which X and Y chromosome fused with the cell … the unfertilized cell has an “X” chromosome. For those taking count, female body parts come from XX chromosome pairs, and male body parts come from XY chromosome pairs.
Now – why does this bring into light any potential questions, especially with some of the original, ancient Sumerian texts that now make up the Christian and Catholic Bibles?
Simply put – X is dominant: “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.” – Gen. 2:21-22; kjv.
Now, from a purely “spectator” point of view, it would seem that the coding for the more dominant chromosome pairs should come from … well, the more dominant chromosome holder – woman. Now, while I’ve made many posts that try to encourage some profound thinking in reanalyzing not only scientific origins, but also religious contextual origins, this only emphasizes the issue: the Bible was translated by a group of “dudes” during a time when “dudes” held onto power through brute force. Considering what’s been kept from the masses, such as Apocryphal texts held back by the Jesuits because it was too “sacred”, Sumerian tablets held back by the Catholics for countless reasons, the Nicene Creed including and removing scriptural texts as they deemed fit, Mayan tablets destroyed because one priest proclaimed that the truth would destroy the entire Catholic religion in one fell swoop, it’s amazing that humanity can hold onto any portion of the actual “truth.”
First off – I am NOT implying gender superiority, cross-gender, trans-gender, or other bastardization of the essential principals, purposes, and meaning of gender (believe me, I have MANY unpublished articles on this topic that, while very definitive in purpose and reason, will never see the light of day during an era of unprecedented ignorance). I am simply putting out the simple concept to ponder: who came first? Or even better … is the “rib” story out of context?
Now, let’s consider the long-term debate: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it …” – Gen. 1:27-28; kjv.
There are many debates over what this phrase means. So, let’s start by looking at the obvious: God “created” man … not conceived. However, “created he him; male and female created he them.” This still leaves us with a couple quandaries: does this refer to the XY pair within Adam, or does this refer to two, separate individuals? Or, does this refer the the Greek duel gender? While I am NOT an authoritarian on the subject nor a secular scholar, it’s clear that the words, “Be fruitful and multiply,” have a very, specific significance. In fact, they are used previously in Genesis 1:22, “And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply…” So – when God tells creatures of the Earth, even humans, to be fruitful and multiply, His intentions are clear: reproduction.
The catch is, whether we like it or not, reproduction does require a male and female of a species (well, at least for homo-sapiens practicing the old fashioned way). Now, it’s important to recognize that the first Book of Genesis is a summation of what’s to follow (not separate chapters and separate events). The details about the formation of Adam and Eve, as summed up in Genesis, are only detailed in the subsequent chapters. But, again, thanks to the masterful editing of human beings and the wanton destruction of texts and history … the Judeo-Christian story is filled with holes and open-ends that beg for an answer.
For this, we must refer to several other sources for the creation of homo sapiens. Gnostic texts, Ancient Sumerian texts, Origins of the World, and others provide very detailed, if not confusing (on the timeline), alternatives to the “rib” theory. And, considering that there’s not enough genetic material in a single rib to create an entire person … as far as I know … the rib theory and Eve as a subsequent “part” of Adam, requires editing.
According to Ancient Sumerian texts, Origins of the World, Gnostic writings, and others, a form of human being was created to serve the Gods. There is a commonality with semen into the Navel of the Earth, then mixed with clay, that creates the body. There is a commonality in the Origins of the World and ancient Sumerian texts that references the influence of a Goddess to trick the creator of man (Prometheus in Greek mythology, Yaldabaoth in Gnostic), to breath life into Adam. There is enough cross-text reference to clearly explain that man was made to stand upright by the Gods (inferring that the neanderthal-like man, probably very ugly to the Gods like Hephaestus, the Greek God of blacksmiths, had his genes combined with that of the Gods and gained that additional ability).
And, man was created to serve and was placed into the Garden of Eden to work for the Gods. In some texts, man asks for a wife (Judeo-Christian). In Gnostic, Eve comes as a bringer of knowledge and restores to him a soul, and in Greek, Eve (Pandora), comes as a wicked temptress. But – in none of them is Eve born of a rib. In fact, there are reasons to believe that the rib story was influenced by these, but that a lack of clarity may have lead to some confusion (not considering the vast amounts of edits and lost texts). The truth was (according to the various texts), Eve was created from genetic material and clay/soil, just like Adam (in fact, all secular texts, even the Judeo-Christian Bible, constantly refer to the creation of people by Gods, and as reference to this: “That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose”. The supposed evil of “Lilith,” truly resounds with the Pandora story whereby the evil wrought upon the Earth was more of a curse that Pandora had to bear, than some wicked revenge plot.
Yet, there are cross-references that also lead one to believe that the stories could be a little … well … mixed up. For example, the story of Eve from a rib and the birth of Aphrodite, the Goddess. When Cronos cut off the genitals from the God, Uranus, and cast them into the sea, up came Aphrodite. However, even this is similar to the creation of man, “But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” – Gen. 2:6 – 7; kjv. So, in the Catholic/Christian KJV version of the Bible, after the “whole face of the ground” (which could be construed as a small area … or more rather the whole of the Earth), was watered, God made Adam from the dust of the ground. Likewise, Aphrodite was born from the genetic material taken from Uranus and cast into the sea.
Due to Aphrodite’s beauty and the war of the Gods, Aphrodite was forcibly paired with Hephaestus, the Greek God of blacksmiths (et. al.), because of his ‘deformity’, and ugliness (which could be akin to the Neanderthal and early Ancient Sumerian texts on the Gods that served Gods), and he was not seen as a threat. It is strikingly similar to the Judeo-Christian origin whereby the first woman was forcibly paired with Adam, the essential father of all crafts, arts, and skills (much like Hephaestus). And, while Hephaestus may seem dissimilar from Adam because Greek mythology labels him as a God … Adam was not too far different. Adam did not age, did not die, did not get ill, and had direct communications with “God.” How is that different than a supposed God like Hephaestus?
But, whether or not the Adam and Eve story cross over with Hephaestus and Aphrodite, Lilith, Adapa, or Pandora, there is nothing to clarify that male or female come from the other. And, while the Judeo-Christian text refers to “Woman” being so-named as she came from man, the more clear explanation offered from several sources is that “Eve” was named because she was “life”. And, even though created separately, if Eve was able to bring the matching chromosomal pair to Adam’s soul-less body, then both the name of Woman (being that her X chromosome was contributed to man), and the name of Eve (that she brought life), are very appropriate.
In fact, according to Greek texts, mankind received the gift of standing up right (homo sapien vs. neanderthal … again … by a means we can’t define except to say that there was some genetic manipulation), because all the other good gifts had been given away … meaning that the genetic similarities between humans, animals, and even male and female, were by design.
Similarly, the cross-over between Pandora and Lilith as the same person, but different wives to Adam than Eve, also create some confusion. As Adam and Eve came to recognize their nakedness and were cast out, fallen from an immortal status of Gods to that of common people, it’s possible to think of Pandora and Eve as one and the same. However, it could have been the work of Pandora, as a punishment to mankind (thanks to Prometheus trying to help), that left man alone and as slaves to the Gods whereby Eve came in later … still as a separate entity … and was there to “…multiply and replenish the earth…” -Gen. 1:28; kjv. It’s very important to recognize the term: replenish the Earth. Because, out of context, as the rest of Genesis only describes in detail the summation of events from the first chapter …
There’s no reason not to believe that this has something to do with a post-flood event whereby the earth had been emptied and then needed to be “replenished.”
Unfortunately, I could go on … but this is where I’ll leave you. I may return to it at a later date. But, the fact is, we will not solve the answers of the universe in this one, small, virtual space. All we can do, is to ask questions, do the research, and then let the infinite power of imagination fill in the gaps.
At least … until the gods come down here and give some much overdue answers!!!
None of this is meant to influence you spiritually, take away, or contribute to, any religious thoughts. It’s meant as an opportunity to open your hearts and minds and think. Because, of all the gifts we have … thinking’s fun. !!!
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became might men which were of old, men of renown.”
You say tomato, I say “Hercules” … 😛