Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - March 20, 2008

Genesis offers conflicting accounts

Knox Bennett stated in a recent letter: "We do not find conflicts like this in the history of creation in the Bible."

I'm afraid that Mr. Bennett and all the other creationists need to read the Bible again. The first and second chapters of Genesis contain two conflicting stories. In the first chapter, God created all the living things on the earth and then he created man. (Gen. 1: 21-26) It then states that God created man in his own image and told him to "be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth." (Gen. 1: 27-28). Then God tells man that he has given him "every herb and plant...for food." (Gen. 1: 29).

Moving to the next chapter, Chapter 2 Verse 5, it states, "Before any plant of the field ... before any herb of the field had grown..there was no man to till the ground." So a mist appears and then God creates Adam in Gen. 2:7. Only then does God place man (Adam) in Eden with plants. Then much later in Gen. 2:19, it states only then that "out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast."

So which is it? Either animals came before man and then plants, or man came first followed by plants and animals. But you can't have it both ways. Furthermore, if God really is perfect and all powerful, etc., then why on Earth do we have these conflicting accounts? Can someone please answer that for me? Another curiosity: What about Cain's wife and Enos? How did they get there? Please read closely.

Olivia Carlson

Lake Wylie