Here’s a graphic I spotted on social media. I know the Christians know what’s amiss, but do Atheists?
I begrudgingly agree there are a good many Christians and Christian churches who shun the idea of intellectualism. They seem to think that if they embrace philosophy, logic, and reason they’ve somehow lost something. They needn’t feel this way. God gave us our minds, we should use them. But I’ll give you a hint as to what’s wrong with the image: Zappa didn’t know the bible. Shocker!
The referred to passages in the bible are found in Genesis 2 and 3.
Genesis 2:16-17 — The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat…
Oops. Looks like it wasn’t the tree of knowledge, rather the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Big difference. But that’s not the only error. Surprised? Me neither.
Genesis 3:16 — “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Oops again. Not that you’re gonna be as smart as God, but having the knowledge of good and evil. Think about how peacefully ignorant children are of the evil which plagues the world. It seems God’s instruction to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was for Man’s own benefit.
I often find that Atheist’s complaints about the message of passages in the bible are rooted in misquotation, misinterpretation, and no drive to humbly accept a charitable interpretation. It’s like, anything to make the bible as unintelligible as possible is their goal. They’ll accept only interpretations which do a disservice the message. That’s really unfortunate, especially since Atheists generally assert the moral and intellectual high-ground. You’d think they could be honest with the text while rejecting it.
If the above quote attributed to Zappa is accurate, it’s a shame he didn’t spend more time familiarizing himself with that which he criticized. And the Atheist group smugly circulating the graphic is no better.
Perhaps if they should spend more time reading a bible that they’d have less to criticize, but well, we cant have that, can we.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This post has been updated