ABC:Genesis 2

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Verse 3 claims the Bible is wrong about the following passage, and makes the following comments:[1]

Why not? Although actually, the passage never says God "required" rest, only that He rested. Why He did so is uncertain. He may have done so just as precedent for later creation, per Jesus' comments that the Sabbath was made for man as a day of rest. (Mark 2:27

At any rate, it appears the critic may just be misunderstanding the concept of Biblical omnipotence, or the term "Almighty" as used in the Bible. (e.g. Genesis 17:1) God can have all power and might that exists, but not all powers we can imagine may exist or be possible (like time travel). God's powers don't have to fit our concept of what "all powerful" means to include all powers that exist. In other words, the critic is perhaps thinking "omnipotent" means "having all powers I can imagine" instead of "all power that exists."

There are skeptics that like to imagine powers that can't exist like making something so small God can't fit in it, or time traveling to create paradoxes. We have a limited idea of what the universe is or what true power even means, and thus you get a poor conception of what God's powers entail by critics as they hypothesize powers that make no sense and logically shouldn't exist at all. If God needed rest, that would not negate the totality of His power.

Verse 4

Don Morgan's list at Infidels claims this is a contradiction and makes the following comments (italicized).[2]

The Scofield Study Bible III makes some excellent points on this passage:

As pointed out by the Scofield, the key passage Exodus 6:3 can be translated from the original Hebrew as a rhetorical question, thus removing all claims of a contradiction here. Henry M. Morris of ICR concurs with this explanation: "The easiest resolution of the apparent contradiction is to regard the last clause as a rhetorical question (quite permissible in the Hebrew)– 'by my name JEHOVAH was I not (also) known to them?'"[4] The second possibility mentioned, that the expression "know Jehovah" referred to more than a simple awareness of His existence but rather an experiential relationship is argued by Apologetics Press apologist Eric Lyons.[5]

Verse 7

Don Morgan of Infidels asserts a contradiction exists among these passages while making the following comments (italicized):[2]

Genesis 1 never says man and woman were created at the same time, just the same day. The chronology of the Genesis 1:1-2:3 account is a day-by-day basis, so Genesis 1 just mentions both being made. It never says they were made at the exact same time, the exact details of when they were made during that day are clarified in chapter 2.

Verse 15

Don Morgan of Infidels asserts a contradiction exists among these passages while making the following comments (italicized):[2]

The key verse is 3:22. Eating of the tree meant learning what evil was, and thus becoming corrupted. Unlike God, man has physical lusts that tempt to do evil, and once corrupted with that knowledge would ultimately succumb.

Until this time man had coexisted with the angels in the Garden of Eden (Ezekiel 28, 31), creations of God who knew only good and not evil. However, Satan perverted the human race with this knowledge of evil to gain control of them as part of Satan's rebellion against God.

One cannot distinguish between two things unless one is familiar with them both. It was not knowing good that was wrong and against God's will, but knowing evil.

Verse 16 claims the Bible is wrong about the following passage, and makes the following comments:[1]

Actually, God did not create mankind with a sin nature, a tendency to want to sin. They had no inclination to want to disobey God, which is why it took Satan's urging to prompt them to even consider the possibility. So God did not technically place "temptation" in their path, they were created with natural obedience to God so God's commandment to them should have sufficed. Humans today may have accumulated a sin nature that is naturally rebellious, but original humanity was not made that way by God.

What Satan did in tempting them was apparently for his own ends, and to all appearances caught God entirely by surprise. God actually said Satan was utterly perfect in all his/her ways until evil was found in Satan. Satan was said by God to "seal up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty." God made the jewels of Eden and special musical instruments for Satan before Satan fell. (Ezekiel 28:12-17) It broke God's heart to see Satan fall so that He caused all Heaven to go into mourning and all Lebanon, the company of angels, to weep. (Ezekiel 31:15) Jesus in Matthew 13:27-28 says that same thing of Satan's machinations, that God created His creations good, and an enemy, Satan, plants evil among it.

Why the tree had to be in the Garden of Eden we aren't told and can only hypothesize. However, the Garden of Eden was also where Satan and the angels dwelt as well. (Ezekiel 28:13) In fact, the angels are referred to as "trees of Eden" at times. (Ezekiel 31:9,16,18) It may be it played a role in the angelic kingdom thriving there, perhaps related somehow to the angels living in the Garden of Eden. Maybe they were able to draw some form of power or knowledge from it. Whatever the case, there were likely very good reasons the tree was there.

Verse 18 claims Genesis 1 contradicts Genesis 2, asking the question, "Which first--beasts or man?"[6] The ReasonProject also lists the following as a Bible contradiction with the headline "The two contradictory creation accounts."[7] This of course rests upon a rather silly presumption when you think about it, that Genesis 1 and 2 would relate duplicate accounts, with both chapters repeating the same story repetitively, yet with conflicting material; a completely illogical thought process.

The simple and straightforward answer here is that Genesis 1:1-2:3 (1:1, an account of "In the beginning") is not the same account as Genesis 2:4-4:26 (2:4, "generations of the heavens and the Earth") - Genesis 1 relates God's account of how the Earth and creation were made, Genesis 2-4 relates Adam's account of God creating individual life in the Garden of Eden, including himself. Genesis 2:19 does not relate the original creation of cattle and birds, but recreation of more animals of the types already created to see what Adam will name them.

Genesis is actually subdivided into different accounts with the Hebrew word "towl@dah" meaning "generations" or "genealogy."[8] For more on this, see the Wiseman Hypothesis, aka the Tablet Theory.[9]

Verse 19 suggests the Bible contradicts itself in saying fowl came from both water and the ground, and quote the following Scriptures:[6]

This as further detailed on this page is not a contradiction, since the Genesis 1 and 2 passages are of course not accounts of the same event with contradicting details. Rather, Genesis 1:1-2:3 is God's account of creation, and 2:4-4:27 is Adam's account of the Garden of Eden. Thus, birds were originally created from the water, and recreated later in the Garden of Eden to see what Adam would name them.

Order of Creation

Meritt of suggests the order of creation in Genesis 1 is illogical, as do ThinkingAtheist and Wikipedia.[10][11] Meritt makes the following comments:[6]

First of all, the fact that days, evenings, and mornings existed before the sun's creation means only that another light source was present. The Bible even states such a pattern will exist once more at the end of creation. Jesus Himself is said to be all the light the New Jerusalem requires.

Therefore, not only is there a logical explanation for a light source prior to the sun, but it is clearly detailed in Scripture. Since Jesus claimed to have existed from the beginning of Creation (John 17:35) there is no reason at all to think Jesus Himself could not have been the original light source, and thus giving special relevance to His title "the Light of the world." (John 8:12, 9:5)

Secondly, Meritt claims it a "funny thing that an omniscient god would forget things." However, since Meritt is quoting the KJV, he ought to be aware that not once in the entire KJV are the words "omniscient" or "omniscience" ever used, although "omnipotent" is used once. (Revelation 19:6) Omniscience is an arbitrary concept that's been attached to God by philosophers to explain the Bible's repeated references to God's absolute knowledge. However, to assume God knows everything the future holds does not necessarily follow from what the Bible says.

For more on this, see Problem of Evil.


  1. 1.0 1.1 TheThinkingAtheist. Bible Contradictions. Retrieved from
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Morgan, Donald. Bible Inconsistencies: Bible Contradictions? Internet Infidels.
  3. Scofield, C.I. (2006). The Scofield Study Bible III. pp. 92-93. Oxford University Press.
  4. Morris, Henry M. Exodus 6:3 Was I Not Known. Institute for Creation Research.
  5. Lyons, Eric (2006). Did the Patriarchs Know Jehovah by Name? Apologetics Press.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Meritt, Jim (1992). A list of Biblical contradictions. Retrieved from
  7. Marlow, Andy (2009). Contradictions in the Bible. Project Reason.
  8. Brown, Driver, Briggs and Gesenius. "Hebrew Lexicon entry for Towl@dah." "The KJV Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon". Retrieved from
  9. Curt Sewell (1998-2001). The Tablet Theory of Genesis Authorship. Retrieved from
  10. TheThinkingAtheist. Bible Contradictions. Retrieved from
  11. Wikipedia Editors (2019, August 22). "Internal Consistency of the Bible." Wikipedia.