Two Accounts of Creation?
Some modern theologians have revived an old theory about Genesis chapters 1 and 2 that they represent “two accounts of creation.” Some people who don’t live by the teachings of the Bible for their personal life want to sound as though they have a masterful grasp of biblical mysteries. To give this impression they find some theological theory to indicate their great knowledge of the mysteries of the bible. Unfortunately, many naive Christians pick up on those doctrines and spread them to others. Westcott and Hort dumped one of the biggest lies ever bought by the church and it’s “scholars.” The idea that an older text is more reliable is nothing but splendid idiocy. An older MS can also be corrupted, which the codex B and the Sinaiticus MS were – very corrupted ! Back to the two creations in Genesis chapters 1 and 2; There can only be two accounts if they are by two different authors. No one writer would be so irresponsible to attempt to write differing stories of the creation – and God would certainly not inspire it. We conclude, after careful study of the first two chapters of the Bible that it is the same account but the second account deals in more detail as an overlay to the first account. The two account theory is another one of those pipe dreams cooked up by the textual critics. The first two chapters of Genesis are the same creation and have no irreconcilable passages between them. When textual critics try to force the idea of the two creation accounts they only draw attention to their unbelief in a supernaturally inspired text! They take away from their own competence making their profession look foolish. These critics, like the Pharisees, keep encountering the Word to impress others of their superior knowledge and then, like the Pharisees, end up with egg in their face every time they come up with some “fault” with the Bible text. There are many places in Scripture where the same account is being treated twice by the Bible narration. Eschatology: Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13; Second coming: 1 Thessalonians 4:16 – 5:3 with 2 Thessalonians 1:8 – 2:4 and 2 Peter 2 with Jude and many, many others. This is known as repetition with variation. Genesis is no exception to this rule of repetition with variation. Chapter two of Genesis is what we call a “lay-over” of chapter one. In chapter one the writer gives a highly condensed description of created origins and in chapter two he simply treats the same creation but the creation of man in particular with details not covered in chapter one. It is ridiculous to arbitrarily declare that we have two accounts of creation when the two chapters are easily seen as being the same creative act as that in the first chapter only from a different perspective which explains God’s reason for creating the human pair.