Characteristics Of Creation Stories

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A creation myth is the philosophical and theological elaboration of the primal myth of creation within a religious community. The term creation refers to the beginning of things, whether by the will and act of a transcendent being, by emanation from some ultimate source, or in any other way (Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d.). Creation myths are archetypal because of the similarities and characteristics that they display when referencing the creation of the earth. They are allegorical because they show elements of dramatization to emphasise the power of God and the authority of his command. Creation stories reveal the nature of God and the relationship between humankind and God through the recurrence of God punishing mankind for his mistakes, …show more content…
For example, the Christian and Babylonian creation myths have many distinct similarities such as the darkness that surrounded the world before the creation of earth and the fact that the first development of the earth was the formulation of light. Both stories share the fact that the second and third components in the worlds creation was the formation of the sky and the sun, moon and stars respectively. The final two developments in the creation of earth according to both the Christian and Babylonian stories was the creation of men and women and the resting of God (Religioustolerance.org, 2010). These two creation stories share many common attributes and the the sum of the similarities shown between the two stories concludes that creation myths are archetypal in their themes and …show more content…
He created human beings as an image of him, and therefore we share common attributes with him. God created us to be loving, patient, kind, just, merciful, gracious, joyful, creative, generous, jealous and wrathful. Christians affirm that the universe was created by an omnipotent, omniscient and transcendent being (Ham, 2010). This description of God as having unlimited power, knowing everything, and not being apart of our material universe reveals that the version of God presented by Christians is one of an almighty and powerful God. Depicting God in this way compels the image of God as a punisher, and encourages the following of the ten commandments so as to not face the wrath of God. The nature of God in the Bible is that of an almighty, disciplinary God, but in Genesis 1 (creation story) he is depicted to be caring for the world and its creatures, which are his own creation. The interpretation of God that is presented in the Babylonian creation myth is of two Gods who spawn many smaller Gods. These Gods end up in a war because of the noise of the smaller Gods, and after much fighting the God Tiamat is killed, and the earth and humankind are made from her blood. This may explain why humans are prone to mistake, as a result of them being formed by the blood of a God who lost their life as a result of fault. The creation myth shows the nature of God to be unforgiving, but

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