Agnostic Bible Commentary - Genesis 4:15
Passage: And the LORD said unto him, Therefore
whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall
be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD
set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding
him should kill him.
Commentary: Kill a killer, and you shall receive
harsh vengeance. He’s clearly not a
fan of Hammurabi.
Agnostic Bible Commentary - Genesis 3:16
Passage: Unto the woman he said, I will greatly
multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou
shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to
thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Commentary: And so began the most-prevalent gender
role among Judeo-Christian nations for over two
millennia…Well I think that counts as irrefutable
evidence on which the ruling gender should be. God
said men are to be in charge, so take note and don’t
Agnostic Bible Commentary - Genesis 3:7
Passage: And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that
they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and
made themselves aprons.
Commentary: So now that they have knowledge of inherently good and
evil things, their first acknowledgement is of nudity.
The sight of their own flesh was immoral, for some
reason On a side note, every sort of illustration I
have seen regarding the two curiously seems to be
after their intellectual (or rather, moral) awakening.
Agnostic Bible Commentary - Genesis 2:17
Passage: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt
not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou
shalt surely die.
Commentary: There seems to be a parallel here to the beliefs of many
parents. They are content with the innocence children
possess through their lack of knowledge, particularly
of good and evil. I think Homer Simpson best summed
up this ideology with the following line:
“You know Maggie, the sooner kids talk the
sooner they talk back. I hope you never
say a word.”
And the latter part of the passage seems to be
akin to the statement unto children “if you talk to
strangers, you’ll be kidnapped”, wherein
simplicity is applied in lieu of explanation.
Agnostic Bible Commentary - Genesis 1:30
Passage: And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air,
and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there
is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Commentary: This passage seems to suggest that humanity is uniquely
omnivorous/carnivorous, or that these “beasts” possess the
free-will to stray from the consumption of “greens”.
Agnostic Bible Commentary - Genesis 1:28
Passage: And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful,
and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and
have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl
of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon
Commentary: After consulting with m-w.com, this comment may be
a linguistic issue. The first definition listed for the
word “replenish” is “to fill with persons or animals”,
which seems to be the intention. However, the only examples
given for the word seem to reflect the latter definition that
I am most commonly familiar with (along with an intransitive
form of the verb), and that is “to fill or build up again”.
To make clear, it is this choice word of the word “replenish”
that suggests to me that these original creations may not
have been so original.
I am an agnostic who has never really given any interest to religion. I recently figured that it would be interesting to read religious scripture and interpret it, as modern religion implores. I claim no significant existing knowledge of neither Christianity (I could probably name half of The Ten Commandments) nor of any other religion. Similarly, I make no claim that I fully and competently comprehend the scriptures. I make comments as to my understanding of the verses. Questions poised in commentary are not rhetorical and the particular edition is the King James Version as it appears on www.biblegateway.com. I will begin first with the Book of Genesis.