It occured to me that if you think of god as non existent, unreal and not true, and then proceed to read the biblical genesis, the whole story becomes much more sensible...
You just have to get your head around that god did all those things the book says, but he/it doesn't exist. Think of god as a narrative tool.
And yet you don't hear people claiming Alice in wonderland bull whenever someone makes a reference to it.
We do not know the intent of those who first wrote down the genesis. For all we know they had a similar intent as mr Dodgson.
Your objections are towards belief in the bible as literal truth, but I don't share or encourage that belief. I also don't feel I have to disregard it completely just because others place too much emphasis on it. I am free to explore the stories of the bible in the same way I would the story of Alice in wonderland. If I were to suggest small alterations to that story in order to emphasise certain metaphors that were useful to me, or to explore other aspects of the relationships within the story itself, you would probably not react with "but that book has no evidence to support it's claims", because the particular use we are putting it to does not require such evidence to give meaning.
Well, what if the first words of the genesis were:
"God did all things herein chronicled, but God does not and has never existed."
In fact, I would like to set that as a premise for this thread.
Creation is something god did. God isn't real, but creation is. I think that with the means at hand we should be able to reconcile this apparent contradiction and get a meaningful story out of it...
The interesting thing is how you would understand "god" every time it makes an appearance in the book.
Think of it like a riddle.
It's not plain, informative text.
Or, if you think of this X as god. X being undefined, we cannot relate to it, save through it's effects...
So X did this, but X has no presence, there is no evidence of it's existence. So X then has to be some concept which can achieve the remarkable feat of creating without existing. May sound illogical. It would depend on what kind of system your reality is described according to. Naive-realists are likely to tell me to go and preach somewhere else...
In that case , your points just evaporate in some smoke of meaningless worship over some bad writing and tall tales.