Creation Essay, Research Paper
The Creation Stories
Did the creation of the earth and life begin by itself? Or did God create them? In the beginning, civilization started to question who created earth. There were many different views. In Genesis, Jinasena, and Buddha have their own thinking. There were some differences as well as similarities.
In Genesis, it was stated that God created heaven and earth. Everything we saw is God’s work. Even ourselves is come out from him. In one week, Days and Nights; Skies and seasons, land and water; living creature; And humans, were created by God. An example, “Let there be light” then light came out. Everything he thought of happened instantaneously. However, there is no stating how he accomplished all this. Furthermore, there is no evidence that God’s breath gave life to a living soul to man. Genesis is in a third person type of writing. Every paragraph start with “And God said…” Overall of the story, God is powerful and perfect. He had done everything we need.
Jinasena is a Jain myth and it is called “There Is No Creator”. As the title states, the myth does not believe in god. There is a line say in the myth that set states this, “…if it is complete the individual jiva (soul) is released from the cycle of rebirth to a state of isolated, eternal, and omniscient inactivity.” This line is saying that everyone has a soul. However, with the end of each lifetime, another spirit will start again. In another word, a person maybe physically dead, but the soul still goes on. It will form another lifetime in another body. That is the “Cycle of rebirth”. Also, the myth really does not mention anything about god existence. It consistantly looks for logically answer to prove that god exist. But they do not believe in god with insult. “Some foolish men declare that Creator made the world.” and “The Jains hold that no god created the universe?” It stands strongly there is no one god who created earth. However, they do believe that there is a hell on earth, and a heaven.
The Buddha is a Buddhist myth called “How the World Evolved”. They do believe there god was the creator, but that the world goes through successive periods of expansion and contraction, unaffected by the activities of the gods. We all go through the “wheel of rebirth…People can become “awakened” to the absolute and can escape the otherwise inevitable round of rebirth, suffering, and mortality.” What’s awakened? Does that mean to realize something or awake from the cycle of rebirth? We all live in the “World of Radiance”. Everyone is rebirth. Whoever “awakened” will become creator and go to another world called the “World of Brahma”. Brahma was the first one born in the World of Brahma. The world was empty. He was the first one who arrived to the new world. He called himself “the Father of all that is or is to be.” There are more gods later on, but he claimes to be the first one who born. He also claims to be the most powerful god in the World of Brahma.
When we compare these three stories, each story are states what they believe in. And sometime these stories can attack each other. In Jinasena obviously did not believe in the existence of god. The myth often asks the reader to prove that there is no god. Asking how he created the earth; why did he create nature, and so on. It leads to the point that the earth exists by itself. We live by ourselves. They did mention rebirth for souls. In Buddhist myth, they also believed in the cycle of rebirth. But Buddha added that when a person awakened, he could escape from the “wheel of rebirth.” Then that soul will become venture to the “World of Brahma.” In Genesis, the story focuses on god’s creation. It does not involve other gods. It believes in only one god. The first god on earth, who has the mighty power of control everything.
Can we believe in god? Does god exist? Sometime I wander why dinosaurs existed before human. Can religious teaching be taught in a public classroom? These question seem to appear everywhere in the world. Using religion to justify of the search for creation of earth should be kept in scientific terms. Then it should combines with religion to prove the myths. This, however will be more complicated than before.