After a wonderful Wed. night supper, where I had the best spaghetti I have ever tasted, my pastor began a Lenten Bible study. He said he'd had trouble deciding what to do the Bible study on and had decided to use the Lectionary as a guide.
So we took a look at Genesis, the creation stories.
It was revealing in a lot of ways. Apparently, God intended for all of us, humans and animals, to be vegetarians.
But I think what I found disillusioning was a couple of things. Taking a look at which story was written when and under what circumstances, and considering what might have motivated the different tone/slant/emphasis of each was one. The other was finding out that the "us" in "let us make man in our own image" is thought to refer to a divine court that included angels.
I have always thought (and been told) that it was plural because of the Godhead.
Sigh. It just seems more and more like the Bible is a finely-crafted piece of literature and I just don't know what I believe.
I know there's a God because God and I have a relationship. I know Jesus existed. Seems like the apostles did, too. But I'm not sure about anything else I've been told, I don't think.
Stay tuned. We'll see...