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Letter: Voice of the North - Unsafe to assume Genesis is accurate.

Byline: PHILIP WARREN

THE creation of the world in six days would appear to involve a paradox, the chicken and egg problem.

A day is the time it takes the Earth to make one complete revolution on its axis, so how can this time be implied before the Earth is created?

It also appears that creationists rely on the authorised version of the Bible as the infallible word of God. Unfortunately, to assume the authorised version, and here we are talking about the Book of Genesis, to be accurate, is unsafe since it is already mistranslated in the Hebrew, probably because it is untranslatable.

The only way to understand Genesis is by means of the Hebrew letter-number system of the Qabala. Hebrew writing has no numerals' each of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet corresponds to a number, so for example Aleph is one, Bayt 2, Ghimel 3, Dallet 4 and so on. These letters (numbers) form the code, the so-called Cipher of Genesis, in which Genesis is written. These 22 symbols are used to designate different states or structures of the one cosmic energy which is both essence and appearance of all that exists.

My understanding of the Qabala is very tenuous, but enough to convince me that taking the conventional interpretation of Genesis at face value is at least misleading and probably dangerous. It gives rise to all kinds of silly beliefs, which lead to the bitter conflicts between rival sects with which we are beset.

Those who wish to investigate further might wish to read The Cipher of Genesis by Carlo Suars. The deep study of religion should, however, come with a health warning. Unless you are serious, leave religion alone, for it will demolish all your cherished beliefs. And if you try to persist in them, it will ultimately destroy you or the mind-forged construct you fondly believe to be you.

PHILIP WARREN, Gosforth, Newcastle
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 17, 2006
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