Creator of Earth
There is one question mankind may never answer, Who is God? Yet, clues can be found in an ancient Sumerian Epic called the Enuma Elish. It contains the oldest known account of Earth’s creation, also known as The 7 Tablets of Creation. Although the tablets themselves date back to only around 1600 BCE, the story is much older. The type of cuneiform used precedes even the style of cuneiform found on the oldest of writings.
The Enuma Elish describes our solar system in its earliest years. When a cataclysmic event reshaped it into its current form. In the epic, a foreign planetary object called “Marduk” entered our solar system. Passing close to the planet “Tiamat” and ripping it in half. The shattered bottom half formed the heavens, the firmament (or asteroid belt) between Mars and Jupiter. The top half formed the earth, then “tears sprang from Tiamat’s eyes” to create the Tigris and Euphrates.
By this account, the creator of Earth is not flesh, conscious, or even an intended event. It was a rogue planetary body traveling through space. It came close enough to shatter the old earth, and in the process could likely have dropped the seed of life.
The Creator of Man
The oldest in-depth account of human creation is from the Atrahasis Epic. This story consist of 3 main parts: the insurrection of the lower class gods; the creation of man; and the deluge. The Tablets that contain the Atrahasis Epic date as far back as 1800 BCE. But in light of other information we can place these events much earlier. The Epic of Gilgamesh contains an identical version of the same flood story depicted in the Sumerian Tablets. Gilgamesh ruled as the 5th King of Uruk around 2700 BCE. Since this epic includes a deluge account, it implies that the Atrahasis predates Gilgamesh. This makes the story far older than the tablets themselves.
The Atrahasis Epic describes a rebellion by the lower class, against the upper class gods. To quell the rebellion, the upper class gods created a slave race. This race would carry the workload of the lower class gods, relieving them from their duties. They would rule over these slaves as Kings. The slaves became known as the Adamu, 1st man. One of the highest ranking gods, displeased by man, decided to allow them to perish in a great flood. He ordered the flood to occur which wiped out almost all of mankind.
The Creation of Man was a joint effort between the Mesopotamian Gods. Orchestrated by Enki, however parallels exist in the mythologies of other cultures as well. In ancient Egypt, Enki’s counterpart was Ptah, the creator of mankind. In Greek mythology he was Cronus, the creator in the “Five Ages of Man.”
The Architect of the Universe
This character or being is beyond our comprehension. Imagine the universe is a computer. It has predetermined laws, capabilities, extensions, etc… Consider everything and everyone inside the universe as part of a program. Not that every possible instance has occurred, but is predetermined by these parameters and possibilities. So what is this creator?
Picture It as a programmer. The Architect of the Universe would have no need to enter his own “program” to sway the outcome. “It” already predetermined every possible outcome upon its creation.
Every religion seems to take all 3 of the above and combine them into 1 being. This omnipotent being struggles with a devil, its own subordinate creation. This entity allegedly gives mankind the right to free will, yet wants to sway their decisions. This being creates something in his image, isn’t happy with it, so floods the earth. This God is so gentle, so forgiving, kind and fair. Yet he goes around killing the 1st born, leveling cities, and a host of other lethal deeds against mankind.
God in Religion is repeatedly contradicted by his own existence. Only by tracing backwards through ancient texts can we begin to answer the question. “Who is God?”