See this book… look at the cover carefully…
Now look at the following links:
For those of you who were unable to view the links, a fan (or trio of fans) of Kanye West, the rapper, for whatever reasons decided it might be a good idea to take the Book of Genesis from the holy, God-inspired Word and delete “God” and interject “Yeezus” or “Kanye” in the place of God.
Mind you I am not berating Kanye West in this post. Although I do not support him as an entertainer, as I do not listen to rap music (which is sad. I used to love it when I was little, back in the early to mid-eighties when it was still a burgeoning art form and had multiple varieties–some songs were fun-loving, others had more serious tones such as gangsta rap, of which I was not a huge fan–even up into the nineties with rap legends such as Tupac. Now it is nothing but disrespectful, mindless, meaningless trash) because as far as I can tell thus far, he had nothing to do with this book. I do hope he comes out to denounce it, but I doubt that he will. He did decide he was good enough to be named Yeezus, which is offensive enough, and was the impetus for me to stop supporting him.
Here is my problem. Apparently this person is not a believer of Christ. Fine. We understand that not all will accept. However, what is the point of mocking God? Why is anyone putting Kanye West on God’s level? Here is an excerpt from that foolishness:
“In the beginning Kanye created the heaven and the earth… And Kanye said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
BLATANT, OUTRAGEOUS AND UNWARRANTED DISRESPECT OF THE HOLY WRIT.
This “book” (and as an overall book-lover, I am having a difficult time even referring to this as such) was published by three brothers who insist that it is not meant to elevate Kanye West, only to offer a fresh look at Genesis in a modern-day setting.
Um, hey guess what fellas… Genesis did not need you to insert Kanye into it in order for it to be modern. There are modern day issues all throughout Genesis. Shall we name just a few?
Genesis is literally bursting with sin, beginning with the original sin committed by Adam and Eve. I think we can all agree that sin is pervasive in common society. For goodness’ sake, this “book” is a sin–ever read Revelation 22:18-19?
Sex and reproduction…
That one goes without saying, since it is the story of creation. It is the story of the beginning of all mankind. However, some of the stories about sex are a bit more interesting than others–there are incestuous encounters between Lot and his daughters in Gen. 19:30-36 and sex between a widow and her brother-in-law in Gen. 38, for example.
Sibling rivalry. Remember when Cain killed Abel? Brother killing brother? We see WAY too much of that. If we go outside of just family problems and look at ourselves as all brothers and sisters, as we are all creations of God, there is plenty of brother versus brother killing. Later in Genesis we see other examples of sibling rivalry exacerbated in part by parents who had a favorite son–see the story of Isaac and Rebekah and their sons Jacob and Esau (Gen. 25:19-28:9, paying special attention to Gen. 25:27-29) and the story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50).
Enmity between nations. The story of Ishmael is a particularly fascinating one. Sarah (at that time named Sarai, wife of Abraham (then Abram), decided that she knew better than God. God had promised the couple a son, but Sarah, apparently in doubt of God’s power, felt she was getting too old to have a child and gave her handmaiden Hagar to Abraham so that Hagar could conceive a son. That is what happened–Hagar gave birth to Abraham’s first son, Ishmael. Naturally, Sarah is jealous that Hagar was able to give her husband the son that she thought she was unable to give him. (However, that story is not central to my point, so if you’d like (and you should), it is within Genesis 16-18 and Genesis 21 and 25). Once God fulfills his promise (as he always does) to Sarah, her son Isaac is born. Of course Isaac is the favored son, and now that she has her baby Sarah has no need for Hagar or her child. Hagar and Ishmael are sent away. Ishmael almost dies from dehydration in the desert before God provides a well for them. Ishmael has twelve sons of his own. Of his descendants the Bible writes: “…And they lived in hostility toward all the tribes related to them” (Gen. 25:18b). It is widely believed that Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, is a descendant of Ishmael.
Wickedness, corruption, violence and God’s judgment, with God’s judgment being manifested in one instance in what we now would refer to as a “natural disaster” such as the flood that took place while Noah and his family were confined to the ark (the story of Noah is in Gen. 6-9). Pervasive wickedness also led God to utterly destroy Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 18-19) with what may also have been termed a “natural disaster”–a sulfur storm. Yikes. But look at the world today. We see those things, correct?
The story of Sodom and Gomorrah records wrongs against God such as homosexual behavior, (which is where the term “sodomy” came from–Sodom/sodomy), and per other mentions of Sodom and Gomorrah in both the Old Testament and the New, inhabitants of the cities were overall a group of lawless, ungodly people. Now, one might say America is far from lawless, and I slightly agree. We do have laws on the books. However, look how people bend the laws to suit their own selfish purposes. And I don’t think I need to go any further about our cities being filled with ungodly people.
There are too many instances of trickery and deception to be named within one post. From Esau being tricked into giving away his birthright in return for a bowl of stew (Gen. 25-19) to Jacob being led to work for seven years for Rachel, only to receive her older sister Leah, then having to work ANOTHER seven years for Rachel (Gen. 29), to Joseph’s brothers dipping his coveted coat in blood in order to lead Jacob to believe his favored son had perished, (Gen. 37:31), we see innumerable examples of human duplicity that definitely parallel the society in which we live today.
Injustice. This is seen primarily in the life of Joseph, when he was unfairly imprisoned after Potiphar’s wife leveled a false accusation of rape against him (Gen. 39). All you have to do is open the pages of your local newspaper or go on the Internet and you will see dozens of articles detailing instances of social injustice or legal injustice.
Famine. Lack of food led Joseph’s brothers to Egypt, where they eventually reunited (Gen. 42-46). I know people think things can’t happen in a country as great as America, but look at what is going on in California. They are being encouraged to conserve water.
Not to mention the stories of triumph, death, and faithfulness… So do tell, what more does Genesis need? I dare say it needs NOTHING. It is already applicable to life today. I do not understand how people claim the Bible is antiquated when it discusses the very things we see going wrong in our environment right now.
I take it personally when people do things like this. Namely because of my concern for the people that could be led astray. Some people might not think it’s a big deal, and those are the people that concern me, because once you get nonchalant about Biblical truths, that leaves you wide open to the schemes against you of the wily devil. I hope these publishers don’t sell a single copy of this nonsense. The Bible does not need your contribution.