Back in my Witnessing days there were a few publications that I considered the most important. Topping the list was the little blue “Truth book”: The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life. Second on the list was another little blue book: Did Man Get Here by Evolution or by Creation?
The “Evolution book” was great. It proved how silly the whole idea of evolution was by showing an illustration of an old wreck of a car sitting in a junk yard. The caption was something to the effect: “We don’t see lifeless things evolving into living things.” That settled it for me: evolution was a lie of Satan’s used to lure people into the idea that there was no Creator.
That’s really all I remember clearly from that book. The rest of it is a blur of “debunking” the fossil evidence and dating methods, and its insistence that animals could never breed across “kinds”. All of the scientific evidence for evolution was dealt with in similar brilliant strokes as the junk yard analogy. It was even more remarkable to know that this book was authored by men with little to no education! But somehow Jehovah’s spirit guided them into knowing what parts of quotations from scientists to include and which parts to exclude in order to make it sound like the scientists themselves didn’t believe in evolution! I remember that they even made it sound like Charles Darwin had serious reservations about the whole thing. Surely this shows that the writers of the book were being led by the God of all truth!
But something was missing, and it has bothered me for a long time. Sure, the Watchtower boldly took on the origin of man as best they could. But what about women? After all, the Bible details exactly how women “got here”:
And Jehovah God went on to say: “It is not good for the man to continue by himself. I am going to make a helper for him, as a complement of him.”
Now Jehovah God was forming from the ground every wild beast of the field and every flying creature of the heavens, and he began bringing them to the man to see what he would call each one; and whatever the man would call it, each living soul, that was its name. So the man was calling the names of all the domestic animals and of the flying creatures of the heavens and of every wild beast of the field, but for man there was found no helper as a complement of him.
Hence Jehovah God had a deep sleep fall upon the man and, while he was sleeping, he took one of his ribs and then closed up the flesh over its place. And Jehovah God proceeded to build the rib that he had taken from the man into a woman and to bring her to the man.
Then the man said:
“This is at last bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh.
This one will be called Woman,
Because from man this one was taken.”
That is why a man will leave his father and his mother and he must stick to his wife and they must become one flesh.
— Genesis 2:18-24 (NWT)
I remember in Catholic grade school [yes, I was in Babylon the Great™ prior to my conversion to the Watchtower religion] all the boys began counting their ribs when we were told this story — but we couldn’t induce the girls to count theirs. No matter; the nun told us that Adam had one less rib after this operation, but we didn’t inherit this condition from him. (When I was told that, I wondered why we inherited his sinful condition but not his missing rib condition. But I held my tongue.)
I find several things interesting in the Bible’s account.
The first item of interest is how God formed man, and formed the animals, but he built the woman.
I guess that’s what men must mean when they say that a woman is “really built”.
Secondly, note how Jehovah wanted to find a helpmate for Adam, and evidently looked first to the animals he was creating at the time. God brought each of these animals to Adam, and he named them. While he was naming them I guess he and God were also sizing them up as potential mates for Adam. But none were a good fit. (No sin was involved here because evidently the Mosaic Law with its prohibition against bestiality had not yet been thought of by God.)
The above experiment took considerable time. We know it took at least 37 years (since the time between Adam’s creation and building Eve corresponds to the number of years between 1975 and the start of Armageddon). So God and Adam really must’ve tried to make these relationships work. Given what we know about later male tendencies, I can imagine the trial marriages with the sheep and the primates lasting the longest before ultimately proving unsatisfactory.
In desperation God hit upon the idea of building a female of the species for Adam. Since God had already created male and female versions of all the other animals it’s sort of odd that he hadn’t hit upon this idea right away instead of having Adam try out other animals for so many years. Too bad he didn’t have the Watchtower’s Evolution book available back then; he would’ve known that animals only breed amongst their own “kind”. Just think of how much time that would’ve saved: we’d be in the throes of Armageddon right now rejoicing at the sight of worldly people dying right before our eyes!
But God was tired at the end of a hard day’s work: a “day” that had lasted at least 7,000 years! He longed to lie down on his bed of chubby cherubs in the clouds. But now he had to create yet another creature just to satisfy lazy, horny Adam.
Not wanting the bother of figuring out another complex DNA code, he decided to become “Jehovah the great physician” and perform the first operation ever, replete with anesthesia! Taking Adam’s rib (and hence his DNA) he formed a woman. In the process he noticed that in the DNA he took from Adam the pair of X chromosomes had a problem: one of them was incomplete! (Guess he was a little hasty in concluding it was all “good”.) He went ahead and patched this up in the new model human, which is why to this day women have two good X chromosomes while men have only one (the incomplete one being known as a Y chromosome).
But just fixing that chromosome wasn’t enough. The end result was an ugly, hairy beast that looked like a female version of Bigfoot. Jehovah had to start Eve on injections of female sex hormones right away. At first Jehovah supplied the Estrogen, but after the fall, Adam could be seen running behind pregnant horses collecting their estrogen-rich piss. Talk about the sweat of your brow!
That’s why it took so long for Abel to be born; they had to wait till Eve was able (hence the name).
By the way: it is only a rumor that Adam, frustrated on being forced out of Eden, turned to Eve and said: “I think God made you from my sitz bone instead of my rib; you’re a real pain in the ass!”
Now, I ask you honestly: Doesn’t all of this just sound so much truer and more likely than the scientific explanation of evolution which requires some intelligence to comprehend?
I know that in my own case the Bible is so right: the reason I left my mother and father and went to live with a woman had nothing to do with love or lust; it was solely due to the nostalgia I felt for that missing rib.