Hambo Says People Are Ignoring Genesis

It doesn’t take much to infuriate Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry, we find Study Indicates Beginning of Scripture Neglected. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

How often do you read the Bible, and where do you read from? These were two of the questions a recent study from the ministry publisher Crossway asked 6,000 Bible readers.

Your Curmudgeon likes to keep up with important news, but somehow we weren’t aware of that survey. Fortunately, ol’ Hambo brings it to our attention. He says:

The results showed, rather predictably, that most Bible reading is confined to the New Testament (with considerable focus on the last book, Revelation), and that people typically find the Old Testament prophetic books the most difficult to understand. But this survey serves as a reminder that we need to read the whole Bible — not just the New Testament!

Yes, you gotta read it all — every wonderful word! Hambo tells us:

[The study] indicates people within the church are reading the book of Genesis (although the study doesn’t reveal which chapters) — which is great news because this book provides the foundation for our worldview and all doctrine (ultimately, directly or indirectly, every single biblical doctrine of theology is founded in Genesis). However, these figures may be slightly skewed because many yearly Bible-reading plans start people in Genesis and the survey was taken in January. The study also does not address the key issue — whether people believe what they are reading and take Genesis as literal history.

He’s right — the key issue is whether they take Genesis literally. Hambo continues:

There are negative aspects to this study as well. [Oh no!] Just over 10 percent of respondents found the first 5 books of the Bible the hardest to understand.

How horrible! Let’s read on:

More discouraging is that the first five books are among the least likely to be read frequently. [Egad!] Revelation was much more likely to be read than Genesis! Sadly, as the church has focused on the end of the Bible, it has lost the beginning — which is the foundation for the rest! Genesis chapters 1–11 are the foundation for the entire Bible.

They’re neglecting the foundation! And if people don’t care about Genesis, they’re unlikely to visit Hambo’s replica of the Ark. This is really important! Here’s another excerpt:

I believe this study shows yet again how far the church has moved from the foundations of Scripture. Why do so few people regularly read Genesis and the rest of the Old Testament?

Why? Why? Here’s Hambo’s explanation:

To me it’s no surprise since so many in the church accept the evolutionary worldview (e.g., millions of years/evolution) and reject the truth of Scripture, particularly the history in the Old Testament. As a result they don’t see Genesis as important.

Gasp!‘ He’s right! The problem is evolution! And now we come to the end:

Even many conservative Christian leaders don’t teach much (if anything) about Genesis, as it’s considered too controversial because of supposed science. [Hee hee!] It’s great that people are reading the New Testament, but they need to understand that the foundation for what they read comes from the Old Testament, particularly the history in Genesis 1–11. We need to read God’s Word — all of it!

This is the most important crisis of our time, dear reader. Therefore, if you have any suggestions for getting more people to read Genesis and to take it seriously, we’re sure ol’ Hambo will appreciate it.

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27 responses to “Hambo Says People Are Ignoring Genesis

  1. Surprise Hambone..I don’t just ignore genisis I ignore the entire great book o’BS…not only the xtian one but ALL of them!!!

  2. Here is the article on the survey
    Other than telling us that this was a survey of 6000 “readers”, there isn’t much about the survey method. I’m guessing that they asked readers of crossway.org.
    PS. It does look like Genesis is well-read.

  3. Ken just doesn’t understand that it’s all about the interpretation you choose to use when when reading the wholly kibble.

    His convenient use of “interpretation” to brush aside reality can also be used to nullify his regressive twaddle.

    Hambo, the one book wonder.

  4. “How often do you read the Bible, and where do you read from?”
    Mainly Revelation. It’s the only Bible book I read in one go. I nearly fell off my chair laughing.

    “people typically find the Old Testament prophetic books the most difficult to understand.”
    Hm, I heard the same claim regarding Revelation. Frankly I don’t find any Bible part difficult to understand. The lens I use is of course enormously helpful – the athiest evilutionist materialist nazicommielens that the authors were smart but could be nothing but ignorant as they knew zilch about modern science. Then you can expect stuff like “bats are birds”. Were I born 2500 years ago I highly probably would have thought the same.
    Of course there is the non-literalist claim that the Bible is all about meaning etc. Be my guest, but given the fact that our world has radically changes compared to 2500 years ago I don’t buy it that the meaning of the Bible, no matter how subtle your interpretation, has any relevance for our 21st Century. When considering that Global Warning has become a big problem I’m not going to consult the Bible anymore than the Quran, the collected writings of Aristoteles or those of Confucius.

    “If people don’t care about Genesis, they’re unlikely to visit Hambo’s replica of the Ark.”
    Really, dear SC, you should frame this gem and use it as a motto every single time you write about Ol’Hambo.

  5. The Hambo Playbook: “Create a problem, BE the solution”.

    He has to spread fear amongst his marks, er, followers on a regular basis.

  6. Except as a mythological history of a people (keeping in mind that myths often have some truth behind them), there’s no good reason to read Genesis or any of the OT. The stories contradict each other and there’s far too much begatting. Movie versions aren’t all that good either.

  7. Michael Fugate

    And Christians don’t read the laws in Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy as literal commandments from God unless they want to discriminate against women and the LBGTQ+ community.

  8. “The Hambo Playbook: “Create a problem, BE the solution”.”

    Actually, that is the entire Christian method as well. Invent a fictitious disease like “Original Sin” (eating fruit that magically makes you smart), claim that everyone is born with this “disease”, and then claim that only you have the only possible cure. i.e. Believing in a dead illegitimate, pro-slavery, flat Earth magician who died and came back to life as some kind of Jewish zombie. This religious scam has worked for millennia and it will continue to do so as long as there are people who are frightened of reality and eager to avoid thinking for themselves. Religious hucksters do know their audience.

  9. Michael Fugate

    And the whole live forever thing – which superficially sounds really good, but has anyone actually read the fine print?

  10. A Hebrew scholar said that the Book of Job has difficult Hebrew. Perhaps (this is my guess) because of its use of archaisms. IMHO the Book of Ruth is an easy read. The work of modern scholars, beginning with the Docmentary Hypothesis, makes the Bible much easier to read – one is not stymied by the lack of continuity, for example.

  11. Ah, they were “begetting”.

  12. Michael Fugate

    For the link provided by TomS:
    87% of the respondents have read Genesis in the past year compared to 93% reading Matthew. Doesn’t seem much different to me. More than Revelations at 73%. I get the feeling that the Pauline letters appeal more to conservatives than the Gospels – much more straight-forward authoritarian than all those parables, feeding the poor and all that other lefty rot.

  13. And he’s very upset (so upset he’s promoting some AiG DVDs) that climatologists and other scientists don’t base their thinking upon the book of Genesis (they’ve got ‘man’s’ ‘worldview’):
    http://www.forums.bcseweb.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=2967&start=1800 (new post on 1 August)

  14. I guess he’s confident that people will not read Genesis, but will rely on him to tell them what is there.

  15. Ross Cameron

    Believers will tell you they have read the bible from A—Z, but when you ask their interpretation of a verse, the scripture-dippers shift quickly to anothery. So many cults in Xianity, all with their own interpretations. And of course, as the Qumran Scrolls show, there were multiple versions of OT books. And no autographs of the NT to compare.

  16. Ignoring Genesis? Khan! Khan!

  17. “Ignoring Genesis? Khan! Khan!”

    You used proto-matter??????!!!!!!!!!!

  18. How can anyone read Genesis and not note that at the beginning of God’s creation, when God created light, there was water, wind, and an abyss.
    The description of the ongoing creation was mostly a matter of rearranging stuff, and living things growing out of the pre-existing stuff.

  19. Hey Hambone I read the entire holy bubble from end to end one summer when I was in high school and that was one of the major reasons I’m an atheist now.

  20. In breaking literary news:

    James Joyce complains: “Why isn’t anyone reading ‘Finnegan’s Wake’? What’s wrong with these people?”

    J R R Tolkien sympathizes: “I want to know why my fans are still reading ‘The Hobbit’ ‘and Lord of the Rings’. The one they should be going for is ‘The Silmarillion’; that’s got all the really good stuff!”

    Marcel Proust: “I put my best years into ‘Remembrance of Lost Time’, and all people want to do is talk about that Irish hack’s ‘Ulysses’, for merde’s sake!”

  21. Hambo talks about the “whole Bible”, but I think he’d be fine if Christians didn’t read any of the Old Testament aside from Genesis.

  22. @Scientist: “The stories contradict each other”
    This is also a fine illustration of the creacrap method.

    – No, the stories don’t contradict each other.
    – If the stories seem to contradict each other it’s due to your poor understanding.

  23. Protomatter…he he. Just think if the Ark Encounter was made of protomatter…wait maybe that’s why it already looks like it is rotting!

    As for Ken “were you thea” Hambo, I have to ask who wrote Genesis down? If it is history who is the author? Oh yeah right, the Babylonians.

  24. bewilderbeast

    “They’re neglecting the foundation!” And that’s one thing Hambo did not do when he built his EXACT REPLICA ark. He gave it good foundations. Good concrete foundations.

  25. Tell him: “Ignorance is bliss!”

    On Wed, Aug 1, 2018 at 11:54 AM, The Sensuous Curmudgeon wrote:

    > The Curmudgeon posted: “It doesn’t take much to infuriate Ken Ham (ol’ > Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows > more about religion and science than everyone else. At the website of > Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry, we find S” >

  26. Techreseller

    FrankB. For history and the like I agree with you about the Bible and other religious books. For lessons on behavior, and social interaction, there are good stories in the religious books. Sort of a store of social behavior lessons.

  27. I cannot think of anything in the Bible, other than the Book of Ruth, which exemplifies my idea of “family values”.