Heated arguments, questions, and new suggestions arise when one spark of how the Earth was created emerges. Due to the lack of technology and documentation around the time period the Earth was actually created, many of the stories about creation cause great controversy. Controversy is caused primarily based on the fact that no sure documentation was recorded, as well as different opinions and beliefs between cultures. Two well-known stories of creation, the Biblical and Native American stories contain many similarities, as well as many differences in the way they believe creation occurred. Though there are few similarities, the differences greatly outweigh them, as most ideas are based on different beliefs.
Both the Native American and Biblical creation stories both seem to be written throughout a long period of time, with many different interpretations. The Native American story line suggests many different tribes stating their beliefs on creation, as well as telling an interesting story about how they believe creation arose. The Biblical creation story line seems more credible, based on the many different modifications, translations, and based on the writing technique. Although both stories are straight forward on how they believe creation occurred, the text still leaves room for the interpreter to establish their own opinion.
In the beginning times, the Earth was filled with darkness, by which creation had to spark light into the world. Both the Biblical and Native American perspectives agreed that darkness was the main theme in creation and brought forth life (1). Not only was darkness a main theme, lightness was as well. Both stories highly praised light, and thought it was of utmost importance. Although light darkness was a similar characteristic in both stories, how the light was sprung forth differed. The Biblical story contained information that God simply spoke lightness into the Earth, creating day and night (1). Although light wasn’t spoken into the world in the Native American version of the story, it was brought into the world by the hot ball, the sun, which was extremely hard to take, steal, or “borrow,” as told by many of the different Native American Tribes (2). Lightness was a huge accomplishment, and even happiness for both creation lines.
In both the Biblical and Native American stories of creation, animals played a huge factor in how the world evolved. In the well-known Biblical story, God created beautiful creatures, animals, for the people to use in a necessary manner, suggesting human kind was higher than animals (1). Meanwhile, in the Native American story, an Eagle and Coyote, both wild animals, were first roaming the Earth that only contained water with a small piece of land (2). The message portrayed by the Native Americans placed the animals at a higher level than mankind was placed, suggesting that humans weren’t as important, or as well developed.
Another striking difference in both story scenarios was the evolution of creation. In Biblical views, God created everything from light, humans, plants, animals, and seasons all the way to temptations, good and evil (1). To contrast the belief of one almighty creator, Native American’s believed that Coyote and Eagle evolved the Earth, making humans, seasons, and so on (2). This main difference brings fort the different creator beliefs, as well as the level of control in creation. In the Biblical version, there was no major form of competition, as God was creator, the way, the truth, and the life (1). However, the Native American stories tell otherwise, giving hints where competition occurred between the Coyote, Eagle, Monster, and Chief’s (2).
Since no witnesses of the events that occurred during creation are still alive today, it keeps many different religions believing what they were raised to believe, or what they believe is true based on their own findings. In just the Native American and Biblical creation stories alone, many differences are noted, along with few similarities. That goes to show that the discrepancy between creation beliefs will be on going, as people will continue to believe what they want no matter the case.
1. Genesis 1-3. Oremus Bible Browser. The Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, 1989. Web. 27 Jan.
2. Erdoes, Richard, and Alfonso Ortiz. “Part 1.” American Indian Trickster Tales. New York: Viking, 1998. 3-24. Print.