Posted by: Rob Lester | May 12, 2011

A Literal Genesis (another purpose statement)

It occasionally becomes necessary to restate my purpose for this blog. I am not necessarily trying to swing anyone to my way of thinking.  I genuinely hope you merely take the information I am offering and come to your own conclusions.  If you agree with me, fine.  I just want readers to be sure that they believe it because they have carefully examined it for themselves and have determined it to be true, not just because some preacher or biology professor said so. If you disagree, fine.  I just want you to be sure WHY you disagree.  As to a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis, I fully understand that not all Scripture is to be taken literally. There is such a thing as figurative language. In Judges 9:6-15 the trees took a vote for a leader. Trees do not talk nor vote, so this is obviously figurative.  There are many literary and grammatical rules and indicators of figurative language.  Genesis contains none of these indicators.  Genesis was written as historical narrative and should be taken as such.  Were Adam and Eve real people?  Was there really a flood?  Were actual cities called Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed?  If not, then where do you draw the line?  If one book of the Bible is not factual then how accurate are the New Testament gospels?  If Adam and Eve were just allegories, then they didn’t really sin and we don’t really need Jesus then, do we? Did Jesus really die on the cross or was that just an illustration?  The Bible clearly indicates when it is being figurative  by style (parables), context, or outright statements such as in Galatians 4:24.  Genesis says “days,” not billions. God knew how to say “long periods of time” without being enigmatic about it. I take God at His word.  I believe that logic and the evidence support this interpretation.

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