Fear of the loss of his Innocence drives him to continue believing… regardless of Evidence and Historical Truth…
“… God’s Word trumps…”
In answer to the question “Should the Biblical creation story be viewed as literal or figurative?”
AUGUST 19, 2016 AT 9:35 AM
Interesting question, and I am going to chime in! I am one of those “fundamentalists” First, I’m not here to debate any one one your blog, nor will I.
I happen to believe creation happened just as described in Genesis. Allow me to add some thoughts. Let me say first that I understand the reality of what seems to be compelling evidence from history and science that this account can only be figurative. Again, that’s an entire other subject. Being the fundamentalist that I am, I would simply state I believe God’s Word trumps.
The Believer denies evidence because to do otherwise… invites despair and disappointment… and deconversion…
Why does a literal creation matter? Some thoughts.
We we rule out a literal creation as just not possible we imply that God really couldn’t do all that. Well, if He could not speak the worlds into existence, then he is not much of a God.
Genesis 2:7 tells us God formed us with His own hands and personally breathed life into us. We were created in His image. Frankly, the entire evolutionary model, while seemingly compelling, destroys the very thought that humankind is in God’s image. The implications of evolving into God’s image are outstanding. That would imply that somehow we are, over time, able to become more God like and in His image. That would be no more than us working our way to salvation, by works. Toss grace out of the window. We didn’t evolve into God’s image, He created us that way.
And the full extent of the believer’s dispair… crescendos yet higher…
If there was no literal creation, and no literal garden, and no literal Adam and Eve…then there is….nothing. No Adam and Eve…….no fall into sin…..then no sin. No sin problem, then no need for Jesus, because if we aren’t sinners no need to any payment to be made. Frankly, Lynn, without a literal creation, then the entire rest of the narrative unravels as well.
Then we roll right back into we don’t need God, we don’t need Jesus. We just need to work hard and eventually we will evolve and change into something better.
I was wrong, Brother Wally. You DO understand…
It may seem at times that the literal account of Genesis is very hard to believe, but I maintain that it is a vital part of the entire Word of God upon which our faith is built.
You are just Afraid. Like I was. Like I am. But fear is no foundation for life, peace, joy and fulfillment.
“… by the mouth of two witnesses…”, from an earlier post on The Resurrection
“Without a bodily resurrection, our entire faith simply melts away. Without the Resurrection, Jesus was not God; he was just a martyred prophet. Without the Resurrection, every single prophecy about it is false; that renders the Bible false. Without the Resurrection, even Jesus’ own prophecies about His death and Resurrection were false, making Him not even a real prophet, but a false one. ” – Wally.
I’m sad for you, Brother Wally… and hopeful .
Because if you understand what’s at stake, the devastation to your Faith in accepting evidence and historical truth… then even though for now… you maintain your Faith, later… Maybe not much later… you may understand where I am in my journey. Maybe even… you’ll join me, where the Evidence leads away from the Biblical God and to…
Truth ™ is sometimes… Askew to some people. But eventually, it all seems to straighten out and align with…
My hope for you, Brother Wally, and all who are now as I once was. Bound by fear of Truth.