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December 14, 2013

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Q: How did Bible authors regard Genesis 1–11?

A: Throughout Scripture, the human authors regarded Genesis in a literal sense. They referred authoritatively to its account of such things as Creation, the origin of marriage, Adam’s sin, early genealogies, the global Flood. We can see this approach to Genesis from the Psalms, Chronicles, Nehemiah, the prophets, the apostles, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We should likewise take Genesis 1–11 as straightforward, accurate, literal history. We should not be looking for mysterious, hard-to-understand meanings in what Moses wrote. There is absolutely no biblical basis for taking these chapters as any kind of non-literal, figurative genre of literature.

Why is this important? Only a literal, historical approach to Genesis 1–11 gives a proper foundation for the gospel and the future hope of the gospel. Jesus came into the world to solve the problem of sin that started in real, time-space history in the real Garden of Eden with two real people called Adam and Eve and a real serpent that spoke to Eve. A non-literal reading of Genesis destroys this message of the Bible and ultimately is an assault on the character of God.

Read the whole article from The New Answers Book 3 written by Dr. Terry Mortenson to see examples of how the Bible authors regarded Genesis 1–11.

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