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BIBLICAL ERRANCY Subscriptions: Dennis Mckinsey Editor (12 issues per year) 3158 Sherwood Park Drive $9 for one year Springfield, Ohio 45505 $17 for two years Payable to: Dennis Mckinsey NT SUPPORT FOR THE MIRACULOUS (From issue 74, Feb, 1989) ===================================================================== A large number of biblicists adhere to what is known as the liberal view of the Bible, a critical component of which is that many well-known biblical events are to be viewed allegorically or symbolically rather than literally. From their perspective, Adam and Eve, the Flood, Jonah and the Whale, and Balaam's Talking Ass, for example, are not to be taken as actual accounts of real events but mythological stories created to convey a message. Fundamentalists and other inerrantists are seen as childish ideologues rigidly adhering to a literal interpretation. Unfortunately, liberals fail to realize their position is biblically untenable and wholly inconsistent. You can't relegate these stories to the realm of fable and folklore without simultaneously destroying not only the divinity and existence of Jesus but the veracity of Paul and Peter. And, of course, if these occur the NT all but disintegrates and Christianity rapidly follows suit. The reasoning in this regard is rather simple. Adam and Eve had to have been real live human beings because JESUS ("Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning and made them male and female...."--Matt 19:4), ("But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female"--Mark 10:6) and PAUL ("For Adam was first formed then Eve"--1Tim 2:13), ("Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses"--Rom 5:14), ("The first man Adam was made a living soul"--1Cor 15:45) said they were. To say they were fictional is to say Jesus and Paul were lying. And if these two men are deceivers, all of Christianity could be fraudulent. In 2Cor 11:3 ("But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtillty....") and 1Tim 2:14 ("Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression") Paul said a real serpent tempted a real Eve. Anyone holding to the contrary simply doesn't believe Paul is a credible source. If Adam and Eve were fictional then so was Original Sin. And if it's fabulous there would have been no evil in the world and no need for Jesus to have died for our sins. The Passion, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection, would have been useless. Even more important, if Adam was fictional then so were Jesus, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David because the geneology of Jesus in Luke 3 clearly shows they descended from Adam. Real people can't be descended from a mythological figure. Noah and the Flood had to have been real because JESUS ("But as the days Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark. And knew not until the flood came and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the son of man be"--Matt 24:37-39, Luke 17:26-27), PAUL ("By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house...." --Heb 11:7), and PETER ("....when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water"--1Pet 3:20), ("and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the 8th person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly"-- 2Pet 2:5), ("Whereby the world that then was being overflowed with water perished" --2Pet 3:6) said they were. Fire and brimstone had to have rained on Sodom and Gomorrah because JESUS ("But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all"--Luke 19:29), PAUL ("....we would have fared like Sodom and been made like Gomorrah"--Rom 9:29) and PETER ("and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes...."--2 Pet 2:6) said they did. The murdering of a real Abel ("From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias--Luke 11:51, Matt 23:35), the swallowing of Jonah by a whale ("For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly"--Matt 12:40), the eating of manna in the wilderness ("your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness"--John 6:49), the punishing of Lot's wife ("Remember Lot's wife"-- Matt 17:32) and the meeting of Moses with the burning bush ("Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush...."--Luke 20:37) must be believed if Jesus is God and God cannot lie ("God is not a man that he should lie...." --Num 23:19). If Jesus is always truthful, then Moses ("For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me"--John 5:46) could not have been fictional as some liberals contend, nor could Elijah (Luke 4:25), Isaiah (Matt 12:17), Daniel (Matt 24:15), David (Matt 22:45), Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob (Matt 8:11). Jesus upheld the existence of angels (Matt 25:31, 18:10, 13:39) and a real Devil (Luke 10:18, Matt 4:7, 25:41), and his followers must believe likewise. Otherwise Jesus is a deceiver. Anyone who does not believe the Israelites crossed the Red Sea on dry land ("By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned"--heb 11:29) and the walls of Jericho collapsed ("By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days" --Heb 11:30) is simultaneously contending Paul is not credible. And anyone who claims belief in talking donkeys ("...the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet"--2 Pet 2:16) is nonsense is doubting the truthfulness of Peter. In essence, anyone who takes the Bible seriously MUST believe in a large number of incredible events or undermine not only the reliability of key NT figures but the Bible itself.


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