Monday, 28 October 2013

Is the Creation Story Literal or Symbolic

There isn't anything in the creation story in Genesis chapter one that necessarily indicates the text wasn't meant to be taken literally.

Even the snake story can be taken literally. I can believe that Satan was somehow able to use a snake to speak to Eve, perhaps similarly to how a donkey spoke to the mad prophet in the Book of Numbers.

Exodus 20:11 also seems to make it clear that the heaven and earth were included in what was made on the first day, not in some different ephoch of time prior to the first day:

"For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it."

Even if by by some stretch these texts can allow a non-literal interpretation, they certainly don't necessitate it.

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