Was There a Fall?
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Author:  paulrace [ Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:40 am ]
Post subject:  Was There a Fall?

My Creationist friends insist that if you don’t take the account of Adam and Eve (in Genesis 3) literally, you’ll never be able to explain to people why they need Jesus. So in their theology, it isn’t enough to believe that Jesus is God and that He died for our sins - you also have to believe in a literal six-day creation and a literal serpent in a literal garden before you can even be saved.

Unfortunately, some of my less literal-minded friends - even a few who call themselves Christian - are doing everything they can to prove my Creationist friends right. They dismiss the early chapters of Genesis as myth. Consequently, to them we don’t need salvation, really - we only needed Jesus to model the “Golden Rule” and give us the “Blessed are” speech.

My friends who have no religious leanings at all lump the early chapters of Genesis in with “Cinderella” as interesting folk tales that have no bearing whatsoever on our “real lives.”

I disagree with all three perspectives. . . . READ MORE by clicking the following link:

Author:  paulrace [ Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Was There a Fall?

Here's a question: Is it possible to believe you're a sinner and you need God in your life without believing in a literal 6-day creation? One person who did so was C. S. Lewis. I almost hesitate to list him here, because there are a lot of nut cases willing to call him a satanist because he had unicorns and other mythical creatures in his stories. But Lewis CERTAINLY believed in a "sin nature," and in hell and in the divinity of Jesus and in salvation through faith in His sacrifice. Just saying that those are the BIG things we need to tell people about. If it takes new believers a while to get around to seeing that the Genesis account - literal or prophetic - is more SOLID than the "facts" about evolution (which are completely overthrown every decade or two), I doubt that will keep them from Paradise.

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