Genesis Question .......

@lena2000 (2392)
Belgium
September 1, 2007 5:07am CST
How important is it to take the book of Genesis as literal truth? For example, do you have to believe in a 6 day creation and Noah's flood? What are the consequences if you don't?
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@lancingboy (1386)
• United States
3 Sep 07
The book of Genesis has two different creation stories in the first two chapters alone. These two stories are taken from an older society's myths. I believe the second story starts in Genesis 1:22.
@AndriaToh (1268)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 07
Genesis 2:4, actually. But they are not separate creation accounts. The first chapter is a general account, and the second focuses on the beginning of human history.
@AndriaToh (1268)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 07
Genesis 2:4, actually. But these are not conflicting creation accounts. The first chapter is a general account. The second does not cover the general creation, instead focusing on the beginning of human history in the Garden of Eden.
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• India
1 Sep 07
There are some things that must be taken literally because the text demands that. However, I sincerely believe that Genesis account of creation never demands us to believe in literal days. Just because one does not believe in literal account that not make a person less Christian.
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@lena2000 (2392)
• Belgium
3 Sep 07
I think one must accept the Bible in its totality as the inspired word of God. Or, one must reject the Bible as a work of fiction. However, I don't think that accepting the Bible as God's word means that we totally understand all that is written. There are many mysteries to our faith.
• India
28 Sep 07
I believe in the Bible in its totality...yet since there are different writing styles in the Bible one must sincerely try to understand the writing and context and so on to understand the meaning or we get wrong interpretation. does Genesis 1 demand an interpreter to interpret it literally? Not so.
• United States
1 Sep 07
thats an easy one if you know the facts first the flood covered the known world at that time wich is a Lot different from the world as we know it today!second as for the world being made in 6 or 7 days look further in scripture to (2Pet.3:8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. so you see the lord looks at time in a much different way than we humans do!
• United States
1 Sep 07
in second peter its a thousand years not days so you see one can almost accept the scientific explanation as well
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• United States
2 Sep 07
Peter was exactly right. God who is infinite exists apart from the confines of time. A thousand years may seem like forever for us finite beings but instead of comparing time against time like we do, God compares time against eternity so naturally a thousand years are LIKE (key word) a day. For an all powerful God who can comprehend eternity and who created time for us, a MILLION years are LIKE a day. Why this is used to justify thousands of years or whatever for creation I have no idea. That would be a very long evening and morning as it states.
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@Kaeli72 (1230)
• United States
4 Sep 07
Well, you do bring up some interresting points, however, there is one thing I feel I must point out that is very important: the creation. G-d created things in each of the six days. After each day, he saw that his creation was good. However, on the seventh day, he had blessed and sanctified them. Translated from the Hebrew words, this is what "Blessed" and "Sanctified" means: H1288 ???? ba^rak baw-rak' A primitive root; to kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration), and (vice-versa) man (as a benefit); also (by euphemism) to curse (God or the king, as treason): - X abundantly, X altogether, X at all, blaspheme, bless, congratulate, curse, X greatly, X indeed, kneel (down), praise, salute, X still, thank. H6942 ???? qa^dash kaw-dash' A primitive root; to be (causatively make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally): - appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, defile, hallow, (be, keep) holy (-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify (-ied one, self), X wholly. Now, G-d must really think highly of the seventh day because it is written in the Torah and the 10 Commandments to keep holy the Sabbath day, which is the seventh day...Saturday. Jesus observed this Law as did the very early Christians. Jesus always did say that he came not to change any of the Laws.
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@lena2000 (2392)
• Belgium
4 Sep 07
As a Christian, one needs to take the Bible as truth because it's the foundation of our entire faith. However, not all truth in the Bible is literally true, and only context will determine if something is literally true, or if it's metaphoric or figurative, or whether it's merely quoting somebody who's stating their untrue opinion. The trouble with the first 10 chapters of Genesis is that it's couched in a lot of ostention, and it has been assembled in such a way as to make a theological point rather than teach a chronological history lesson. That makes for some ambiguity. There are many true Christians who don't believe that the Bible supports a literal 7 day creation. From that sense, no, it's not of the utmost importance to believe in a literal opening chapters of Genesis. We are not omniscient, so there will always be some doubt in anything we beliebve. The important thing is to make a good faith effort to discern what God wants us to know. If I reach out to God in faith for guidance, and I feel that God has guided me to believe in a literal Genesis, then I need to stick with that until I feel God has told me otherwise. However, if I feel that God has led me to believe in a metaphoric Genesis, I need to stick to that, as well.
• Philippines
3 Sep 07
Literal truth doesn't follow believing it literaly. The bible cannot be understood literaly. the truth within can only be understood with a guiding spirit. text in the bible are considered an ecryption of the truth. you have to decryp it before you can understand the whole meaning of the words. 6 day creation and noah's flood doesn't just told us a story but it tells something that is beyond our own way of understanding. accept the gifts that God give us through the Holy Spirit and soon you can understand everything and even speak the language of God the no man can understand. have a baptism with the Holy spirit and change your life.
@sunshinecup (7881)
2 Sep 07
I view Genesis as folklore and not something to be taken literally. I know many do, but I don't. I think God had no reasons for telling us how he created the world. We just need to know he did, and I think that is good enough.
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• United States
2 Sep 07
Consequences? Do you mean religious consequences? Or non religious consequences?Will you lose a position in the public school system if you believe in literal truth of the Book Of Genesis? I don't think so , just as long as you don't try to teach it in your classroom.Or could you teach at a religious school even though you beleive in Evolution? I don't think so, just as long as you don't try to teach it in the classroom.But if you meant religiously? I don't think so.Just because you believe in evolution doesn't mean you are not religious.
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• United States
1 Sep 07
If that's what the Bible states, then you take it as literal truth. Did God literally create the Earth or not? Well, he tells us he did and explains how. As far as the literal days he used to create the Earth and establish our current time as we know it he states in Genesis 1:5 "And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." How can anyone confuse this with thousands of years or any length of time longer than the 24 hour day we have? A good site to go to would be www.answersingenesis.org They answer many of the questions you may have about creation and such.
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@AndriaToh (1268)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 07
I believe that Genesis should be read as a historical account of the world's creation. It is not as if one can 'lose' their salvation if they don't take it literally though.