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Is Genesis a Myth?
The New Testament has many proofs that Genesis is not a myth for it contains at least 60 references to Genesis 1–11. Jesus and the writers of the New Testament presented Genesis as literal history. Here are some of these references:
He talked about Abel whose blood was shed (Matthew 23:35).
He declared Satan to be a “murderer from the beginning” and the father of lies—referring to the Fall (John 8:44; Genesis 3:4; Romans 5:12; 1 John 3:8).
He referenced Moses’ writings (including Genesis) as genuine history (John 5:46-47).
He talked about the “days of Noah” and the Flood as an actual historical event (Matthew 24:37-39).
He compared Capernaum to Sodom (Matthew 11:23-24).
He treated persons, places, and incidents in Genesis as if historically real. Here is a sampling of some of his allusions:
He quoted Genesis 1:3 to note how God caused light to shine out of darkness (2 Corinthians 4:6).
And quoting Genesis 2:7, he said Adam was the first human being on Earth (1 Corinthians 15:45).
He said that Adam was made from dust (1 Corinthians 15:47)—as Genesis records.
He stated that a woman is “from” (ek—out of) man (1 Corinthians 11:8,12), referring to the fact that Eve was literally taken out of Adam’s body.
He identified Adam and Eve by name, noting that Adam was created before the woman was created, and also noting the deception to which Eve succumbed (1 Timothy 2:13-14), which occurred via the “serpent” (2 Corinthians 11:3).
He claimed that God’s deity and attributes have been evident “since the creation of the world” (Romans 1:20).
He mentioned the watery mass at Creation (2 Peter 3:5).
He regarded the Flood as an actual historical event, mentioning Noah by name and specifying the number of survivors as eight, and the Flood’s extent being global (1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5; 3:6).
He mentioned Lot and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (2 Peter 2:6-9).
He referred to Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac (2:21).
He mentioned Cain, Enoch, and Sodom and Gomorrah (verses 7,11,14).
He noted that Cain murdered his brother because of his own sinful actions (1 John 3:12).
Even the book of Revelation, though highly figurative, nevertheless contains numerous allusions to Genesis that indicate an historical understanding of the book (e.g., chs. 10:6; 20:2; 22:2).
To claim that the book of Genesis is merely a compilation of fables and stories, rather than actual history, is to suggest that the beliefs of Christianity are dependent on fairy tales. If the stories of Genesis did not historically take place, the New Testament writers—and Jesus Himself—were untruthful because they referred to the events of Genesis as being true.
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