Do you believe in Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden? Talking snake, etc?
Yes....and here's why. I believe that God did create man in His own image...but that doesn't mean He looks like us. That's just an archaic holdover by the literalists. Image means character and attributes. We were created to reveal the character of God, but got sidetracked.
And I have no problem believing that God could produce Eve from Adam's rib. We know every cell contains the total genetic map for the entire person. We also know that bone marrow is one of the most fertile areas of cellular reproduction. so, in actuality, God simply did what science is validating on a daily basis.
Oh, and did He form Adam from the ground? Every element discovered in the earth has been shown to be in man at approximately the same ratio as the overall ratio in the planet. Water is the most prevalent, and we are 70% water, etc. Trace elements-trace amounts. Go figure...
Talking serpent? Why not. Anybody with a Yorkie knows that dogs communicate with us still.... Porpoise research shows they have a language, as do whales, which are both kingdom Animalia and mammals. Is it really a stretch to believe that before Adam abdicated his place of dominion that this communication was more credible?
No I don't believe in that stuff. It's a metaphoric description regarding some rather silly beliefs.
I used to tolerate religions as silly emotional comfort of ignorant peoples. Now I absolutely despise religions and religion, in general, is at the top of my enemies list.
If the religious types think I'm mean and nasty then they will understand how I feel about them.
I am a baptised Catholic, but since growing up have disowned the religion. I've come to believe that all in all, Genesis was a way in which Scholars felt that the uneducated masses would understand what they call the sacred creation of life. Basically, it's a metaphorical story, meant to emphasize the power of God and our need to worship him.
So to answer your question, no I don't believe in it any more than any other fictional story.
Yes, I do.
I do believe that God created mankind and that we were simple. We were so simple that we were decieved.
Where I might differ, is in the form of deception.
Yes, I believe in God and in demons. Yes, I believe.
Might there be more to the story as a whole? Yes, I make way for that also.
Eve was Adam's second wife - we aren't told the name of his first.
Also: in Genesis, you will find this statement, 'there was giants in the land in those days'. That 's all you get - no explanation.
Another anomaly concerns the 'sons of god' being attracted to the 'daughters of men' - there is no explanation as to who these characters were or how they came to exist.
The Garden of Eden itself is derived from the 'Garden of the Hesperides,' of Greek myth. The tree that bore the golden apples: apples that bestowed infinite wisdom and eternal life upon those whom partook of their flesh, was located here. It was protected by a serpent. This story predates Genesis by at least 500 years.
of course not. it's another story to make the bible more interesting but it makes no sense. eve wasn't even adam's first wife.
Yes, I do. I am LDS and the 8th article of faith states, "WE believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
While some plain and precious parts were taken from the Bible the story of Adam and Eve and the talking snake are true.
Yes, I do.
Nowhere in the bible does it say there was ever a talking snake.
Before all this occurred, he was called a serpent, and he didn't crawl on his belly...and there is a lot more to the Garden of Eden then meets the eye. Like what and where it was.
The English translated bible lost so much
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