No, I don't.
The reason why is because the bible was written by man. The vast majority of believers however would say man wrote the bible using God's instructions.
I believe there were some false prophets, men seeking to control the masses, politicians, or those with a hidden agenda or bias of some sort that had some input into which gospels/books were "canonized" to be included in the bible and those to be left out.
One of the reasons there are so many different branches under the Christian faith is because various groups could not (agree) on "the truth". The 21st Century did not invent corrupt ministers or thieves in the name of God. They have been here since the beginning of time!
Ecclesiastes 7:20 "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not."
The creation story was handed down to man from God. Therefore I believe that if God said it, then that settles it. And if God said it, then there is NO WAY to prove Him wrong.
Man has been known to twist God's words or misinterpret them. It's also noteworthy to remember much of the bible was passed on orally for hundreds of years before being compiled. A story starts off one way and by the time the last person gets it...
Beautiful, graceinus, but too often personal interpretation misses spiritual Truth. What did God actually say? If you depend on the literal, you die; only through the spirit do you gain life (2Cor3:6).
Yes, it is in the HOLY Bible, there are many groups that do not want people to believe it and in their ignorance and disbelief purport that creation is not valid, not The Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is divinly inspired by HOLY men of old. People want to attain a HOLY state and use many mind control tactics on people who are ignorant enough to fall for them. Cults usually have a diluded view of creation which gives them mental power of brainwashing to the innocent, sometimes, yet not always innocent. The Holy Catholic Church, does believe in it and even if they did not say it is true I still believe it since it is clearly pointed out in Scripture. I am happy as a Roman Catholic, people do not understand the Faith, there is much persecution. Anyone who wants to find GOD is usually persecuted by the New Age Factions in our Country.
I do not think the creation story can be taken literally. What was a day in God's time. Was it 24 hours or 24 million years.
There are actually two creation stories in Genesis, tthe Adam and Eve story everyone knows and a second account that says "God Created Man" not a man and not the man and not a man with a name. I see this as mankind and consequently womankind. We tend to think of the Garden of Eden as an enclosed placed. The whole world could had been part of paradise. When Adam and Eve, or man and woman, were expelled from the Garden, maybe we had to start over, going back to our prehistoric beginnings. This is a theory and does not alter my belief that God created the universe, the world we live in as well as the humans and animals that occupy it. I am just not sure about the time involved, the size of Eden and whether God created one man and one woman or created mankind.
Yes, it's reliable, but not in the sense of a literal reading.
Biblical literalists are using a physical crutch and miss the spirit of scripture.
Those who have had experience with miracles know that the lag between asking and receiving is zero. Of course, since we live in a physical universe, the receiving can be spread over several moments or more, but it starts instantly.
Genesis 1 was God's "asking." God's "day of rest" was the receiving and this receiving has been ongoing for more than 13.7 billion years. Genesis 1 took place in zero time -- outside of time.
2 Cor. 3:6 warns us not to depend on the literal, but to dig for the spirit of scripture. When you expect to find hidden wisdom, it evokes the Holy Spirit and puts a damper on ego (that which clamors to be "first").
The first few chapters of the Bible are more thematic than sequential.
Take Genesis 2-3, for instance. The Garden was a spiritual place, not a physical one. Homo sapiens was created as a result of the need to rescue God's lost children and they became lost at the end of Genesis 3.
The Bible also makes it clear that the crimes of the guilty shall only be paid by the guilty (Ezekiel 18:18–20). And yet we are told repeatedly that we are burdened by the sins of Adam and Eve. Conflict? Not at all when you realize that Adam and Eve are purely symbols for all of God's lost children -- and that means you, me and all the rest of us. That was us in the Garden. We did the crime and we're paying the time. When we take 100% responsibility with humility, love and fearless confidence in the Lord, then we can be free of the burden of ego. This is what following Christ is all about.
The entire Bible is all about a Rescue Mission. If you understand the Bible's creation story through spirit, then miracles become easy. And that's a reliability that counts more than anything else.
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