A perfect garden with 2 trees that enable you to either gain a knowledge of good and evil and a tree that enables you to live forever seems like an obvious sign that that story is myth.
there are old indian fables that are similar to that type of story.
and all the miracles in the bible should be an obvious…
Well, You have a choice use your great mind to figure out there is no God or submit yourself to God who is infinite and greater than you even think you are and receive revelation from him.
Why did God give man the law if he already knew man could nto follow it? God gave man the law not to make him righteous but to demonstrate to man his need for God a righteous savior.
There are TWO trees in the garden.
One is the tree of life that if you eat of it you will live forever.
There are two trees in the garden. These two trees have more than a literal meaning. We are told that The tree of knowledge of good and evil is forbidden.
The day Adam eats of it he will surely die.
The tree of life is also in the midst of the garden if they eat of it they will live forever.
These two trees are obviously more than trees.
What is the knowledge of good and evil?
Where could a man gain knowledge of good and evil?
We get our knowledge of good and evil from God.
The law that God sent down to Moses is the knowledge of good and evil.
Why would God’s righteous law kill man?
Because man could not live up to God’s righteousness.
It is also the reason there was a tree in the midst of the garden called the tree of life.
This is God’s mercy.
This story Moses tells is of he two natures of God his righteousness and his mercy.
It is the story of man and his fall from God’s glory and God’s plan of salvation.
Why did God give man the law when he knew man could not be perfect under the law?
The law reveals man’s need for God and for salvation our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is a tree of life in the midst of this garden.
No genius, You brought up the scriptures.
Some parts of the Bible clearly are mythological but others do not read at all like myth. Some parts of the Old Testament were quite obviously written to be historical records, and can be fitted in with external historical sources. The books of Maccabees, from the Septuagint, for instance, correlate with the writings of the historian Josephus.
With the New Testament, it is abundantly clear that the authors were not writing made up stories but were writing what they believed to be true accounts of recent events. There are frequent points where the authors state things like ‘This is the evidence of a witness’, or ‘there are many witnesses still alive’. In the preface to St Luke’s Gospel he states ‘it seemed good to me, having followed all things closely for some time past, to to write an orderly account’.
CS Lewis, who was an academic expert on the subject of myths, as well as an atheist who converted to Christianity, had some interesting things to say on the subject. I quote from his essay ‘Myth Became Fact’:
“The heart of Christianity is a myth which also became fact. The old myth of the Dying God, without ceasing to be myth, comes down from the heaven of legend and imagination to the earth of history. It happens – at a particular date, in a particular place, followed by definable historical consequences. We pass from a Balder or an Osiris, dying nobody knows when or where, to a historical Person crucified.under Pontius Pilate. By becoming fact it does not cease to be myth: that is the miracle.”
The Bible is much more than the first few Chapters of Genesis.
Even if you take the Garden of Eden story figuratively rather than literally, you still have the essence, that sin came into the world. It is very similar in some respects to certain myths, Pandora’s box, for example. But the elements of a holy God and an embodied force of evil are probably unique to Judaism.
The miracles are not to be taken lightly. The whole benefit of knowing God to the chosen people was that he was a God who worked wonders for his people, such as parting the Red Sea. Later, Jesus Christ claimed that it was because of the great signs that he performed that no one could doubt him without denying God: “If I had not done among them the works which no one else has done, then they would have no sin; but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father.” (John 15:24)
Without the miracles, there is no reason whatsoever to believe in Jesus or the Bible. The thread of supernatural events runs from Genesis to Revelation. If you cannot accept them, than Christianity is foolishness to you. But if you want to be sure, try asking. “Ask and you shall receive.” God will not be put to the test, but he answers any heartfelt prayer of a sinner.
so why should i listen to you? and why are some of the things in the bible real existence. maybe you need to stop been ignorant and stiff necked. judgment will come no matter what. and by the way. be careful not to mock God. he’s the worst enemies you can ever have.
and by the way. you know what Charles Darwin’s last words were :”oh my God” how could such a man ever say this after all he’d done in his life?think dude think.
what! oh boy. prehaps there has been some rumor about that bit of his life and you’ve accpeted what you want to believe. but don’t look at what i’m doing. look at what you’re doing.
How come you celebrated Thanksgiving anyways, even though the white man obviously wiped out most the tribes of Indians, killing men women and child alike?
Things we hold as true for our lives are not always true for others. Even some 500 years later, I’d imagine that some Native Americans see it as a mournful time.
One man’s miracle in the bible makes him categorize it as mythology, another man’s as divine. What does it matter to you, anyways?
It relies upon on the range of faculty and how the curricula of the college is prepared. in case you attend a private Christian college then they don’t evaluate the Bible to be mythology. If Greek Mythology isn’t listed less than non secular study, then it makes tutorial experience.
How is it that you are so young, yet you think you know so much more than people who have lived many years longer than you, and have so much more knowledge and wisdom than you??
There is ot enough space here for me to go into all the ways and reasons you are wrong, but, take it from someone older and wiser than you, – You don’t even know the correct questions to ask yet, so you certainly don’t have a lock on all the answers.
Oh, by the way, if you don’t want us to quote Scripture toyou, why are you asking us so many questions?
Go in peace.
And always remember: — Jesus loves you!!
there is profound evidence that humans believed god was the mother of the universe long before thoughts that god could be male and those old blokes wrote the bible
any serious study of world scriptures will reveal that many of the so called ‘truths’ in the bible are borrowed from much older scriptures than the bible
many ‘bible stories’, such as the birth of the first son who was born of a virgin, crucified and rose from the dead are found in other scriptures…one of the oldest being the mother goddess Cybele giving birth to the first male, Attis
since patriarchy and misogyny took control and women disempowered many ancient stories of the Great Cosmic Mother of Creation of all things have been suppressed
the bible is so obviously totally whacko to rational thinking so it really makes me wonder too how anyone can so blindly adhere to it as ‘gospel’
Because the Bible is not mythology, that’s how come.
Gasses that appear out of nothing and begin swirling around; a giant explosion caused by… what? A planet forming from this magical explosion; independant life forming through a series of “accidents” that can reproduce itself…
it all sounds like a myth, to me.
even if it is a fable, you’ll have to admit its grip on people’s hearts is quite beyond that of any bestseller at any point in history (the hotel industry alone took care of that part). i wish i could explain myself in more reasonable terms, i really do, but i’m not as sophisticated as to be able to subject the metaphysical theme to the sort of practical scrutiny this would require. this type of question always boils down to whether a belief in God can be compatible with reason and logic, and, by implication, intellectual integrity. i know too, that circular logic is seen as a waste of time. until we can have compatible value systems, one man’s piece of factual evidence will be another’s piece of satanically-inspired debris.