Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Reliability of the Chronicle of Adam

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

It is easy to wonder about the accuracy and reliability of biblical history, what with the events happening such a long time ago and all. People disagree about events in much more recent history such as the World War II, for example. How do we know that the oldest narrative it correct?


People may wonder how Moses knew the events of Genesis so he could write them accurately.
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Yes, I'll allow that it's been a mighty long time between then and now, and things are very different. People may think of those games where one person tells another down the line, then it turns out that the last person hears something very different from the original story. Well, isn't that how we received the biblical texts? They had oral transmission until someone got the notion to invent writing, so mayhaps the Eden account was a bit fouled up before Moses commenced to setting down the events? That's a fair question.

Hold up a minute there, Hoss. 2 Timothy 3:16 NIV tells us that Scripture is God-breathed. (Many translations are less direct, using the word inspired.) Even if writing did not exist until long after the events of Genesis, we can still trust God that God has given us the truth.

The idea that writing did not exist until after humans had existed for a few hundred thousand years is based on Darwinist presuppositions. Even people who reject evolution may also accept the notion that there was no writing from the beginning.

Biblical creationists have made a compelling case that writing (as well as language and intelligence) existed from the beginning — Adam and Eve were created with everything they needed to survive in the newly-minted world, including the ability to write.  Dr. Ben Scripture had a podcast where he affirmed that he also believes that Adam (and later authors) write some materials which were preserved until Moses edited them. He also had some other interesting things to say. I hope you'll spare 13-1/2 minutes and give it a listen.



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