“The Bible is full of allegories; you can’t believe it as literal.” This is what many people say when the Bible is discussed in the public arena. “I believe in God, but why can’t evolution be the way he did things?” Well, my thoughts on this are if God didn’t create everything in six literal days, as it is written in Genesis 1 what else is in the Bible that isn’t to be believed?
It is my belief that the truth is the truth and if you start to pick it apart or add and subtract from it we end up with something other than the truth. I believe that is what is called a lie. You mean to tell me you believe there was a man named Noah and his family that built a boat, filled it with animals and survived a worldwide flood? You believe a man named Jonah was really swallowed by a whale and was spit out on land three days later and lived?
When I hear detractors to the stories found in the Old Testament my response is to question them based on the New Testament. I would say back to them “Do you believe Jesus was born of a virgin? What about this whole resurrection thing, do you really think Jesus Christ was raised from the dead after being in a tomb for three days or is this just more allegory?” You see we can’t pick and choose which of the Biblical accounts are to be taken as allegory or literal. Our job is to believe God’s account and if we can’t trust huge portions of the bible what part can we trust?
One reason to believe these stories as literal is because Jesus did. He said, “And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man.” He taught there was a real man named Noah. He also said, “Just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Jesus spoke of these Old Testament stories as literal and used them to teach of his own death and resurrection.
One more source of contention is the belief in a literal man and woman named Adam and Eve. Are we to believe God really created one man and woman from which we all came? My thoughts on this are as follows. The Apostle Paul taught about Adam as a real person and traced our sinful heritage to him. He said, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.” He also told us “The first man, Adam, became a living soul. The last Adam (Jesus Christ) became a life-giving spirit.” Paul believed in a literal Adam and Jesus; and saw them as the two “heads” of the human race. We are either in Adam or in Christ. If Adam isn’t to be taken as a literal person maybe our sin isn’t literal either. Therefore the whole need for a savior isn’t necessary either.
Upon a careful search of the New Testament I believe you will discover it confirms all of these, so called, Old Testament allegories to be true. One more proof Adam was a literal person is in the genealogy found in the third chapter of the Gospel of Luke. It traces the lineage of Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father, all the way back to Adam. If he wasn’t a real person then this means all of the people listed in Joseph’s family line must be allegory too. So Joseph isn’t to be taken as literal maybe Jesus isn’t literal either so in essence we might as well throw out the whole thing.
This leaves all of us to create our own story about how we came into being, why we are here and where we’re going. This sounds like the same reason we’re in the mess to begin with. Do you remember what the serpent said to Eve? He said, “Has God said?” Of course for those that think this whole thing is allegorical I suppose you can make up your own reason as to why we’re in the situation we’re in, but as for me I choose to believe what is written. Sin came in because man doubted God which led to disobedience. “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie.” When we are left to ourselves to make up our own story it will never end well. I pray that you will look into these things for yourselves. There is a reason why the Bible has remained while all of the theories of man have continued to change year after year.
Written by Louie