Can we trust that Adam and Eve and the Flood are historically true?


This past Sunday during Equip U, one of the things we talked about is how we can trust the flood account and the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible. 

We can look at science and archaeology.  I think you can make reasonable, well thought out arguments for the historical accuracy of those accounts, but the best way that I know of for a Christian to know whether those accounts are true rests in the person of Jesus.  Here is what I mean; Jesus claims Adam and Eve were real;

“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Mark 10:6-9

Jesus knew his Bible extremely well and He was quoting Genesis 1:27 and 2:24.  He makes it clear that God created them and we can reasonably draw the conclusion that He knew they existed.

Jesus also talked about how there was a literal flood in the days of Noah.  He used this as an example of coming judgment on the earth in Matthew 24:37-39;

37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Jesus doesn't shy away from the account of the flood, He says they were "all" taken away by the flood.  If you go back to the account in Genesis 7, you will see the all He is referring to, is all mankind. 

Here is the thing, Jesus claims to be God and the people tried to stone Him for it because claiming to be God as a Jewish person was a crime punishable by death.

30 I and the Father are one.” 31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” 33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” John 10:30-33

So if Jesus is God, and God cannot lie (Titus 1:2 - in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time...) then Jesus has to be telling the truth.  If Jesus is lying, then we are in big trouble.  If He is not God and He lied, then what else has he lied about.  The most outrageous claim of Jesus is that He can forgive sins and give life.  This came through the cross and resurrection.  If He lied about that, then, as Paul says;

14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 1 Corinthians 15:14-19

Our faith is useless if Christ is a liar, and we should be pitied by all people.  But Christ did rise from the dead, and if that is the case, He is not a liar, and He is God and if He is God and can't tell a lie, then Adam and Eve and Noah must have existed.

So first put your trust in Christ, then, all the other arguments start to be dealt with, because Jesus does not lie.

You might ask, aren't the stories of Jesus just fabricated?  In the Next Post, take a look at this hypothetical conversation between Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  What in your mind seems most reasonable or plausible?

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