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Friday, January 6, 2012

Genesis – Is It Poetry? – By: Ken Ham – answersingenesis.org

          Did you know that Christians who don’t believe the book of Genesis and who deny there was a first man, Adam, are actually undermining the gospel?
          Genesis is written in what’s called “historical narrative.”  It’s not poetry or written with symbolism.  Genesis teaches that Adam was a real person.  He spoke to God, for example; Adam even got married.  Furthermore, Adam is in the genealogy leading to Christ.  So, of course, he was a historical person.
          And that’s not all.  Christ Himself talked about Adam being a real person.  In Matthew 19, Christ said that they were there at the beginning of creation.
          Lastly, the apostle Paul in Romans 5 wrote that death came from Adam, and that we all die because of his sin.  Think about it: how could we inherit our sin condition from someone who never existed?
          If we deny the historicity of Genesis, then we cut the tie between Adam and Christ, a connection which is so vital to the gospel.  Thankfully, Adam’s descendants (all of us) can receive salvation through Christ.
          Of course, you don’t have to believe in a six-day, 24-hour creation as recorded in Genesis to be born again.  But to the consistent, Christians should accept Genesis as history, because it’s where the gospel begins.
 Adapted from the January 16, 2012 broadcast of the Answers … with Ken Ham radio program.  For a listing of the several hundred stations that carry the program, visit www.AnswersInGenesis.org/radiolog
Or contact Answers In Genesis at www.AnswersInGenesis.org for other creation resources.

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