A real garden, or a parable that can teach something about human nature?
Some people say that the Garden of Eden is just a parable, to teach us some moral truths and that it never really existed.
But in the Bible we are always told whether something is a parable – an invented story, or whether it is a true story:
Jesus told them another parable ‘The Kingdom of heaven is like …” *
Or it is quite obvious that the story is not meant to be taken literally: Jotham climbed a mountain and shouted out:
…One day the trees went out to anoint a king for themselves….’ **
There is nothing in the Garden of Eden story which tells us that it is a parable or a fable. Also Adam is mentioned in the New Testament 9 times and Eve 4 times, and each time they are treated as real people who lived at some point in history. The writer of Genesis also gives 15 geographical facts, eleven of which have been written in the present tense. For example:
‘…land of Havilah where there is gold…’ ***
So these things must have been real and known to the writer.
FACEBOOK has its doctrine. Doctrine contrary to popular opinion, is not legalism. What is church doctrine? Doctrine is just the working essentials for getting things done. Facebook has it, Twitter has it and so have you. Doctrine determines:- Identity, Authority and ability…
Why do so many people look down on anything old these days? When looking for revival it is Biblical to look back. But we are constantly told that everything is ‘improved’ and ‘new’. Why is that, because these things couldn’t have been perfect to start with! But God’s work is perfect. He can’t be improved, neither can His works. We can be such an arrogant generation!…
Here is a bottle of fizzy drink. The label says: “SUGAR FREE.” So “Sugar Free” means it’s not sweet? Wrong! What is truth? It is very sweet because there’s loads of what they call ‘artificial sweeteners’ in it! So labels and adverts can be TRUE, and yet still be MISLEADING…
Is God distant? A ‘Force’ for good? An old man with a grey beard? What is God like, well throughout the Bible God is spoken as: a real person, a King giving orders and a Master workman carrying out his designs and purposes…
When we ask the question; ‘What is God like?’ We immediately hit a problem. Why? Because God fills the universe, He’s in all places at any given moment. He is also outside of time. Everything from the beginning of eternity, to the end of eternity, is set out in front of Him. All knowledge and wisdom that is to know, He knows, and lots more besides that…
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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:16-18
All quotes from the Bible are from the New International Version unless it says otherwise.