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Unformatted text preview: 1 The Fall, Original Sin, and the Depravity of Man Lecture 16 Genesis 3:1-7 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, Indeed, has God said, You shall not eat from any tree of the garden? The woman said to the serpent, From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die. The serpent said to the woman, You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. Views of Genesis 3: Legendary Myth The style of the narrative is taken to be poetic. The story is incredible and thus not historical. The account is a quaint attempt to explain human behavior. It is a myth of a primitive people, not to be accepted by the modern mind. STORY REALITY no connection Views of Genesis 3: Timeless Religious Myth Though the account is myth and is not historically true, it is a myth whose explanatory power is still valid today. Genesis 3 is properly to be regarded as a true myth that, though Eden is on no map and Adams fall fits no historical calendar, that chapter witnesses to a dimension of human experience as present now as at the dawn of historyin plain terms, we are fallen creatures, and the story of Adam and Eve is the story of you and me. (A. M. Hunter, Interpreting Pauls Gospel , 47) STORY REALITY STORY explains Views of Genesis 3: Historical Fact and Truth The account . . . bears the marks, both in form and substance, of a historical document in which it is intended that we should accept it as actual truth. (Keil & Delitzsch, The Pentateuch , 137) By the action of one man in a historic, space-time situation, sin entered into the world of men. But this is not just a theoretical statement that gives us a reasonable and sufficient answer to mans present dilemma, explaining how the world can be so evil and God be so good. It is that in reality, from this time on, man was and is a sinner. (Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time, 61) STORY REALITY STORY...
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