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Originally posted by FutureThinker
I copied this statement from the OPs link, Yahoo News
"According to Genesis, God created Adam and Eve as the first man and woman and all people are descended from them."
So, is the Church trying to cover thier butts, because from the statement above, all I get is that incest took place, and thats how we all got here, that seems to be what the story of Adam & Eve is saying.
How could we have been so stupid to believe that we all came from just two humans, does anybody else get this too.
The average 70 kg adult human body contains approximately 6.7 x 1027 atoms and is "composed of" 60 chemical elements. In this sense, "composed of" means that a trace of the element has been identified in the body. However, at the finest resolution, most objects on Earth (including the human body) contain measureable contaminating amounts of all of the 88 chemical elements which are detectable in nearly any soil on Earth. The number of elements thought to play an active positive role in life and augmentation of health in humans and other mammals, is about 24 or 25.
Originally posted by dontreally
reply to post by Deetermined
And you think there is such a thing as a literal tree of life, as opposed to a tree of the knowledge of good and evil? So in your mind, these are actual physical trees - and not literary instruments conveying abstract-archetypal concepts?
Originally posted by dontreally
I think you have to be semi-retarded to insist that Adam and Eve were historical figures. Of COURSE THEY ARE MYTHS! Undoubtedly. Now, what does the word 'myth' mean to you? If it doesn't connote archetypal-metaphysical reality, then you are just not getting the significance of that biblical narrative.
The prime importance of the story is in it's mythological, or, if you will, metaphysical-ontological meaning. It's speaks about man's spiritual origin, not his material/physical origin.
Can any religious believer in the Bible/Torah really believe, in all intellectual honesty, that a tree of good and evil existed? Does this NOT SOUND LIKE A METAPHOR?edit on 10-4-2012 by dontreally because: (no reason given)
1This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
3) And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth: 4) And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: 5) And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died. 6) And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos: 7) And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters: 8) And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died. 9) And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan: 10) And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters: 11) And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died. 12) And Cainan lived seventy years and begat Mahalaleel: 13) And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters: 14) And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died. 15) And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared: 16) And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters: 17And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died. 18) And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch: 19) And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
Noah built it over a period of 100 yrs.