Re: GEN 1-11: Beyond the concordist debate

From: JW Burgeson (
Date: Thu May 09 2002 - 10:59:24 EDT

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    Jan wrote, in part: " The faithfulness of Jesus Christ in taking upon
    Himself the punishment for our sins is basic, denying it means that the
    person doing so is not a Christian."

    Now you have a new definition of who is "in" and who is "out."

    I do not understand the fundamentalist mindset that comes up with
    prescriptive definitions like this. I really don't.
    "Basic for a definition of "myth" is that it is a "lie" that is
    not faithful to the God of Scriptures."

    That is a pretty tight definition of the word "myth." OK, for the purposes
    of this post, I'll accept it. All that means is that I have to substitute
    "folk story" for Gen 1-11. And, I will define "folk story" in this post as a
    story which is true, i.e. is meant to convey a spiritual truth, without
    being necessarily factual.

    Sort of like the folk story Jesus told about the Samaritan.
    The statement was made: "Realize that the Biblical authors were humans who
    could make errors." Jan replied:

    "No, I don't think so. If that is so, than I have difficulty talking with
    them. I do think, however, that copying and translations may bring in

    Again, a fundamentalist mindset coming through. I can see you must have
    great difficulties with some parts of scripture. You must assume a lot of
    errors in copying & translation.

    I have seen the argument from a KJV only friend that all the errors were
    corrected in the 1611 version and that no errors now exist (or ever existed)
    in that version. He argues that God would not have allowed errors to
    accumulate forever.
    Please do not misunderstand me. I think it perfectly OK for a person to be a
    fundamentalist; even a YEC. Such are my kinfolk in Christ as much as anyone.
    But I do think that holding such a view is potentially dangerous to one's
    faith and witness. Probably not in an ultimate sense though.


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