The Book Of Genesis: Myth, Allegory or Truth?

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I used to own an old Catholic bible. In the introduction it explains the Catholic view that some of the book of Genesis is filled with symbolic narratives that communicate divine truths. This is akin to telling a fable that speaks of something that is true. They do not believe the story of Adam and Eve is historical, but rather, was an attempt by the Hebrews (Jews) to try and explain how life began. They also deny Noah’s Ark and the Flood on the same basis that there isn’t enough historical evidence. So they toss it all in a box labeled: allegory. Whatever happened to: we walk by faith, not by sight? Jesus said in His prayer to the Father: “Thy word is truth.” He didn’t say only a portion of it is. Does God waste His time telling fables? The apostle Peter says He does not. (2 Peter 1:16-21) What about the burning bush? Or Lot’s wife turning into a pillar of salt? Should we dismiss them too because of lack of evidence?

Origen, a scholar who taught allegorical interpretation in the early 3rd century and whom the Catholic church considers one of the greatest Christian scholars of that time, if not of all times, wrote:

“Who would be so childish as to think that God was like a human gardener and planted a paradise in Eden facing the east, and in it made a real visible tree, so that one could acquire life by eating its fruit with real teeth or, again, could participate in good and evil by eating what he took from the other tree? And if the text says that God walked in the garden in the evening, or Adam hid himself under the tree, I cannot think that anyone would dispute that these things are said in the figurative sense, in an effort to reveal certain mysteries by means of an apparent historical tale and not by something that actually took place . . . . “ (First Principles – 4: 16 by Origen of Alexandria)

Fr. John Echert  of EWTN Catholic, wrote:

“The matter of the historicity of the some parts of the Bible, especially the first eleven chapters of Genesis, is complicated. Even accepting the basic premise that the Bible is free from all error, since ultimately God is the Author and cannot deceive, is not to insist that all parts of the Bible are intended to be read without a consideration of the genre or type of writing. Some parts of the Bible, especially some descriptions in Genesis, may not have been intended by God as strictly historical works, as we judge historical truth.”

Why doesn’t he just come out and say in plain English that he reads these stories allegorically? Catholics are fond of saying that parts of Genesis are symbolic narratives. The definition of symbolic is: allegory, figurative, non literal. The definition of narrative is the practice or art of telling stories or tales.

While there are figures of speech throughout the scriptures, such as when Isaiah wrote: “all flesh is grass,” The literal point remains: life ends, we die. The text will usually indicate when a passage is a figure of speech by its context or the use of “like” or “as.” In other cases, when symbolic language is used, one can understand the literal sense behind the symbol. This is the way we interpret the book of Revelation. For example, we know the word Lamb (capital L) always refers to Christ. But this is not the same thing as saying that the story of Adam and Eve is just a symbolic narrative.

One of the deceptions of satan is getting one to believe that the Holy Scriptures is filled with myths, half-truths and allegory that much of it cannot be taken literally, much less, seriously. No wonder the Roman Catholic Church is not sola scriptura. It is a monstrosity of a religious organization, built on pagan practices and man made traditions. Since it believes it is the New Israel, it will not be able to rightly divide the word of Truth.

7 thoughts on “The Book Of Genesis: Myth, Allegory or Truth?

  1. Satan’s plan which they bite into hook, line and sinker began in the Genesis 3 with Eve being deceived in the garden and the questioning of God’s word.

    This is what God originally said to Adam:
    “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
    (Genesis 2:16‭-‬17 KJV)

    Then Satan comes along and institutes his plan that is still running rampant today, he gets Eve to question and change God’s word by asking one little question, “Yea, hath God said?” She adds to what God said to me”neither shall ye touch it”, subtracts from it by leaving out the graciousness of God with the word “freely” in relation to what they can eat. Then she waters the Word of a good down by says “lest you die.”. Satan comes back with the kicker by out right denying God’s original word by saying “shall not surely die”.

    “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
    ” (Genesis 3:1‭, ‬3‭-‬4 KJV)

    Man has run with Satan’s plan ever since and the result is always the same, they question the word (how do you know there are no errors in it, this can’t be literal, history doesn’t support it, did God really mean that?), Then get creative and mathematical with it adding, subtracting, and watering it down before just plain old denying it. They won’t admit that instead saying it’s allegory but ultimatey it’s denying it. They can do this easily now because they have no final authority. They do not believe we have the preserved word of God in existence today but flawed and error ridden copies and translations. They call God a liar by saying He did not and could not preserve His word as promised numerous times in Scripture, Psalm 12:6-7 for example:

    “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord , thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

    When they don’t believe God kept His word then they fall into Satan’s hands and get to work attempting to destroy it with claims of allegory, enlightened interpretation, multiple versions in each language, treating it like guidelines not the word of God, making it about man not God. And with all the modern Bible versions after KJV they can do so easily as they make thousands of critical changes to the Word that had been handed down faithfully since the time of Paul. They leave out the blood which pays for our son, then they soften sin to be minor, leave out the deity and Sonship of Christ, the Trinity is weakened or removed, historical accounts are fictionalized and some even say Lucifer (Satan) is Jesus Christ. It’s pathetic and disgusting really and when you think about it sorta scary because the vast majority of Christendom, not just Catholicism, falls into this camp, Satan’s camp.

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    1. Amen. Very, very true. It’s been long over due but Christians need to come out of these false churches/denominations/religions. So much false teachings out there. We need to hold steadfast to the faith. Many are being deceived and many are the blind leading the blind. We see this in posts on here everyday.

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  2. While you speak of your Catholic upbringing, you should be aware that many denominations struggle with Genesis and Revelation. Be careful not to pick on one group, as many debate these issues, often causing more division than unity in the Body of Christ.

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    1. Hi dg, thanks for commenting. Exposing false teachings/teachers/religions is the responsibility of every Christian. The apostle Paul makes that clear. As a former Catholic of 18 years, I am well familiar with the teachings of this religion. I don’t know about the many denominations, nor was I ever a member of any Protestant church, although I attended several. There is no reason for any Christian church that is rightly dividing, yielded to the Holy Spirit and filled with believers, to have difficulties with Genesis, Revelation or any other book of the Bible. It is God’s word for us and He wants us to understand it, to know His will and how to obtain salvation, etc.. I marvel at how many churches refrain from teaching Revelation and dismiss parts of Genesis as well.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Damon. Churches have lost their way for years now and many are apostate or heading there. Seems the only true church are the ones in homes and small groups, although there are Grace churches cropping up little by little here and there that believe in all of the bible and use the KJV.

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      1. You’re welcome for the comment. The Lord knows the heart, no matter what ignorance people tend to get caught up in within the idolatry, apostasy, heresy and error. Let us pray for the misguided. A loving heart towards all, and a longing to see His truths revealed to them is what we should practice as His. Some people just don’t know the facts.

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