I’m so beyond tired of hearing from people who have been around the church all their life, and have even read most of the Bible, who still have a problem after YEARS of teaching, with the literal-ness of the miracles of the Bible.
Why do you have a problem with a literal genesis? Or Job? or Jonah?
The answer is found in the answer to another question:
How big is your God?
Besides the gobs of hermeneutical support for a literal genesis, including the fact that Jesus preached on it as being literal (Mark 10:6) and so did many other church fathers; there is the whole “this is exactly the way God works…” thing.
In Jeremiah, God states “I am the God of all flesh…” then asks the question, “is there anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27).
In 1 Corinithians 1:19-25, it basically states, the wisdom of man is foolishness to God, and God takes the wise in their “wisdom”, and the “foolishness” of God is wiser than the wisdom of men.
(read the whole passage-it’s awesome-especially verse 21 : “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”)
The reason people try to view genesis as poetic is because they have an “intellectual” problem with reconciling creation with evolution.
I submit to you, the problem they really have is that they don’t know God. or at the most, they don’t know him well enough!
He is utterly capable and it is exactly His nature to do the things listed in the bible LITERALLY!!! That’s the heart of who God is!!!! He’s in the business of blowing your mind! Don’t believe it? That’s exactly the problem, unbelief is sin; repent and be converted and become like little children. I’m pretty sure Jesus said you can’t experience the kingdom of God unless you do that first.
Matthew 18:3 – Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.