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Signs and Promises of God

 

 

Of the sign of the rainbow, Lutheran reminds us that:

“This sign should remind us to give thanks to God. For as often as the rainbow appears, it preaches to the entire world with a loud voice about the wrath which once moved God to destroy the whole world. It also gives comfort, that we may have the conviction that God is kindly inclined toward us again and will never again make use of so horrible a punishment. Thus it teaches the fear of God and faith at the same time, the greatest virtues… Let us, therefore, be reminded by this sign to fear God and to trust Him, in order that, just as we have escaped the punishment of the Flood, we may also be able to escape the punishment by fire.” [Luther’s Works, Vol. 2: Lectures on Genesis: Chapters 6-14, (Genesis 9:20)]

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Genesis 1–11 and Ancient Myths

How are ancient myths to be understood in light of Scripture, and vice versa? The article, “Is Genesis 1–11 a Derivation from Ancient Myths? – Answers in Genesis,” helps give an answer.

The question is not only, “which came first?”, but more importantly, “which is true?”  Some would , I suppose, try to redact the various ancient myths with the Bible in order to try to get at the “original” account, but doing so only denies the possibility of the full veracity of any of the accounts.

But as Steve Ham writes, the Bible is either all true or all false.  If the Bible is only part true,  then which part is God’s Word and which is not.  Rather than try to interject and interpose our opinions and thoughts on what the Bible means, or how we are to “take it,” first ask the question, “What does it say?”  What does the Bible say, and what does  the Bible say of itself?

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