Dr. George Grant discusses the importance of a literal Adam & Eve and the scriptural evidence for them.
DEL: There’s something deeper associated with what happens to a culture, to one’s worldview, if you remove a literal Adam and Eve. Is that what you’re saying?
GEORGE GRANT: Absolutely. If you remove a literal Adam and Eve, that changes the whole shape of what history is and how history is remembered. The apostle Paul understood the events of the early chapters of Genesis as formative not only for our understanding of history, but for relationships between men and women and their children, the character and nature of marriage, and rightness and wrongness in moral relations including sexuality. All of that is assumed from those early chapters of Genesis, oftentimes quoting the passages verbatim.
DEL: And when Jesus was asked the question about marriage, He pointed them back to that historical record.
GEORGE: He did. And He quoted Moses specifically as a historical figure who actually said something that was recorded in the historical account.
DEL: It seems that even Peter is taking that event of the flood, for example, as a historical event and laying it in the context of what he’s pointing to a judgment that will come. So even judgement is a part of understanding that historical record.
GEORGE: And if you take away the metaphor that Jesus and Peter both used of the flood as a way to understand the doctrine of salvation, you start to lose a grip on everything that the Bible is intended to show us, to teach us, and to shape in us.