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Most Christians donít believe the Bible. In particular, they
donít believe that Adam and Eve were real people in a real Eden
deceived by a real serpent. Most Christians believe that this part
of the Bible is a folk tale with only symbolic meaning at best.

There is a fundamental problem with that (un)belief.

The Bible says that the natural world is cursed because of sin. It
says it here:

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the
voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I
commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the
ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of
thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and
thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt
thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast
thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

And it says it here:

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because
of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also
will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious
liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation
groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

The Bible says that before there was sin, animals didnít kill and eat
other animals. The intent of God, therefore, is a sinless world
where there is no killing at all. Those who donít believe the Bible
are left with a theological dilemma: If nature is murderously
violent and God made all things, how is God good?

This is the dividing line between those who believe the Bible and
those who donít. Logic forces Christians who donít believe the
Bible to admit that violence in nature is really a good thing. They
accomplish this by saying that death creates more space, or that
death paves an evolutionary path for nature to improve itself.
The minority Christians believe that death is bad and that it is our
sin that curses nature and causes death Ė not God. The fault lies
with us, and God is good without excuses.

Do you cringe when a sleeping baby bird is pulled from its nest
and devoured by a raccoon? Or do you like it? Thereís your
dividing line.

Death is bad. Thatís why we cry at funerals.

So letís be clear: we ought to believe the Bible not only for logical,
evidential, and scientific reasons, but for theological reasons as
well.

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