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Jesus refers to creation and flood as though they were literal

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Jesus refers to the Genesis creation and The Flood as though they were literal, which shows that those stories were, in fact, literal. For example, in Mark 10:6, Jesus affirms that "... from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female." (KJV)

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  1. Mark 10:6, in context, is teaching about divorce. Jesus uses the Genesis creation story to illustrate his point in verse 9: "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." This point can still stand even if the reference verse 6 was allegorical. Just because Jesus refers to scripture, doesn't demonstrate that the scripture was intended to be taken literally. This is reinforced by what Matthew records for the same event (Matthew 19:4) "Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female", showing that Jesus is using what the audience would have read in scripture of Genesis, rather affirming what actually happened at creation, to illustrate his point.
  2. When Jesus mentions the Flood (Matthew 24:37–39, Luke 17:26-27), he is using it as an simile to the second coming. Even a fictional story could be used in such a way, just as a forbidden romance could today be likened to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. There is again no reason to assume that Jesus is actually affirming the truth of Genesis.
  3. This assumes that the texts of the New Testament accurately document Jesus' words. Not all people (or even all Christians) agree on this point; only those that do will find this claim convincing.
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