Cardinal George Pell, head of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Sydney, Australia, says Adam and Eve didn’t exist. Appearing alongside atheist Richard Dawkins on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Q&A program, Pell said the Bible’s account of Adam & Eve “is a very sophisticated mythology to try to explain the evil and the suffering in the world.” He said it is impossible to say when there was a first human, referring to his belief that man evolved from the animal kingdom. The foolish “cardinal” thus turns the Bible into a fairy tale and makes the prophets and Jesus Christ out to be either deceived or liars. Adam is mentioned by name 31 times in the Bible. He is treated as an historical man by the author of the Chronicles (1 Chron. 1:1), Job (Job 31:33), Luke (Luke 3:38), Paul (Rom. 5:14; 1 Cor. 1:22, 45; 1 Tim. 2:13-14), and Jude (Jude 14). In Matthew 19:4-5, Jesus quoted Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24 and stated unequivocally that God created the first man and woman. If creation is not literal, the fall of man is not literal, and Jesus Christ and the cross and salvation make no sense.
(Friday Church News Notes, May 11, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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