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I decided the whole Bible was all true in the manner it is written after learning piecemeal confirmations of individual portions of it. I started reading it through as an agnostic teenage member of a church-going, rather lukewarm family. In the words I heard Walter Martin use when asked on the radio if he really takes the Bible literally, I "take the Bible seriously." To decide whether a passage is intended to be believed as history, I consider how it is written, what kind of test it is connected to, how that connection is made and what the rest of the Bible says about it.
Compare Genesis and Revelation again. The Genesis stories link chain-like in a fairly simple historical progression from an initial non-industrial created pair to report many social and technological developments over many centuries, without any suggestion anywhere in the Bible that it was allegorical. Some fragmentation is there, as would naturally happen when historians have new information to preserve whose connection to the ongoing thread is not real clear or is tenuous. In allegory such asides typically are made to have a clear spiritualization. No such thing occurs in Genesis. The reader is clearly intended to believe it as history.
Revelation begins with a declaration of where the writer was when he experienced what he recorded. He may have felt he was physically receiving the impressions from real happenings through eyes, ears, nose, and skin, or had sensations simply delivered to his mind in a seemingly concrete manner while his body stood overcome by the input. God is capable of producing all those scenes and events, whether physical or virtual input to John's mind. The creation, in real matter, of all of it just for John's learning, or its real prior existence in heaven, or the simple manufacturing of the impressions in John's head, or a combination of those, could be the reality of the experience. In any case, most of the impressions are clearly described either as having a spiritual connection to some reality on earth, (Lampstand to a church) or as allegorically being something else (a city, kings, hills). Overall, it is given to John as a representation of realities of history, of his present time, and of the future. Some impressions may have been as close to the natural physical facts as human senses could report, but throughout Revelation the clear message is that allegory, simile, and representative relations are used to express what John is to say. What he describes seeing we need not doubt that he saw. The way that individual passages happened (or will play out) in our created realm is not presented as simple photographic history.
Thus, while the interpretation of Revelation logically must identify subjects presented in one way but experienced very differently on earth, Genesis' intent is plainly to be understood primarily as direct history.
The events of Genesis 1 through 11 are remarkable, But the main character, God, is a fully sufficient cause, and a credible witness.
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