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Jesus refers to creation and flood as though they were literal (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Jesus refers to creation and flood as though they were literal (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.

Claim CH102.2.1:

Jesus refers to creation and flood as though they were literal, which shows that those stories were, in fact, literal.

Source: Morris, Henry M., 1974. Scientific Creationism, Arkansas: Master Books, p. 204,246,253-254.


CreationWiki response: (Talk.Origins quotes in blue)

1. Jesus's referring to traditional stories does not mean those stories were literal. People today refer to "the boy who cried wolf" and "blind men examining an elephant" and other stories the same way. Yet they don't consider those stories to be literally true. Their value, and the value of the stories Jesus refers to, is as stories, not as historical record.

The context of Jesus' references to creation and flood show that He was referring to them as actual history. This was particularly the case where He gave a reference to Creation as a basis for marriage, which makes no sense unless it was literal history. People can refer to fictional events to illustrate a point, but not as a basis upon which to build an argument. Jesus was doing the latter.