Michael and Lisa Gungor of the Christian band Gungor
An award-winning Christian singer is being blasted this week by the head of Answers in Genesis after the performer suggested Jesus may have been wrong about the creation story, or possibly even lied about it to fit in with popular culture.
“I think you’re making a lot of assumptions based in a perspective that was handed to you from our culture, and the way we think in the modern world is very different than how people thought in the pre-modern world,” Gungor said during the program.
“To just see a few words that somebody said, that Jesus said about Noah, and you assume that you can get into Jesus’ mind and know exactly how he thought about the whole situation, and how He considered history versus myth versus whatever – how do you know?”
“And even if He was wrong, even if He did believe that Noah was a historical person, or Adam was a historical person, and ended up being wrong, I don’t understand how that even would deny the divinity of Christ. The whole idea of the divinity of Christ being fully human and fully God, that God lowered Himself to become a human being with a human brain, in a human culture with human language and human needs and human limitations,” he explained.
“The point is it wouldn’t freak me out if He was wrong about it, in His human side. But I still don’t see the issue. If Noah and Adam were mythical ideas, the point of what Jesus was saying still applies to me. … It has very little to do, in my perspective, with Jesus trying to lay out a history of the world for a historical-minded people. … Even if Jesus knew that Noah and Adam were mythical, but knew He was talking to people who thought they were real, that’s another possibility. Jesus was just referring to a story he was part of to these Jewish people that know that story,” added Gungor.
Jesus Himself talked about people and events recorded in the Book of Genesis, stating in the Gospel of Luke, for instance: “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all” (Luke [17:26]-27).
Gungor, who previously believed in biblical creation before accepting the concept of theistic evolution, now thinks the creation account in Genesis is merely a poem.
“So to take the poem of Genesis 1, for instance, and try to make it into a science textbook is to just, is to kill the thing,” said Gungor. “Now, I say poem because that’s actually what it is. The way it’s lined up and divided, with repetition and the days, how they’re ordered, it is a poem. So, I think it absolutely has amazing value, and I think it has for billions of people for thousands of years.”
Written by JOE KOVACS
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