Originally Posted by RICKY RASPER
I believe the books of the bible should be read in context. Genesis is clearly written as an historical account. Adam and Eve are not metaphorical figures neither are their children. The linage of Christ and Mary are directly traced to them. People often look at the world around them and state with great incredulous disbelief that the world could not be created in seven days. Have you ever stopped to wonder why the lunar month is exactly divisible by seven? If God had so wished he could have created the Earth and all within it in a second.
For what it's worth I do believe in the "real presence" as Paul's words in their context could mean nothing but "real presence".
Your Brother Richard
Actually, Jesus' own words leave no room for anything other than Real presence, in context.
Context is important. I agree with you there too. However it is important to remember that, in context, numbers can be symbolic or metaphorical. I know that the number 40 was a vernacular expression in the ancient Jewish culture for "a lot". Therefore, when we hear about "40 days" in the desert, or "40 days" of rain, or "40 years" in the desert, it could very well simply mean 'a long time', history notwithstanding. I also have no issue believing that the Earth and all of creation could have been instituted by God and completed in a micro-second.
The Church does in fact hold as required belief that Adam and Eve were real individuals, and not allegorical figures. No real ultimate point to this post I guess, just a few thoughts.