Since I do not believe in original sin(I do not believe it is literal based on my reading of Romans), I think it is really unimportant.
So my next question would be, why did Christ have to die for us? You probably know where this is heading based on the obvious answer to this question.
We do have very compelling evidence that it is important. Churches that no longer stand on Genesis are far more likely to have liberal theology. When you start to compromise on any part of GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s word, it puts you on a slippery slope to the next compromise, then the next, then to the next, and ultimately many of these churches end up denying even the resurrection! Churches that accept abortion, churches that allow H*mosexual pastors, churches that deny the resurrection (which means they are no longer Christian), all have one thing in common - they reject a literal, historical Genesis. They reject the very foundation of the Bible, a book that is quoted from and referred to more than any book in the Bible, a book that contains every major doctrine in the Bible Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the law, the gospel, marriage, why we wear clothes, etc.Psalms 11:3: If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?
I have no doubt that Genesis 1 is divinely inspired, but if the seven days are ltieral, why would God rest on the seventh? He has no reason to rest, except to set an example to man.
I agree, He has no reason to rest, so there must be a message here - He established the pattern for our work week as given in Exodus 20:9-11, a pattern that has carried forward to this day. If the days were not real but allegory, how do you explain this in light of Exodus 20:9-11?Exodus 20:11 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
Finally, if the historical account in Genesis 1 is not really history but allegory, why should we believe the historical account of the resurrection? Why canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t that be allegory also? Hebrew scholars, many of whom are not religious and thus have no inherent bias, readily admit Genesis 1 was written as an historical account. I think it goes without saying that the resurrection was written as an historical account. How can we justify accepting one as history but not the other?