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THE INFIDEL WHO DIDN'T KNOW THE BIBLE
September 22, 2004 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The following is an excerpt from An Interpretation of the English Bible (a 13-volume commentary on the Bible) by B.H. Carroll (1843-1914)
Some years ago in San Angelo I was the guest of a cultivated gentleman who, by the way, was an avowed infidel. He evidently wanted to involve me in a discussion of infidel points. I saw on his mantle Tom Paine's Age of Reason.
I picked up the book and said, "Sir, this is the book that first led me to distrust infidelity."
I showed him in the first volume of that book, which was written in a French prison when he had no Bible before him, and then in the second volume of the book, which was written after he escaped from the prison and had a Bible before him, the same declaration to this effect: "If the account of Genesis about the Garden of Eden, and the talking serpent, and Adam and Eve, and the flood are to be regarded as history, why is it no other Old Testament book even so much as alludes to these things as facts?"
I read that statement to my host. He said, "How did that cause you to distrust infidelity?"
I said, "I would not have distrusted it so much if I had found it in the first volume only, when he had no Bible, but when I found it in the second book, which was written when he had a Bible, it made me know that there was no accuracy or reliability in any statement that he might make."
My host said, "Do you question that statement?"
I said, "I can find four hundred allusions in the Old Testament books to what Tom Paine says there is no shadow of an allusion."
Adam is mentioned by name 10 times outside of Genesis. See Deut. 32:8; 1 Ch. 1:1; Job 31:33; Lk. 3:38; Rom. 5:14; 1 Cor. 15:22, 45; 1 Tim. 2:13, 14; Jude 14.
Eve is mentioned in 2 Cor. 11:3 and 1 Tim. 2:13, and in both passages the historicity of Genesis 3 is authenticated.
Satan is referred to as that "old serpent" in Rev. 12:9 and 20:2.
In Mark 10:6-8, Jesus referred to the historicity of the marriage of Adam and Eve as described in Genesis 2.