Were Adam and Eve real people?

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1I guess the simple answer is yes . . . but let me try to explain.

The Bible makes it quite clear that Adam and Eve weren’t just some made-up characters used to explain away the problem of sin. Jesus himself taught that God created one man and one woman (in Mark 10, verse 6) and talks about Abel, a son of Adam and Eve, in Luke chapter 11, verse 51. So, was Jesus wrong in his beliefs? Or did Jesus know there were no actual Adam and Eve and he was simply matching his teaching to the beliefs of the people (in other words, lying)?

Jesus, as God’s perfect Son, wasn’t wrong and he wasn’t lying.

The Bible clearly presents Adam and Eve as real-life people who lived in a real-life Garden of Eden. They literally turned against God, they literally believed the devil’s lie and they were literally thrown out of the Garden (Genesis chapter 3, verse 24). They had real-life children and passed on the problem of sin and being against God to all of them. And that problem was passed down all the following generations to us today. Thankfully, God promised a real-life Saviour to save us from this real-life problem (Genesis chapter 3, verse 15). That Saviour is Jesus Christ, called the “last Adam” (1 Corinthians chapter 15, verse 45), who died on a literal cross and literally came back to life again. Those who trust in Jesus will have literal salvation and spend forever in a literal heaven. The Bible doesn’t tell made-up stories for us to learn from – it tells real-life stories so that we can know God for ourselves.

— Chris, an Our Daily Bread reader

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