There are amazing discoveries in ancient manuscripts that confirm the teaching that God created the heavens and the earth and how He did it. The earliest of writings are the Sumerian cuneiform writings found in ancient Mesopotamia. There are classes a person can take to read the tablets. The language is known as Akkadian. It is so exciting to go back as far as the earliest written language and discover that they too have an account of Noah’s flood. It may not be word for word as in Genesis but the timing and the writings do not conflict. There is a lexicon that can be downloaded online for free if you are interested in doing some translation to read some of the ancient texts for your self. Although you could just skip it and read the English versions but then what would be the fun or challenge in that? http://www.sumerian.org/sumerian.pdf. You can just download it to your desk top. While though I may not agree with all the Genesis account written into the Epic of Gilgamesh. I do find it interesting. I don’t have to believe everything I read. I can as a rational being with intelligence though glean some important facts that validate Biblical experiences and add to my knowledge bank.
Personally, if a pastor cannot read at least the Greek New Testament from the original text or interpret it then he is not worth my time. I want to know more and more about the text in its original language. My opinion counts though where I am concerned and personally I vote with my feet when I feel my valuable time is being wasted. It takes a while to dress and do my hair and drive some place on a weeknight or Sunday. So in the words of the New Testament Writer….I want to make my calling and election sure. I am not going to rely on anyone else to tell me what I need to do to be saved. I want to make sure it lines up with the Bible and I want to read it for myself. I am not wasting my valuable time or life based on opinion. I need hard facts.
“ Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:10 & 11
In Jesus ,
Dana Klein, Pastor, Acadian Lighthouse Church, Kaplan, La