"Were there really such people as Adam and Eve? Did they actually have children, Cain, Abel and Seth? My preacher says there were no such persons." Granted, no archeologists have yet discovered the bones of Adam and Eve. Apart from the Bible there are no documents that will prove that Cain murdered Abel.
C. O. T., Grosse Pointe, Michigan
But there is concrete, irrefutable proof everyone of these people actually lived! There is a legal record of the murder of Abel, the trial before a judge of the accused murderer and the testimony of WITNESSES, and the sentence of Cain (Genesis 4:8-16).
That legal record is YOUR BIBLE!
Jesus Christ accepted the testimony of the Biblical record as authoritative.
The Bible is the only bona fide record which has been preserved DOWN TO OUR DAY telling of the lives of Adam and Eve — of the birth of Cain, Abel and Seth. It mentions what sort of personalities they had, the highlights of their lives and times in which they lived. Christ's own physical genealogy was reckoned through Seth back to Adam. Physically, Adam and Seth both were Christ's ancestors.
Jesus knew that Abel existed — that he was a historical person. Jesus referred to Abel's murder by Cain. Notice what Christ said to the false ministers of His time: "That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from THE BLOOD OF RIGHTEOUS ABEL, unto the blood of Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar" (Matt. 23:35).
Either Abel existed as a flesh-and-blood mortal human being, or Christ is made a LIAR! And if He were a LIAR you would have no Saviour. Your faith is all in vain!
God has given us His Word, the Bible, to teach us what we could not discover for ourselves! The Bible is INSPIRED by God (II Tim. 3:15-16); it is God breathed, for that is what "inspired" really means.
If one will not accept the Word of God and the words of Jesus Christ, then how can he call himself "Christian"?
The apostles referred to these early human beings more than fifteen times in your New Testament. Any minister who doubts their existence need only check a good concordance to PROVE whether or not they actually lived.
The question you face is this: who and what is your authority — men or the Bible?