Antediluvian Revelation -- By: Melvin Grove Kyle

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 087:347 (Jul 1930)
Article: Antediluvian Revelation
Author: Melvin Grove Kyle

Antediluvian Revelation

Melvin Grove Kyle

Any consideration of the Bible in its Setting calls out insistently for the setting of the Prot-evangelium in that antediluvian world.

Archaeology has as yet not done much more than listen at the door of that ancient world. Yet some snatches of sound have come from within and there is hope that ere long the door may be opened and we may learn how much Adam, Abel, Seth, Enoch and Noah knew of God and his ways with men. Crude polytheistic accounts of early religion are found all over the world that seem like some monstrous perversion of the truth. One cannot read them without a suspicion, amounting almost to a conviction, that they have some historical connection with the revelation in the Garden. A Babylonian myth tells of a goddess and child and bears an almost uncomfortable resemblance to the story of Mary and the Child. The myth of Osiris in Egypt and his conflict with Set and his death and resurrection and the joining of saints in glory with him has a resemblance to the story of the Redeemer in life and death, resurrection and glory, which, on the doctrine of probabilities seems incredible, unless there be some historical connection between the myth and the Redeemer’s career. Yet this myth of Osiris was in circulation in Egypt some thousands of years before the birth of the Savior. Even the western world supplies some strange echoes of things which we think of as belonging only to revelation. The Nebraska Indians sang of the time when “The morning stars sang together,” and in the South Sea Islands the word for firmament is the Hebrew word rakiah.

It is rather surprising also that Christian consciousness postulates an antediluvian revelation, an a priori expectation that there certainly would be such a revelation. If any draw back from this idea and are disposed to deny its

existence, let them try to read John 3:16 thus: “For God so loved the world (after Abraham) that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Is such a conception of God shocking? And, if so, why? If God “so loved the world,” did he allow so many generations of world history to pass by with no announcement of such love? If the Prot-evangelium was indeed the promise of a Redeemer, can we believe that God allowed all the generations down to Noah to live and die with no unfolding of the Promise? Was Enoch the only one who “walked with God?” Was Noah the only “Preacher of righteousness,” or was he only the last one of that Age? One part of Christendom, the Roman Catholic Church, has long taught for a fact that there was an antediluvia...

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