a) is the talking snake not in Genesis? Is that not an account of the Lord rather than a testament of a disciple? As such, if the Lord says that a snake talked, then that snake talked. If a gospel says that Jesus' cross spoke, then OK maybe that's ventriloquism. In any respect, if someone thinks every animal in the world sang cumbaya on a boat for a month or so, I don't imagine they'd have a problem with snakes talking.
1) Yes the talking snake is in Genesis.... but the one who made it talk is identified in the book of Revelation ( reference to this below), if an Angel can manufacture a human body why would making a snake talk or....never thought of this but....manufacture a snake for that matter and occupy it and talk up a storm. If there are spirit creatures that as the bible says are superior to humans in intelligence and in the order of things...this is not hard to get, unless one just does not want to. And yes Jesus even quotes from this account as do other bible writers (under inspiration 2 tim 3:16) to this account as not being some cute story but is vital to understanding the plight of man and his fall into sin, the problem is few understand the account and the clergy of Christendom has reduced it to a myth....cowering to intellectuals....and not being able to defend the account or its significance....fall back on the cute story idea because they do not get it. The bible is without a doubt able to defend itself but obviously there is the need for two things for this to take place....someone who can show how these things connect and a willing participant ( not a gullible or blind one, but one with an open mind and an open heart...so yes, I do....as Jesus did...... believe that this account is factual.
"the lord".....'if the Lord says.......
Who are you saying that you think this is..."the lord" Jesus or someone else?
Revelation 12:7?And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled 8?but it did not prevail, neither was a place found for them any longer in heaven. 9?So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.
I would be happy to explain further as to why this account is not a "story" and central to why I believe the Bibles prediction about a great change will come one day....soon, I hope.