Saturday, July 31, 2010

Creation of Man - The Christian Worldview


Adam, the first man, was created on the sixth day of dust from the ground (Genesis 2:7). Eve, his helper (Genesis 2:18), was created from one of Adam's ribs (Genesis 2:21). Adam and Eve were the first human beings to walk on this planet. All humans are descendants of Adam; God did not create other humans alongside of Adam and Eve to help them populate the earth. In the book of Acts, the apostle Paul explains to the men of Athens that God made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth (Acts 17:26)

Once again, those who believe God created the world in six symbolic days are faced with a problem. Denying the truthfulness of the historical account found in Genesis 1 affects the very foundations of the gospel. Theistic evolution must deny the historical figures of Adam and Eve and replace them with the first two beings evolved far enough to be deemed human. Not only does this invalidate Scripture's clear description of the creation of Eve, but it also means that there was death before the fall. But according to Scripture, there was no death before the fall, all were vegetarians (Genesis 1:29-30). Death is the penalty for sin.

A symbolic view of the days of creation also contradicts other passages in Scripture. In addition to Paul's explanation that all men are descendants of Adam (Acts 17:26), Paul viewed Adam as just as historical of a figure as Moses (Romans 5:14) and Jesus Christ (Romans 5:15). The evil of sin relates directly to the gospel. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:22). Because of Adam, we are all by nature children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). Adam is the "first Adam," but Christ is the "second Adam" (1 Corinthians 15:45). The genealogies in Scripture trace from Adam's genealogy directly to Christ's (see Luke 3:23-38). Also, the book of Jude leaves no room for a symbolic Adam, stating that Enoch lived in the seventh generation from Adam (Jude 1:14). Jesus Himself quotes from Genesis in Matthew 19, stating that God who created them from the beginning made them male and female (Matthew 19:4).

The fall of Adam affects everyone because all humans are descendants of Adam, thus the gospel is needed. Acceptance of evolutionary philosophies allows for no clear start to humanity, therefore it must alter the reason for the current sinful state of humanity. Even more, it makes Christ and numerous other writers of Scripture liars for referring to the account of creation in "literal terms".

2 comments:

  1. >Once again, those who believe God created the world in six symbolic days (so that they might mesh Christianity and evolution) are faced with yet another problem. Denying the truthfulness of the historical account found in Genesis 1 affects the very foundations of the gospel.

    Not necessarily. Paul didn't have the same access to scientific evidence as we do today, so simply because he regurgitated a widely accepted text doesn't make it true.

    >Theistic evolution must deny the historical figures of Adam and Eve and replace them with the first two beings evolved far enough to be deemed human. Not only does this invalidate Scripture's clear description of the creation of Eve, but it also means that there was death before the fall, something which contradicts Scripture, which clearly indicates all were vegetarians before the fall (Genesis 1:29-30).

    So? Why should we take an ancient text as guidance for scientific proof? Would you take an essay written in 1900 on the structure of the atom and consider it true? Of course not, and much less something written by a then-nomadic people of the Middle East.

    > A symbolic view of the creation account also contradicts numerous passages throughout Scripture. [etc.]

    This can be argued against by my first point.

    >Acceptance of evolutionary philosophies allows for no clear start to humanity, therefore it must alter the reason for the current sinful state of humanity.

    Neither so with the acceptance of literal biblical creationist philosophies. "17 Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech. 19 Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah" (Genesis 4:17-19). How could there have been this many people already? Gestation takes 9 months and unless Eve gave birth to numerous children at the same time (which is extremely unlikely given the lack of modern medicine) there was no way there could be enough inhabitants for a city. Besides, incest would result in very likely physical deformations within the majority of the offspring; the process of evolution would hence begin as those with better physical traits would be favored for reproduction over those that were deformed.

    >Even more, it makes Christ and numerous other writers of Scripture liars for referring to the account of creation in "literal terms".

    First point again. They're not "liars" - they simply didn't have the same knowledge we do today.

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  2. >So? Why should we take an ancient text as guidance for scientific proof? Would you take an essay written in 1900 on the structure of the atom and consider it true? Of course not, and much less something written by a then-nomadic people of the Middle East.

    "The God who made all of creation, who is worthy to be trusted, and who designed the laws of physics and all the materials in the universe, is surely intelligent enough to know when and how He created the universe" (quoted from my post on the age of the earth).

    The Bible obviously can't describe the creation of the universe (due to when it was written) using terms which were invented in the modern era. And as for scientific evidence for creation, miracles have no natural explanation. God created the universe out of nothing, a supernatural act.

    And while the early people of history may not have had electricity, it's certainly demeaning to think they were dumb and incapable of understanding. Actually, you quoted the passage concerning Cain building a city yourself, the early people of this world certainly were not dumb.

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    On your objection concerning there not being enough people to build a city: First, the Bible does not give any specific times concerning how long or when this city was built (the only thing which can be deduced is that it was built sometime within Cain's lifetime, of which lasted several hundred years, a safe estimate certainly being that Cain lived at least 500 years- Seth, one of Adam's sons lived over 800 years).

    Certainly by the 300th year of history the population was very large. You can do the math as well as I can. But if you wish to read of this in more detail this may be of some help: http://ldolphin.org/popul.html

    Whatever minor physical deformation may have occurred, they must have been minor. Remember, Adam and Eve were directly created by the perfect God and thus would be far superior to the humans of today. This seems pretty clear since they lived several hundred years longer than us. Incest was not prohibited by God until much later in history when mutations and such were becoming much more common.

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