Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 24, 2016

Adam & the Olympics

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Citius, Altius, Fortius!
(Faster, Higher, Stronger!)

It’s the official Latin motto of the Olympic Games.

Watching the Rio Olympics over the last few weeks prompted intriguing questions in my mind:
How would Adam have fared in the Olympics?
How fast could he run?
How fast could he swim?
Would Adam have been “faster, higher, stronger” than today’s Olympic athletes?

Throughout these Rio Olympics I have heard over and over that Usain Bolt of Jamaica is the fastest man who ever lived. He has won nine gold medals for the 100 meter and 200 meter sprints and the 4×100 meter relay in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympics, easily besting the competition.

Similarly many consider American swimmer Michael Phelps the greatest swimmer ever. He has competed in five summer Olympics and won 28 medals, 23 of them gold. Both are all-time Olympic records.

But is it really valid to say Bolt is the fastest man and Phelps the fastest swimmer who ever lived?

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They are certainly the fastest in recent history, but it is not possible to know whether they are the fastest ever. For example, nobody knows how fast pre-Flood men ran and swam.

Now I cannot state for certain how fast Adam ran or swam, because the Bible does not say. But I will make an educated guess about how he would compare with today’s athletes.

Ancient Mighty Men

Genesis mentions the existence of mighty men of renown on earth prior to Noah’s Flood:
The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. (Genesis 6:4 NASB)

The Norse, Roman, and Greek legends of ancient superheroes and demigods were probably based on dimly remembered exploits of real men like these mighty men of renown of Genesis. Such men would have easily bested today’s athletes.

I think antediluvian men would dominate today’s Olympics like nothing modern man has ever seen. I think they were bigger, stronger, and smarter than men today, because they were closer to the original perfect Adam and Eve with less time for genetic deterioration. We hear sports journalists and reporters gasp in awe today at minor improvements in world records. The way antediluvians would romp through the Olympics easily winning all the gold medals would astonish beyond belief.

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How Fast Could Adam Run and Swim?

So what about Adam? How would he have fared in the Olympics?

Adam was created perfect from the hand of God. Far from being a product of a random evolutionary hit-and-miss process over millions of years, Adam was created de nouveau from scratch out of the ground by Yahweh.
(Genesis 2:7)

Adam was the Crown of God’s Creation! Yahweh created Adam in His own image, according to His likeness.
(Genesis 1:26-27)

Adam was literally God-like, in a way that no man since has been. His energy and vitality far surpassed that of people today, as he lived to age 930 (Genesis 5:5). The genes of history’s greatest athletes came originally from Adam.

Even if we don’t know exactly how fast Adam could run and swim, I think there’s little doubt that he would easily best today’s top athletes. I can imagine Adam powering his way through the Olympic events, collecting gold medal after gold medal.

Following Adam’s rebellion in the Garden of Eden, the degenerative effects of sin went to work immediately, and his descendants gradually lost what Adam had. After six sin-ravaged millennia of degeneration, it is impossible to imagine how superlative Adam was before the cumulative damages of sin and genetic defects.

Who was the best athlete who ever lived? Probably the God-like Original Man, Adam.

Questions to Ponder
  1. What other features of humanity are intriguing to consider in their pre-Fall glory?
  2. Why do you think God doesn’t tell us more about the mighty men of renown of Genesis 6:4?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 40th of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?
37. Did Adam Like Steak?
38. Could Adam Read & Write?
39. Did God Use Evolution to Make Adam?

Read the sequels:
41. Adam and the Gospel …coming soon…

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Wednesday August 24, 2016 A.D.

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
(Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 17, 2016

Did God Use Evolution to Make Adam?

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Did Yahweh use a gradual process of development (such as the one imagined by the theory of evolution) to make Adam, the very first man?

Today many Christians think that God may have used an evolutionary process to create Adam. Over the last two centuries many have embraced this view in an attempt to harmonize the Bible with the teachings of Charles Darwin and his followers who popularized the notion of man evolving over millions of years.

Did Adam come from a random evolutionary process involving millions of years of random molecules merging, incomplete life forms, gradual beneficial changes, and eons of death?

Absolutely NOT! The Genesis record emphasizes that God’s immediate evaluation was “very good” for the entirety of His work of creation:
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:31)

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An inefficient, haphazard, death-saturated process like evolution would never be described as “very good” by the omniscient Almighty Creator! Therefore death could not have been part of the original “very good” Adam-making process, as evolution requires.

Moreover, Scripture specifies that death entered the world as a result of the sin by Adam which obviously occurred after Adam’s creation:
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned. (Romans 5:12).

It is clear from Genesis that sin (and therefore death) occurred after the completion of creation. Before death was in effect, no evolutionary development could occur to produce Adam.

On Day Six of Creation Week, Genesis records that the Lord God took earth, formed the first man Adam, and breathed life into him. From mud to man by God’s own hand, Adam was created in one day with no evolutionary antecedents:
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7 NASB)

Jesus Himself also clearly taught that there were no long eras of evolution leading up to Adam. For Jesus asserted,
From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.” (Mark 10:6-9)
According to Jesus, God created Adam and Eve fully formed as man and woman ready for marriage at the Beginning, NOT after billions of years of evolution following the Beginning.

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The clear unambiguous thrust of Genesis 1 is that God created the world, including Adam and Eve, in six days by His Word. There’s no time for Evolution which would require at least millions of years.

Moreover, Yahweh designed reproduction according to kind to propagate life. Genesis specifies that God created life and provided for its orderly continuation through each kind multiplying. Ten times the historical record in Genesis 1 says “after their kind.” There was and is no evolution of one life kind to another. No kind ever developed into a different kind.

This pattern has been man’s consistent observation, without a single exception, throughout the 6,000 years of earth history. Great variation may appear within a kind, yet each kind reproduces only after its own kind. The Dog kind has great variety: wolves, Great Danes, bulldogs, foxes, Chihuahuas, huskies, dingoes. But dogs always produce dogs. Dogs never produce cats or camels or crocodiles or canaries or any other kind of non-dog life.

Thus Adam was not the result of evolution from another kind of life. Adam did not evolve from some common ancestor with apes. The human kind only produces humans, and no other life kind ever produces humans. Adam was the original human made by God’s own hand. Adam did not evolve from any other kind of life.

Did Jesus Believe in Evolution?

Jesus Himself recognized reproduction only within kind when He said, “Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they?” (Matthew 7:15-20) The logical argument Jesus was making (on identifying false teachers by their fruit) disintegrates unless reproduction of life is only according to kind; otherwise grapes might come from thorn bushes!

Jesus obviously did NOT believe in the evolution of one kind of life into another. He did not believe Adam was a product of evolution.

Evolution was not an issue in Jesus’ day. The Jews believed in Creation, because they were disciples of Moses who wrote down the Genesis account of creation. But what would Jesus have answered if asked whether God used evolution to make Adam? I think Jesus would have answered something like this:

Have you not read, “From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. The Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” Adam was the original son of God made by My own hand. (cf Mark 10:6-9; Genesis 2:7; John 1:1-3)

Worldviews Collide

Evolutionism and Creationism are directly opposed to each other, and the consequences of the two worldviews diverge dramatically. Evolutionism is sinful man’s futile attempt to explain how life arose by natural processes without acknowledging God. Sadly many Christians have been fooled and led astray through their desire to be accepted by the world and by pressure from current scientific opinion.

Scripture is crystal clear: God created Adam
from the ground on Creation Day Six. Evolution
played no part in God’s work of Creation.

The notion that God used Evolution to create Adam is a completely speculative belief. There is no historical documentation supporting such a belief. There is no Biblical basis for such a belief. There is no hard scientific evidence supporting such a belief. No scientist ever observed the evolution of a life-kind into Adam. It’s simply a belief about the unobservable past, not a historical fact. It’s a belief driven by a worldview commitment to Evolutionism. Molecules-to-man evolutionism is the God-denying religion of our time.

In a day of rampant confusion on this issue, it is vital for believers to know what Scripture teaches. We must stand firm, as pillars in support of the truth, able to articulate a logical and compelling explanation of origins according to the Word of God.

So, did God use evolution to create Adam? The answer is an unequivocal NO! Belief in evolution as a mechanism for the formation of Adam contradicts the clear teaching of both Genesis and Jesus, and slanders Yahweh’s character as well.

Scripture is crystal clear: God created Adam from the ground on Creation Day Six. Evolution played no part in Yahweh’s work of Creation. God’s people must follow the clear creationist teaching of Scripture and oppose the world’s evolutionary propaganda.

Questions to Ponder
  1. Can you think of one piece of hard, unassailable evidence that one kind of life changed into another?
  2. If Jesus did not believe Adam was the product of Evolution, what firm evidence is there to overrule Him?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 39th of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?
37. Did Adam Like Steak?
38. Could Adam Read & Write?

Read the sequels:
40. Adam and the Gospel …coming soon…

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday August 17, 2016 A.D.

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
(Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 10, 2016

Could Adam Read & Write?

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The concept of ancient man that many have is a savage, knuckle-dragging brute who communicated at best only with grunts. Reading and writing would be out of the question. Is this picture, a hoax promoted by evolutionists, accurate?

To discover what ancient man was truly like, begin at the beginning with the first man — Adam. Adam’s creation in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27) should cast immediate doubt on the evolutionary portrait.

How does Scripture portray earliest man? Could Adam speak intelligently? Could he read and write?

Adam’s Verbal Skills

Adam could talk and understand spoken language from the beginning, from the day he was created.

On the day Adam was created, Yahweh spoke to him. He commanded Adam to be fruitful and multiply and told him what to eat and what not to eat. So clearly Adam could understand spoken language; otherwise it would make no sense for Yahweh to speak to him, give him instructions, and warn him against eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you. (Genesis 1:28-29 NASB)
The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17 NASB)

Likewise, Adam himself could speak. On the day he was created he named the animals (Genesis 2:19-20). This took great intelligence and verbal skill to think up names for thousands of kinds of animals in only a few hours.

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Later that same day upon meeting Eve, Adam exclaimed:
“This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”
(Genesis 2:23 NASB)

After Adam and Eve sinned by eating the Forbidden Fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Yahweh spoke with them and they both spoke to Him (Genesis 3:8-19).

Adam named his wife Eve because she was the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20).

Eve as well could speak and understand language. She conversed with the Serpent, she conversed with Yahweh, and she said of Cain’s birth, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the Lord.” (Genesis 3:1-6, 13; 4:1)

Adam Wrote a Book!

Adam could also read and write. The first four chapters of Genesis come from Adam’s written records, as the beginning of chapter 5 summarizes:
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created. (Genesis 5:1-2 NASB)

The Hebrew word cepher (Strong’s H5612) translated book literally means writing and indicates a register, account, or history.

Moses authored the first five books of the Bible. While he wrote most of Exodus through Deuteronomy himself, he was probably a compiler and editor for Genesis. I believe he took patriarchal records handed down from Adam, Noah, Shem, Terah (Abraham’s father), Ishmael, Isaac, Esau, and Jacob and put them together, likely with some editing, to form what we know as Genesis.

Throughout Genesis, Moses credited his sources. Here are Moses’ “credits” for the records he used to compile his historical account:
Gen 5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam.
Gen 6:9 These are the records of the generations of Noah.
Gen 10:1 Now these are the records of the generations of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah.
Gen 11:10 These are the records of the generations of Shem.
Gen 11:27 Now these are the records of the generations of Terah.
Gen 25:12 Now these are the records of the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son.
Gen 25:19 Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son.
Gen 36:1 Now these are the records of the generations of Esau.
Gen 36:9 These then are the records of the generations of Esau.
Gen 37:2 These are the records of the generations of Jacob.

The credit in Genesis 5:1 is for Adam’s record. Genesis 1:1-5:1 comes from Adam’s records that were handed down father-to-son and which Noah took with him on the Ark and then handed down to his son Shem who passed them on all the way to Jacob.

Jacob’s death in Egypt is recounted in the last chapter of Genesis. Jacob’s records and those of his forebears were surely passed on to Moses (several generations after Jacob).

At his death Joseph specifically asked that his bones be taken from Egypt back to the Promised Land when the Israelites returned (Genesis 50:24-25). Moses took the bones of Joseph with him when he led the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 13:19). If the bones of Joseph were preserved for Moses to take with him at the Exodus, it’s reasonable to think that the Israelites would also have preserved the much-more-valuable records of Jacob and that Moses would have had access to them.

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The Genesis record reports that Adam’s early descendants also possessed superior mental abilities. Adam’s son Cain built the city Enoch. To build a city requires math, physics, and engineering knowledge, not to mention planning and personnel-management skills. Tubalcain, in the seventh generation from Adam, developed metallurgy. His half-brother Jubal invented musical instruments. Noah, in the ninth generation from Adam, built a huge ocean-going vessel that survived history’s greatest storm.

Despite Cain’s murder of his brother Abel, Adam apparently had a special fondness for his first-born Cain. For he kept up with him and his descendants for seven generations, as Adam recorded in his book! (Genesis 4:17-24)

Adam was no bumpkin. He was created with intelligence and verbal and linguistic skills that he exercised from the beginning. Yes, Adam could read and write. In fact, he probably invented writing.

Questions to Ponder
  1. How much knowledge, skills, and technology do you think you could learn or develop if you lived for 930 years like Adam?
  2. If you could live for several centuries, what would you want to study and learn in your second century?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 38th of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?
37. Did Adam Like Steak?

Read the sequels:
39. Did God Use Evolution to Make Adam?
39. Adam and the Gospel
…coming soon…

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Wednesday August 10, 2016 A.D.

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
(Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 3, 2016

Did Adam Like Steak?

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My favorite steak is rare prime rib, and my favorite fish fillet is grilled Cajun salmon. Did Adam enjoy these same pleasures?

Did Eve cook Adam a savory steak for their first romantic dinner together in Eden? Did she do a Surf & Turf combo, serving him a swordfish or tuna steak as well?

Many Christians suppose that Adam did not enjoy steaks and fish fillets till much later in life. They reason that the two original cows or two salmon that God made would need time to reproduce. Only much later would there be enough cattle and salmon for Adam to harvest some for food. If he ate a steak or salmon the first night, they assume the cow or salmon kinds would be finished, because they think only two of each kind were created in the beginning.

While I agree with the conclusion that Adam did not have steak or fish for dinner on his first evening, I disagree with the reasoning used to reach that conclusion.

How Many Creatures Did Yahweh Create?

How many fish, birds, and animals did Yahweh make on Creation Days Five and Six?

We know Yahweh did begin with a single pair of humans. He created Adam first, and then made Eve later in the day from Adam’s rib. Yahweh commanded the couple to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28). All subsequent humans descended from Adam and Eve through the usual human reproductive process. The Apostle Paul confirmed this in his speech to the Athenians:
He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation. (Acts 17:26 NASB)

But Genesis seems to indicate that at least with the fish, Yahweh made many pairs of each kind.
Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:20-21 NASB)

The Hebrew word translated teem or swarm is shârats (שָׁרַץ, Strong’s H8317). It means bring forth abundantly. Thus it appears that with the fish and possibly also for the birds and animals, Yahweh created abundantly and profusely to get the world started. Not only did He create many kinds of animals, but it seems that He created many pairs of each kind.

So why didn’t Adam have Surf & Turf for dinner his first night?

Adam Was a Vegetarian!

Scripture tells us exactly what food God provided for Adam to eat:
Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. (Genesis 1:29-30 NASB)

Adam’s food was plants that had seeds and fruits with seeds. It would probably never even have occurred to Adam to eat an animal. The idea would have been repugnant to him. Ugh!

Adam’s first dinner was probably salad and fruit. But it likely tasted better than any fruit or salad you or I have ever had. What about dessert? I’m pretty sure it was pecan pie, the obvious way to finish a perfect meal!

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Should Humans Be Vegetarians?

Yahweh told Adam to eat green plants and fruit, the perfect food in a perfect world. Does this mean we should all be vegetarians today?

No. After Noah’s Flood around 2500 BC, Yahweh explicitly gave man permission to eat meat.
The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. (Genesis 9:2-3 KJV)
Yahweh gave meat, birds, and fish to man to eat, just as He had originally given green plants.

So the first human carnivores were Noah’s family.

Eating meat and flesh was affirmed by the words and example of Jesus Himself. He commanded His disciples to prepare the Passover meal, and He ate it with them (Matthew 26:18-21). This was an unvarying ritual according to Divine instructions, and it included lamb meat.

Jesus also prepared fish for His disciples to eat, and He ate fish Himself.
And He said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” (Thus He declared all foods clean.) (Mark 7:18-19 NASB)
So when they got out on the land, they saw a charcoal fire already laid and fish placed on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have now caught.” Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples ventured to question Him, “Who are You?” knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and the fish likewise. (John 21:9-13 NASB)
While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; and He took it and ate it before them. (Luke 24:41-43)

In Peter’s vision he was specifically told to “kill and eat” animals and birds. (Acts 10:11-16)

Adam died over a century before Noah was born. So Adam would have enjoyed a vegetarian diet for his whole life. He never had a Surf & Turf meal. But pecan pie makes up for a lot!

Questions to Ponder
  1. Why did Yahweh add meat to the menu only after the Flood?
  2. Which meat, fish, or fowl would you miss the most if you lived before Yahweh added meat to the human menu?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 37th of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?

Read the sequels:
38. Could Adam Read & Write?
39. Adam and the Gospel
…coming soon…

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Wednesday August 3, 2016 A.D.

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
(Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 20, 2016

Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?

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What did Jesus think about when Adam was created?

What did Jesus think about the creation of the universe? Would He agree with the majority of today’s scientists that the earth is 4.6 billion years old? Did He believe the universe is about 15 billion years old?

Did Jesus think that mankind began a million years ago? Did He think life developed through an evolutionary process over the course of billions of years?

Like unthinking sheep, most people have accepted the evolutionary story of human origins simply because the megaphone of mainstream science says so. And they have rejected the Genesis account of humanity’s origin in Adam.

Did Jesus accept the Genesis record of Creation as wholly true or not? Today most people think Jesus had nothing to say on the issue. But a careful examination of some of His remarks shows otherwise.

What Did Jesus Think?

Jesus accepted the Old Testament as the literal Word of God. His respect for the OT was sky-high. He repeatedly appealed to the OT to settle disputes with the Jews. He ordered His own life by it. For Him, every “jot and tittle” of Scripture was binding. He said,
“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-19 NASB)

Jesus would never nullify or contradict anything in the Jewish Scriptures. He accepted Scripture in full. So what is the thrust of Old Testament Scripture regarding the Creation of Adam? How long ago was it?

Genesis 1 repeatedly records God’s work of completed stages of Creation with these words:
Then God said _____ … and there was _____.” (Genesis 1:3)
Then God said _____ … and it was so.” (Genesis 1:6-7, 9, 11, 14-15, 24, 29-30)

God’s evaluation of the completed stages of Creation is repeated over and over:
…and God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25)
Genesis 1 concludes with Yahweh’s summary judgment:
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31)

The Psalmist wrote,
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
He lays up the deeps in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.
(Psalm 33:6-9 NASB)

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The clear meaning of these and many other passages is that God spoke Creation into existence instantaneously. Nowhere does Scripture even hint at millions of years for evolutionary development of the world and life.

Knowing Jesus’ attitude about Scripture, it is apparent that Jesus would not have disputed, denied, or contradicted this. He would never have supported a theory of evolutionary development of Creation, because it would contradict the “God spoke and it was done” message of Scripture.

Jesus specifically spoke against annulling even the smallest commandment (Matthew 5:19). Yet one of the big ones, one of the Ten Commandments, includes the information that God created the entire universe in only Six Days. The Fourth Commandment is
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:8-11 NASB)

It is probable that the One who met with Moses on Mt. Sinai to deliver the Ten Commandments was the pre-Incarnate Son of God. So Jesus Himself probably wrote with His own finger on the stone tablets these words: “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them” (Exodus 24:12; 31:18; 34:1).

Jesus actually referred to this establishing of the Sabbath when He chided the Pharisees with,
The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27 NASB)
For man’s own benefit, man was to follow God’s own example of working six days and resting on the seventh.

So, what would Jesus have thought about the creation of Adam and the universe? He would have believed it happened rapidly (in six days) by the spoken word of the Lord only a few thousand years previously, according to the historical testimony of Genesis and the rest of the Scriptures.

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What Did Jesus Say?

Jesus made some explicit verbal remarks that confirm these inferred beliefs about Creation.

In replying to a question from the Pharisees about marriage, Jesus said,
“But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.”
(Mark 10:6 NASB)
“He who created them from the beginning made them male and female.”
(Matthew 19:4 NASB)

According to Jesus, God created mankind fully formed and functional as man and woman ready for marriage at the Beginning, NOT after billions of years of evolution following the Beginning. Jesus believed in creation, not evolution.

On another occasion, Jesus remonstrated with lawyers and Pharisees with these words:
“For this reason also the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and some they will persecute, so that the blood of all the prophets, shed since the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the house of God; yes, I tell you, it shall be charged against this generation.'” (Luke 11:49-51 NASB)
Here Jesus refers to the blood of Adam’s son Abel as being shed at the foundation of the world, not billions of years after the world began.

In another debate with the Jews, Jesus said to them,
“Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:43-44 NASB)
Here Jesus identifies Satan as a murderer from the beginning. This is a reference to Satan’s use of Cain to murder the righteous prophet Abel at the Beginning (Genesis 4:8; Luke 11:50-51; Hebrews 11:4). Again the clear implication is that Jesus did not believe in billions of years of earth history before man, as evolutionism posits.

Therefore, Jesus believed that Adam was created at the Beginning, just as Genesis 1 reports.

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What Would Jesus Say Today?

Today Jesus would undoubtedly tell scientists what He once told lawyers: “Woe to you [scientists]! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering.” (Luke 11:52)

What is the “key of knowledge?”
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 NASB)
For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 NASB)
The key to true knowledge, wisdom, and understanding is fear of the Lord. Yet Science has tried to remove God and His Word from society by insisting on naturalistic explanations.

Having lost its fundamental moorings, Science is like a ship wallowing at sea, trying to anchor sometimes-valid work to groundless, false philosophy. Today the philosophy underlying most science is aggressively atheistic. Since Scientism dominates universities, atheistic students inevitably result.

Scientists today deny and distort both plain evidence from nature and the plain meaning of Scripture, thereby hindering people from entering the kingdom of God. People swallow scientists’ evolutionary speculations which deny the truth of Genesis about origins. People then logically reason, “If Genesis is not trustworthy, why should the Bible be trusted at all?” Jesus would fiercely condemn the deceivers for these deceptions.

If you trust Jesus for eternal life, then
you should believe as He did about Creation.

Those who claim Jesus of Nazareth as Lord and Savior should accept His words and thoughts as their own. Here is what Jesus said:
“Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:47-49 NASB)

Questions to Ponder
  1. Where in the Bible are evolutionism’s millions and billions of years?
  2. What is the biggest stumbling block for you, your family, or your friends regarding belief in creation of the universe about 6,000 years ago?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 35th of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?

Read the sequels:
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?
37. Did Adam Like Steak?
38. Could Adam Read & Write?

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday July 20, 2016 A.D.

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
(Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 13, 2016

Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?

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Is the earth round or flat? How do you know? What did Adam know about it?

Sometimes skeptics call Bible-believers the “Flat Earth Society.” Would Adam be in this club? What did Adam know about Earth’s form?”

Today we think of the earth as a sphere, a round globe like a ball. But while it is close to spherical, the earth is actually not a true sphere. Its rotation causes a slight outward bulge at the equator and the polar regions are slightly flattened. In 1687 Newton predicted this shape distortion in his seminal work Principia.

The distance from the earth’s center to the surface at the equator is 13 miles greater than the center-to-pole distance. Since your weight depends on the center-to-center gravitational attraction between you and the earth, this means you would weigh about 0.3% less at the equator than at the pole. Thus a visit to the equator would result in a loss of weight!

This equatorial bulge also means that Mt. Everest at 29,029 feet above sea level in Nepal is not the world’s highest mountain. Mt. Chimborazo in Ecuador at 20,564 feet above sea level actually extends further outward from the earth’s center due to the equatorial bulge giving it a boost.

Our planet is about 8,000 miles in diameter, so the equatorial bulge is not enough distortion to be visible from space. To the human eye the earth appears round in photos from astronauts and satellites.

Today many think that ancient men were brutish, simple-minded, and unsophisticated. They assume men believed the earth was flat, because they were supposedly scientifically illiterate. Is this an accurate belief about early men?

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What Did Adam Think?

Did Adam believe in a flat earth, or did he know Earth was round?

The Bible does not directly address what Adam knew about the geography of the earth, but Earth’s shape is not a hard thing to figure out.

During a lunar eclipse, the moon moves through the earth’s shadow from the sun. The edge of the shadow is always circular, as countless people have personally witnessed during lunar eclipses of the full moon. The circular shadows of the earth show that the earth must be a ball.

The stars and constellations you see change as you travel north or south. This would not happen if the earth was flat. This was the reasoning Aristotle (384-322 BC) used to declare the earth was round.

Additionally, masts of ships gradually appear over the horizon, followed by the ship itself. This implies Earth is a globe.

Any observant thinker would conclude the earth is a globe, and certainly many have understood this throughout the 6,000 years of Earth’s history.

Adam lived for over nine centuries, for almost 1,000 years, for 15% of the total span of history. Adam would have experienced many eclipses during his 930-year lifespan. He would have noticed many star view changes during his travels. He would have seen many ships come over the horizon on the pre-Flood ocean. So Adam surely knew the earth was a globe. He would have scoffed at anyone who tried to convince him that the earth was flat.

Moreover, it is quite likely that Adam began the study of astronomy. The stars were created for signs and for seasons and for days and years (Genesis 1:14), so Adam would have needed to learn about them to be able to measure time. He would have understood that the revolution of the earth on its axis caused the apparent movement of the stars, and the orbit of the earth around the sun caused the seasons.

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Throughout Scripture Yahweh points to the heavens as reflectors of His glory.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. (Psalm 19:1 ESV)
This is something Yahweh would have shared with Adam in Eden and that Adam would have continued to study and marvel over. Earth’s spherical form is a fundamental characteristic that would surely enter into their discussions.

The first-century Jewish historian Josephus reports that Adam’s son Seth and his descendants developed extensive astronomical knowledge and recorded it for posterity. Seth undoubtedly first learned geography and astronomy from his father Adam. Josephus says that Seth’s descendant Abraham taught astronomy to the Egyptians.
(Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 1, Chap 2 Para 3 & Chap 8 Para 2.)

Thus I’m sure Adam and the pre-Flood patriarchs knew the earth was a globe. They passed this knowledge down through Noah to Abraham who taught it to the Egyptians who passed it on to the Greeks.

The prophet Isaiah likely knew the earth was a globe in 700 BC. He wrote,
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. (Isaiah 40:22)

The Hebrew word for circle is חוּג, transliterated chuwg. It is usually translated circle, circuit, or compass. It only appears 2 other times in the Bible (Job 22:14 and Proverbs 8:27), so there’s not a lot of context available to determine a precise meaning.

The essence of the word is “round“. This is consistent with what we know of the earth today. It is certainly the case that the Holy Spirit inspired Isaiah to make an accurate statement about the shape of the earth—when viewed from a distance Earth is circular (He sits above the circle of the earth). Only a sphere projects a circular image in every direction. This is a case where the Bible hints at a truth without being explicit.

What did Pythagoras, Eratosthenes, and
Christopher Columbus have in common
with the Hebrew prophet Isaiah?

Pythagoras, of Pythagorean Theorem fame (a2 + b2 = c2 for a right triangle), was a Greek mathematician and philosopher of the 6th century BC. He thought the earth was round, rotated on an axis, and orbited a central point.

Eratosthenes (276-194 BC) was a Greek mathematician, geographer, and astronomer from Cyrene, North Africa (now Libya). He was the director of Alexandria’s great library. He’s called the father of geography (literally, earth writing), because he was the first to coin the word with his book Geography. He developed a latitude and longitude system and published a map of the world.

Eratosthenes was also the first post-Flood man we know of to calculate the circumference of the earth. Around 240 BC he calculated Earth’s circumference to be 25,000 miles. The actual value is 24,901 miles—less than half a percent error!

Contrary to what is commonly taught in government schools, Columbus and many mariners of his time knew the earth was a globe.

Thus men throughout history have deduced the round shape of the earth. It’s quite likely that Adam was the first to learn this.

Questions to Ponder
  1. Can you remember an experience or observation that confirmed to you the earth’s round shape?
  2. What feature of Earth spurs you most to praise the Creator?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 34th of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?

Read the sequels:
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?
37. Did Adam Like Steak?
38. Could Adam Read & Write?

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Wednesday July 13, 2016 A.D.

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
(Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 6, 2016

Did Adam See the Big Dipper?

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The Big Dipper is probably the most recognizable “constellation” in the night sky, at least to those in the northern hemisphere. Technically, it is not a constellation. The Big Dipper is an asterism (group of stars) which is part of the constellation Ursa Major (Latin for Great Bear).

The seven stars of the Big Dipper are the brightest stars in Ursa Major. The three stars of the Bear’s tail form the handle of the Big Dipper. They are Alkaid (tail end), Mizar, and Alioth.

The middle star of the Big Dipper’s handle is actually a quadruple star Mizar beside its companion double star Alcor. Mizar is five times as bright as Alcor, so you need good eyesight to pick out Alcor. The ancient Persians and Arabs used Mizar as an eye test. If a one could distinguish Alcor from Mizar with his naked eye, he was deemed to have good eyesight.

The stars of the Big Dipper’s bowl are Megrez and Phecda on the handle side of the bowl. The two stars on the opposite side of the bowl are the Pointer Stars, Merak and Dubhe. A line from Merak through Dubhe hits Polaris, the North Star, about one Dipper length away.

Polaris is the end star of the handle of the Little Dipper (Ursa Minor, Little Bear). It lies above the earth’s North Pole. As the earth rotates, Polaris appears to stay fixed. Seen from earth, the rest of the stars appear to revolve around Polaris counterclockwise due to the earth’s rotation.

Polaris is a huge star, 50 times the size of the Sun and 6,000 times as bright. Polaris is actually a multiple star consisting of a supergiant along with four smaller companion stars.

Polaris doesn’t appear very bright in the night sky because it’s so far away. Currently there is some dispute about the distance to Polaris with some researchers calculating 433 light-years and others distances 30% less.
(A light-year (LY) is the distance light travels in a year, almost 6 trillion miles. The sun is 93 million miles away and it takes sunlight about 8 minutes to reach earth.)

Due to the precession (wobbling) of the earth’s axis as the earth spins, the North Star changes over time. In Noah’s day (2500 BC), the North Star was Thuban in the constellation Draco (Dragon). Thuban lies 309 LY away between the bowl of the Little Dipper and the handle of the Big Dipper. It is much fainter than Polaris.

No one knows what the North Star was in Adam’s day. It could have been Polaris or a nearby star like Thuban. We don’t know the effect of Noah’s Flood on the earth’s axis, so it is impossible to determine the North Star prior to Noah’s Day.

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Did Adam See Stars?

God created the stars on Creation Day Four along with the sun and moon. This was two days before He created Adam on Creation Day Six.
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.
(Genesis 1:14-18 NASB)

The purpose for these “lights in the heavens” was “to divide the day from the night and for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years and to give light on the earth.” (Genesis 1:14-15)

The stars would have to be visible to Adam for them to be of use in accomplishing these purposes. The Genesis 1:15 statement “and it was so” indicates the stars were functioning immediately for their intended purpose right from the beginning. So yes, Adam saw stars the first night he was alive.

As the earth orbits the sun, the progression of the seasons and the year are measured by the movement of the sun against the background stars. Without the background stars, we couldn’t determine the years and seasons. So the stars had to be visible from the beginning for Adam to use them to measure the passage of time.

For example, here is how the Big Dipper and Polaris contribute to fulfilling these purposes through measuring time and seasons.

The Big Dipper marks the seasons as it gradually shifts counterclockwise around Polaris throughout the year. The opening of its bowl always faces Polaris. At midnight on September 1 it is “beneath” Polaris “holding water”. As the seasons progress it orbits counterclockwise around Polaris with the handle trailing the bowl. At midnight on December 1 it is standing on its handle to the right of Polaris. At midnight on March 1 it is upside down above Polaris. And on midnight on June 1 it is standing on the bowl left of Polaris.

The Big Dipper is God’s Clock in the Sky. You can tell time at night from the position of the Big Dipper as it rotates around Polaris relative to the earth. The Big Dipper makes a complete circuit around Polaris every 24 hours. In 6 hours it moves 90 degrees, or 15 degrees every hour. From this information and that of the preceding paragraph, one can read the time at night from the position of the Big Dipper relative to Polaris.

The nearest star, Proxima Centauri, is 4 LY away and too faint to see with the naked eye. As a result, some people doubt Adam could have seen stars right away. They think it would have been at least 4 years before Adam saw any stars.

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Light from distant stars is a difficult problem, but it’s important to realize that we don’t know what conditions were like at Creation. It’s possible the speed of light was infinite so that stars were instantly visible. Another clue mentioned 10 times in the Old Testament is that God “stretched out the heavens.” This could have a bearing on the transmission of light during Creation Week.
It is He who made the earth by His power, Who established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding He stretched out the heavens. (Jeremiah 51:15 NASB)
(See also Psalm 104:2; Job 26:7; Isaiah 40:22; 42:5; 44:24; 45:12; 51:13; Jeremiah 10:12; Zechariah 12:1.)

Did Adam See the Big Dipper?

I don’t know which constellations Adam saw from the Garden of Eden, because it depends on Eden’s location. (See Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?) For example, to see the entire Big Dipper from the Southern Hemisphere, you must be north of 25 degrees south latitude.

But Adam lived for 930 years. He undoubtedly traveled around exploring the world God had made for him and his progeny. So I think it is certain that Adam saw the Big Dipper at some point during his life.

Adam’s lifespan of 930 years means the starlight problem does not arise for the Big Dipper. The distances of the Big Dipper stars from earth range from 83 LY (light-year) for Mizar to 124 LY for Dubhe.

It is quite likely that Adam began the study of astronomy. The stars were created for signs and for seasons and for days and years, so Adam would have needed to learn about them to be able to measure time.

Throughout Scripture Yahweh points to the heavens as reflectors of His glory.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. (Psalm 19:1 ESV)
This is something He would have shared with Adam in Eden and that Adam would have continued to study and marvel over.

The first-century Jewish historian Josephus reports that Adam’s son Seth and his descendants developed extensive astronomical knowledge and recorded it for posterity. Josephus says that Seth’s descendant Abraham taught this knowledge to the Egyptians.
(Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 1, Chap 2 Para 3 & Chap 8 Para 2.)

Where did Seth first learn about the stars? Just as I first learned about constellations as a boy from my father on camping trips, so I think Seth learned of them from his father Adam. Adam was 130 years old when Seth was born (Genesis 5:3), so he had plenty of time to learn a great deal of star lore to teach Seth.

Questions to Ponder
  1. The International Astronomical Union recognizes 88 constellations. Research and locate one in the sky that is new to you.
  2. From the information given in this article, can you figure out how to use the Big Dipper and Polaris to tell time at night?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 33rd of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?

Read the sequels:
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?
37. Did Adam Like Steak?
38. Could Adam Read & Write?

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“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday July 6, 2016 A.D.

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
(Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 29, 2016

Will Adam be in Heaven?

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I can’t answer this question definitively, because the Bible does not answer it. Yahweh alone knows who will be in heaven or hell.

Nevertheless, there are some clues in Scripture that lead me to think that we will see Adam in heaven.

First, look at Adam’s response to his own sin. Prior to eating the Forbidden Fruit, Adam and Eve were not ashamed of their nakedness (Genesis 2:25). After sinning, however, they were ashamed; they made loin coverings with fig leaves, and hid themselves from God (Genesis 3:7-8). This shame over disobeying God’s command indicates recognition of having done wrong. This is the first step of reconciliation with God.

Second, Adam received early hints of the gospel. Adam heard Yahweh’s somewhat cryptic indication to the Serpent (Satan) of a coming Savior Who would resolve Adam’s trouble:
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel. (Genesis 3:15 NASB)
Biblical authors usually refer to male seed. This passage is unusual, because it refers to the seed of the woman, presaging the Virgin Birth in which Jesus of Nazareth was born of a woman without the agency of a human father. This was the first intimation in Scripture as to how Yahweh would rescue Adam and his progeny from the disaster that Adam had set in motion.

Third, it appears that Adam participated in blood sacrifice which foreshadowed Christ’s redeeming death. The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and Eve and clothed them (Genesis 3:21). Where did He get the skins for their clothes? Surely from the first sacrifice for sin where He taught Adam about blood sacrifices for sin. These pointed to Christ’s death for sin when the Serpent bruised the heel of the seed of the woman and He bruised the Serpent’s head.

Adam understood all this and apparently practiced sacrificing for forgiveness of sin, because he passed this information on to his sons Cain and Abel. As grown men they offered sacrifices (Genesis 4:3-5).

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We learn from a verse in the Hebrews Hall of Faith chapter that Abel had true faith and offered a sacrifice pleasing to God through which he was made righteous:
By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. (Hebrews 11:4 NASB)

Abel must have learned about the importance of faith in God and sacrifice for sin from his father Adam. Thus it is likely that Adam too had faith through which he also was made righteous. This would mean Adam also will be in heaven.

Fourth, Adam is used as a positive example in the New Testament. Both Jesus and the Apostle Paul refer to the marriage of Adam and Eve as setting a standard for all subsequent marriages (Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9; Ephesians 5:31).

Luke places Adam at the head of Jesus’ genealogy and calls Adam “son of God” (Luke 3:38). This is the same term the angel Gabriel ascribes to Jesus earlier in Luke’s gospel (Luke 1:35). Would Luke call Adam a “son of God” if Adam were bound for hell?

The Apostle Paul refers to Christ using Adam’s name. He calls him the “last Adam” and the “second man” after calling Adam the “first man” (1 Corinthians 15:45-47). Would Paul use Adam’s name for Jesus if Adam were bound for hell?

Although I cannot say for certain that Adam will be in heaven (because the Bible does not explicitly say so), I think the above indications strongly suggest that he will be there.

Questions for Adam

Here are some questions I hope to ask Adam in heaven:
– Where was the Garden of Eden?
– What did Yahweh say in His evening talks with you in the Garden of Eden?
– How long did you live in Eden before Yahweh drove you out?
– How did Eve entice you to eat the fruit Yahweh had forbidden?
– Why did you choose to eat the fruit and disobey Yahweh?
– How many sons and daughters did you and Eve have?
– Which animals could talk in Eden?
– What is the most interesting and useful technology you or your descendants invented or discovered that post-Flood men never re-discovered?

Questions to Ponder
  1. If you meet Adam in the new heaven or new earth, what questions will you have for him?
  2. What questions would you like to ask Eve if you meet her?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 32nd of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?

Read the sequels:
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?
37. Did Adam Like Steak?
38. Could Adam Read & Write?

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday June 29, 2016 A.D.

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
(Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 22, 2016

What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?

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The Tree of Life was a tree that Yahweh Himself caused to grow in the middle of the Garden of Eden, along with the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:9).

Eating the fruit of the Tree of Life would apparently enable one to live forever. After Adam and Eve sinned, God drove them out of the Garden to prevent their eating from the Tree of Life and living forever (Genesis 3:22).

Eating from the Tree of Life would have resulted in Adam and Eve living eternally in a condition of sin and degradation. But Yahweh had a much, much better long-term plan that would eventually fix Adam’s trouble. This plan involved an enemy — Death. Adam and his progeny would die, but Yahweh planned redemption through Jesus Christ and a new uncursed heavens and earth with the Tree of Life.

What Happened to the Tree of Life?

Adam and Eve are the only humans who ever saw the Tree of Life. No one else ever saw it, because after the pair was banished, cherubim guarded the Garden of Eden and prevented access to it (Genesis 3:24).

Noah’s Flood probably destroyed the Garden of Eden and all it contained. The Tree of Life may have died out by the time of the Flood. But if the Tree of Life or an offspring were still extant in the Garden, the Flood would have certainly washed it away.

But some day man will again have access to the Tree of Life. Jesus Christ promised,
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:7)

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:1-2)

Many explorers have searched for a Fountain of Youth whose waters would restore health and youth. It’s another version of looking for Eternal Life or the Tree of Life. What is the only way to get to the Tree of Life? It can only be reached through the Son of God, Jesus of Nazareth, the Second Adam, Who said,
“I am the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)

Questions to Ponder
  1. Suppose you could eat from the Tree of Life and live forever. What would you like to do in your second hundred years?
  2. What represents a longing for eternity in your life?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 31st of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?

Read the sequels:
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?
37. Did Adam Like Steak?
38. Could Adam Read & Write?

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday June 22, 2016 A.D.

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
(Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 15, 2016

Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?

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No! Adam never returned to the Garden of Eden. The Lord God drove Adam and Eve out of the garden to prevent their eating from the Tree of Life in the midst of the garden. This would have caused them to live forever in their sinful condition. (Genesis 3:22-24)

Imagine how bad things would get if men’s earthly lives went on forever, compounding their evil year after year. Even with lifespans of only 900 years, men’s evil grew so extreme that eventually God had to destroy mankind with a worldwide flood. He started over with Noah who alone He found righteous.
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. … But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. (Genesis 6:5,8)

God stationed the cherubim with the flaming sword at the Garden of Eden to guard the way to the Tree of Life and prevent men from eating its “live-forever” fruit. (Genesis 3:22-24)

So Adam never went back into the Garden of Eden, because the vigilant cherubim prevented access to it.

Will Adam Ever Return to Eden?

No, because the Garden of Eden no longer exists. If still extant in Noah’s day, it would have been destroyed by the worldwide flood some 700 years after Adam died.

Noah’s Flood destroyed the entire world that then was, including all the technology man had developed over the first 1656 years of human history.
Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. (2 Peter 3:3-6 NASB)

Promised Restoration

But some day Adam may return to Edenic conditions on earth some day, because the Creation will eventually be restored to its Edenic, pre-sin state.

Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. (Acts 3:19-21 NASB)

Eventually death will be abolished and all will be restored to the original Edenic condition — there will no longer be any death, mourning, crying, or pain (Revelation 21:4; 1 Corinthians 15:22-26).

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” (Revelation 21:1-5 NASB).

Questions to Ponder
  1. Suppose men today could live for hundreds of years. Would the typical man become progressively more wicked or more honorable? Would he grow in grace or evil?
  2. What do you think Adam missed most about the Garden of Eden?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 30th of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla

Read the sequels:
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?
37. Did Adam Like Steak?
38. Could Adam Read & Write?

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“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday June 15, 2016 A.D.

Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” — therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:22-24 NASB)

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