Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 27, 2016

Did Adam See Dinosaurs?

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What is your favorite dinosaur?
Is it a Tyrannosaurus Rex or a Stegosaurus?

Do you think Adam saw, worked with, or played with your favorite dinosaur?

Did Adam open a McDino’s and serve dino-burgers? Did he enjoy them for dinner?

From television to textbooks, a barrage of evolutionist propaganda on dinosaurs bombards us daily. Some years ago noshing at my desk, I read on oatmeal packets these misleading “Dino-Facts” from the Encyclopedia Britannica intended to indoctrinate children at the breakfast table:

Dinosaurs ruled the earth for 140 million years but died out over 60 million years before man appeared. Dinosaurs hunted in packs and nested in the same place every year, with a lifespan of 50-60 years. Their teeth indicate whether they ate meat, plants, or both.

However, this oatmeal-packet tale is stuffed with imaginative nonsense. The truth is that men and dinosaurs lived at the same time starting about 6,000 years ago. Evolutionary age estimates have been torpedoed by startling fossil discoveries: at fossil digs over the last 20 years, fossilized dinosaur bones have broken open to reveal soft tissue, including flexible blood vessels. Also, dinosaurs never ruled Earth; man has ruled from the beginning as God commanded (Genesis 1:26-28).

If bones are “100 million years old,” how could one possibly tell from them a dinosaur’s lifespan, whether it hunted or grazed, or what its nesting habits were? From looking at a panda’s teeth you would conclude pandas are carnivorous, but eyewitnesses report that those teeth actually are for chewing tough bamboo stalks. It is not even known whether dinosaurs were cold-blooded or warm-blooded, much less Britannica’s other speculations.

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Dinosaur fossils have been discovered on every continent beginning in the 1820s. Most are in massive water-deposited bone graveyards, probably resulting from Noah’s Flood. Dinosaurs averaged about the size of a pony, though some were the size of a hamster, and some were even larger than the 50-foot Tyrannosaurus and weighed up to 80 tons. Their skeletal structure was more like a mammal than a reptile.

“Dinosaur” comes from two Greek words meaning “terrible lizard.” The word “dinosaur” is not in the English Bible, because it was not coined until 1841 by creationist scientist and head of the British museum Dr. Richard Owen, centuries after the King James Version was translated.

Yet it is certain that Adam saw dinosaurs. The land dinosaurs were created the same day he was — on Creation Day Six. Dinosaurs would fall in the category of “beasts of the earth.”
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:24-25)

Later that day God gave Adam the privilege of naming the “beasts of the field.” So Adam named dinosaurs. While looking for a companion for Adam, God brought dinosaurs to Adam:
God formed every beast of the field…and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. … The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18-20)

Can you imagine a stegosaurus companion for Adam? I am glad that Adam held out for Eve!

Did Adam eat dino-burgers? It is certain that Adam never enjoyed a dino-burger. God provided seed-yielding green plants and fruit for food for man and beast (Genesis 1:29-30). He did not give permission to eat meat till after Noah’s Flood (Genesis 9:3).

Dinosaurs Used To Be Called Dragons

Dragon legends exist in every people group worldwide and are surely based on real confrontations with real dinosaurs. From China to Australia, from Europe to India, from Scandinavia to Persia, over 200 cultures have stories and art with dragons. Dragons adorn many national shields and family crests.

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Dinosaur pictographs and carvings on cave walls provide extra-Biblical evidence that man knew dinosaurs. Far-flung people groups depict identical dinosaurs in their art.

Battles between ancient mariners and great sea monsters were likely genuine encounters with ocean dinosaurs. Monstrous dinosaurs once swam the seas which supported their enormous bodies.

Deep in remote African jungles, unconfirmed sightings report dinosaurs still alive today. Accounts of monsters in isolated lakes around the world may be plesiosaurs.

Dinosaurs in the Bible

The Bible has many references to dinosaurs or dragons. Eve’s tempter in the Garden of Eden may have been a dragon or dinosaur before transformation by Yahweh’s “on your belly” curse. John calls Satan the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil. (Revelation 20:2)

Noah took specimens of every kind of land animal on the ark, and this includes dinosaurs (Genesis 6:19-20). Although hundreds of dinosaur species have been given names, many from scanty evidence, yet only about 50 dinosaur kinds would be needed for the ark. All baby dinosaurs were small, since the largest fossilized dinosaur eggs ever found are football size. Noah probably took hatchlings or young dinosaurs to save space, and to ensure that their entire reproductive life cycle would be available for replenishing the earth.

Literary scholar Dorothy Sayers authored an advent calendar The Story of Noah’s Ark in 1956. Fritz Wegner’s calendar illustration shows animals, including dragons, gathered at the Ark. Sayers wrote, “To be sure there were Dragons in the Ark, or there wouldn’t have been one for St. George to fight.” Sayers logically deduced the presence of dragons on Noah’s Ark from history’s evidence of St. George’s battle with a dragon and from the Genesis record that all air-breathing animals outside the Ark died.

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Ironically, the Bible’s most extensive description of any animal (44 verses) portrays two terrifying dinosaurs, Behemoth and Leviathan. Behemoth was a monstrous beast with a tree-like tail, bones like bronze, and limbs like bars of iron. Leviathan was king of God’s creation, an enormous fire-breathing dinosaur with vicious teeth and stone-hard impenetrable scales. Leviathan probably spawned the fire-breathing-dragon legends of antiquity. (Job 40:15-41:34)

The evolutionary dogma that men never saw dinosaurs has infected many Bible commentators. Thus Study Bible notes and commentaries often identify Behemoth as an elephant or hippopotamus and Leviathan as a crocodile. This is absurd in light of the actual Biblical descriptions. The only reason for these gymnastics of poor interpretation is to avoid the obvious conclusion that Scripture writers saw dinosaurs vividly and repeatedly, and expected the reader to recognize a detailed eyewitness description.

The words “dragon” or “monster” (Hebrew tanniyn, Greek drakon) appear 48 times in the Bible and probably refer to dinosaurs (Job 7:12; Psalm 74:13; 148:7; Isaiah 27:1; 51:9; Jeremiah 51:34; Ezekiel 29:3). The flying serpent of Isaiah 30:6 may be a winged dinosaur. In Revelation, the figurative use of “dragon” for Satan (13 times) was surely based on John’s awareness of horrifying real monsters which we would call dinosaurs.

Some Bible verses mention dragons right along with other well-known animals:
You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
The young lion and the dragon
(literally, tanniyn) you will trample down. (Psalm 91:13)
The Psalmist expected readers to recognize the dragon (dinosaur) creature just as they would a lion or cobra.

Contrary to evolutionary belief, dinosaurs were contemporary with man. Adam named them about 6,000 years ago. They were on the Ark with Noah around 2500 BC. They were well known to Job (circa 2000 BC). Dinosaurs were familiar to Isaiah (700 BC), Jeremiah and Ezekiel (600 BC), and the Apostle John (50 AD). Dinosaurs run, swim, and fly through the Bible — starting with Adam in Genesis all the way to John in Revelation.

Questions to Ponder
  1. What fresh insights can you find if you challenge yourself to hear Scripture at face value without “politically correct” distortions?
  2. Have you bought your children some exciting illustrated dinosaur books that are Biblically faithful?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 36th 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?

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

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Wednesday July 27, 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?

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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?

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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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Big Dipper Polaris

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?

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(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?

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(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?

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“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?

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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)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 8, 2016

Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla

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What is the fundamental difference between an ape and a human?

Evolutionists proclaim that humans and apes both evolved from a common ancestor. If that were true, then there is no more difference in value between humans and apes than between monkeys and apes.

Harambe the Gorilla

Recently Cincinnati zoo-keepers shot and killed their 17-year-old silverback gorilla Harambe to save the life of a 4-year-old boy who had fallen into the gorilla enclosure.

Here is a 6-minute video on the event from ABC’s Good Morning America. It includes clips of the gorilla dragging the boy through the moat.

 
Widespread outrage over the killing generated hundreds of thousands of petition signatures calling for “Justice for Harambe” and numerous “Gorilla Lives Matter” protests. The zoo defended killing Harambe because a child’s life was in danger.

This outrage and protest over the death of Harambe is based on the evolutionist notion that animal life and human life are equivalent, that they are of equal value. For many people, the evolutionary denial of the Creator leads them to value the life of a gorilla more than the life of a little boy made in the image of God. Such a conclusion should cause one to question the evolutionary presupposition upon which it is based.

In a USA TODAY account of the incident, the reporter opined,
“The world prematurely lost a magnificent creature, a member of a species that’s among our nearest relatives in the animal kingdom. Anyone who has spent time at the zoo’s gorilla exhibit understands that they are imbued with intelligence and emotions not unlike our own … let’s pause to be thankful that the child is OK and to truly mourn the loss of another life, not so different from a human one.” [my emphasis]

Is this evolutionary perspective truly the case…that the life of a gorilla is “not so different” from the life of a human … that gorillas are our near “relatives” with similar “intelligence and emotions”?

No, this perspective is not true, not even close! It is sad that we live in a broken world due to Adam’s sin, so that the gorilla had to be killed to ensure the boy’s safety. But the life of the boy is worth incomparably more than the life of the gorilla!

Why is this the case? Scripture gives the answer.

Scripture says that Yahweh created man in His own image, according to His likeness:
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26-27 NASB)

The Hebrew word used here for man is אדם, transliterated adam. The word means “man” or “mankind” or the name “Adam,” depending on context. Here it means mankind. All people are image-bearers, although the image has been marred and defaced by sin.

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The Image of God

What does it mean for mankind to be created in the image of God, according to His likeness? Scripture never defines this phrase, but here is what I think “created in the image of God, according to His likeness” entails.

Colloquially, it would mean man looks like God. Man was made to be “like God” in various ways. Made in God’s image and according to His likeness means there are similarities between man and God. In what ways is man like God? How is man similar to God? There are several aspects of this.

1. The Lord God walked in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8). This was the Creator, the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:15-16 NASB)

The Creator must have had a body in order to walk in the garden with Adam. His walking made a sound that Adam heard. Adam was modeled after this Son of God to look like Him and resemble Him physically and spiritually.

2. Adam would have “looked like God” because God imbued Adam with some of His own characteristics. Abilities and attributes such as language, reasoning and logical thinking, grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness show that man is “like God” in some ways.

The image of God in man includes man’s moral
nature
. Man reflects God’s moral character
because God’s moral law is written on his heart
by the Creator.

3. “Made according to His likeness” suggests that man would be able to relate to His Maker. He would be able to love, commune with, and worship God. Animals cannot do this.

4. Possibly the most significant “likeness” to God is man’s moral nature. Man reflects God’s moral character because God’s moral law is written on his heart (Romans 2:15) by the Creator. Because man is made in God’s image, man can make moral choices for right or wrong. Because man is “created in the image of God, according to His likeness” man is called to make these moral choices as God would; that is, because man is made in the image of God, he is to be holy as God is holy (1 Peter 1:14-16).

Adam was the pristine Image-bearer made in the image of God according to His likeness without fault or blemish. We have little idea of how fantastic the original Adam was physically and mentally (see Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?). The difference between Adam (before the image was marred by sin) and any man today is probably at least as great as the difference between a typical man today and someone with severe mental and physical disabilities. Before sin, Adam’s mental and physical capabilities as the Image-bearer surely dwarfed any human excellence we see today. Adam was superlative beyond our imagining, because he was the original, undefiled Image-bearer.

Harambe

Harambe
(Photo: Jeff McCurry/Cincinnati Zoo)

Humans Superior to Animals

Even after Adam’s sin, man is still made in the image of God (Genesis 9:5-6). This is one primary reason why humans are superior to animals: we are made in God’s image according to His likeness (Imago Dei); animals are not.

Secondly, Yahweh gave mankind dominion over animals:
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 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.” (Genesis 1:26-28 NASB)

Then after Noah’s Flood, God repeated this mandate:
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 NASB)

Finally, another indication of the value of people over animals is that Jesus Christ died to save people from sin and death. He did not die for any animals.

Because mankind is made in the image of God according to His likeness, and because the Son of God died for men, and because God gave man dominion over animals, it is therefore right to sacrifice the life of an animal to save a human.

Questions to Ponder
  1. As a driver, have you ever endangered passengers’ lives to avoid hitting a squirrel in the road?
  2. If an unbeliever brings up Harambe’s death, how could you respect his compassionate concern while redirecting the conversation to spiritual truths?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 29th 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?

Read the sequels:
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?

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday June 8, 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)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 1, 2016

Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?

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Roses are spectacular flowers with a fragrant aroma. In addition to their aesthetic value, roses are used in perfumes, cosmetics, and medicines. Rose hips, the fruit of the rose plant, are very high in vitamin C; they are used to make jellies, syrup, soup, and tea.

But gardeners know roses can be hazardous, because thorns draw blood!

Planted by God, the Garden of Eden was the most beautiful of all gardens — full of beautiful flowers and delicious fruit. Yahweh gave Adam the job of tending this exquisite garden. (Genesis 2:8, 15)

Did Adam prick his fingers with thorns as he cultivated roses in the Garden of Eden?

No! Adam did not prick his fingers on thorns in the Garden of Eden, because thorns came only after he sinned.

Rose Thorns

Thorns on a Rose Bush

Thorns were part of God’s Curse on Creation for Adam’s sin. Yahweh told Adam,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;
Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the plants of the field.”

(Genesis 3:17-18 NASB)

Therefore, roses did not have thorns in the Garden of Eden before Adam sinned.

Roses did have thorns in subsequent gardens Adam planted and tended after Yahweh sent him out of the Garden of Eden. These thorns were the result of Yahweh’s curse on the ground because of Adam’s sin.

Fossil Thorns

Fossil thorns have been found in Devonian layers of the geologic column. Evolutionary interpretations of the fossil record claim the Devonian period was around 400 million years ago.

But thorns resulted from Yahweh’s Curse after Adam sinned. Therefore the existence of fossil thorns indicates the geological layers in which the fossil thorns occurred were laid down after Adam’s sin. This means the layers of the geologic record can be no more than 6,000 years old, not hundreds of millions of years old as evolutionists claim.

The fossil graveyard exists throughout most of the world. In addition to thorns, the fossil record also has examples of diseases like arthritis, gout, rickets, malaria, and cancer. There are fossils as well of animals eating other animals. All this happened only after Adam’s sin. Therefore the fossil record and the geologic layers in which it is found can only be thousands of years old. Most of the fossil record was laid down by the worldwide flood of Noah’s day approximately 4500 years ago.

Moses’ Burning Bush — A Thorn Bush!

When Stephen presented his defense to the Jews prior to being stoned to death, he referred to Moses’ Burning Bush as a thorn bush:
“After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning thorn bush. When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight; and as he approached to look more closely, there came the voice of the Lord: ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses shook with fear and would not venture to look. But the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground. I have certainly seen the oppression of My people in Egypt and have heard their groans, and I have come down to rescue them; come now, and I will send you to Egypt.’ This Moses whom they disowned, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ is the one whom God sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the help of the angel who appeared to him in the thorn bush.” (Acts 7:30-35 NASB)

The Greek word Stephen used for “thorn bush” is βάτος (batos, Strong’s G942). It means a thorn, brier, or bramble bush. Jesus Himself also used the same word batos (thorn bush) in Mark 12:26 and Luke 20:37 for Moses’ burning bush.

The Hebrew word used for the burning bush in Exodus 3:2-6 is סְנֶה (cĕnah, Strong’s H5572). It means “thorn bush” and comes from a root word meaning “to prick.”

Thus both the Hebrew word cĕnah and the Greek word batos used by Moses, Jesus, and Stephen for the burning bush in Exodus, Mark, Luke, and Acts mean thorn bush.

It’s fascinating that when the time was fulfilled for Yahweh to rescue the Hebrews from the oppression of Egyptian slavery, He chose to contact Moses from within a thorn bush. Thorns picture the curse of sin, so this event points to Yahweh taking the consequences of sin (thorns) upon Himself in order to deliver His people from bondage.

Crown Of Thorns

Crown of Thorns

Three Gospel authors report that the Roman soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head (Matthew 27:27-31; Mark 15:16-20; John 19:1-5).
The soldiers took Him away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium), and they called together the whole Roman cohort. They dressed Him up in purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him; and they began to acclaim Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They kept beating His head with a reed, and spitting on Him, and kneeling and bowing before Him. (Mark 15:16-19 NASB)

Notice that after placing the crown of thorns on Christ’s head, the Roman soldiers kept beating His head with a reed, thereby increasing the torment of the thorns.

It is ironic that the sinless Jesus suffered under a crown of sin-caused thorns. Thorns resulted from Adam’s sin, and in paying the price for sin to redeem mankind, Jesus took on a crown of thorns.

The thorns which Yahweh inflicted on Adam and his progeny as punishment for sin, He also inflicted on the Messiah as part of His suffering for sin.

The next time you feel the prick and pain of a thorn, remind yourself of these three world-changing events:
1. Adam’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden
2. Yahweh’s Curse on Creation punishing Adam
3. The Messiah’s suffering for man’s sin

Most importantly, let thorn pricks remind you of the pain of sin and its marring of God’s “very good” creation. Let thorns remind you of the overwhelming grace of God which provides a solution to Adam’s problem of sin and death through the redeeming death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

Rose Bouquet

Questions to Ponder
  1. Do roses enrich your life? Do you use any products or fragrances from roses?
  2. Yahweh gave the Apostle Paul a “thorn in the flesh” to keep him from exalting himself (2 Corinthians 12:7). Do you have a “thorn” which keeps you humble?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Fossil thorn reference: Wilson Stewart and Gar Rothwell, Paleobotany and the Evolution of Plants, Cambridge University Press, 1993, pp. 172–176.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 28th 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?

Read the sequels:
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?

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday June 1, 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)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 25, 2016

Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?

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People sometimes feel sympathy for Adam and Eve because they lost the idyllic Garden of Eden simply for the mistake of eating a piece of forbidden fruit.

Many think Adam’s action has nothing to do with them. They ask, “Why should Adam’s sin impact me?” How could it be fair for Adam’s mistake to affect me?

God embodies Justice in His own holy and exalted nature; He Himself is the eternal essence of what is right and just and fair. But beyond the logical contradiction of questioning one of the Almighty One’s edicts, whether it is fair or not is beside the point. The reality is that we all live in a world broken by Adam’s sin. All the ill effects everyone experiences in life stem from Adam’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden.

The reason why Adam’s sin affects me is that Yahweh created mankind as a race. We are all descendants of Adam and Eve. We are all genetically connected to Adam. When Adam sinned, all of Creation fell with him. All of Adam’s descendants inherited his fallen sin nature.

Adam was the representative head of the human race. He acted and chose for all of us. All humans, except for Jesus of Nazareth, are born with a sin nature inherited from Adam.

Even today we have political representatives who make decisions and choices which alter the destiny of the whole population of a country and sometimes the world. Parents’ decisions affect their children and grandchildren and subsequent generations for good or ill. Adam’s decision to eat the Forbidden Fruit has impacted everyone.

The Apostle Paul explained it this way:
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 — for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. (Romans 5:12-14 NASB)

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Just as we fell into sin and death along with Adam, we can be raised to new life with the Second Adam. Just as we died with the first Adam, so we can live with the Second Adam.
So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:18-19 NASB)

Scripture teaches that Jesus of Nazareth, the Second Adam, was conceived within His mother Mary by the Holy Spirit without a human father. It was a virginal conception. Joseph kept Mary a virgin until after Christ’s birth, so He was literally born of a virgin. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38)

The stunning significance of the Virgin Birth is that Divinity took on humanity. God and man joined in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Godhead. Jesus became fully human while remaining fully divine.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us; we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father (John 1:1, 14).

Salvation and the Virgin Birth are closely connected. Jesus had to be human and sinless to die in man’s place and pay the penalty for man’s sin. A natural son of Joseph and Mary would have been an ordinary sinful human, inheriting a sin nature from Adam. Thus a natural son could not have been a Redeemer.

The stunning significance of the Virgin Birth is that
Divinity took on humanity. God and man joined in
Jesus Christ, so that Jesus became fully human
while remaining fully divine.

Is the sin nature passed through the male alone and not through the female? Scripture does not answer this question, but if true, this would explain the necessity for a virgin birth. For Jesus to be human, divine, and sin-free, the Virgin Birth was essential.

We can’t do anything about being children of Adam. Adam sinned and all of us have inherited his sin nature. We all begin life dead in sin with a proclivity to sin. But God Himself did do something about it.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:4-10 NASB)

Thanks be to God!

Questions to Ponder
  1. Do you think you could have done better than Adam in resisting temptation in the Garden of Eden?
  2. Would you have been a better representative than Adam for the human race?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 27th 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?

Read the sequels:
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?

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday May 25, 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)

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