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Losing Adam means losing my dignity.
Losing Adam means losing my humanity.
Losing Adam means that I have no adequate explanation for the sinfulness of my soul or my race
Losing Adam means losing hope, for my solidarity with Adam as a man condemned finds its Scriptural counterpart in my solidarity with Christ, the last Adam, as a man redeemed.. . . Losing Adam means losing not only my present but also my future hope. If there is no earthly man whose image I have borne, what confident expectation do I have of one day bearing the image of the heavenly man?
Losing Adam means losing Christ.
Jeremy expands each of these points in “Losing Adam.”
One church in England has put together a series of videos that deal with the question of faith and science. The unique feature of this series is that they are all done by scientists. Another unique feature is that they are all short (no more than 3 minutes) and easy to understand. There may be a few things I might say differently in a few of these videos but overall they are very helpful. Here’s the introductory one.
To see all twelve of them go here.
Absolutely! As Mike Reeves argues, if the Adam of Genesis 1-3 is simply a mythological figure of sorts, then the good news of the gospel really turns bad. You should read this well-written article which begins:
Picture the scene: George Whitefield has just been preaching. Everywhere, eyes are shining and people are talking of the wonderful grace of Christ. Thousands of hearts have been overthrown and melted; lives have been remade.
Now, if the church gives up believing in a historical Adam, we will never see such scenes again.
A bit strong?
Not at all. For it is not just that the biblical genealogies depict Adam as a historical figure, not just that Paul can build core arguments on his belief that Adam was as real a man as Christ (Romans 5; 1 Corinthians 15). Adam has a significance in the Bible that far outstrips the simple number of mentions he gets. In fact, he has a significance so great that without him we no longer have a recognisably Christian gospel.
Given space restraints, I will point out just two ways mythologizing Adam uproots the gospel.
Reeves goes on to argue that mythologizing Adam makes God look bad and it disembowels the gospel. So click and read “Why the Good News Turns Bad Without Adam.”
In our Sunday School class we are studying Genesis 1 and 2 and dealing with the issue of biblical creationism vs. evolution. Some may ponder does it really matter what a Christian believes about the origins of our universe? After all there are so many different options out there, so many different viewpoints even among Christians. I like how Aaron Armstrong approaches the subject:
Does it matter if Christianity and evolution are compatible or not?
When people ask this question, here’s what they (usually) really mean: Can you be a Christian and believe in evolution? That’s what people really want to know.
Understandably, Christians want to avoid setting up unnecessary barriers to their friends and family hearing the gospel and potentially coming to faith—and this is a big one.
It’s a pretty audacious claim, isn’t it? (It’s also the only creation account I’ve found so far that doesn’t involve some sort of conflict.) I totally get why people don’t “get” this and don’t see it as a “must have” of the Christian faith.
So does it really matter if Christianity and evolution are compatible?
To be clear: this is not an issue of salvation—one can believe the gospel andbe a genuine believer while embracing evolution. However, it does present numerous problems:
Keep reading for two of the problems Aaron sees we will have if we dismiss a six-day creation model.
God’s creation is so diverse. We watched this video yesterday about life in the sea we rarely think about.
Some of these creatures in the sea are actually longer than a blue whale. And yet some are so small that one teaspoon of seawater can contain up to a million organisms.
Learn about plankton today and remember that they are just another evidence of God’s hand in all creation!
Peter Enns has a new book out The Evolution of Adam published by formerly reliable Baker Books.
Ken Ham reviews it here: “The Enns Justifies the Means” of which the following is an excerpt:
I will leave you with a challenge. There are Christian college and seminary professors who are enamored by academics like Dr. Enns with their new ideas attempting to fit man’s religion of evolution and millions of years into the Bible. In some respects, I think this view of scholarship is akin to Gnosticism. Gnostics believe they possess some special knowledge to share with the world. And despite all the great men and women of God in the past who have treated Genesis as straightforward, literal history, it wasn’t until this era that we now have new, special knowledge that will supposedly give us a correct understanding of the Word of God. In essence, this academic is telling us that his approach is the new way to understand God’s Word and what it means. Apart from using this novel approach to the Bible, argues Dr. Enns, you can’t discern what the Scriptures teach.
It appears we have a dire situation in the church today. There is a new “magisterium”—a group of theologians like Dr. Enns who want to tell us how and what to believe in regard to what God’s Word states in Genesis (and now Romans too).
Frankly, I’m much more concerned about the disastrous influence of Bible scholars like Dr. Enns and his undermining of the Bible than I am by the outside attacks of atheists. Dr. Enns’s attack on biblical authority should be a reminder to all Christians that they need to be equipped with answers. If more Christians properly armed themselves to combat compromise in the church and were also more emboldened to share their faith with non-Christians, they could be a tremendous force in this world.
A book like Dr. Enns’s should be a wake-up call to all Christians to courageously and boldly stand for the Christian faith in our culture—to be the salt and light we must be in our increasingly secularized world. As Paul wrote to Timothy, “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Let’s pray that all Bible-believing Christians will begin standing against those who compromise God’s Word; let’s make our voices heard in Christian colleges, seminaries, churches, and all of Christendom.