Category: Adam and Eve

Adam, Eve, the Gospel and the Truthfulness of Scripture

Introduction The historicity of Adam is one of the most debated issues in modern Christianity. There are many who simply do not believe Adam and Eve existed, even within the Church.  Some scholars do not believe that the existence of a literal Adam and Eve is crucial to Christian doctrines of the Fall, and Redemption. William Dembski, college professor and senior Fellow with Discovery Institute Center for Science and culture, writes: “The theodicy the defense of God’s goodness in view of the existence of evil developed in this book is certainly compatible with a literal Adam and Eve. But it does not require a literal Adam and Eve. What it does require is that a group of hominids, however many, had their loyalty to God fairly tested; moreover, on taking the test, they all failed.”[i] Others believe that the Genesis account of the creation of man and the fall may be allegorical. Francis Collins states, “The real problem for the believer comes down to whether Genesis 2 is describing a special act of miraculous creation hat applied to a historic couple or whether this is a poetic and powerful allegory of God’s plan for the entrance of the spiritual nature (the soul and the Moral law into humanity.”[ii] Peter Enns, author, former professor, and Senior Fellow of Biblical Studies for Biologos, in an interview for Christianity Today reveals: “To...

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Death in Adam, Life in Christ

Introduction Every person is affected by Adam’s disobedience; the effects of which are felt everyday because every man, woman, and child is born into original sin, and has thus received a sin nature. Only Christ through His atoning sacrifice can justify His people by removing the stain of sin and death through His death and resurrection. This paper will explore Romans 5:12-21. Background Immediate Context The immediate context of Romans 5:12-17 is Romans 5:1-11 where Paul completes his case that God justifies sinners on the basis of faith alone, and then turns to counter the notion that although believers receive salvation by faith, they will reserve it by good works. He argues that they are bound eternally to Jesus Christ, preserved by his power and not by human effort (Isa. 11:5; Ps. 36:5; Lam. 3:23; Eph. 1:18-20; 2 Tim. 2:13; Heb. 10:23). For the Christian, the evidences of that eternal tie are: 1) his peace with God (Rom. 5:1-2) his standing in grace (v.2a); 3) his hope of glory (vv.2b-5a); 4) his receiving of divine love (vv.5b-8); 5) his certain escape of divine wrath (vv.9-10); and 6) his joy in the Lord (v.11). Romans 5:12-21 is one of the most enigmatic passages in the entire book, Paul sets out to show how one man’s death can provide salvation for many. To prove his point, he uses Adam to establish...

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