Category: Genesis

Peter Enns, Jesus and Genesis

In the past few years, a handful of books from ostensibly conservative Christians have challenged the traditional interpretation that God created man from the dust of the ground. Instead, these authors have argued for some eclectic blend of creation and evolution when it comes to mankind’s origins. An Old Error Given New Life The danger of reinterpreting Genesis and the precedent it sets are many. If one desires to reinterpret (reject) certain parts of God’s Word because of man’s fallible opinions about the past that are based on anti-supernatural presuppositions, then at what point do we stop reinterpreting the Bible? If Genesis should be reinterpreted to accommodate billions of years and other evolutionary ideas proposed by the majority of scientists, should we not also reinterpret other sections of Scripture that are at odds with the majority of scientists, such as the virgin birth, Resurrection or ascension of Christ? “Oh, come on, that will never happen,” some Christians might argue. The door of compromise has now been opened to such an extent that the gospel itself is under attack. In one of his most recent books, intended to provide a rational for rethinking Christianity in light of the claims of current evolutionary theories, Dr. Peter Enns promotes the idea that Adam and Eve were not real, historical people. To bolster this claim, Enns relies on the discredited documentary hypothesis to...

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Genesis 315 and The protoevangelium

Is Genesis 3:15 this verse really the “Protevangelium”? Yes or No. Yes this verse does teach protevangelium. The context of Genesis 3 is the Fall. Eve eats of the apple from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The result of this is that they realize that they are naked and thus clothe themselves. God comes along looking for them and asking them where they are. The result is that Adam and Eve come out tell God that they are naked, and God says how did they know that. The result is the curse and the fall of man. In the midst of this setting then the passage on Genesis 3:15 is set which says, “15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Dr. Kent Hughes says, “What we have here is an astounding gospel prophecy because God’s curse upon the serpent turned into a word of grace, giving what has been recognized from the second century A.D. as the “first gospel,’ the protevangelium, when the post-apostolic fathers Justin Martyr and Irenaeus preached that the woman’s offspring (literally “seed”) here referred to Christ who would crush Satan’s head. This has been the church’s position, with little variation, until the rise of modern biblical criticism, which views it as...

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