Posts Tagged ‘Adam’

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7.)

This man, who would later come to be known as Adam, became the first living, at least animal life, on the face of the earth, bar none, according to the chronology given in Genesis chapter 2.

For a treatment on whether the creation of Adam and Eve was literal or figurative, you may wish to read my two-part series, starting at: “Was Adam Created from Clay?”

First there was water in some form (we’re told it was a mist) that watered the whole face of the earth, then there was Adam.


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The Creation of Mankind

Now we shall consider the creation sequence that exists in Genesis chapter 2. It isn’t as extensive as in chapter 1 and only covers the physical creation or formation of the earth’s fauna and flora.

However, before we begin, let us take a closer look at Genesis 1:26-28:

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth . . .


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There is another reason Adam and Eve had to fall beside taking upon themselves carnality in order to reproduce.

Adam and Eve could not know either joy or happiness until they had known both sorrow and unhappiness. After all, what would there be to compare joy and happiness to if they had not known sorrow and unhappiness? Nothing.

Without sorrow and unhappiness, Adam and Eve would have been in a constant state of being without even knowing what they were experiencing.

What joy is there in that?

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And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. (Genesis 1:28.)

Are two babies ashamed of their nakedness while in each others’ company? No, of course not. Neither were Adam and Eve ashamed because they were as innocent as two babes.

They were so innocent that the commandment to be “fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth” was the farthest thing from their minds. In fact, it wasn’t even on their minds.

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Many Christians believe that if Adam and Eve had not partaken of the forbidden fruit, we would all be living joyful lives in the garden in Eden with them, even to this day.

Think about it. There would be no death, no sickness, nothing but happiness and joy! Doesn’t that sound wonderful indeed?

But is it realistic?

No sickness would be nice, but no death?

If there were no death, you and I would be living along side maybe 25-30 billion people, according to some estimates. I don’t recall if that number includes our present 7 billion people or not. In any event, were there no death, God would have to expand the garden in Eden, like maybe to the size of Jupiter?

Can anyone say overpopulation?

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The design that went into the human body is a miracle beyond miracles when you consider how everything is integrated together, yet each organ and system working its own individual miracles. And the deeper one gets into the body’s functioning (via microscope), the more miraculous it becomes.

I must admit that given the complexity of the human body, I have a hard time with the one-puff-of-air theory of creation from a sculpture of dirt or clay. The only choice I have is to consider that this one sentence verse is symbolic in nature.

I will briefly discuss the creation of Eve. It is different and equally mystifying.

“And the Lord God said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. . . . And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man” (Genesis 2:18,21-22).


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“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7).

We live in an orderly universe.

I believe God to be a God of order.

I believe God works by universal laws and principles.

Whether or not God created those laws and principles is irrelevant to me.

What is relevant to me is—if God broke those laws, he would cease to be God.

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