As part of their ongoing agitation against the evident facts which contradict their reading of Genesis, the Enfield ecclesia in SA recently ran two bible classes. The first was based around Robert Roberts 1898 Christadelphian Magazine article “True Principles and Uncertain Details” – a great article worth reading. While Robert’s article was covered, the class was also setting up a belting of evolutionary creation. Continue reading
Ask for evidence of a change in Adam’s nature and literalists often bluster. Obviously there were big changes in Adam’s circumstances, experience and relationships as a result of sin. However we should stick to what Scripture clearly says. In a recent interaction, one literalist insisted Adam’s fundamental nature changed because while once Adam was very good, Paul says there was no good thing in his flesh. Is this a reasonable argument? Spoiler – no. Continue reading
“There was no miracle wrought in executing the sentence under which Adam and Eve placed themselves . . . We dissent from our correspondent’s ‘notion’ that all creation became corrupt (by which we understand him to mean constitutionally impregnated with corruptibility) at the fall. We believe that the change consequent upon that calamity was moral, not physical. The natural system was the same the day before the fall as the day after.” 
It is little wonder some literalists avoid Eccl 7:29 as a proof text of a change in Adam. Some however love it – particularly those close to the Lampstand Magazine. For discussion in detail see here.
The Spirit of God hath made me, And the breath of the Almighty hath given me life….Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay
Could be Adam speaking but is actually Elihu in Job 33:4-6. Adam needed to breathe. Just like Elihu. The point should be obvious.
More “corrections” to the Bible from the literalist collection. There’s something quite disturbing about being told we must agree with so-called fundamentals that are not in the text. If so much has to be read in, is it really fundamental?
The focus on Adam in Genesis largely misses the point that we are all adam. Scripture clearly aligns all humanity with the first couple in its language. Rather than obsess over biology, we should rather take the point of the demonstration of human failure and divine grace which Gen 2-3 portrays. We can chose to be in Adam or in Christ. Focussing on the later would be healthy. Following is a brief exploration of the way scripture links us to Adam… Continue reading