In July 2017 The Lampstand Magazine included a unfortunate and inaccurate insert on evolutionary creation. This post deals with their astray commentary on Gen 1-3 in the insert table. Below is a preproduction of their table on Gen 1-3 with a simple repudiation underneath Continue reading
For more detail on this subject see this post.
Genesis 1 is a wonderful and exciting part of Scripture but its interpretation is complex. I suggest there is evidence from within the passage and on the basis of simple knowledge of God’s works to interpret it as something other than literal history. A minority of early Christadelphians shared this position.
Many of the passages considered in Genesis 2-3 are presented as being hostile to EC. However, on examination, they are neutral – they neither support nor rule out the doctrinal preconditions which would allow some level of evolution as a tool in the hand of God. As to the common proposition that Adam was amortal prior to the Fall and experienced a change in nature, the evidence is strongly to the contrary within Genesis.
“But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.” 1Tim 2:10-15
Why would Paul use the example of Eve here? Are all women in subjection as a punishment for Eve’s transgression? Does this prove she is the literal mother of all women? Continue reading
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” Gen 2:24 KJV
The inspired author adds this explanatory comment to Genesis 2 which teaches marriage as a Divine institution. Christ directly refers back to this passage in Mark 10:6-8 when addressing the question of marriage and divorce. The Pharisees were trying to entrap Christ on the subject and the Lord points to the Garden as the intention and plan of God. This points to the historicity of Adam and Eve. Continue reading
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Gen 2:17 KJV
Were Adam and Eve told that they would incur mortality if they disobeyed God? This is a common exposition of this phrase and if unquestionably correct would count against EC as it would suggest mortality was a new condition (despite the evidence already presented to the contrary).
The record in Genesis has two explicit comments on Adam’s state pre Fall – calling him a living soul as per above and the expression “dying Thou shalt die”. The Hebrew is a grammatical form called the infinitive absolute where the verb is repeated. Essentially it is a repetition of the word “die” to underline the certainty of the statement. Scripture furnishes us plenty of other examples of this pattern so it should not be a contentious matter. Continue reading
While seemingly fundamental now, the idea of Adam being made mortal is not radical in the context of our pioneer writings (let alone Scripture!). Yet brethren inset there is no other reading of the BASF. Eg bro Phil Perry insists the BASF clause 4 & 5 can only be read this way. Both scripture and the history of our community reject this narrow reading. Bro Robert in 1869 wrote as follows: Continue reading