Category Archives: Genesis 2

Literalist creationists become non-literal when it suits them

The South Australian issued “IEAC Reaffirmation Statement” claimed that the supporting ecclesias took the Genesis creation record as “literal in all its details”.  This is simply incorrect as demonstrated by Gen 2:19-20 where Adam names every animal and bird.  The record five times tells us Adam named all/every animal and bird.  This all happened in less than one day.  Do the literalists think so?  No.  They don’t.  They adopt an inconsistent pick and mix approach to Genesis 1-3. Continue reading

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We are all adam

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

Conclusion from Genesis 1-4

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.

Eve’s failure is used as a principle for all women

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

The institution of marriage

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