A recent paper by Mark Allfree and Matt Davies (Is the Firmament of Genesis Chapter 1 Solid?, 2015) maintains that the firmament of Genesis 1 is not described as a solid dome but rather as an empty expanse. The authors also reject any suggestion that the creation account of Genesis 1 is written as a theological polemic against pagan creation myths. Their primary concern is the historicity of Genesis 1 and its consistency with a modern worldview. This article contends that Allfree and Davies begin with a false premise and arrive at the wrong conclusion via a series of misguided arguments. Continue reading
A staple of anti Evolutionary Creation articles is pointing out the complexity of some detail in creation. This is a bemusing argument from creationists which misses the point. Boiled down the proposition is ‘I don’t know how something so complex could have evolved therefore God must have made it in 6 days’. Continue reading
Evolution does not affect our understanding of the need for atonement; that all humans are mortal, prone to sin, and in need of salvation. Brother Thomas and brother Roberts originally believed Adam and Eve were created mortal and prone to sin.      This did not affect their correct understanding of the atonement. They changed their views on this subject  without being re-baptized. Continue reading
The Lampstand insert continued…they now start to focus on Adam’s condition prior to sin: Continue reading
Once again the Lampstand Magazine has produced an unfortunate article which doesn’t fairly reflect the facts on the ground in an article called “Death the Last Enemy (Part 2)” in Volume 23. The article notably fails (as did the last one) to deal with any of the arguments/rationale advanced by those who accept EC. Continue reading
The bible dictates how we should understand things – including human summaries of the gospel. The Lampstand wishes to insist Adam was the first man in their July 2017 insert. We have already dealt with the scriptural differences between Gen 1 and 2 (which deals therefore with Gen 1:27). The second proof text they advance is the view of Adam that Eve was the mother of all living Gen 3:23, as if Adam was someone informed on the state of the world outside the cloistered garden.
Interestingly as old earth creationists, they strictly believe ‘Adam is the first man in the current creation’ (which is not in the bible of course). This is just bad biblical exposition. In the context of 1 Cor 15:45 Adam is the first man and Jesus the last Adam, Adam the first man and Jesus the second (1Cor 15:47). It’s poor exposition to demand Adam was literally first and Christ spiritually second & last. Nothing more nothing less.