role of Adam and Eve

David Campbell (
Mon, 2 Mar 1998 12:26:57 -0400

>I'm sorry that for you Adam and Eve are no more than spiritual metaphors.
>That difference between us no doubt accounts for the difference in our
>conclusions. Concerning the definition of the image of God: it is that
>which Christ redeems. "For those God foreknew he also predestined to be
>conformed to the likeness of his Son...." (Rom. 8:29) "Likeness" here can
>be translated as "image." In Romans 5: 12-19, especially verses 12 and 19,
>Paul teaches that it was Adam who sinned and Christ who takes away that
>sin. I wish you could see that the Bible teaches that the image and the sin
>started with Adam and that Christ redeems that fallen image. That's why I
>think that behaviors, such as tool-making, need not be restricted to image

I think that Adam and Eve were real individuals; however, I'm not certain
that physical descent from them is necessary since physical descent from
Jesus is not necessary for redemption. It seems to me that they could also
be representatives out of a larger group.