Re: 'Ish List (was Antiquity and Unity of the Human Race)

From: Dick Fischer (
Date: Thu May 09 2002 - 20:56:05 EDT

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    Gordon wrote:

    >Thank you for the clarification of your understanding of 'adam and 'ish.
    >With all the exceptions you have listed you can make their meanings agree
    >with the commonly accepted meanings whenever you have to, and so your
    >thesis is probably almost impossible to falsify. It appears to me that
    >with all the multiple meanings you allow for these words you have left the
    >Hebrew writers no way to clearly indicate non-Adamites.

    They write, I try to follow.

    >The translators of the Septuagint generally understood 'ish to mean aner
    >and 'adam to mean anthropos. (Gen. 2:24 is an exception to this.) You can
    >see examples of this in the LXX translation of some verses in which both
    >words occur (Psalm 80:17, Isa. 31:8 & 44:13, Jer. 2:6 & 50:40).
    >If we accept your view, then apparently the dire pronouncement in Genesis
    >9:6 does not apply to the killing of non-Adamites since they weren't
    >created in God's image.

    I'll tell you what I think, Gordon, and everyone can disagree. In
    the four million years of humanity on earth, I believe only one
    person was from the moment of his inception, "created in God's
    image." Adam was "created," meaning he did not evolve, had no
    natural parents, and was intended as God's representative on earth to
    bring mankind into accountability. God intended to introduce himself
    to human beings through a man selected for this purpose. That man
    was Adam.

    "And God said, Let us make (Adam) in our image" (Gen. 1:26). "So God
    created (Adam) in his own image" (Gen.1:27). "And Adam lived an
    hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after
    his image; and called his name Seth" ( Gen. 5:3).

    Genesis 9:1 begins: "And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto
    them ..." Genesis 9:6 is part of the same pronouncement which does
    not end until Genesis 9:17. It has nothing to do with anybody else
    but Noah and his generations. "Whoso sheddeth (an Admite's) blood,
    by (an Adamite) shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made
    he (Adam)" ( Gen. 9:6).

    Now we come to the New Testament. We have the opportunity to be
    "created" anew. II Cor. 5:17: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he
    is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are
    become new." Gal. 6:15: "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision
    availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature."

    Eph. 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto
    good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in
    them. Col. 3:10: "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in
    knowledge after the image of him that created him:" Rom. 8:29: "For
    whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the
    image of His Son ..."

    Christians are "created" in the image of Christ who, in turn, is in
    the image of God. Christ was appointed by God as His representative.
    The second Adam, Christ, was in the "image of God" (II Cor. 4:4) just
    as the first Adam, and the mantle was passed to the followers of

    In I Corinthians 11:7, Paul's instructions were not to unregenerate
    men, but to the redeemed of the church at Corinth. According to
    Paul, they were in "the image and glory of God." They received this
    authority as believers in Christ, "who is the image of the invisible
    God, the firstborn of every creature" (Col. 1:15). Fallen man has no
    claim to God's image unless he receives it through redemption.

    Here is my point. If every single human being on planet earth was
    "created in the image of God," then of what significance would that
    be for Christ? Does Jesus Christ have no office of any greater
    distinction than that given to all of humanity? Is Paul saying that
    just as everybody is in God's image, so is Christ? Or is Paul saying
    that Christ is specially designated, "in the image of the invisible
    God," a designation given to no angel, or any man with the one
    exception - Adam of Genesis.

    So, we are "created" by Christ when we are "born again," and we are
    "in the image and glory of God" when we conform to the "image of His

    Psalm 8 points to the coming Messiah. David affirms that Christ has
    dominion over all things. This was given to Adam at his creation
    (Gen. 1:28), and was intended for his generations (Gen. 9:9), but it
    was clearly placed in Christ's hands. "Thou madest Him to have
    dominion over the works of thy hands: thou hast put all things under
    His feet: all sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; the
    fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea ..." (Psa. 8:6-8).

    The notion that all of mankind has "dominion" over the earth and were
    created in God's "image" derives from the mistaken idea that Adam was
    the ultimate progenitor of the human race. From this, Bible
    expositors have gone overboard postulating the marvelous similarities
    between us and our Creator.

    In what manner are we, his stumbling creatures, like the Most High
    God? Do we possess His holiness, or His righteousness? Can we boast
    of His wisdom? Are we omnipotent? Can we transcend time? Is it in
    our power to forgive sin? Can we grant immortality? No, we mere
    mortals presume too much.

    Our claim to being in His image is on the righteousness of Christ,
    not by any birth right, lest any man should boast. "For my thoughts
    are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord"
    (Isa. 55:8).

    Yours in Christ,

    Dick Fischer - The Origins Solution -
    "The answer we should have known about 150 years ago"

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