Re: Publicity for Genesis Reconsidered

Date: Fri May 17 2002 - 19:51:32 EDT

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    Hi Jim,

    You wrote to Peter concerning his belief and mine that Gen. 1: 27,28 refers
    to God's creation of the human race prior to His creation of Adam and Eve.
    You told him, "The YEC crowd will laugh at you. They know that just about all
    of the evidence points to Gen 1:26-27 being Adam."

    The only "evidence" I know of which can be used to support the YEC
    understanding and Dick Fischer's "only Adam and his line were made in God's
    image" understanding of Gen. 1:26,27 is that Gen. 5:1,2 seems to identify the
    "man" of Gen.1:27 with the "Adam" of Gen. 2. However, as I and Peter have
    both pointed out, there are ways of understanding Gen. 5:1,2 in which we see
    no such identification being made.

    You wrote: The Bible is Hebrew history.

    As Peter correctly pointed out, the Bible, including Genesis, is far more
    than Hebrew history. God's covenant with Abraham was made for the purpose of
    blessing "all the peoples on earth." (Gen. 12:3)

    But let's say that your narrow view of the Old Testament is correct. Were not
    the many nations of people who interacted with the Jewish people for the
    thousands of years which passed between Adam and Christ as much a part of
    "Hebrew history" as "every living and moving thing with which the water
    teems," "every winged bird," and "all the creatures which move along the
    ground"? Certainly they were! Yet in your opinion and that of some others the
    writer of Genesis felt God's creation of tuna, chickens and lizards deserved
    to be mentioned in his "Hebrew history" but not God's creation of non-Hebrew
    human beings.

    Why would any historian have written such a "Hebrew history" in Genesis 1?
    Certainly people like the Egyptians who enslaved the Israelites for hundreds
    of years played a bigger role in early "Hebrew history" than "the great
    creatures of the sea." Yet, according to you, the writer of Genesis felt the
    origin of sea monsters was a more important part of Hebrew history than the
    origin of the Egyptians.

    Properly employed, Gen. 1:27-30 is a powerful teaching tool to help show
    young earth creationists that they misunderstand the Bible and the history of
    the earth. By reading Gen. 1 and 2 chronologically we can show them from the
    scriptures themselves that Adam was not the first man and that there is no
    conflict between science, which tells us that men just like us have been on
    earth for many tens of thousands of years, and the Bible which clearly
    indicates that Adam was created by God only several thousand years ago.

    Why you cling to your, "Gen. 1: 26,27 is referring to Adam and Eve," position
    I have no idea. I understand why Dick does. He thinks Adam was created "to
    bear God's image" to the world. I disagree with him. But I understand his
    position. However, I don't understand why you hold onto this belief.


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