It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 17)

Satan, the embodiment of rebellion against God and evil, is present in the Garden. His task is to entice the first humans to enter into a state of rebellion and sin.Adam has one thing not to do. This is precisely what he did. Eve was tempted by Satan first and then gave the forbidden fruit … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 17)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 16)

The Hebrew word that is used here is Muwth (04191). The word is used over eight hundred times in the Old Testament and its meaning almost always has to do with death in some form.It is also interesting and significant to note in the passage that Adam does not ask for clarification about the meaning … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 16)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 15)

God places the man in a garden and he and the woman begin their life together. God has only one prohibition.· “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 15)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 13)

However, the Bible reveals that God provides food for the predator, · “…young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God.” Psalm 104:21 (NIV)· “Who provides for the raven its prey when its young ones cry to God for help and wander about for lack of food?” Job 38:41 (ESV)If the Bible acknowledges … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 13)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 11)

What does all this mean? How do we evaluate and integrate this evidence into a coherent whole? I have to say that this task requires objectivity. Objectivity requires us to follow the evidence where it leads.The controversy between Young-Earth and Old-Earth Creationists seems to focus on the issue of death before Adam’s Fall. I think … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 11)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 7)

There is a word missing both in the English and Hebrew:Perfect.The translation of perfect is not present in any of the uses of towb and m’od. Some interpreters would call the creation perfect because of other Scripture passages that describe God’s work. However, we have to look at what the Hebrew words actually mean here.We … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 7)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 5)

THE FIRST MAJOR QUESTION: What does special and general revelation tell us about the world and death before the Fall?If we look at the primary creation passage, Genesis 1, we can see several things about God’s creation.First, the Genesis account gives us the ability to interpret the age of the Earth as being old. The … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 5)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 4)

So far, we’ve seen that the issue of death before Adam’s sin is a vexing issue among Christians. Well-meaning Christians have taken sides on the issue. Some have generated heat rather than light.However, there is light that can help us move to a resolution of this issue.I believe dual revelation will help us answer the … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 4)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 3)

Between the two views of Young-Earth and Old-Earth creationism, we have divergent views of the issue of death before and after the Fall of man. This issue touches on the nature and goodness of God, the problem of evil, the nature of death, and the atoning work of Jesus.It is an issue that Christians should … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 3)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 1)

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in his long poem In Memoriam A.H.H. (1850), gave a description of the natural order,Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and clawWith ravine, shriek’d against his creedTennyson used this phrase “red in tooth and claw” to describe the dilemma between the apparent callousness of the natural realm versus the love embodied in the … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 1)