It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 14)

THE SECOND MAJOR QUESTION: What happened at the Fall?Let’s continue to use our dual revelation framework as we look at the Fall.The sixth great creation period, or day, was a time of great change. The first great change was in the introduction of something new, a species that the Earth had never seen before.That new … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 14)

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 12)

We must ask ourselves what is sin?In the Bible, sin takes the meaning of “violating of the law of God,” “breaking covenant with God,” and “willful and prideful rebellion against God.” Can an animal violate God’s law? Can an animal break the covenant made with God? Does an animal engage in prideful rebellion against God? … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 12)

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 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 2)

Christians see this record in nature as well. Some recoil from it. Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, a leading Young-Earth creationist organization says,“As soon as one allows for millions of years, one has to accept death, bloodshed, disease, and suffering before sin, since the millions of years are invariably applied to the fossil … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 2)

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)

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)