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    Weighing in on Macro-Evolution and the Christian

    The Bible declares that all death came into the world through sin. That same sin was paid for in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus physical death paid for the sin that caused Adam's physical death (and ours).

    One of the most discouraging trends, even among some who call themselves Reformed, is to embrace macro-evolution ... whether it is to appear respectable among intellectuals and peers, I do not know. But such a teaching is clearly inconsistent with the biblical gospel at its core. One cannot embrace evolution without profoundly changing the substance of orthodox theology. So it seems to me when scientists finally do conclude that evolution is false, (and they will) it is sad to consider that theologians very well might be the last people standing who still believe in it.

    But isn't that spiritual death? some might say:

    Physical death, not just spiritual death, came into the world through sin. The (Hebrew) God created the spirit and the body as a unit, not to be bifurcated. To say that death was only spiritual is a Greek/Hellenistic concept of God and the soul, not a Hebrew one. We do not float up to heaven after the judgment but are resurrected in body and soul. The fact that Jesus had to (among other things) die physically for Adam's sin simply demonstrates this to be a fact. Was Jesus death (absorbing the wrath of God for us) merely a spiritual one? What about his resurrection? Was that only spiritual as well?

    Posted by John on September 16, 2013 07:29 PM

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    Hi there, thanks for a great apologetics blog. I've been enjoying the various articles since I discovered it yesterday.

    I'd like to raise issue with the thought of physical death being brought into the world by Adam's sin. As we know, there was a tree of life in the garden of Eden. Therefore it is clear that Adam and Eve were physically designed for death & decay except they eat from the tree of life, which they had not been forbidden to eat from (however, given their state of complete innocence and possibly ignorance, they may not have known it existed in the garden). So even if they hadn't sinned their bodies eventually would have died.

    One other insight into death being built into the world from its foundation is the fact that they were living in a garden while the rest of the planet presumably was not a garden. The reason the garden was a garden was because God was presumably tending it, probably also with Adam and Eve's help. But we don't have evidence from the scriptures that that garden would have flourished without anyone's tending to it, or that the rest of the planet was naturally going to flourish as a garden without being tended, and able to only live and grow rather than die and decay. It seems more evident that physical death and decay was a natural design for two reasons: first the tree of life existing prior to the fall, and second, and this is a weaker point, that when Christ returns as depicted in Revelation there is a new heaven and new earth. Even as Jesus said while on the earth, "heaven and earth will pass away but my words will never pass away." So it would seem that part of the physical laws God created is simply lifecycle – we see it in plants, animals, humans, organizations, civilizations and apparently the earth as a physical planet.

    One last example of physical death and decay, or lifecycle if you will, are stars. Scientists are able to observe stars being born and dying. You could argue that they're part of creation and therefore subject to the fall of Man and the curse of sin. But as with the examples above, it's doubtful they were built as everlasting creations when vegetation, mankind and the planet seem to have been designed with a lifecycle in mind.

    Lastly, the biggest atrocity or implication of the fall of man is simply that man was no longer able to live with God, as Adam "walked with God in the cool of the day." Throughout the Old Testament we see the prophecies that in the end God will heal our hearts and spiritual condition and come to make his abode with mankind again. This seems to be the ultimate redemption and restoration of creation. But As mentioned above, he plans on there being yet a new heaven and new earth. Therefore it would seem God was not like, "Oh boy, now things are going to start dying around here" because Adam sinned. But rather Adam was charged with leaving the garden and not being able to live with God any longer.

    Thanks for reading all of this stream of consciousness. Please excuse any typos as this was dictated through Siri on an iPhone. :-)

    Daniel

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