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Abraham was the first Hebrew. 'Jews' come from Judah, the son of Jacob, Abraham's grandson. Disciples were first called 'Christians' in Antioch during the first century. God revealed himself to Adam by speaking to him, so Adam cannot be considered 'pre-religion'. There was only one race in the beginning, because there was only one man in the beginning and ...


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This is such a big subject, you really need to read a book about it. All I can do in a short answer is to point you to one which deals with that question, and many more, all related to a global flood catastrophe. This particular book is a revised edition of 1994 and I will stick to chapter 3, headed, The Effects of the Flood are Visible Today, sticking also ...


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Just accepting that God is, is not faith. James makes this clear in his epistle : Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. [James 2:19 KJV] But it is clear that Adam did have faith. After God promises a seed that will bruise the head of the serpent (from above, and therefore a seed that ascends above) ...


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He is trying in a “soft” way (i.e. not with absolute impossibility) to suppress freedom of choice by prohibiting to obtain the required knowledge to choose. There was no suppression of the freedom of choice: God said "don't do this". Adam and Eve now know that they have a choice about whether to obey God or not. If they obey, they have freely ...


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"Christian" is a term that was invented by non-Christians, and later accepted by Christians:: … So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. — Acts 11:26 The early Christians referred to themselves as "the Church of God": … has ...


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God told no lie. He told the couple absolute truth when he warned that if they partook of something that appeared to be good and desirable (the forbidden fruit), they would die. And die they did. In a two-fold sense they died. Given that they had not partaken of the fruit of the Tree of Life, they were not immortal. That is why God debarred them from access ...


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There are several instances in the Bible where God gives a warning about a future judgement. On a short timescale, He gives a demonstration as a warning. On a longer timescale, he executes the full impact of his decree if no change in behavior has occurred. In this case, the demonstration of mortality is Cain slaying Abel, which likely occurred within two ...


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No understanding will come until we first grasp why the Tree of Life was in the Garden. Life is the opposite of death. To live without death is what happens to humans who believe what God says on the matter of life. (Jesus confirmed that in his gospel.) Adam found himself alive in a glorious Paradise, and he conversed with his Maker. His every need was ...


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When did senescence enter the animal kingdom? To speak openly we may not know the exact moment when they became dying? But we have a few key points that the Scriptures can help in giving some perspectives on the question. Immediately after Adam and Eve sinned, we are told that they made clothing for themselves. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they ...


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You ask, "Why did knowledge of good and evil result in death?" The simple answer: Because God said it would. This is not to belittle your question. It is a good question. We need not, however, make the answer much more complicated than it needs to be. When God said "you must not . . . or you will die," he was--in modern parlance--telling ...


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I'm an Anglican layman and don't know what the official position of the Church is on this. Owing to the lack of citations to Church literature, count this as a non-answer, and hold out for better ones. What follows is just my personal understanding of the subject. I've always seen death as an act of mercy by God. Most of us live very sheltered lives and don'...


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No. A flood covering the land to a height higher than the Mt. Ararat is not possible. The amount of water on earth is by far not sufficient to have such phenomenon, even if all ice melted (and it is scientifically proven that it didn't) and all water in the atmosphere was on the land (which would contradict the telling of the Bible, saying that it rained ...


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Are there any remains/fossils after Noah's flood? Many believe that such discoveries exist. But the big question here is how to interpret the physical and biological finds. That is the biggest obstacle! One example is how to explain why there are fish fossils near the top of Mt. Everest. Was it a caused by some sort of universal flood or simply by the ...


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Did Adam need to have faith for his salvation? The short answer is yes. Without both faith and hope that God would eventually forgive both Adam and Eve, they both would have fallen into terminal despair. Adam lived 930 years and that was plenty of time for the first father of all mankind to repent of his original sin. If he had not kept faith in God then ...


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I don't know if this will help or confuse you, but here it is. Gen 1:1 is actually "the heavens and the earth". "Heavens" is plural in the original Hebrew and in almost all translations. (I suspect you're using the original King James version, not the New King James Version.) 2Cor 12:2 explicitly mentions that "… one was caught up to ...


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Summary Romans 6:16 (all verses KJV) Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves as doulos, to obey, his doulos ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? The solution is to not read “free will” so heavily into the Bible, and to not believe in free will as an ultimate good per se, or maybe even not believe it ...


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Are plants "living things"? No. Biblically speaking, "living things" refers to organisms with "the breath of life". Plants do not engage in an O₂ → CO₂ respiration cycle and thus, Biblically, are not "alive". Moreover, "life", Biblically, is found in blood. Accordingly, insects and microorganisms are also not ...


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Was Adam with Eve when the serpent tempted her? Personally, I do not believe so, but there are some Catholic intellectuals such as Msgr. Charles Pope who states that Adam was indeed present, even though Cornelius à Lapide, S.J. in his Commentary on Genesis believed in the opposite point of view, which is the traditional Catholic viewpoint. Nevertheless, ...


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Was it on the basis that after the devastation of the flood, man was allowed animal flesh? 1And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 2And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon ...


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First of all, remember that the heavens existed and God had created angels long before he created the physical universe (Job 38:7). We can be sure that he created the angels with the same free will because some of them went on to practice evil (Gen 6:2). The issues related to free will and to good/evil may well have already been tested before the creation of ...


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It looks like Nahor left Ur to join Abraham & Terah in Harran. His family would have known of the God of Abraham. That explained why Laban’s first word remarkably addressed Abraham’s servant as “one who is blessed by Yahweh” (Gen 24:31). And Laban attributed it to Yahweh who divinely directed the servant to find Rebekah as Isaac’s chosen wife (Gen 24:50)....


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Good question. Per the notes from the Net Bible below, there are several possible explanations. I would add that what we have in Genesis is surely only a summary of God's interactions with Adam and Eve and it is reasonable to assume God may have made Himself clear in other ways as well. Moreover, even if Adam and Eve did not fully understand what God meant, ...


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One idea, that was expressed by Martin Luther, is that the tree of knowledge of good & evil was a place of worship. Here is an extended quote from Luther's Commentary on Genesis: If therefore Adam had not fallen, this tree would have been a common temple or church, a sure palace to which all might have flocked. Thus it was afterwards, when nature was in ...


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were all animals vegetarian/vegan before the fall? Yes; they were created this way (Genesis 1:30), and will be this way again in the New Creation (Isaiah 65:17-25). Did carnivores evolve from vegetarian ancestors? Be careful with the word "evolve". Evolutionism is an anti-theistic fallacy that has never been demonstrated and the only "...


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Speaking the same thing The full text of 1 Cor. 1:10 (KJV) reads: Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. [emphasis mine] From the context, Paul was not saying that the ...


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For those who believe there was no historical Adam and Eve, how does Christianity make sense? How can Christianity make sense without a literal Adam and Eve? In a sense, one can not, at least in the sense that for the average Christian to understand the various aspects of this question, one has to believe that there at least had to be a first man and a ...


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OP: "How can the theologically “progressive” Christian explain the origin of sin, humanity’s state of sin, and the purpose of Christ’s atonement without resorting to Adam and Eve?" Adam and Eve, whether allegory or factually accurate, is a revelation of man's state from our three-part essence to our two-part essence and, if a born-again Christian, ...


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From a personal point of view, it is because the exact interpretation of what the Adam and Eve story really represents has no influence on my day to day life. I can see that interpretations that posit that Adam and Eve were two people exist, and those that posit that Adam and Eve were a community of (proto) humans exist, and those that posit that is it an ...


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All creatures were created mortal, if not - there would be no need for the tree of life. The tree of life was something only given to mankind, not animals. Animals do not possess Torah, nor Knowledge of good and evil. The ox doesn't know it gored the neighbor, thusly we are responsible for paying back the damage done. Exo 21:28-36 ULT If an ox gores a man or ...


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If we are to take the Bible at face value, it would seem to tell us that animals became mortal when Creation was cursed (Genesis 3:17, Romans 8 19-22), following The Fall. "Death came through sin" (Romans 5:12). The Bible clearly teaches that death is a consequence of sin. While some will argue that this refers only to human death, one must also ...


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