This post is addressed to Bible believing Christians caught at the crossroads of the Creation vs. Evolution debate, and also those who have already taken one road or the other. I hope that you find this post honoring to God’s word and food for thought. And then, whatever your view on the issue, you will not let it matter not as much as enjoying our loving God and loving one another wholeheartedly.
Now, I don’t want to dissect the multiple variations of each view, nor challenge specific scientific discoveries, theories and claims. Nor will I be dissecting the controversial Genesis creation accounts that we are usually at loggerheads over. My approach is to challenge the claim that one can believe in both the Bible and evolution, by looking throughout the Bible at how it speaks of both Adam and creation.
Firstly, let me ask where Adam fits into your timeline or framework of thinking. Then, I would like you to consider your view on his existence in the light of, not only the beginning of Genesis, but also other books of the Bible, written by multiple authors, in various genre, and at different times over a period of 1500 years, and together covering some 4000 years of history. Determine for yourself if Adam was a real man, or if he is just a representative symbolic figure? And, then ask, if real, who or what was Adam’s predecessor?
Here are the Biblical accounts that relate to Adam. (Was he a real man who existed in time and space?):
(Genesis 2:19) And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
(Genesis 2:20) And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
(Genesis 2:21) And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
(Genesis 2:23) And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
(Genesis 3:8) And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
(Genesis 3:9) And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
(Genesis 3:17) And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
(Genesis 3:20) And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
(Genesis 3:21) Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
(Genesis 4:1) And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
(Genesis 4:25) And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
(Genesis 5:1) This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
(Genesis 5:2) Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
(Genesis 5:3) And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
(Genesis 5:4) And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
(Genesis 5:5) And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
(Deuteronomy 32:8) When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.
(1 Chronicles 1:1) Adam, Sheth, Enosh,
(Job 31:33) If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:
(Luke 3:38) Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.
(Romans 5:14) Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
(1 Corinthians 15:22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
(1 Corinthians 15:45) And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
(1 Timothy 2:13) For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
(1 Timothy 2:14) And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
(Jude 1:14) And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
Also, outside of Genesis, God’s word speaks explicitly and implicitly of humanity being at the beginning of creation:
(Mark 10:6) But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
(2 Peter 3:4) And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
I believe that the Scriptures above show not only in Genesis, but throughout the Bible, that Adam is referred to as the first man at the beginning of creation. So, although Genesis’ creation accounts are poetic, they’re at the same time a literal account. And, based on the entire scope of God’s Word, the proof needed for evolution will be impossible to find, because if it’s found it would make God’s word null and void.
Once you discredit the creation story as literal, you need an alternative that compliments the rest of God’s word. Although the theory of evolution is an interesting idea, it continues as a theory and the burden of proof remains with it. Although the scientific world make discoveries that, intentionally or unintentionally, display the wonders of God’s creation, many of its theories are ever changing and we need to be careful that we are not supporting an argument that has no proof, and worse is in contradiction to God’s word.