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11. Was There Death Before Adam Sinned?

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Was There Death Before Adam Sinned?

Ken Ham

Annie’s cruel death destroyed Charles’s tatters of beliefs in a moral, just universe. Later he would say that this period chimed the final death-knell for his Christianity. Charles [Darwin] now took his stand as an unbeliever."[1]

When Charles Darwin wrote his famous book On the Origin of Species, he was in essence writing a history concerning death. In the conclusion of the chapter entitled "On the Imperfections of the Geological Record," Darwin wrote, "Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows."[2]

From his evolutionary perspective on the origin of life, Darwin recognized that death had to be a permanent part of the world. Undoubtedly, he struggled with this issue as he sought to reconcile some sort of belief in God with the death and suffering he observed all around him, and which he believed had gone on for millions of years.

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28. Do Evolutionists Believe Darwin's Ideas about Evolution?

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Do Evolutionists Believe Darwin’s Ideas about Evolution?

Roger Patterson and Dr. Terry Mortenson

Charles Darwin first published his ideas on evolution over 150 years ago. In those 150 years we have come to understand the complexity of life, and many new scientific fields have shed light on the question of the validity of Darwin’s evolutionary hypothesis. Few people have actually read the works of Darwin, and if they did they might be shocked to read some of Darwin’s ideas. In this chapter we will take a look at what Darwin and other early evolutionists believed and how those ideas have changed over time.

Darwin was wrong on many points, and there would be few who would disagree with this claim. But if Darwin was wrong on some points, does that mean that the entire hypothesis of evolution is proven wrong?

What Is Evolution?

Like many words, evolution has many different uses depending on its context. The general concept of the word is "change over time." In that sense, one might say that a butterfly evolves from an egg to a caterpillar to a winged butterfly and a child evolves into an adult. There is no disputing that individual organisms change over time. However, using the word in this way is quite misleading for the origins debate. Darwin’s hypothesis involves a very different concept.

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20. Did Jesus Say He Created in Six Literal Days?

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Did Jesus Say He Created in Six Literal Days?

Ken Ham

A very important question we must ask is, What was Jesus view of the days of creation? Did He say that He created in six literal days?

When confronted with such a question, most Christians would automatically go to the New Testament to read the recorded words of Jesus to see if such a statement occurs.

Now, when we search the New Testament Scriptures, we certainly find many interesting statements Jesus made that relate to this issue. Mark 10:6 says, But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. From this passage, we see that Jesus clearly taught that the creation was young, for Adam and Eve existed from the beginning, not billions of years after the universe and earth came into existence. Jesus made a similar statement in Mark 13:19 indicating that mans sufferings started very near the beginning of creation. The parallel phrases of from the foundation of the world and from the blood of Abel in Luke 11:5051 also indicate that Jesus placed Abel very close to the beginning of creation, not billions of years after the beginning. His Jewish listeners would have assumed this meaning in Jesus words, for the first-century Jewish historian Josephus indicates that the Jews of his day believed that both the first day of creation and Adams creation were about 5,000 years before Christ.[1]

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21. What about Cosmology?

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What about Cosmology?

Dr. Danny Faulkner

Since the late 1960s, the dominant cosmology has been the big-bang model. The big bang is a hypothetical event in which the universe suddenly appeared 13.71 billion years ago. Initially much smaller, denser, and hotter, the universe expanded and cooled to the one that we see today. The big-bang theory is a radical departure from more than two millennia of thinking on cosmology, for since ancient times many Western scientists and philosophers had assumed that the universe was eternal. It ought to be obvious that an eternal universe does not square with Genesis 1:1, which declares that "in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth," collectively referring to the creation of all that exists in the physical world.

Many Christians have embraced the big-bang cosmology, distilling the theory down to the fact that the big bang represents a beginning of the universe, apparently in some concordance with Genesis 1:1. However, closer examination reveals that the big bang does not agree with the details of the biblical creation account at all.

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16. Did People like Adam and Noah Really Live Over 900 Years of Age?

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Did People Like Adam and Noah Really Live Over 900 Years of Age?

Dr. David Menton & Dr. Georgia Purdom

Methuseleh lived 900 years but these stories you’re liable to read in the Bible, they ain’t necessarily so."[1]

Along with American composer George Gershwin, many people find it difficult to believe that Methuselah lived to be 969 years old. Nevertheless, the Bible teaches quite plainly that the early patriarchs often lived to be nearly 1,000 years old and even had children when they were several hundred years old! Similar claims of long life spans are found in the secular literature of several ancient cultures (including the Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Indians, and Chinese). But even a life span of nearly 1,000 years is sadly abbreviated when we consider that God initially created us to liveforever.

According to the Bible, God created the first humans — Adam and Eve — without sin and with the ability to live forever. God gave the first human couple everything they needed for their eternal health and happiness in the Garden of Eden; but He warned them not to eat fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil or they would die, as indeed would all their descendants after them (Genesis 2:1617). When Satan’s deception prompted Eve to disobey this command and then Adam willfully disobeyed, their minds and bodies profoundly changed (Genesis 3). Not only did they become subject to death, but their firstborn child (Cain) became the world’s first murderer. Truly, the wages of sin is death, physically and spiritually. It is sobering to think that the Bible would have been only a few pages long — from creation to the fall into sin — were it not for the undeserved love of God who both promised and sent the Messiah to save us from sin and death (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 25:8; Psalm 49:1415; 1 John 5:13).

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