Article of the Month

October 2011




On the ninth of August, National Public Radio aired a report detailing the argument of Evangelical Christians with scientists, apparently within their own fellowship. These scientists were, in short, admonishing Evangelical Christianity to come into the 21st Century by admitting that mankind, according to these scientists, did not begin with two common parents.

As with many “reformed” Christians, the scientists “retain” the Bible by explaining it as lovely poetry, intriguing stories, moral lessons, and everything else EXCEPT an accurate portrayer of history. Adam and Eve in Eden is to them simply a naïve explanation of how humanity got here. This kind of casual disregard for the Bible and its contents demonstrates that these scientists know as little about the Bible as most of the rest of us know about the intricacies of DNA.


—  Not To Convince  —


We are not presenting this article to convince these scientists. That is not important. Their salvation (along with the salvation of nearly everyone else) is not dependent upon their understanding or believing now. We are presenting this article merely to make one point. That point has to do with the Biblical genealogy which makes the scientists’ denial of our first parents a very flawed argument. Additionally, scientific discoveries in DNA and genetics, rather than denying Adam and Eve, are giving support to the Biblical record. 


—   Literal?  —


It should first be said that Evangelical Christians frequently proclaim the total literalness of the Bible. This is to their disadvantage. The Bible is not always literal—although it is always accurate. We can generalize without too much inaccuracy by saying that the Bible is literal in history and genealogy. In its prophecies, it is mostly symbolic. Sometimes the Bible is typical or allegorical. This means that certain things DID happen in history, but they symbolically represent something at a later date and on a larger scale. The Bible also teaches behavioral truths.  These sometimes are stated clearly and literally; but sometimes they are taught by way of parables or illustrations. To claim the Bible as totally and always literal is to show ourselves as either bigoted or ignorant. We become its enemies — even more so than are the pompous pronouncements of “science falsely so called.”
(I Timothy 6:20)


— A Caution —


It is also important to note that, while the Bible explains history in literal terms, we can err by assuming that its words always mean what we think they mean. For instance, in the creative account it is stated that the earth’s creation takes place in six days. The statement IS literal, but “days” is not a reference to 24-hour periods. Even today, we use “day” frequently to refer to an era. We might say “in Lincoln’s day” or “in our day.” The Bible does likewise. In fact, it can be Biblically demonstrated that the 7th day in which God “rests” is 7,000 literal years in length. Thus, while the historical creative narrative is literal, it cannot be confined to six literal days. It was six creative “days” or epochs — a LONG period of time.


—  The Enormous Import of
          Genealogical Testimony  —


If Adam and Eve were fictitious—if they only were a cute little story told to represent how we got here—WE COULD NOT HAVE A DETAILED LIST OF THEIR DESCENDANTS COVERING NEARLY FIVE MILLENNIA! But we DO have just that. The genealogy from Adam begins in Genesis 5. In this chapter alone, we are led, generation by generation, for over sixteen centuries to the days of Noah. As the chapter ends, we note that one of Noah’s sons is Shem. His name is still alive and used today (in a slightly altered form). From his name (because they are literally his descendants) we have the Semitic tribes of the Middle East called Semites (or SHEMites). Our word “anti-Semitic” derives directly from this name. These descendants of Shem constitute the Jews and Arabs which dominate the news headlines of our day. They are not fictitious!

Let us not miss the startling point and the evidence. Adam and Eve’s literal descendants are detailed in the Bible and shown to have DIRECT CONNECTIONS to people living TODAY. The genealogy of Genesis 5 is expanded upon in subsequent scriptures SPECIFICALLY connecting Shem to Abraham, to Jacob (whose name was changed to Israel), to his twelve sons who became the Jewish nation, to Moses, to the Kings of Israel, and ultimately to A.D. times and the genealogy of Jesus. 


—  An Aside:  DNA and African Jews  —


A few years ago, an isolated tribe was found in Africa. It startled those who discovered these people to learn that this tribe claimed to be descendants of Aaron (Moses’ brother), the first Jewish High Priest whose descendants held the High Priest position down to the days of Jesus. Aaron’s descendants in our day frequently have the last name of Cohan (or some form thereof).

The claim of the African tribe (which practices a form of Judaism as their religion) that they are Aaron’s descendants could have been ridiculed and dismissed — EXCEPT FOR MODERN GENETIC SCIENCE! A test of the genetic code of these Africans CONFIRMED their story.  They ARE descendants of Israel’s priestly family! What is thus so POWERFULLY DEMONSRATED is the GENEALOGICAL CONNECTION between today’s Jews (even in Africa) and the historical account of the Bible’s second book, Exodus, where we first meet Aaron. And remember — Aaron’s familial connection to Adam and Eve was clearly (even with dates!) documented in Genesis! 

If Adam and Eve were not literal, so, then, neither were their descendants.

Where, indeed, did these people of OUR DAY get their DNA connections?


—  The New Testament
           Genealogical Review  —


In the first and third books of the New Testament writings (Matthew and Luke), we have genealogies covering the time from Adam to Jesus. They are a condensed form of the genealogies of the Old Testament. The account in the first chapter of Matthew leads from Abraham to Jesus’ step-father, Joseph. But in the third chapter of Luke, we have Jesus’ lineage traced through his mother (Mary) backwards to the Garden of Eden.

The initial import to our subject is clear. Adam and Eve had descendants. They are listed in a very detailed manner beginning in the fifth chapter of Genesis. The genealogies are clearly maintained all the way up until the time of Jesus at his first advent. Making Adam and Eve fictional destroys the entire Biblical record! And, to add to the verity of that record, we have genetic testimony TO OUR VERY DAY linking African Jews to Aaron in the Book of Exodus. Those who lightly dismiss our first parents, just as lightly dismiss the existence of people now living!


—  “The Son of God”  —


At the end of Luke’s genealogy (Luke 3:38) we find a fascinating change of wording. All of the generations listed from 3:23 into 3:38 show each individual listed as a son of a human. But 3:38, which finally lists Adam, says that Adam “was the son of God.” Sometimes scientists or skeptics (if they acknowledge Adam at all) simply argue that he was “just someone picked out of the stream of evolution to represent the beginning of mankind as evolved above a lower species.  This is wrong for several reasons which we will not here pursue. What IS stunning in Luke’s account is that Adam IS NOT the son of a man nor of a lower species. He is “the son of God” — a direct and perfect creation from the hands of the Divine!


—  Inescapable  —


The conclusion is inescapable. DNA and genetic tracing connect some of today’s people to the earliest books of the Bible. The genealogy of the Bible makes a fictitious Adam and Eve an impossibility. Not all science is reliable! Unfortunately, neither is all religion! Let us find the truth and hold on to it firmly! (I Thessalonians 5:21)


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