Today’s podcast continues the series, Know What You Believe… In this series, we’re looking at the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. I hope you enjoy.
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We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
The story the Bible tells of humankind rings true to experience. This story is the exact opposite of the story being told by the spirit of the age, by the philosophies of the world, and by the presuppositions of non-objective science.
One story says humans are evolving. We are improving physiologically, intellectually. We are even improving morally. The human race is ascending. This is the spirit of evolution.
But the Bible’s story smashes that story in the face. Not evolution, but devolution. We are not stepping up. What we are today is a massive step down from what we once were.
Which story rings true to experience? Which story better explains the world? Your world? Does history show us being less brutal?
Technology has improved, but we are the same brutes we’ve been since the Fall revealed in Genesis 3. Thank God for the redeeming grace of the Cross.
Adam and Eve
The original parents of our race were created by the hand of God. Adam and Eve were utterly perfect. They possessed the unlimited capacities of a perfect and true human nature. Having been created in God’s image, they were sacred to God in ways unlike any other being.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)
They were real. They were ideal.
As humans, Adam and Eve possessed a body, soul, and spirit.
Their bodies were perfect.
No pains, no diseases, no process of death was at work in them. Whatever is the ideal age for a human, that’s how old they were. They were healthy, vibrant, and strong. They didn’t need glasses. They didn’t lose any hair. They didn’t need pain-killers. Their bodies were formed by the hand of God with utter and complete perfection. Physically, Adam and Eve could live indefinitely, without ever showing signs of age.
Their souls were perfect.
Consisting of mind, will, and emotions, their souls possessed astounding capacities. Their minds were completely awake, functional, and of mega-genius I.Q. Their wills were completely and utterly free, with no internal temptation to sin. Their emotions were pure joy and boundless love. No sadness, no depression, no neediness, and no dysfunction marred their inner worlds.
Their spirits were perfect.
The spirit is the part of a human that interfaces with God. God’s Spirit connects with our human spirit. Every day, Adam and Eve enjoyed the company of God in the Garden of Eden. He walked and talked with them “in the cool of the day” (Genesis 3:8). There was nothing between them and God.
Perfect in body, soul, and spirit. Dwelling in the perfect environment of the Garden of Eden. This is the profile of Adam and Eve before the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day called the Fall.
Everything changed the day Adam and Eve invited sin into the world….
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