Adam–The Man Who Wasn’t There

Adam Continuing to interact with Denis Lamoureux’s contribution to Zondervan’s Four Views on the Historical Adam, Professor Lamoureux informs us that his pastoral concern is that young men and women know there is a Christian view of origins that accepts evolution and recognizes that our faith does not rest on the existence of Adam (pg. 38). He asserts that our faith is based only on Jesus Christ, His sacrifice on the Cross, and His bodily resurrection from the dead.

Firstly, the biblical narrative is organically woven together. You can’t uproot one doctrine and expect that it won’t affect another. This kind of compartmentalization of Scripture separates what God has joined together. It disassembles the connections.

It’s analogous to a novel in which character development, theme, and plot are said to be of little importance. It’s only the climax that really matters. However, it’s the back story that sets up the climax. They’re tied together. Adam is the fountainhead of the human race and his fall into sin necessitates the incarnation, the crucifixion, the atonement, and the resurrection if salvation is to come to a broken world.

Secondly, if Jesus Himself was wrong about there being a historical Adam how do we know He wasn’t wrong about other matters, like His own person, work, and mission? How do we discern when Jesus is fallible and when He’s infallible? What’s the criteria? When modern scientific consensus disagrees with Him? Modern scientific consensus doesn’t take into account the supernatural, nor should it. The creation of man transcends naturalism.

Thirdly, why does Dr. Lamoureux insist upon the historical necessity of Jesus’ death and resurrection, but deny the existence of Adam and original sin? What makes one more of a historical necessity than the other? Of course, as Professor Lamoureux states, “our faith is based only on Jesus”, but Jesus Himself asserts the historicity of Adam. If the author is to be consistent, he should hold the position that Jesus didn’t really exist either. His life, like the account of Adam, was a little story God told ancient man to communicate spiritual truths. Yet, our author insists, Jesus did and said what is recorded in the Gospels. He will have to explain how doing so is not arbitrary.

We’ll look at his work further in our next post.

C.M. Granger

What is a Biblical Peacemaker?

 

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9)distant horizon

“PEACE”

What was the first thing that came to your mind when you heard the word peace? Did you think of someone holding up two of his fingers?  Or did you imagine a bunch of people sitting around smoking drugs and listening to the Beatles? Maybe images of people marching across a bridge, while dogs attack them came to your mind, or people who are pacifists.  If your brain automatically associates words with pictures, then you probably thought of an upside broken cross with a circle around it, or a blue ocean; but whatever association we attribute to this word, if it is not biblical, we will misunderstand these familiar words of Jesus The Messiah.

It is true that Christians are commanded to pursue what makes for peace (Romans 14:19), and so far as it depends on us, we should live peaceably with all (Romans 12:18), but is the war between men the predominate meaning that Jesus wanted to convey?  Is one who seeks peace with men a biblical peacemaker?

On the surface it might seem that way, but man’s biggest spiritual problem is not war against himself, but war against a holy God.  God revealed Himself as holy.  He is also just.  He must judge sin.  Man is sinful and stands condemned before a holy God. God’s wrath is poured out on all mankind (Romans 1:18).  Man is separated from God and there is a gulf that cannot be crossed (Isaiah 59:2).  The good news [the Gospel] is that God has bridged that gap through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Now for those that embrace Jesus as the Messiah, He is our peace, for both the Jew and the Gentile (Ephesians 2:14).

God is the God of peace.  He has already reconciled some to Himself through the finished work or Christ on the cross.  Christians don’t make peace between man and God, but we are ambassadors for Christ.  God is making His appeal through us – we implore men on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:20).  I believe that the true blessing Jesus speaks of in Matt 5:9 is not for marching men with peace signs, but is poured out on Christian men marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before.  Peacemakers are those men who proclaim, “Be reconciled to God!”— Christ completed the work of redemption on the cross.

 

Repent and receive Jesus as your personal Savior and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38) AND YOU can become a biblical Peacemaker today.

 

Brian L. Spivey – D.O.C.