Creation Conundrums

This page is for the Living Waters Sunday school class members to ask questions about Genesis 1-11. This is in anticipation of the class that start October 6.

Naturally, I will be teaching from a young-earth creationist perspective, but I do welcome questions from any position.

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6 Replies to “Creation Conundrums”

  1. Genesis 1:26 God said He made male and female. Then in 2:22 He took rib and made women. If He had made man and women, then why did He take a rib to form women?

    I believe you said it was a curse to die. My understand is that when you have been saved and die your physical body is dead, but you Spiritual body is alive with Christ.

    1. This is an answer to your first question about Adam’s rib and the creation of the woman (Eve). This is a good question. In the Genesis 2 account, the rib taken while Adam was knocked out and formed into Eve. But, in Genesis 1, God says He created them male and female. Is this a contradiction?

      Here are the verses from Genesis 1:26-27 and then Genesis 2:21-22:

      Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

      So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.

      The verses in Genesis 1 are telling the overall story of the creation of Adam and Eve. It doesn’t contain a whole lot of detail. It says it created man in the image of God, and specifically that He created them male and female. But, it doesn’t tell us the process He went through to create them.

      This is in keeping with the “to-do list” format of chapter one. It’s just the high points.

      Chapter two, on the other hand, is a more detailed statement of what happened on day six. It tells us about the Garden in Eden, a little about rainfall, four rivers, and several other items.

      Now, it does tell us about the creation of both the man and the woman, but they are created at different times. This isn’t a second creation account, but rather a re-telling of the same one from chapter one. He’s just giving us more details as to exactly how that all occurred.

      Specifically, God created man, and then the animals. Then, He paraded the animals past Adam so Adam could give them names. Once they were all named, Adam figured out that they all had mates, but he didn’t. (This was apparently one of God’s purposes for the animal parade.) So, God put Adam to sleep, took out a rib, and formed Eve from that rib.

      All this occurred within the space of that one day, the sixth day of Creation Week. The order isn’t the same as that which was used in chapter one. But, all of the things that occurred still occurred within that one day.

    2. This is a reply to your second question above. In class, I said that it was a curse to die. What I meant was that it was a curse on humanity (and everything else) that we would now die. Our flesh would succumb to aging (or other things), and we would die and turn to dust. Instead of living forever physically (as we were designed to do), our mortal lives will end.

      Now, that isn’t the whole curse. The actual text could be translated “dying you will die”, which speaks to eternal death, not just physical death. Without intervention (by God), we are all cursed to die eternally, not just in the flesh.

      Christians, who have accepted Jesus’s payment for our sins, do not undergo the second, eternal death. For the non-Christian, s/he dies eternally (i.e. goes to Hell). But, for the Christian, we instead go to be with God and Christ for eternity. We do not die that second death. Our physical bodies die, but that’s not our whole selves. Our soul joyously lives on in Heaven.

  2. The tradition abbreviations for years is BC and AD. BC stands for Before Christ, the years before Jesus was born, and AD stands for a Latin phrase Anno Domini, the year of our Lord.
    Why is AD Latin and BC English?

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