I know that atheists and evolutionists have long debunked the literal existence of Adam and Eve as the first human pair created by God in favor of the theory of evolution. But I was astonished to learn that the number of Christians questioning and even repudiating the existence of Adam and Eve is growing! These are the people who call themselves Christian evolutionists! On August 9, 2011 an article appeared in The Blaze in which Dennis Venema, a Christian and fellow at BioLogos Foundation, which is a Christian advocacy group founded by Francis Collins known for his leading in the Human Genome Project was asked just how real he thought the account of creation as presented in Genesis was. His answer was ““That would be against all the genomic evidence that we’ve assembled over the last 20 years, so not likely at all.” Venema further indicated that it is absolutely improbable that mankind can be traced way back to Adam and Ever, and that the human genome demonstrates that human kind emerged from other primates as a “large population.” He also asserts that the Genesis time frame spanning only a few thousand years is not enough to explain the significant variants in the human race or any such evolutionary developments.

So…if mankind cannot explain something, does it legitimize questioning the authority of God’s Word? Another question is: How can we then say that God made man in His image if man merely evolved from lower species? Third question: Does mankind have any intrinsic value if he is merely a product of lower life forms, and what distinguishes him now from his ancestors, the lower life species? Well, Venema’s is not a solitary voice. Other Christians such as John Schneider who taught theology at Calvin College in Michigan share his sentiments. Schneider, quoted in the same article, was actually urging fellow Christians to abandon the ideas of the historicity of a literal Adam and Eve: “Evolution makes it pretty clear that in nature, and in the moral experience of human beings, there never was any such paradise to be lost. So Christians, I think, have a challenge, have a job on their hands to reformulate some of their tradition about human beginnings.” What, if I may ask, do these individuals and many more in their ranks say about Romans chapter 5: 12-20 in which the apostle Paul argues that Jesus was crucified and resurrected in order to undo mankind’s original sin in Adam???? Please remember that the apostle Paul was hand-picked by Jesus to do the work he did. We also know that in Matthew 19, when answering a question posed to Him by the Pharisees about divorce, the Lord Jesus said “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female…”(verse 4). Obviously, any believer knows that the inference is that He was talking about Adam and Eve here. Jesus is the ultimate authority of the Christian faith, people! He is the believers’ ontic referent point for such issues: “…there is no other name under heaven given among men….” (Acts 4:12). Without Him there is no Christianity. Are these individuals saying Jesus, the Christ, was articulating false beliefs about the origin of mankind? If anyone has problems with the authenticity of Jesus’ teachings, how can they say they are Christians??? Just wondering…

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