Sin came into the world through one man

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. Romans 5:12-14

Was Adam a real person? An article in the current issue of Christianity Today addressed this issue. It seems that genetic scientists have come to the conclusion that the human population never got below a small group of individuals and never was as small as two persons. If this is true than we would have a group of Adams and Eves. Now as to how exactly evolution managed to produce a group with the same random mutations that resulted in modern humans at the same time is not made clear. Also the fact that science and religion are in conflict is not new. The problem arises when Christians try to conform to the most current scientific theory.

The existence of Adam is fundamental to the doctrine of original sin. Just as important is that both Jesus and Paul teach that Adam was a real person. Now if Adam was a composite of many people or a fiction then both Jesus and Paul have lied to us. We must always be careful not to compromise our faith in order to fit in to what the world would have us believe is true. We must keep in mind that theories are just that, theories. They are not fact no matter how strenuously scientist may claim. When we look to the past we move beyond what can be proven scientifically.

Sin entered the world through a choice by one man, Adam, a choice to disobey God. Sin was not the result of a decision by a committee. Sin was paid for through the choice of one man, Jesus, who made a choice to obey God. Each of us also must make an individual choice to accept the payment for our sins. That choice too cannot be made by a group only by the individual. That God allows each of us to choose rather than force His will on us shows how much God loves each of us. His grace is freely given, never forced.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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