Some may disagree, but RTG believes that Adam and Eve did not have children until after they sinned. The reason being is if a child was born before the fall of man, then that child would be sinless just like Adam and Eve. When Adam ate from the fruit, he passed on the sin nature to all humans, including everyone today. Because of Adam’s rebellion, all people will eventually die (Rom. 5:12). If Adam had a child beforehand, then that child would not inherit the curse (unless he also ate some of the fruit) and therefore not have to experience death and suffering. That child would theoretically still be living today. The Bible is not clear on this question and it remains as a debatable issue.
The Garden of Eden was a beautiful paradise that could provide everything that Adam, Eve and the animals needed for daily survival. God allowed them to eat from the fruit of all of the trees except for one, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen 2:17). When the Fall of Man happened, both Adam and Eve ate some fruit from this tree. We don’t know what the fruit looked like and it is not very important, but what is important are the results of Adam’s rebellion. They disobeyed God through an act of rebellion thus resulting in death and suffering to enter the world, which affected both Adam and Eve and all of their descendants.
Also known as “Original Sin,” the Fall of Man was the event of Adam disobeying God. It is not known at what time this occurred, but it had to be after the 7th day of Creation when God declared everything to be “very good” (there was no sin if everything was “very good”). Genesis Chapter 3 records Adam and Eve residing in the Garden where God placed them. God gave them permission to eat from every tree in the garden except one: the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This was a literal tree that bore fruit. Satan, in the form of a serpent, questioned Eve about what God had commanded her regarding that particular tree. Eve replied that she would die if she ate from it. Satan said that she would not die but instead be like God and her eyes would be opened, allowing her to know good and evil. Deceived, Eve ate some of the fruit and shared it with Adam. Immediately after, they both realized that they were naked and they tried to cover their nakedness with leaves.
Both Adam and Eve knew that it was wrong to eat from that particular tree, yet they still did it. They had the option of walking away from the tree and eating something else. Even still today, when we are tempted, God provides us with an escape route so that we can avoid the temptation (1 Cor. 10:13). Their act of rebellion resulted in banishment from the garden, and all people would be born with a sin nature and one day die. We all suffer because of Adam’s sin. Thankfully, Jesus has provided a way to live forever with Him.
The first book of the Bible, Genesis, is the foundation to all Christian doctrine. Within the first 11 chapters we learn about:
The origin of all matter
The Nature of Man
The fall of man
The reason for suffering and death
The reason we wear clothes
The basis for marriage between one man and one woman
The reason Jesus came to sacrifice his life for us
and literally all other doctrines of the Christian faith.
If you read the Bible and skip Genesis, you deprive yourself of understanding the reason for why you believe Christian doctrine.
If Genesis is not true, then that casts doubt on the rest of the Bible. If we question Creation, then we question the flood, the Tower of Babel, the Exodus, the Kings, Prophecies, and ultimatley, the very existence of Jesus and his saving grace. God’s Word, from Genesis to Revelation, is true and “is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
Genesis helps with witnessing to others. Suppose you are telling a friend about Jesus and explaining that we are all born in sin and in need of a savior. The Book of Romans tells us that we have sin and need a savior, but it doesn’t explain why. This is why you should start with Genesis to explain how we are all descendants of Adam, and because of Adam’s sin of rebellion we are all born with a sin nature.
Prior to the Enlightenment in the 1700 and 1800s, the biblical teachings of creation, the flood, etc were common and believed as true. After the Enlightenment, philosophers came up with new ideas and caused many to cast doubt on the reliability of the Bible. The church did not want to lose its followers, so they too gave up their teachings on science and adhered to the new teachings on old-earth geology, Darwinian evolution, and so forth. All of those teachings were contrary to Scripture, but the church allowed it and decided to only teach on spiritual things.he Bible does teach on earthly things!
Does the Bible teach science? Yes. It gives the big picture which explains what we see today.
- The Bible teaches on biology when God ordered living things to reproduce after their kind.
- The Bible teaches on astronomy when on the 4th day of Creation, the sun, moon, and stars were made.
- The Bible teaches on antrhopology when the Table of Nations is written in Genesis chapter 10, and the great dispersal at the Tower of Babel in chapter 11.
- The Bible teaches on linguistics when the languages were formed at the Tower of Babel.
- The Bible teaches on geology when it talks about the Great Flood in chapters 6-9, and the flood caused worldwide geologic catastrophe.
This brings us to a conversation Jesus had with Nicodemus the Pharisee:
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? (John 3:3-12)
Jesus was telling Nicodemus about eternal life, which of course is a spiritual issue. But Nicodemus could not even understand the earthly (material, physical) things Jesus was talking about. This is why Jesus said Nicodemus could not understand the spiritual issues because he couldn’t even understand the material issues.
The church today has done this very thing. They try to teach the spiritual issues on Sunday morning and leave the teaching of earthly things to the secular schools, media, textbooks, and so forth. When the church gave up the scientific teachings mentioned above, everyone learned it differently through the secular education, which were in complete contrast to the teachings of the Bible. Since people were taught the Bible got it wrong on earthly things, they could not longer believe the spiritual things taught in the Bible. Therefore, the entire Bible was discredited, and God slowly eroded out of people’s lives.
It doesn’t have to be this way though! If the churches start back at Genesis and teaches how science DOES make sense in the light of Scripture, then we can all again understand the earthly things. If the earthly things are again understood as true, then the spiritual things will be true again!