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How did Adam name all the animals?

Genesis 2:19-20: “Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them.  And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.  So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field.  But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.”

Today there are millions of species of animals, but a species has multiple definitions.  When talking about creation, we use the word “kind,” which is closer to the “family” in the standard classification system.  Take the canine kind for example: There are wolves, dingoes, coyotes, domestic dogs, and foxes.  Then, from each of these species comes a plethora of even more species (Retrievers, Poodles, Terriers, etc.).  The scripture above implies that Adam named the animals in a short time, and its possible it happened in one day.  He named the animals but was unable to find an appropriate help mate.  God then put Adam to sleep and formed Eve, his wife, from Adam’s side.   While naming them, he was trying to also find a helper.

Skeptics claim that Adam could not have named the millions of animals in existence, much less remember them all.  To answer this claim, we must consider two things.  Adam was the first human, and although he later sinned, he still had near perfect genetics and minimal effects from the curse.  Therefore, Adam’s memory was much more intact and detailed because it was not affected by thousands of years of curse, like us today.  Second, most likely Adam named only the kinds of animals God had created.  God commanded the animals to reproduce after their kind.  But, with there being only a short time frame from the creation to the command for Adam to name the animals, there would not have been any offspring from the created kinds yet.  Therefore, the animals did not speculate from their kind.  Only the representative kinds would have been available for Adam to name.

In the past, creationists have claimed that Noah, who had taken each of the representative kinds of animals on the ark, may have had as many as 16,000 kinds on board.  Lately, however, through the research being done for the preparation of the Ark Encounter Project, estimates of the kinds has greatly reduced to less than 1,000 kinds/families.  See this article for more information about creation taxonomy, also known as baraminology.

What is Federal Headship?

Federal headship is the theological term stating that a husband/father is the head, leader, and representative of his family.  Adam was created first and set to rule over Eve, and this concept of the husband being the leader is found in both the Old and New Testaments.  As part of Eve’s curse, she would have the desire to rule over her husband and usurp his authority.   The mandate for Adam to be the head does not mean that he would be a dictator and Eve would be a subservient slave.  That is not the case at all, for we know what God teaches us about marriage, especially in regards to how Adam is to love his wife like Jesus loves the church—unconditionally and with sacrifice.

Let’s apply this to Jesus.  In the Garden of Eden, it was Eve who sinned first and Adam who sinned afterwards, but it is because of Adam that we are all under the curse of sin and death.  Jesus, being the redeemer over the fallen creation, took the leadership role and responsibility to cover our sins by dying on the cross.  His unconditional love saved us from our own created problem.

How is the Created World different from the New Heavens and New Earth?

The created world was “very good” when God finished it, but it soon took a turn for the worse when Adam rebelled against God’s command.  Ever since then, curse, suffering, disease, and death have infiltrated the Earth, causing it to be far from “very good.”  Christians have the hope of eternal life in heaven where everything will be restored and we will live with God forever in a curse-free environment.  Compare the created world with heaven below:

Why were Adam and Eve banned from the Garden?

Source: Answers in Genesis

Adam and Eve were banned from the garden because of their act of rebellion and disobedience.  Had God not banned them, they would have eventually eaten from the Tree of Life, which was also in the garden (Gen. 2:9), and lived forever.  Remember, though, that as a punishment for their sin, their bodies were affected with the curse.  If they ate from the Tree of Life then they would live forever in a disease ridden body, resulting in their life being an eternal, miserable existence.  God banned Adam and Eve to prevent them from an eternity of suffering.  This is another act of divine love.