WE herewith continue our review of a fascinating series of articles on the Serpent in the Garden, which appears at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of creationist wisdom.
Background: Our first post in this foundational study of creation science was here: Do Creationists Think?, dealing with the question of whether the Serpent had legs. That was followed by Creationist Wisdom #110: The Serpent, which addressed the anomaly of a talking snake. Then there was Creationist Wisdom #113: The Serpent Revisited, about whether Satan was the actual serpent in the garden.
Today we present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from AIG’s latest contribution to this important series: Why Do We Get Punished for What Adam Did? To improve readability, we’ll omit most scriptural references. You will, however, want to consult the original article in order to study that data for yourself. Here we go:
When Adam sinned his punishment was death. Because of Adam’s sin, death came upon all men. Some have said that it is harsh for God to punish all of Adam’s descendants for something Adam did. But is it?
A most interesting question! It’s especially interesting to evolutionists, because death is a factor inherent in the evolutionary mechanism of natural selection. Let’s read on:
The answer is simple — we are without excuse since we sin too, and we all deserve death before a perfect Holy God. To assume Adam’s descendants are innocent is a false assumption. Due to the sin nature received from Adam, death is coming for all since all have sinned.
Therefore Darwinian evolution? We continue:
It is illogical to think that two imperfect people could produce perfect offspring. Since Adam and Eve had both sinned and been cursed then it would be impossible for their children to be perfectly free from sin. So the real question is why would God permit sin nature to pass along to Adam’s descendants? Doesn’t that seem harsh?
The article then cites Hebrews 7:9-10 for a bit of biological data of which we weren’t aware:
Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
What does that mean? AIG tells us:
If this applies to each person being “in” their ancestors, then we could say Abraham was in the body of Noah before the Flood. And Noah was in the body of his ancestor Adam when he sinned! In a sense, we were all in Adam when he sinned! This explains why we inherit a sin nature. When Adam sinned, a sin nature came over them and since we were in them and our life came from them, we inherit this nature as well.
You didn’t know that, did you, dear reader? The article doesn’t specifically say this, but we understand the scriptural mechanism to be Lamarckism — the theory that an organism can pass on characteristics that it acquired during its lifetime to its offspring.
So far, this all sounds like bad news — and it is — but there is good news.
What follows is a scriptural message which you already know, so there is no need for us to provide additional excerpts. Our principal purpose here was merely to give the scientific underpinning for the AIG creationist doctrines. Now you know that creation science isn’t Darwinian, it’s Lamarckian.
But our learning process isn’t yet complete. At the end of the AIG article they promise this:
Christian scholars have wrestled with the exact process by which Adam’s sin is passed on (this will be in an upcoming article). The two major views are the federal headship and seminal headship views. This raises issues that should be discussed in the future article and is beyond the scope of this article.
We eagerly await that future article.
Update: See Adam, Eve, and the Forbidden Fruit.
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