Creationism: Adam, Eve and Sleep

YOUR Curmudgeon once again brings you the view from Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of creationist wisdom. A new article at their website answers a question that has long been troubling many of you: Did Adam and Eve Have to Sleep Before the Fall?

What does this have to do with The Controversy between evolution and creationism? We don’t know, but if it comes from AIG, it’s from a rock-solid creationist source, so this information is certain to come in handy one day. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

The Bible doesn’t tell us much about the world before the Fall. But we can make a few inferences based on what God has given us.

So the LORD God caused a deep sleep [08639] to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. (Genesis 2:21)

We are always impressed by the careful methodology of the creation scientists at AIG. They meticulously base their opinions on the data. Let’s read on:

The word used here means specifically a deep sleep (Hebrew: tardemah, Strong’s number 08639). This implies that normal sleep probably did exist, and this deep sleep is much more than normal sleep.

That’s not much to go on. How can the creation scientist come to any conclusions? We continue:

So, I suspect Adam and Eve did have some sort of regular sleep cycle. However, I wouldn’t be certain, as Adam and Eve could have been created merely with the capability to sleep initially.

The researcher’s approach is exceedingly prudent. That’s why we can trust AIG in all things. Here’s more:

They may not have needed it. Perhaps sleep, after the Fall, helps recoup a little of what was lost, since man no longer had access to the Tree of Life after sin (Genesis 3:22).

But we still don’t know! How can we resolve this most vexing problem? Moving along:

In particular, I suspect sleep was a part of the original creation as a reminder of what God did during Creation Week. God, at the end of His work of creation, rested. Later, Moses presented the Israelites with The Ten Commandments, and in Exodus 20:11, God points out that the basis for God resting was a pattern for man to follow. So, man was created to rest — even before the Fall. Also, since God created night during Creation Week, it would be logical that Adam and Eve would have needed rest and sleep before the Fall.

Those are deeply satisfying reasons. We’re getting to the end of this little essay:

Today, in our fallen world, proper amounts of sleep often refresh the mind and the body. While there’s no definitive proof Adam and Eve slept prior to the Fall, rest — in the form of sleep — seems to have been part of the original creation.

That is comforting information. One final line:

But take the time to examine the issue yourself.

Wise counsel indeed! Thank you, AIG.

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17 responses to “Creationism: Adam, Eve and Sleep

  1. Tomato Addict

    heh – this could lead to a whole line of interesting questions. For instance: Did Adam have a penis before God created Eve? If yes, whatever for? There would be nothing to do with it besides … well … you know …

  2. What about mosquitoes? Were there mosquitoes? Did Adam and Eve have to use Off? Or scratch?

  3. Gabriel Hanna

    Angels on the head of a pin.

    Look up the homoousian/homoiousion controversy sometime–it’s the origin of the phrase not an iota of difference.

    As David Hume said:

    If we
    take in hand any volume of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance let us ask, Does it
    contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any
    experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the
    flames, for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.

  4. So, seriously,
    Is this what these clowns think we real scientists do all day, sit around, read thousand year old “data” and pull a conclusion out of our sphinctors (Ok, that admittedly is pretty close to what I’m doing at the moment but that’s not relevant here…).

    Back to my original point, do they seriously think that science doesn’t involve “Observation, hypothesis, experiementation, check data, theorize”……

  5. Aw, c’mon guys, credit where credit is due: AiG is a very useful (and absolutely non-habit-forming) soporific!

    One can hardly get to the end of one of their articles without … finding ones eyelids growing heavier….and heavier…. and …. good night, Gracie …..zzzzzzzzzz

  6. I see that close reading still passes for science at AIG.

  7. Tomato Addict says: “There would be nothing to do with it besides … well … you know …”

    Nothing like that happened until after the Fall.

  8. James F says: “I see that close reading still passes for science at AIG.”

    And they have an amazing list of research projects. I hope they’re looking into whether — before the Fall — Adam needed to trim his toenails.

  9. SC wrote: “And they have an amazing list of research projects. I hope they’re looking into whether — before the Fall — Adam needed to trim his toenails.”

    I’ve got a better one! Reconcile the time lines in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2!

  10. “In particular, I suspect sleep was a part of the original creation as a reminder of what God did during Creation Week.”

    He “suspects”?! That’s just SPECULATION and CONJECTURE! He wasn’t there, was he? Why, this is a JUST-SO story! It’s only a THEORY!

  11. Once there’s a Strong’s number, it’s no longer a theory.

  12. Gabriel Hanna

    Strong’s number refers to an exhaustive index of the words in the King James Bible, which traces each back to its original Hebrew or Greek.

    It’s interesting that the fundamentalist types stick to KJV. I like KJV because it sounds good, but there are more accurate translations that have better source material.

  13. Some years ago, I came across a fellow who was convinced that the King James Version was an unholy corruption from which most of the evils of the modern world sprang. He wanted Christians to go back to the even more archaic-sounding Geneva Bible (the version that the KJV replaced). I never understood his reasoning, but he seemed to be waging a hopeless crusade, since the KJV is widely regarded by fundamentalists as the solid bedrock of the faith.

  14. Strong’s Concordance is a handy tool from the pre-computer days for finding a text in the KJV.

    At the end, it has a glossary for people who don’t know any Greek or Hebrew. That is, for people who don’t even know the alphabets.

    If I recall correctly, Elmer Gantry used something like this glossary to impress his congregations with his scholarship.

  15. The weird thing is that just a few days ago, I was wondering what creationists would “reason” for the reason for sleep. Just out of the blue random. I guess ask and ye shall be given, eh?

  16. Ah, but did Adam smoke after sex? I think we should know the answer, AiG.

  17. Gabriel Hanna

    If I recall correctly, Elmer Gantry used something like this glossary to impress his congregations with his scholarship.

    Haven’t read it in a while–for the same reason I haven’t read Thomas Paine in a while; that horse has been beat to death. I remember him explaining away Biblical contradictions by saying it made sense in the original Greek. Looking stuff up in a concordance would have been too much like work.