Dearest hijas and hijo,
Did Adam come at the end of creation, millions and billions of years after Christ started creating the universe and the biodiversity of life on earth? If you remember from my last post and the chart we are referring to, modern humans are at the very top.
Why is this significant in terms of Christian theology? Simply put: sin and death. This sin-death causality is and has been a cornerstone of Christian theology since its inception; that the penalty for sin was death. Let me say that again, death is the penalty for sin. It started with God’s command in Genesis 2:17:
but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it, you shall surely die.
The judgement was declared by the Supreme Judge and the penalty assessed after Adam and Eve disobeyed this command in Genesis 3:19:
By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.
The apostle Paul reiterates this sin-death causality in Romans 5:12: “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin…”
Paul again states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
He confirms again this sin-death causality in 1 Cor. 15:21: “For since by a man came death…”
Paul also says in 1 Cor. 15:26 that “the last enemy that will be abolished is death.” It is important to understand that Death is an enemy, an intrusion, and it was never part of Christ’s creative work.
Revelation 20:14 confirms this when in the future at the great Judgment “…death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.”
Another important piece here from Romans 8 is that the entire creation “groans and suffers” under God’s judgment (Rom. 8:22). The universal law of decay, known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics, is conclusive evidence for exactly this truth.
Therefore, and I refer you back to the chart above, if death has been around for millions of years as evidenced in the fossil record, then sin is not the cause of death. If sin is not the cause of death, then Christ’s death on the cross as payment for sin is unnecessary. The question becomes, “Why would Christ die a horrible death on the Cross, for the death He instituted and programmed into His creation in the first place?” This is logically incoherent and makes the gospel message foolish and irrelevant.
Christ then becomes a liar when He says in Mark 10:6:
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
Notice the word ‘beginning’, not at the end, millions and billions of years later. If man came at the end of creation, millions of years after all the rest of the biodiversity of life had lived and suffered and died along the way, then Christ’s words are untrue. And as God wouldn’t He know what He did or didn’t do?
With Love always,
Vaya con Dios, mis ninos!