The upshot of believing for the Christian that the earth and cosmos are millions and billions of years old is that this places suffering, death, disease, blood, gore, killing, chaos, and destruction before Adam’s sin and rebellion.
It impugns Christ as Creator and maligns His Holy character with these things during his act of creation before Adam. It makes Christ guilty of a creative process that involved death, disease, suffering, decay and destruction in the animal kingdom in the process of arriving at man millions of years later. Millions of years of death, disease, decay and destruction then become the work of Christ in creation, the outflow of His very being. But how can this be? It is totally backwards!
The Curse of Genesis 3, wherein God cursed the land, cursed the animals, cursed the man, and cursed the woman came after Adam’s sin. Romans 8: 20-21 tells us the entire cosmos was cursed at this time and subjected to futility and corruption. If Adam didn’t come on the scene until the last 6000 years or so, (or according to secular anthropologists the last couple hundred thousand years), and one believes in millions and millions of years of prehistory before Adam, then by logical inference one must believe that death, disease, decay and destruction were happening on earth in the animal kingdom and the rest of the biodiversity of life long before Adam and his sin. So, what effect was the Curse on Adam then? If death, disease, decay, and destruction were happening on massive scales long before Adam, what did God’s curse of Genesis 3 do? In effect, nothing!
We must ask the question, ‘What did the first Adam do that the last Adam (Christ) had to undo? What did Christ have to rectify, fix, stop? Since Jesus is the Promised Seed of Gen. 3:15, what did He come to fix as the last Adam? If we define incorrectly the results and consequences of the first Adam, then we are redefining incorrectly the effects of the last Adam. If death, disease, decay, and destruction existed for millions and millions of years before Adam, and Christ is the author of these things in the first place in His work of Creation, then His work on the Cross doesn’t alter anything. May this never be!
Christ’s work on the Cross changed everything! He died to not only redeem mankind from the consequences of sin and the Curse in Genesis 3, but He died to redeem the entire cosmos from the consequences of the Curse. He was pierced through for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, chastened for our well-being, and scourged for our healing (Is. 53) as judgment for the consequences of Adam’s sin, and not only that, but as judgment on the consequences of sin and the Curse for all of creation.
We must remember, mis hijas, that the gospel begins in Genesis. A proper theology of the first Adam is a requirement for a proper theology of the last Adam.
As always, I remain,
Dear ol’ Dad
Vaya con Dios mis hijas!