Were Adam and Eve real people?

Glenn Addington By Glenn Addington, 24th Jan 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/eu0etkg_/
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Thoughts to consider in regard to the belief of whether or not Adam and Eve were truly historical figures.

First things first...

If you claim to believe that the Bible is trustworthy, do you believe that the first 12 chapters of Genesis are valid historically? Some believe that the book of Genesis isn't to believed until it begins the account of Abraham. But archaeology has confirmed much that pre-dates Abraham, including the fact that writing was invented much earlier than was previously expected.

Do you accept the testimony of Jesus?

Do you accept the testimonies of Jesus? In Matthew chapter 19, verse four and five, Jesus refers back to Genesis 1, verse 27.” Have you not read, that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female? For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and should be joined to his wife and they shall be one flesh.” In Mark chapter 10, verses six through eight, Jesus says, ”but from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.” Reading the first two chapters of Genesis and reading these verses quoted by Jesus, we see that Jesus was treating Adam and Eve as true historical individuals.

Do you accept the testimony of the apostle Paul?

In Romans 5:12, Paul says, “whereas by one man sin entered into the world, and
death by sin.” Paul goes on to say in verse 14, “nevertheless death reigned from
Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the manner of Adam’s
transgression.” Paul views Adam to be as much an historical person as was Moses.
In verse 15, Paul goes on to say, “if through the offense of the one, many died,
much more through the grace of God, and the gift by grace which is through the
one man Jesus Christ, has abounded for many.” Paul draws a parallel between the
historical figure of Adam as the first man, responsible for the introduction of sin to the human race, and Christ as the second, who would bring redemption from sin. In I
Corinthians 15:21-22, Paul says, “since by man came death, by man came
also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all
be made alive.” Again, we see Adam and Christ both being spoken of as real,
historical figures. In verse 45, Paul goes on to say, “And so it is written, the first
man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”
In first Timothy 2:13 through 14 we read, “for Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman, being deceived, was the transgressor.” Eve is also treated by Paul as a true, historical figure. Paul reaffirms this in second Corinthians 11:3 when he says, “but I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” And first Corinthians 11:8-9 says,” for the man is not of the woman, but the
woman of the man; neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman
for the man." So Paul accepts the historical account of the fall as well as the two people involved, Adam and Eve.

Luke's genealogical list for Jesus

Tracing the ancestry of Jesus backwards, Luke lists a number of characters of
history, including such people as David, Jesse, Jacob and Abraham. He ends this
section saying, “Enos, who was the son of Seth, was the son of Adam, who was the
Son of God." If you reject all those descendants of Jesus before Abraham, you have
destroyed the genealogical record of Jesus.

Do you not trust Luke, Paul, or Jesus as they relate early Bible history?

If the writings of Luke and Paul are not to be trusted regarding the historical reality
of Adam and Eve, or any of the rest of Genesis 1 – 11, where else do they fail to be
untrustworthy? And if Jesus was wrong or deceived in what He said regarding
Adam and Eve, where else might He be wrong, or where else was He deceived? Or
does this make Him possibly a deceiver?

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Adam And Eve, Genesis, Old Testament

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author avatar Glenn Addington
I am an American, former Viet Nam veteran, and a Christian, living in East Tennessee. I am now retired and am pursuing a writing career. I would welcome writing assignments.

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