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Archive for the ‘Genesis’ Category

The Source of Our Dilemma

Posted by undergroundchurch on October 22, 2010


“Original Sin”, some call it “Ancestral Sin“, is a more pervasive dilemma to our current state than we might even fathom.

Original Sin, as understood for this article, is the sin seed that is passed on to every human because of the original sin committed by Adam in the Garden.

Original Sin effects us today because there are multiple components to it…

Original Sin is about Love

The point of God planting a tree in the middle of the Garden then telling Adam not to eat from it was not to tempt Adam, but to see if Adam would choose to love God or love himself.  When Adam sinned, it separated him and us from the direct connection with God.  Remember that God walked with Adam in the garden, something God has not been able to do since Adam sinned.

The most powerful words God ever utters in the Bible are the ones He says right after he says the word, “Now” as in Revelation 21:3

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

This event takes place after everything is made new.  God is looking forward to the day when He can once again “walk with man in the garden” as it were.

It is all about Love because God reached out to us when we couldn’t reach out to him. (c.f. John 3:16, Romans 5:8)

Original Sin is about Penalty

We are still paying the price for the sin Adam committed that fateful day.

Penalty of Death

  • God told Adam, “In the day you eat of it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:16,17)
  • All have sinned, and the wages of that sin is still death (Romans 3:23, 6:23)

Every time someone dies, we are reminded of Adam’s original sin. If Adam’s sin only applied to him, we wouldn’t have death, sickness and sin in the world today.

Penalty of Pain in Childbirth

Every time a woman gives birth naturally, she is paying a price for Eve because she listened to the serpent and not her husband. (See Accountability and Original Sin below)

Other creatures in God’s kingdom don’t go through the pain of birth that humans do; ever heard a dog or cat scream like a human?

Penalty of Snakes

Part of the curse is the form of the snake, which crawls on its belly.  Each time I see one, I am reminded of the curse. (Genesis 3)

Penalty of Thorns and Thistles

Ever been scratched by a thorn? Or have to pull a weed out of the garden? Thank Adam.

Penalty of Gardening

Yep, gardening is a result of the curse.  Makes you wonder how it was before Adam sinned. (Genesis 3) God was going to provide all our food.

Original Sin is about Accountability

Genesis 3 tells us what went down.

Eve ate of the tree first; Adam, who was with her, but didn’t speak up during the entire event, ate it once she gave it to him.

However, you have to go back a chapter to see the setup.  You see…

  1. Adam was created first
  2. God then planted the tree in the Garden.
  3. God tells Adam that if he eats from it, he will die.
  4. Later, God creates the woman from the man’s side.

In chapter 3, we see the man and woman at the tree, she is telling the talking serpent (which should have been a clue) that if they ate from it OR TOUCHED IT they would die.

How did she know about eating it, and where did she get the extra restriction?

We have here the first case of legalism in the Bible, which always adds to God’s word.  God said Adam would die if he ate it; Eve added (probably because Adam told her) that if they touched it, they would die. She ate it first (eyes were not open), and then Adam ate it (eyes were opened to their nakedness after this).

SPECIAL NOTE: The extra rule didn’t help them abide by the command God gave them. (Legalism doesn’t help you be a better Christian.)

The problem in the story is that God told Adam the rule, and Adam told his wife the rules, but Adam did not defend God’s word, nor his wife as she was talking to the serpent.

It was not her fault, it was Adam’s!

Had Eve eaten, and Adam not, there would be no sin today because she was not responsible to God. Adam should have been the one talking to the serpent and saying something like, “Get thee behind me Satan!” He was her covering, and he failed her.

Accountability and the Original Sin Seed

The Original Sin seed does not pass through the woman, it passes through the man because of accountability.  Adam was accountable to God, Eve was accountable to Adam (God never told Eve the rules, that was Adam’s job).

Jesus could only be born as a human, not because Mary was “immaculately conceived”, but because she was a woman and there was no man involved in conceiving Jesus.

The promise was to Eve that the savior would come…

And I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your seed and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.” – Genesis 3:15

Men and woman are equal in every way relationally with God except one, accountability. Eve was cursed because she was deceived, and did not listening to her husband, but we have sin in the world because the man of the house refused to be the man of the house. (c.f. 1 Timothy 2:14)

Original Sin is about Redemption

Paul states that through one man, Adam, sin and death entered the world (Romans 5:12-21). It is through one man with no Original Sin seed connection through man to Adam that sin is broken  and we can live. Our only hope is in the “Son of God” who became the “Son of Man” without losing his claim as “Son of God”.

His Father is God, born of a woman, which allows him to be fully man and fully God and gives us hope that the power of sin and death is broken for those that receive the gift of life. This only comes through the power of the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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A Light Theory

Posted by undergroundchurch on August 12, 2010


Is it a coincidence that God creates light first in the new environment He set up Genesis 1:1-3.

In short, light is not just “visible” light, but it includes the entire electromagnetic spectrum from huge radio waves to tee-tiny gamma rays.

Chuck Missler has a very good study called “Beyond Time and Space“. In it he was talking about the velocity of light and the actual space matter takes up, etc., but what intrigued me most was an article I read in Popular Science (I know it’s not the definitive commentary on the Bible) where scientists are building the most powerful laser “that can be built“.

Here’s where it get’s interesting.  Theoretically speaking, there is only so much energy you can put into light before it begins to actually create matter.

Construction Worker in Laser Target Chamber at National Ignition FacilitySeems those nice little photons can move and impact electrons at such speeds and intensity that they can actually create matter, but making the laser less of a light, and more of a solid.  Essentially, you create new solid atoms out of pieces of atoms, or seemingly out of nothing.

The start of creation as recorded started with light.  The sun, moon and stars weren’t created for a couple more days.  So why start with light?  Maybe it’s cause it was the tool used to create things in our universe.

Hey, if scientists can start with theories based on mathematical calculations and hypothetical guesses, can’t I work on theories based on conversations from the actual creator.

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Time-space-matter-energy Quandary

Posted by undergroundchurch on March 11, 2010


Science is not truth in its own self; it is just a search for it. Unfortunately too often, it is looking in all the wrong places.

Take evolution for example. The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics (entropy) is a basic law acknowledged by every area of science but one… evolution. It essentially states that everything is going from order to disorder, but the evolutionary field tries to argue the opposite for its particular area because if they accept the entropy law, then they have to acknowledge that something outside our time/domain cause everything that exists in the universe and that it was at one time more ordered in the past than it is now.

You see, there are four components in our universe than cannot exist without one another. Each is a related property – Time, Space, Matter and Energy.

Time is a property of Matter according to verifiable proof of Einstein’s theories. Energy is a property of matter (once again, Einstein’s famous E=MC2.) And space must exists as a subset of the existence of matter.

The problem is that you cannot have matter appear one day and then energy appear the next or time or space. Each one would have to come into existence at the exact same moment.

Atoms do not have the energy to exist forever, nor have they always been. The problem is that because of the law of entropy, everything is cooling off. Eventually, all matter in the universe will lose all heat and reach 0 degrees kelvin. At that point, all heat in the universe is gone and even the atom ceases moving.

If atoms have always existed, then the point of completed entropy would have already been and we would never be, but if atoms were created at a fixed point in time with all of their potential energy, then all four – time, space, matter and energy could be set into motion. The entire universe could be set up in a day because until matter exists, time doesn’t exist.

The alternative argument is from the evolutionary “science”, ‘first there was nothing, then it exploded'”.

It is not coincidence that the first two Bible verses address these four elements being created on day one.

In the BEGINNING, God created the HEAVENS and the EARTH… and God said, let there be LIGHT. (Genesis 1:1-3)

Each piece of the puzzle was created in one moment. It was a force outside our time domain that created the space first to put the matter. He then energized the matter (light) and time began.

There are actual theories in the scientific community that say, “alien life seeded our planet”. That odd theory may ease their minds about our existence, but not the rest of the universe. For every cause in our universe, there has to be an effect. However, you can only go back so far until you reach the beginning, but what caused the beginning?

Science will not find that answer until they are willing to acknowledge that an intelligence beyond our time-space-matter-energy world set up a system so our universe to exist. That person has a name, and is very involved in the creation he so beautifully created.

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In the Beginning…

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 28, 2010


I am excited that next week I get to start my Sunday school class on my favorite part of the Bible… Genesis.  I hope to make a series of quick posts that reflect little thoughts on the book as we move through it.

First thought… The first verse of the Bible is not in Genesis 1… it’s in John 1.

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

John 1:1 “In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God (literally: God was the Word).

So which beginning is first?

The really interesting thing is that the Bible never wastes time arguing the “existence of God”.  God is assumed to exist.  He is also assumed to have always existed.  In both passages, God existed.  In the John passage, we find three things that make it a predicessor to Genesis 1:1:

  • The Word was already in the beginning.  “In the beginning WAS the Word”.
  • The Word was God and thus eternal.  We know from the remainder of the chapter that the Word is Jesus.
  • Time doesn’t exist until matter exists (since time is a property of matter), and thus, Genesis 1:1 starts the clock once God created matter.

Just some things to think about.

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