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The Origin of Man

There is a mystery that surrounds the origin of Man. When did man appear on the earth and how? The Bible is definite as to how God created man and woman. However, the Bible is not definite as to the exact time in terms of Earth years that Man was created by God. Atheists have attempted to prove that man and woman were never created. They maintain that Man & woman just evolved from a previous ape ancestry. Atheist Richard Bozarth (Bozarth, 1978) wrote an article in The American Atheist September 1978 entitled, “The Meaning of Evolution.” The gist of the article describes a battle between two ideologies, Christianity and Atheistic Evolution.

Bozarth clearly states that the purpose of Atheistic Evolution is to scientifically prove that Adam and Eve never existed, that the Fall of Man never took place, that there is no such thing as original sin (see article in www.gira.ca.newsletter vol.10, no.1). This is the reason why evolutionists have extended the life span of Man to many hundreds and thousands of years into the past. Unfortunately some Christians have fallen for this deceptive lie.

Fortunately, the science of geology has now confirmed the Biblical account of a more recent appearance of man and woman. The History of Man chart (Figure 4) shows the sudden appearance of man and woman at about 6,000 + years ago during the latter part of the Anathermal Age. This date fits Biblical chronology. It also allows an indefinite time prior to 6,000 years. It is dangerous to set definite dates or to say with certainty when Man was created or when the Flood took place. With respect to the return of Jesus Christ we read, “But of that day and hour no one knows, no, not even the angels of Heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of man be. —- Therefore you also be ready, for the son of man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him” (Mathew 24:36 & 44). We as Christians are to live as though Christ could come today. We are also to plan as though it could be 50 years, 100 years or more. As Dr. Robert Schuller of the Hour of Power Broadcast often says, “The past is history; the future is a mystery; the present is a gift.” It is a gift from God to cherish. The Bible says “Now (the present) is the time of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). Tomorrow may be too late.

Figure 1: A Biblical and Geologically based chronology of the history of man.

Figure 1: A Biblical and Geologically based chronology of the history of man.

The Biblical Origin & History of Man

God’s crowning act of creation was the creation of man and woman, Adam & Eve, at the end of the Sixth Day. This was about 6,000+ years ago. God, alone, knows the number of earth years prior to 6,000 years that this most significant event took place. Adam was created first, than Eve. The Sixth Day terminated the moment Eve was created. This marks the beginning of the Seventh Day that has continued to the present. The story of the Seventh Day the day on which God rested is, therefore, the story and history of Man. The Biblical account of the Seventh Day is a record of the history of Man from his initial creation to his future termination on the Earth. This future event will terminate the Seventh Day. After that a new day will dawn.

The combinations of Biblical and scientific evidences provide a means to identify the stages of Man’s early history and development and to place them in a more meaningful chronological context. In turn, understanding the history of Man in this perspective deepens our knowledge and understanding of a number of important events described in the Bible. There is a remarkable compatibility between the secular record of Man and the Biblical record. However, the Bible record goes beyond the secular record in that it gives a glimpse as to what will take place in the future. This record is in reality His Story.

Jesus Christ is the central figure of human history. Our calendar confirms that the Cross of Christ divides human history into two distinct parts: before Christ (BC) and (AD) after Christ. Jesus Christ brought about the beginning of human history and He will bring about its end. All human beings from Adam and Eve to the present have been given the freedom to either receive Him or to reject Him.

The beginning of the Seventh Day is described in the Bible as follows, “In six days the Lord made the heavens and the Earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day.” (Exodus 20:11) The New International Bible offers this description, “Thus the heavens and the earth were created in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done” (Exodus 20:11).

The Seventh Day is God’s day of rest. This means that God ceased His work of creating something new such as a new galaxy, star, moon, comet, or a new species of plant or animal life. This does not mean that God had stopped working in other areas. Jesus said, “My Father has been working until now and I have been working until now.” John 5:17

The Bible implies that the foundation of the world of Mankind was established at the creation of Adam and Eve. We read, “The works (of creation) were finished from the foundation of the world (the world of Man). For He has spoken in a certain place of the Seventh Day in this way: And God rested on the seventh Day from all His works (of Creation)” (Hebrews 4: 3b-4). In other words Adam & Eve were created, formed and made during the 6th Day, whereas all their children and their descendants were born during the 7th Day. A new age began at this point in time. God gave all Mankind a choice at the commencement of the Seventh Day to follow Him and to enter into His rest. The alternative was to harden their hearts and to turn away from God into a life of unbelief. Every person today has the same freedom to either accept Him or to reject Him. Jesus is saying to all Mankind, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Mathew 11:28-30)

The Seventh Day is an interval of time that began the moment Eve was created. It has continued to the present and will continue until the termination of the History of Man takes place at which time the Earth will be destroyed by fire, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. The heavens will pass away with great noise, and the elements will melt with great heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” (2 Pete 3:10). After this event a new day will dawn, which could be called the 8th Day for we read, “But in keeping with His promise we are looking for a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13) NIV.

The Creation of Adam & Eve

The final and crowning act of all God’s creation took place about 6000 + years ago, when God created Man, or more specifically, Adam and Eve. This great event is described as follows: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the Earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the Earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:26-27)

God formed, created and made man and woman according to a plan full of meaning and purpose. Genesis 1:26 says, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness.” This is a plan and it reveals the plurality of the Godhead. It describes the plan that was conceived in the mind of God the Father who is saying to God the Son and God the Holy Spirit let us make man & woman in our image and after our likeness. This plan was two fold.

The first part of this plan was to create Man in His own image. The work involved in creating man & woman was accomplished by God the Son, the Creator of all life. He carried out the perfect will and plan of His Father by creating Man. We read in Genesis 1-27: “So God (Elohim) created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” The word create is the Hebrew word [bara], which always implies original creation. Man and woman were not present in any other form or state prior to this act of special creation by the Creator.

Figure 2: The God of Creation, One God with Three Persons

Figure 2: The God of Creation, One God with Three Persons

The second part of this plan was to make man & woman after Our likeness. This little phrase is full of meaning and purpose. It implies a process that begins at birth and continues throughout our lifes. To be formed after the likeness of God means receiving Him into our lives, to follow, obey, serve, honor, worship, glorify Him in all that we do and say. God said of King David, “He is a man after my own heart” (Acts 13:22). Then we read, “He (David) will do everything I want him to do.” (Act 13:22b). This implies that God could see that David had a tender heart for Him. God knew David would fulfill all His plans and purposes during his lifetime. David was not a perfect man, but whenever he realized his sin, he was willing to repent and to confess his sin and to ask for forgiveness. John tells us why God could say this about an imperfect David. We read, “David served God’s purpose in his own generation” (Acts 13:36 NIV). In other words David fulfilled all of God’s purposes and plans for his life during his brief time on earth. If it were not for David, we would not have the Psalms and many other portions of scripture in the Old Testament. Truly David lived a meaningful and purposeful life.

How did God create Adam & Eve?

According to the Hebrew Scriptures, Jesus Christ, the Creator of the universe, came down from Heaven’s glory to the Earth and formed (yatsar) Adam’s body out of the dust of the ground. We read “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). This word yatsar means to form something new out of previous existing matter. It implies the work of a Potter who is molding a beautiful vase out of clay. In like manner Jesus Christ, the Master Potter was molding a human body out of clay. He then breathed into Adams nostrils the breath of life. The Hebrew word for breath is [ruach], which means life or spirit. When he breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life, he created a spirit in man. In this same miraculous transaction Man became a living soul (nephesh). In other words, God created (bara) the true life within Adams body, which was his spirit and soul, which were never in existence prior to this point in time. The relationship between these words is illustrated in figure 3.

 

Figure 3: The four Hebrew Words

Figure 3: The four Hebrew Words

In this miraculous, supernatural transaction, the dead dust particles instantly became living flesh and blood. This is what we mean by special creation. Adam was created by God in adult form with a spirit, soul and body. Adam’s body was created out of previous existing clay or dust, whereas his soul and spirit were created out of no previous created matter. When man dies, his body returns to dust. His spirit and soul go either to Heaven or Gehennah.

God realized that Man was lonely by himself and needed a mate, for we read: “And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make (asah) a helpmate for him” (Genesis 2:18). God could have matched Adam with some type of animal or ape in the Garden of Eden, but he did not, for we read: “But for Adam there was not found a help mate for him” (Genesis 2:20).

When God created and formed Eve, he used a different technique. He did not create her in the same way, otherwise she would probably have been of a different species. But God in his wisdom put Adam into a deep sleep and performed surgery. In this unusual transaction he removed one of Adam’s ribs and from this rib created a woman, for we read: “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh thereof. And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto man.” (Genesis 2:21-22)

God related Adam and Eve genetically, so that they would be of the same species. They, now, both had a common genetic code (DNA) within their living cells that was capable of reproducing their genetic characteristics in fertile young. Adam realized this genetic relationship, for he says: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, for she was taken out of Man” (Genesis 2:23).

The Bible says that every human being on the Earth can trace their ancestry back to Adam and Eve, for we read: “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20). In other words, Eve is the mother of the entire human race. There is not a person regardless of the color of his skin who is not able to trace his or her ancestry back to mother Eve and to father Abraham.

God’s Method of Creating New Species

The method God used to create man & woman, which biologists refer to as the species Homo sapien, is the same method He would have used to create every species of animal life on earth. Each of the millions of species of animal life that have ever lived from the Proterozoic to the present would have been formed and created in the same manner. The male species would have been formed and created first in adult form, than the female. The female would have been genetically related to the male just as Eve was genetically related to Adam, so that they would have been of the same species. They, then, would have able to reproduce fertile offspring from generation to generation. We read, “God made (asah) the wild animals each according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds” (Genesis 1:24). The Hebrew word asah is always translated made or make. It never implies original creation. However it means that the animal that God has made was formed (yatsar) and created (bara) by the Creator as a unique new species. According to biologists only the species category on the taxonomic table is capable of reproducing fertile offspring.

Plant life was probably formed and created in a slightly different way. It is possible that the Creator would have formed each seed or spore out of the dust of the ground. He would then have created the true life within that seed or spore with all the genetic information necessary for that seed or spore to spore and to reproduce itself from generation to generation. For instance when God created plant life in Eden we read, “And the Lord God made all kinds of trees to grow out of the ground” (Genesis 2:8) NIV. If the trees grew out of the ground, they must have sprouted from a seed or a spore that had been planted in the soil by God. We also read, “The land produced vegetation: seed bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds” (Genesis 1:12) NIV. Here the word “kinds” refer to the biological term species. By definition a species is the only category on the taxonomic chart that is capable of reproducing offspring.

Conclusions

The scientific data of geology and human paleontology verifies a more recent appearance of Man on the earth at about 6,000+ years before the present. It is believed that God created Adam & Eve toward the latter part of the Anathermal Age. All their offspring relate to the Altithermal and Medithermal Ages. The Creation of Eve resulted in the termination of the Sixth Day of Creation and the commencement of the Seventh Day. This, in reality, is the History of man & woman. It is also a time when the God of the universe entered into His rest of creating anything new. During the Seventh Day no new stars, planets, comets, solar systems, galaxies or any new species of animal or plant life have been created. However, whatever God has created continues to experience change.

References

Richard Bozarth, The Meaning of Evolution. The American Atheist, September 10, 1978.

last updated: March 7, 2013
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