10 Theological Questions No Young-earth Creationist Can Answer
This is the title of the thread the owner of God of Evolution website wanted me to address. As you can see I answered the questions but of course, to keep his accusation valid, the author rejected the answers and claimed I didn’t answer them.
1. What was the point of the tree of life?
I do not know. As Paul said
12 For now we see in a mirror [a]dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. (1 Cor. 13)
God does not tell us all of his reasoning before he does something. Isaiah 55:8-9 gives us an explanation for this and our duty is to trust and learn. One possible answer is that it was a test of obedience. I cannot be sure because God does not explain his actions to us.
2. If human sin is the reason animals die, why can’t they be saved? This is a good question but to understand the answer one must look at the differences in the creation of animals and humans.
24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the [ak]sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Animals were not given souls to save, a sin nature nor were they given free choice and on it goes. Plants have the same problem. Man’s sin affects everything that is why we see in Revelation God destroying the old earth and making a new one
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea (ch. 21 v.1)
3. If physical death is part of the punishment for sin, why do Christians still die?
There is no other way to be with God until the rapture occurs and God ends existence as we know it.
4 why was Eve named “mother of life”?
The question is using the wrong word. ‘Life’ should be changed to the living for EVE is not the mother of ‘life’ but only those humans that came into existence. Adam called her that because she, like him, was one of the original parents for all living humans. There was no group of people to begin life, just two Adam and Eve thus she was the mother of all living.
5. How did Adam and Eve know what death was?
This question is based upon a faulty assumption. That assumption is that God created unknowing babies but he created adults who had language abilities, feelings, emotions, and knowledge. Most unbelievers think of the world they in and only assume that everything has been that way from the beginning but that is just not so.
Creating something does not work in the same way as the item created was designed to operate. This means that while all humans since Adam and Eve were born without knowledge and must be taught, Adam and Eve most likely were created with knowledge.
Or, before God gave them the command not to eat of the fruits of those two trees he taught then what they needed to know.
6. If the punishment for eating from the tree was that Adam and Eve would physically die … why didn’t they physically die?
Part of the confusion comes with how people understand the word ‘die’. Most will automatically leap to the conclusion that God meant physical death but even though physical death came to the world, Adam and Eve experienced a spiritual death and were separated from God because of their sin.
7. Can you name any other piece of literature in which the existence of a talking snake and trees with magical powers would suggest to you that it was meant to be taken literally?
This is a nonsensical question because there is no biblical instruction telling us that a talking snake is evidence for being a literal story. There is no evidence that the trees had ‘magical powers’ either, that identification is read into the passage by those who do not believe. What ability the trees may have was only because God made them that way and used his power to create them in that fashion. The trees had no mind so they could not work their ‘magic’.
The story is literal because God cannot lie (Titus 1:2), other literature has nothing to do with it.
8. Why do Genesis 1 and 2 contradict?
The short simple answer is that Genesis 1 & 2 do not contradict but simply provide different details of that first week.
One can point to the naming of the animals as evidence against the time frame being longer than a normal 24 hour day but those doubters need to remember that God created kinds first and put into their genetic make-up the ability to diversify into different species. Different details do not contradict each other. We run into the same issue with the resurrection of Christ in the 4 gospels. They each contain different details but not one of those details contradict the other gospels. One may mention 4 women and another only mentions Mary M but that doesn’t mean the other three were not present at the time.
People who claim there is a contradiction does so because they do not understand the terminology God uses in each chapter. we know this because those same people will use the term ‘4 corners of the earth’ to mean that God teaches that the earth was flat instead of applying the fact that that term is used by almost everyone, for thousands of years, to mean all over the earth.
Most of the time, the accusation of contradiction comes because the people making the accusations do not want to believe and only want to cause trouble.
9. Why is incest wrong?
Because God decided to make it wrong at the right time when genetic deformities will arise and ruin his creation. This may seem like a flippant answer but it is not. God was protecting his creation from the ills that come from inbreeding
To illustrate this sexual harassment was recently made illegal but all those who practiced sexual harassment prior to that event did nothing legally wrong. You cannot judge or condemn people (or God) based upon actions after the fact. In other words, the people who did sexual harassment when it was legal, did not commit illegal or wrongful acts. They are still innocent people even though eventually the act was declared illegal.
10. And finally, if it is so vitally important that Christians take Genesis literally, why did Jesus never once instruct us to take Genesis literally?
Actually this one is a simple question to answer for Jesus did say to take Moses literally but he just did not use those exact words. Unbelievers will find any reason not to believe.
God uses his words because they cover a lot more territory than using the terms unbelievers want to see.
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