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Man, the Male Leadership Role as Directed by God - Part 2

Updated on June 16, 2014

Time

Now, before we move further ahead in this study, lets consider two interesting and important points:

First, “How long were Adam and Eve in the garden before the fall?

In relation to this question, second, one might ask, “Why is that important?” So we have two question to address before moving on.

Using a part of an old writing of mine, let’s first look at “time” along with philosophy, though they do not seem to be related. We will address two men of the “church” with regards to these, both of which had to do with these subjects. The first is James Ussher. The second is Thomas Aquinas.

I have included out takes from Compton’s, Grolier’s, World Book and other encyclopedias used in the construction of the paper. Brackets {} and italics indicate these items.

{Modern Christian creationist belief stems from a time line published in the 1650's by James Ussher, an archbishop of the Church of Ireland. Ussher constructed the time line by interpreting literally the birth and death dates of figures in the Bible. According to Ussher, God created the earth and its life forms in 4004 B.C. Today, however, considerable disagreement exists among creationists concerning the date of what they believe was the Creation.

In the 1700's and 1800's, Ussher's ideas were called into question by the theory of evolution and other scientific developments. Christian leaders argued increasingly among themselves about the role of science in understanding Biblical accounts of the Creation. Some maintained the Bible should still be the basic source for information on the origin of the earth and its life. (World Book. The same basic information appears in Compton’s and Grolier’s encyclopedia.)}

It would seem that Mr. Ussher is correct in his studies but incorrect in his terminology. Yet this allowed the heretic what he needed to jump into the fore in his battle against God. The 1700's and 1800's also spawned quite a few of Satan’s henchmen, including the English Darwin, the French Lamarck and the German Haekel all of which were but botanist/zoologists with an “itchy-eared”audience. You might call them the original “flower children.”

Of course, we cannot give these types all the credit for the dawning of humanism in the modern age. They had help from the church in time past.

{Saint Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican theologian, met the challenge posed to Christian faith by the philosophical achievements of the Greeks and Arabs. He effected a philosophical synthesis of faith and reason that is one of the greatest achievements of medieval times. Grolier}

{Albertus Magnus introduced Thomas to the works of Aristotle, which were beginning to be translated from the original Greek. Thomas set himself the task of harmonizing Aristotle's teachings with Christian doctrine. Compton}

Thomas Aquinas, for all his praise and study, seems to have been more interested in dealing with the thought processes of the intelligentsia of the day than with the cause of Christ. He could be considered the author of modern Christian philosophy. He is a Roman Catholic saint and a man of letters. But, what is more important, he was the modern day doorman for evolution.

Proverbs 25: 2 says; It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

By this verse we find we have a freedom to study for knowledge. But that knowledge attained, even though it will have corporeal significance, must first be gained from God and used for, or not adverse to, His purposes, James 3:15-17.

2 Timothy 2:15-16, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

Philosophy, for all its backing, is nothing but the above “vain babblings.” These are are usually set in place to profane God by building up the abilities of mankind. The learned Greek and physician, Saint Luke put philosophy in it’s place with one comment.

Luke 12:25, And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

Man was created innocent in the distant past. He lived and learned by faith, completely trusting in God. Then the devil goaded him into “knowing good and evil” so man would be as God knowing all the mysteries of life, Genesis 3:5. Moving from faith to implied knowledge, or “thinking it through” as we called it earlier, is the root cause for man’s present state.

Aquinas still receives many kudos for his work while Ussher has been attacked to the point that his thesis has fallen into disrepute. Yet Ussher was right. Or at least the kernel of his thesis was correct. And his chronology has never been shown to be faulty to any great degree except by unbelievers who become literal or imaginative as it fits their purpose. The problem with Ussher’s thesis is in a word, “creation.” Man was most likely not created in the year 4004 BC.

Using Ussher’s studies not as fact but as a benchmark, we might say “time” began in 4004 BC. That is, man began to die in the year 4004 BC. Exactly when man was created remains a mystery.

The Bible does not reveal an answer. Knowledge cannot solve it. Philosophy cannot unravel them. All we, like Ussher, can do, is begin our history at the time when God put man out of the Garden and started the important clock of “time.”

So how long were Adam and Eve in the Garden? Again, nobody knows this side of Heaven. But we can gain a certain lesson here. It’s the lesson of “time.” And time is important.

Satan, though limited by the Bible time frames, has “all the time in the world.” We might wonder how many times or how long he sat in that tree, watching, waiting for the moment to approach one or the other. And finally it appeared. What a “important” lesson this should be for us.

Satan waits. He is alive and has his being someplace between mortal and immortal. He just waits for our moments of weakness, then moves in, 2 Peter 5:8.

But note in the above verse from 2 Peter, he “walketh about.” He is not omnipresent as is God. But he, and probably his “angels,” frequent certain places, especially the church. He watches and listens. He can’t read minds. He can only hear words and see actions. And he is patient.

How many times did the two walk past the tree, look at it, smell its fragrance, sit in its shade. How many times did they wonder or talk about the taste of its fruit. And maybe this was the downfall.

Again, it seems from scripture that Satan cannot read minds! So he depends on mouthed words and actions to set his strategy. And most times he does not attack head-on like a horde of locust. He is like a mesquito. He “buzzes around” us in our moments of leisure. (Interestingly, the word “serpent” as in the Garden means “whisperer.”) We hear him but most times can’t see him. Then he nails us.

And so it was with the two in the Garden. He watched and listened and eventually saw or heard something and made his successful attack.

So we have answers to the two questions: How long were the two in the Garden? Nobody this side of Heaven knows.

Why was time important? Because “time” began when they bit the fruit. Mankind became mortal with that bite. Time became an adversary. Utopia was taken from them. Life became their challenge. And the Earth, and all on it, began to decay.

God had appoint the man, Adam and Eve, as the administrators of His physical world, Genesis 1:28 and gave them a seeming immortality. In “time,” they chose to go against God’s command.

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