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The Man Who Was Never Born

The Man Who Was Never Born

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Published by glennpease
Christians need not fear to face the questions of science and evolution.
Christians need not fear to face the questions of science and evolution.

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Published by: glennpease on Dec 21, 2009
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THE MAN WHO WAS NEVER BORN Based on Gen. 2:4-17By Glenn PeaseAn old preacher from the back woods was teaching a class of children about howGod created man. He said, "In the beginning there was just nothin at all. One dayGod was fooling around with some mud, and before you knew it he had a man. Heput that man up against a fence to dry there in the sun. God liked that man, but helooked kind of lonesome standing there all alone, so..."Just then a hand went up inthe front and a little voice said, "If, as you say, there just wasn't nothin at all at thebeginning, where'd that there fence come from?" The preacher paused for amoment and then exploded, "Its them kind of questions that's ruinin religion!"So often men are careless in their understanding of God's Word. Or else they readtheir own ideas into it and then think the truth of the Bible is endangered becausethey are confronted with an unanswerable question. Questions can endanger man'ssubjective interpretation, but God's Word is never threatened by questions. Allbelievers who have any contact at all with the world will have to face up to difficultquestions sooner or later. Many Christians fear to face these questions, not becausethere are no answers, but because they do not know the answer. Lack of confidencecauses the Christian to fail as a witness. He knows if he opens his mouth he will getquestions fired at him that he cannot answer, and so he clams up and defends theidea of a silent witness. The silent witness is inadequate in itself, for it only callsattention to your self. It is only by word of mouth that you can bring Christ into thepicture, and without Him your witness will only impress others with what a goodperson you are.We need to realize that questions are often an open door to a great opportunity forwitnessing. We read in I Kings 10:1 that the Queen of Sheba came to test Solomonwith hard questions, and he amazed her, for he had the wisdom to answer them all.We are not Solomon, but we have access to the wisdom of Solomon, and we can seekthe guidance of the same God who gave him his wisdom. As Christians we ought totake full advantage of people's questions. Youth and adults alike are questioningeverything, and all that many Christians are doing is lamenting the fact when theyshould be searching for answers to these questions.The question is one of the greatest factors there is in teaching and learning. In theonly reference we have to the boyhood of Jesus we find Him in the temple askingquestions of the scholars of His day. Jesus saw the value of asking questions, and allthrough His ministry He was a master at asking and answering questions. Parentsso often fail to take seriously the questions of their children. Many are like thefather in Alice in Wonderland who said,I have answered three questions, and that is enough,Said his father; don't give yourself airs.Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off or I'll knock you downstairs!This sounds more like Malice In Blunderland. Parents tend to go to one extreme orthe other. They are either indifferent, or they are over zealous and elaborate on asubject beyond what the question was aimed at discovering. Both are illustrated bythe boy who came to his father as he was reading the evening paper. He said hewanted to ask a question. The father did not care to be disturbed and said, "Whydon't you ask your mother?" "Never mind," said the boy, "I don't want to knowthat much about it." Both in society and in our families we fail to make effective useof the question as a means of extending the kingdom of God. It is time that we wakeup to the great possibilities for evangelism that are made possible through thequestions that people have. We need to stimulate people to ask significant questions,and then be prepared to give an answer from God's Word.There are limitations and dangers, however and we must be aware of them. Paulwarned both Timothy and Titus to avoid foolish and stupid questions that lead tosenseless controversy. There are many questions that are foolish that they deserve tobe ignored. Some people have a knack of inquiring into the irrelevant andinsignificant. A guide at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City took agroup through and pointed out various masterpieces. He gave a brief list of thepainters, and after he asked if anyone had any questions. "Yes," said one lady,"How do you get such a high gloss on your beautifully waxed floors?" I have someidea of how he felt because I was teaching a group of juniors once and I wasexplaining an important Christian truth when a hand went up. I thought it was agood sign of interest, but it turned out that he must have been reliving a TVprogram, for he asked me if I had watched Gun Smoke the night before.Stimulating the right question is not always easy, nor is it always easy to have anadequate answer, but every believer should be conscious of the great possibility of spreading God's truth through questions. You will not always be a smashingsuccess, but one of the principles of evangelism is: It is better to have tried andfailed than never to have tried at all. Jesus did not always succeed either, but Healways tried. In a sense, this introduction is an end in it self, for it presents a keyidea that we should carry away and seek to apply it. It is also meant to prepare ourminds for the consideration of a very controversial question on the origin of man.Can it be that all men have descended from a man who was never born? We believethat a man must be born of the flesh and then be born again to be saved. He must beborn of the flesh and of the spirit. So we have some unique concepts of man andbirth. We believe that all men must be born twice if they are to be saved, and on theother hand we believe that all men have descended from Adam who was not evenborn once. He was created and not born. Many find it hard to believe in the virginbirth, but in Adam we have one who had no mother at all. If one begins by belief inGod, then the biblical record is easy to believe. If one begins with the assumptionthat God is not, then, of course, the biblical account is fantastic, for it is impossiblefor there to have been a man who was never born. This is the assumption behind the
theory of evolution. Our children have pictures in their textbooks showing that manhas evolved. This is far more fantastic than anything Christians believe, and it takesan enormous faith in godless matter to believe that all the wonders of the universecame through mindless evolution.There are believers who call themselves theistic evolutionists, and they areconvinced that evolution was God's method of bringing man into being. There isnothing inherently impossible about this being true. If God could make man of thedust, He could certainly make him from an ape with even less of a transformation. If Gen. 2:7 would have used the word ape instead of dust all Christians would acceptevolution as orthodox doctrine. There would be nothing incompatible between theBible and evolution if, in fact, God did make man by that process. The point is, theBible does say dust and not ape. Neither mud nor monkey is a very flattering origin,so we do not insist on believing man's origin is from the dust because it is moredignified, but simply because this is what the Word of God says. That ought to bethe basic concern of the believer. It should be to discover what it is the Bible says,and then he can considers its relation to all kinds of other questions. We want toexplore several questions.1. When did man begin? In the 3rd century Julius Africanus placed the creation of Adam at 5500 B. C. In the 17th century Archbishop Ussher placed it at 4004 B. C.His figuring really came out to more than that, but it was rounded off to 4004because that made exactly four one thousand periods before the birth of Christ in 4B. C. John Lightfoot, a scholar of the same century, narrowed down the creation of Adam to Friday Oct. 23, at 9:00 A. M. Being a cautious man, says another scholar,he was not willing to commit himself beyond this.How can we begin to reconciled 4004 B. C. with the evidence of science? The mostcautious of scholars have dated man back to at least ten thousand years. The firstthing we need to do is to recognize that 4004 B. C. is like the fence in the story of thebackwoods preacher. It is a product of man and not of revelation. It was arrived atby assuming that the genealogies of Scripture were always from father to son, but itcan be shown that some of the genealogies skip many generations, and the mostobvious being Jesus the Son of David, even though a thousand years came betweenthem. The Bible does not set a date for man's origin, and so we need never feelembarrassed about bones of men being dated much further back than 4004 B. C.Verse 5 simply says that man was made before domestic plants were made. Cassuto,the Jewish scholar, says the terms here refer to fields of grain which naturally werenot in existence before man since they need cultivation to continue. The atmospherewas such that there was inadequate moisture for such plants. Man's food productsdemand rain and cultivation, and so they did not exist until after man was made.Let men cease to till the ground and all the other plants in the world will continue togrow, but mankind will soon starve, for plants of the field will cease to grow. Manwas made a farmer from the beginning.Verse 6 is added as an explanation of how other plants could grow before rainfall.

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