Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Adam was not at War with Creation

Some opponents of biblical authority tamper with the words so they can change the meanings, or even impugn the character of God. Something that cannot be emphasized enough is context. Theistic evolutionists are known for manipulating context for their own ends.

Some theistic evolutionists attempted to use certain meanings of Hebrew words to say that humanity is at war with nature. This is a misuse of context.
Credit: Pixnio / Luis del Rio
There is an old joke that, although oversimplifying, makes a point. A man wanted to hear from God about a problem in his life, so he opened the Bible at random, plunked down his finger, and read that Judas went and hanged himself. Well, that was unhelpful. He tried again and found where Jesus said to go and do likewise. This was getting annoying. His third attempt gave him where Jesus told Judas to go and quickly do what he was going to do. The man realized he was using the Bible the wrong way.

Context takes several forms, including the chapter and even the whole of Scripture. Sometimes people need to drill down into the original languages to understand context more fully. Some owlhoots riding for the Darwin Brand and waving the flag of theistic evolution decided to grab certain words for nefarious purposes. It did not go well.

The Dominion Mandate for Adam, Eve, and humanity itself is to subdue the earth. While those TEs did not exactly misuse the Hebrew words, they used a meaning that implies Adam was at war with nature. They ignored the other meanings of benevolent rule, as well as how the original creation was very good. Such efforts to undermine God's character and find excuses to shove in evolution are...truly bizarre — as well as viperine.

Because of their less-than-biblical worldview, theistic evolutionists often strive to find supposed imperfections in the creation week in Genesis 1. A common argument from theistic evolutionists is that the Hebrew words used in Genesis 1:28 for “subdue” (kābaš) and “rule” (rādâ) imply that there was death before the fall. In a recent YouTube video, apologist and theistic evolutionist Michael Jones (Inspiring Philosophy) used this argument:

To read the rest of the article, click on "War and Conquest in Genesis 1?". For some related material on word manipulation regarding homosexuality, see "Does the Greek word arsenokoitai in 1 Corinthians 6:9 really mean ‘homosexuals’ or something else?"

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