Bible Inquiries and Explanations
Q: If God knew he was going to destroy the Earth before the flood and start all over with Noah, why did he take the time to create Adam/Eve and all that before Noah? Why didn’t he just start with Noah?
A: Maybe for the same reason God doesn’t just start with the promised new heavens and earth at the end of Revelation. It wasn’t part of His eternal plan. I mean, all injustice, suffering and human cruelty could’ve been bypassed altogether if he had done so but God ordained the course of human history to go exactly as it has gone. Why God chose to permit sin and evil in his universe is one of those questions that brings us to the cliff’s edge of God’s secret knowledge. How a good and sovereign God can allow evil to exist has been debated by scholars, theologians and skeptics for centuries. But that’s not the question you asked, so – moving right along.
Your question appears to suggest that from the time of Adam up until the Flood was just a supreme waste of time and effort, since most of humanity ends up washed away by the Flood. However, the story of Adam and Eve explains mankind’s original honor and dignity in the garden of Eden. They lived in paradise and had communion with God. They had dominion and authority over the earth. They didn’t toil with the soil, feel pain, sorrow or suffer from sickness and death. Life was good. Then the Fall happened. Unbelief and pride entered their hearts and shattered the sweet fellowship with God they had enjoyed. Continue reading
A member of my bible class last night night posed a question that sparked a short discussion. I don’t feel that I answered adequately. As a result, I’ve decided to use this medium to address questions that arise in class that can’t be given a full treatment because of time constraints. My new category shall be called Bible Study Q&A.
I was asked if having doubts is a sin. The person wondered specifically if having doubts about salvation is a sin. The context comes from our discussion on the definition of sin. I had someone read from Romans 14:23 which states, “But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” The person who asked the question zeroed in on the first part of the verse that explains that a person who doubts whether or not a certain action is right or wrong (In this case, whether eating certain foods is permissible). Continue reading
The Theology of Redemption
Study One – Man’s Need of Redemption
The Fall of Man
This lesson introduces the first study of the series, Man’s Need of Redemption. It will consist of two lessons. First, man’s creation as a perfect image bearer of God’s glory and subsequent fall into sin and corruption will be discussed. The next lesson will focus on the extent and depth of that corruption and how it has effected our being.
Our study of Redemption begins at the creation account on the very first pages of the very first book in the bible. As I’ve stated previously, redemption is the story of God as he relates to man, who corrupted himself at his initial trial of faith and obedience. It begins in Genesis and weaves its way throughout both the Old and New Testaments. So, the reason I’m starting here is because this is where God starts. In the creation account we learn of man’s original blessed state and the events that led to his fall from the state of innocence into a state of corruption.
It is vital to note that in the beginning God created everything good. All things were made for his glory. ‘And God saw everything that he had made and behold, it was very good‘. (Gen 1:31A) This clearly demonstrates that man in his created state was ‘very good’. He was not flawed in character or sinful in nature. Continue reading