What about Carbon Dating? (I was asked this question so I am answering it here)
“It is also worthy of note that some dating methods, carbon 14 among them, are only accurate for thousands of years, not for hundreds of thousands or millions of years, Therefore, some dating methods used to analyze fossils are, at best dependent upon the speculation of the analyzer or are altogether inaccurate. “ (The Popular Handbook of Archeology and the Bible, Joseph M. Holden and Norman Geisler, pg. 65)
Some of the skeptics of the Bible claim that the Bible is in error because Genesis chapter 1 and Genesis Chapter 2 do not match. Genesis 1 focuses on the physical creation and the order they were created. Genesis 2 focuses on the why or purpose of creation. Genesis 2 is not about the creation of the animals as much as it is about God showing Adam all that was created. Genesis 2 God introduces humanity to its environment and all that was created for humanity to oversee.
Many have wondered if Adam and Eve were real people or were just representatives of humanity. Genesis was written as historical and Matthew 19:3-6; Luke 3; Romans 5:14, 1 Timothy 2:13-14 treat Adam as a real person.
There is a new show called “Utopia” which is about starting over as a society and how things would look if a group of people could start over. Although the show may be fascinating, along with a lot of drama, the Bible shows us how we should live and what exactly we were supposed to do.
1) Humans are a Special Creation
Then God formed man from the dust of the ground
You would think we would not have to say that humans are special but our world has come to the point that it no longer see humans as being above the animal Kingdom. Evolution would make us believe that we have all evolved from the same origin and therefore are equal with each other. Evolutionist would say there is no difference between man and animal, only that man has evolved into a higher life form.
Richard Dawkins believes there is no difference between aborting babies and those who eat animals for a meal.
People have even begun making excuses saying that the way they are acting is because of their animal instincts. They would make the claim that it is part of who they are and just the way they evolved. Of course if you are going to try and leave God out of everything, then you have to come to this conclusion.
The Bible tells a different story as to the difference between humanity and the animal kingdom. When it came to animals God spoke them into being but when it came to humanity God formed them. Formed denotes a process of time instead of instantly like He did for the rest of creation. This was a personal act involving God scooping down to form man. It shows a special care of time and effort that shows that God meant for humanity to be above all other creation.
The complexity of the human body goes against evolution and proves that humans could not have evolved and that they did not evolve from animals.
” Skin of humans is paper thin and stretched evenly over some eighteen square feet of the body. We would have to build into the skin two million sweat glands to make sure that the temperature of the finished body would be kept within a degree or two of its normal 98.6 degrees. Each sweat gland would be a tightly coiled little tube buried in the skin’s layer. Each one would require a one-fifth-inch –long duct rising to the surface. If you take a piece of skin the size of a postage stamp for example. It requires three million cells, a yard of blood vessels, four yards of nerves, one hundred sweat glands, fifteen oil glands, and twenty five nerve endings” (John Phillips, Exploring the Old Testament, Pg. 8)
There are so many factors about the human body that make us extraordinarily unique from the animal kingdom. Some would say that there are similarities, which are true, but again that is because we live on the same planet that has the same environment that we have to function on. Apes share 98.5 % of the same chromosomes as humans but a scientist that is honest knows that the 1.5% difference is a major difference.
Also, more scriptures are devoted to the creation of man than to any other creation.
In the image of God He created them (Genesis 1:26; 5:1; 9:6; 1 Corinthians 11:7; and James 3:9 )
We are made in God’s image with the abilities to do things that God can do. This does not mean we are gods or can become gods but that God has given humanity things that the animal kingdom does not necessarily have. This is not a physical likeness because God is Spirit ( John 4:24) but the ability to think, rationalize, communicate, love, fellowship, create and most importantly, live forever. No animal is given the distinction to live forever or to have a soul that lives forever. Humans know that there is more to this life than the one we are now living (Ecclesiastes 3:9) and have to ignore it or suppress that knowledge in order to say this earth is all there is.
Breathed into his nostrils the breath of life
God gave man something He did not give any animal and that is a soul
Animals live their lives off of instinct but man was given a mind and a will. Free will is one of the most powerful things we have been given but it is also one of the most devastating gifts God gave us. It is by mans free will that he can make choices to help or hurt his fellow man. God could have made us like the animal kingdom where we just carry out functions like a bee that locates nectar and takes it back to the colony, but instead God created us differently so that we can make choices.
Some creatures in the animal kingdom have soul like characteristics because they cry, care for their young and so forth, but only humanity was given a soul. Some believe we are created as a Dichotomy which means we are created with a body and soul. Others believe we are created as a Trichotomy which is body soul and spirit. A body to make him world conscious, a soul to make him self-conscience and a spirit to make him God conscience.
Our bodies are unique and we are recognizably different from everyone else. Even twins have their own characteristics. Our uniqueness shows that every person matters because God created you to be you. There is no other you but you and God in His great wisdom and love created you for a purpose according to His great plan.
“Because we are special products of God’s creation, this fact should create great humility in us. … Because we are special products of God’s creation, this should give us great dignity.” (Christian Beliefs, Wayne Grudem, PG. 44)
Then God took the man into the Garden
God did not do this with the animal kingdom but with Adam to show that he was not only a special creation, but that he was to rule and manage the creation God created. The theory of Evolution says we are a problem for the planet, but the Bible tells us that God created everything for us to enjoy. (1 Timothy 4:4; 6:17) Everything that was created was created for humanity by God. We are the ultimate creation according to Gods design.
The tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
The trees were placed there for man to make a decision that no other creature in the animal kingdom could make. Man could obey God and live forever or choose to disobey and then face the consequences of death. God does not force Himself on anyone and allows man the opportunity to accept or reject Him.
2) Work is not Evil
On a Chipotle Mexican grill take out bag, George Sounders is quoted saying, “Hope that, in future, all is well, everyone eats free, no one must work, all just sit around feeling love for one another.”
God never designed humanity to not work. Before Sin entered the world it was Gods intention that we should work and maintain the rest of creation. It was Adams job to work the soil and care for the plants.
Keep in mind that humanity comes before the animals and we are never to use the Bible to twist our theology into believing that animal preservation comes before man’s preservation. Our society is quick to abort a baby but be ridiculed if an animal is injured in any way. God designed humans to care for animals but we cannot put the preservation of animals above human beings. God then asked Adam to name the animals. To name the animals some estimated it would take 1-2 years if he took 30-60 minutes per animal before naming them.
Of course, we cannot forget that man gave up his rule to Satan when he gave into sin (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11) and one day Christ will return and set things back to the way they are supposed to be (Hebrews 2:8-14).
This does not mean that we give up and wait for Christ to return but that our work, as part of the curse, has become more difficult. We are to do everything we do, no matter how hard it is, as if we are doing it for God Himself. ( 1 Corinthians 10:31)
Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
The book of proverbs has much to say about being lazy (Sluggard) and one day we will be rewarded for the things we did for God while on this earth. We should never reward those who will not work. Those who cannot work or need assistance we are to help but many organizations are rewarding laziness.
2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
3) Marriage is from God
Matthew 19:3-6 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
Marriage is under attack in our country. We are now seeing gender roles diminished and even the act of marriage as being between anyone you are in love with instead of between a man and a woman. If a person does not believe the Bible or that God even exist then I could understand why you would not accept God’s ways. It is those who say they are Christians that are now saying that as long as you love each other then it is acceptable to marry. God clearly defined in His word that marriage is to be between a man and a woman. The attack on marriage today and the demeaning of it goes against God ideal plan for it. (1Corinthians 7:2; 1 Timothy 3:2)
It is not good for man to be alone
Before sin entered the world God said it was not good for man to be alone. We are created to be in relationships with others and dependent on each other.
Marriage is not only Gods Idea, He uses the concept to describe His church and the return of Christ. (Matthew 25). The Bible begins and ends with a wedding ceremony according to Timothy Keller.
Adam was created alone while God created an abundance of other animals. After Adam named all the animals God had Adam go into a coma and God removed either a rib or part of him. There is some debate to what the word actually means but it is clear that Eve was formed from the DNA of Adam. Whether it was an actual rib or as some interpret flesh it is clear that Man was formed from dust and woman from the DNA of man.
She was not taken from his head to rule over him, from his feet to be trampled on him but from his side to walk alongside with.
1 Corinthians 11:11-12 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; 12 for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.
Help mate can also be interpreted as ally. (2 Chronicles 28:16 and Psalm 121:1-2). Allies are important for victory in any military campaign. If we are going to have victory in our homes then couples have to know they need each other. One of the reasons it is important for people to work on their marriages is because God established marriages to be the foundation of the home and societies.
Gods command to them was to be fruitful and multiply
Christians have to be careful to not buy into the lie that humanity is the problem with the earth. Some people are saying that the world would be a better place if there were no humans. I even heard Christians say that people should not have as many children because it hurts the environment. God created this environment for humanity and not the other way around.
Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Evolutionist make fun of the idea that two people could have populated the whole earth. People have calculated the numbers and with the age they lived, and with their offspring producing as well, then it would be totally capable to arrive at 17 Billion people before they were 900 years old. Evolutionist again make fun of the ages but they have no problem saying billions of years even though there is no proof of that.
Genesis 2 is clear that humans are a special creation and we are to oversee the rest of the creation. We are equipped to work and it is commanded in scripture to not be lazy. Marriage is God’s idea and He established it should be between a man and a woman. I know these three things are controversial in our society today, but if you want to know what you should do as a follower of Christ, God told Adam what He expected from him and those are things God expects from us.