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Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 14:18

Gen 1:24 And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds--livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according Gen 1:24 And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds--livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Species are not to be mixed eg- mouse & cat, kangaroo & monkey, chicken & goat or humans with any other animal species.  They can go through evolution only in the sense of modification for survival, but a species cannot be morphed into a different species. The creation of Man cannot be understood as an evolutionary process over a long time period.  Like Jesus and Paul, I accept the historicity of Adam and Eve (Rom 5:14, 1 Cor 15:22, Acts, 17:26, Matt 19:4, Mark 10:6-9,)   A lot of serious Theology rests on this. There must be a specific moment in time when God created them, no evolutionary process over time is involved.  Man did not morph from any other species before him.  Man is totally unique, created with the communicable attributes of God.  Man images God. The Cro Magnon and Neanderthals, as well as other primates, do not image God.  Man alone images God. No other species does that.  That is why Man has dominance and is superior to all other species and creatures.

There are many who claim to be orthodox Evangelicals while they accept theistic evolution. I cannot go that route because I fear it is a slippery slope that leads to the loss of the uniqueness of Man which is his by special creation (2:7 with 1:27).  I absolutely want to prevent such a loss.  The major advantage of the traditional interpretation of the creation account in 6 literal days is that it preserves special creation.  Acceptance of theistic evolution must lead to a denial of the most basic orthodox doctrines.  If there was no actual Adam, no actual rebellion and “Fall” in a real Eden, there would be neither spiritual death nor the Curse given as a result of Adam's rebellion.  That means there is no historical basis or reason for the work of Christ on the Cross and no Redemption to save the sons and daughters of Adam through that Cross.  Rejection of the special creation of man ends with rejection of the Gospel.

I accept the idea that God may have taken a long time to create some things, but at some point He created Man in an instant. (I do not accept the common interpretation of fossil evidence used to support the evolution of Man over time from other species of living beings to the Person he is today.)

Gen 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.

Once God created Man, He "rested".  God was not tired. The Hebrew word means “ceased”.  God finished His work of creating the natural world.  However, He continues to be directly involved with the on-going preservation of that work.  God spoke Creation into existence. (Psalm 33:6) His Word keeps it in existence (Heb 1:2-3, 2 Peter 3:5-7, Col 1:15-17, John 1:3) This Covenant Promise is seen throughout Genesis 1-2  God is totally, constantly involved in the operation and preservation of His creation (Job 38, Psalm 19, 103, 104, 146)  Among many other things, this means He is involved in the morphing of the earth itself and of many creatures through the Centuries.  Man, as God's representative, is expected to work with the Creator to develop, improve and maintain Creation.]

God blesses 3 things in Genesis 1: animal life, human life and the Sabbath.  To bless is to bestow prosperity (including fertility on people, animals and the Land), to enable and enrich.   A curse is the opposite: to deny prosperity, enablement and enrichment.  Particularly, to curse is to make infertile or non-productive.  May the Lord bless you!

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