We often get the idea that work is a bad thing. However, God didn’t create work to be that way. In the Garden of Eden, Adam had work responsibilities.
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. (Gen. 2:15)
Notice first that God put Adam in the garden. God was the One Who created work. As we saw in the previous verses, God made everything good, so work must be good. In Genesis 3, work became difficult due to sin, but work itself was created by God to be good for mankind. God made human beings to be productive. Continue reading →
Water is necessary for life. So for a vibrant garden to flourish, plenty of water was needed. A single river (unnamed) went out of Eden to provide water for the plant and animal life there.
And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. 11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. 13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. 14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. (Gen. 2:10-14)
This river split into four rivers, which went out to a larger land area. There are names given to these rivers: Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates. Modern Bible teachers and scholars have tried to identify these with rivers seen today to try and locate the area of Garden of Eden. Pison has had several suggested identities, but in general, it is believed to be a now dry riverbed stretching across the Arabian Peninsula. Gihon is considered to be another name for the Nile. Hiddekel is associated with the Tigris River and the Euphrates River is well-known. There is only one problem with this–these rivers do not come together at any point. While it is possible that at one point they did, there is a better explanation for this: the Flood of Noah. Continue reading →
A giant “Siberian unicorn” was previously thought to have lived over 350,000 years ago is now thought to have gone extinct around 29,000 years ago. This means that they “may have roamed the Earth at the same time as humans”. They could have just asked me and I could have told them that all land animals were created on the sixth day of creation, which means they did exist at the same time as humans who were also created on day six.
It’s amazing how often “science” changes. Back in June 2015, there was a news article which stated that scientists had shown that Neanderthals and homo sapiens had interbred 50,000-60,000 years ago, which effectively meant that Neanderthals are human. Now they’re saying the interbreeding happened more like 100,000 years ago.
Based on the Bible, I would say that there is no meaningful difference between Neanderthals and homo sapiens. If they can breed, then they’re the same “kind”. Humans were created on day 6 of the Creation Week (Genesis 1:27). I think the differences from Neanderthals and other humans are just genetic traits which began to take shape after the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9), when humans were grouped by language, effectively narrowing the gene pool for those groups and giving them common physical traits. But what do I know?
At the pinnacle of God’s creation is mankind. Humans are exclusive among all other creatures in that they are created in the image and likeness of God.
Genesis 1:26-28 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
There has been much debate over what the “image” and “likeness” of God are. Image has to do with resemblance and likeness has to do with similar traits. Neither should be understood as relating to physical characteristics because God in His essence is spirit. (John 4:24) Rather, mental and spiritual attributes are likely the meaning. Continue reading →