by Shaun Willcock
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen.2:7).
“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man” (Gen.2:21,22).
“And…she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” (Gen.3:7).
Is the account of the creation and fall of Adam and Eve merely an allegory, not to be understood literally? Or is it literally true? And does it matter, either way?
Evolutionists and theological liberals readily say that, yes, it is merely allegorical, designed to provide a convenient story to ancient peoples who were not able to grasp the real, scientific truth: that mankind evolved, over a period of millions of years. To such people, the theory of evolution is not theory, it is fact; and the Bible account of the creation and fall is a fanciful fairy tale. Most of the Protestant denominations are riddled with these theological liberals. They deny not only the Genesis account, but many other precious and vital doctrines of the Word of God as well, such as the depravity of man, the virgin birth, the resurrection, and the various miracles of both the Old and New Testaments.
Evolution is not a fact; it is a theory, nothing more. There is not one shred of scientific evidence in favour of the supposed evolution of all things. There is abundant scientific evidence in favour of divine creation, as recorded in Genesis chapters one to three, and against the evolutionary hypothesis. This evidence is extremely valuable, for it reveals the totally unscientific nature of evolution. Evolution is a “science falsely so called” (1 Tim.6:20). It does not deserve to be called a scientific discipline, for it is not scientific. It requires an act of faith to believe this theory, for the scientific evidence is simply non-existent. Much time could be spent on this alone, to great profit.
In this article, however, we shall confine ourselves to the Word of God alone, to prove that Adam and Eve were two very real people, the parents of the entire human race; and that a firm belief in this truth is vitally important; it does matter! An improper view of the creation and fall of man leads to a terrible perversion of various other vital aspects of “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude vs.3). Let us proceed.
Genesis 1:26,27 says: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness….So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Consider the implications, if this is not literally true. If man evolved; if, instead of having been created, by the Lord, as a being separate and distinct from the other creatures which the Lord created (as described in Genesis 1), he evolved gradually, over millions of years, from more primitive creatures; then God did not make man in his own image. In the first place, this means that either the Scriptures are not divinely inspired, or if they are, then God lied. If the Scriptures contain falsehoods at this point, then for all we know, they are full of other falsehoods as well. How, then, can they be trusted? How can God be trusted? And (the logical next step) – does God even exist? Vital doctrines are at stake: the divine inspiration and trustworthiness of the Scriptures, the very character of God, even his very existence. The Christian will readily perceive the terrible danger here.