How is everything deteriorating? Can you offer any specific examples? More importantly, do you mind if I ask you again to explain why you feel that the bible (either the passages you referenced or any others) supports your claim that 'life is deteriorating not evolving', and that this was the result of Adam's fall from grace?
I won't argue with that, provided that we can agree that evolving. in this context, is used in a metaphorical sense.
The bible supports the fact that everything is deteriorating because this unlike evolution can be observed, What happens to us today as we live? mutations cause us to age and ultimately die, this is one example of life deteriorating, take the sun for another example, In 1979, scientists Eddy and Boornazian cautiously announced that their studies of solar measurement records from Greenwich Observatory in England, and the US Naval Observatory in Washington, conclusively showed that the sun was shrinking. Its diameter was decreasing at a rate of almost six feet per hour.
This is another example of deterioration, some evolutionists try to argue that the sun is shrinking at a slow rate, so slow that it wouldn't have been to large to cause life to not be able to exist on Earth billions of years ago. This link is a must read for those who agree with that evolutionary claim shrinking sun
The reason I say the deterioration occurs because of Adams fall from grace is because Genesis states that in the beginning God created everything very good, this means he created it perfectly without flaw, man was to live forever, animals were vegetarian including dinosaurs. etc.
Its not logical to say God created a world full of death and suffering(evolution) and called it very good.
This phrase sums up the true history of death, as recorded in Genesis, the first book of the Bible. God originally created a perfect world, described by God as Ã¢â‚¬Ëœvery goodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ (Genesis 1:31). People and animals ate plants, not other animals (Genesis 1:29Ã¢â‚¬â€œ30). There was no violence or pain in this Ã¢â‚¬Ëœvery goodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ world.
But this sinless world was marred by the rebellion of the first man, Adam. His sin brought an intruder into the worldÃ¢â‚¬â€death. God had to judge sin with death, as He warned Adam He would (Genesis 2:17, cf. 3:19).
Indeed, God apparently caused the first death in the worldÃ¢â‚¬â€an animal was slain to make clothing for Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21). As a result of GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s judgment on the world, God has given us a taste of life without HimÃ¢â‚¬â€a world that is running downÃ¢â‚¬â€a world full of death and suffering. As Romans 8:22 says, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœthe whole creation groans and labors with birth pangsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â€because God Himself subjected the creation to processes of decay.
Implications about suffering, if you accept this view of history.
How can we find a God of love amidst the groaning of this world? By understanding the Genesis account of the Fall, we know that we are looking at a fallen, cursed world. From the BibleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s perspective of history, death is an enemy, not an ally. In 1 Corinthians 15:26, the Apostle Paul describes death as the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœlast enemy.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Death was not a part of GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s original creation, which truly was Ã¢â‚¬Ëœvery good.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Based on a straightforward reading of the Genesis account, history can be represented by the following diagram:
Death and suffering is the penalty for sin. When Adam rebelled against God, in effect he was saying that he wanted life without God. He wanted to decide truth for himself, independent of God. Now the Bible tells us that Adam was the head of the human race, representing each one of us, who are his descendants. Paul says in Romans 5:12Ã¢â‚¬â€œ19 that we sin Ã¢â‚¬Ëœin Adam,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ after the likeness of Adam. In other words, we have the same problem Adam had. When Adam rebelled against God, all human beings, represented by Adam, effectively said that they wanted life without God.
God had to judge AdamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sin with death. He had already warned Adam that if he sinned, he would Ã¢â‚¬Ëœsurely die.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ After AdamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Fall, he and all his descendants forfeited the right to live. After all, God is the author of life. Death is the natural penalty of choosing life without God, the giver of life. Also, because the Lord is holy and just, there had to be a penalty for rebellion.
The Bible makes it clear that death is the penalty for our sin, not just the sin of Adam. If you accept the BibleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s account of history, then our sinsÃ¢â‚¬â€not just the sins of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœthe other guyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â€are responsible for all the death and suffering in the world! In other words, it is really our fault that the world is the way it is. No-one is really Ã¢â‚¬Ëœinnocent.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢
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