Adam Was Not the First Human, for the Bible Tells Us So

Updated on January 8, 2019
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For as long as he can remember, Jeremy has been formulating theories that reconcile his fascination with science and his faith in God.

"God Created Evolution" is a project consisting of multiple articles that evaluate the first 11 books of Genesis in the context of known history and modern science.
"God Created Evolution" is a project consisting of multiple articles that evaluate the first 11 books of Genesis in the context of known history and modern science.

Was Adam the First Human?

The creation of man in Genesis has always been read to mean that Adam was the first human God created. Why is that exactly? This isn't stated anywhere. In fact, what it actually says is that God created humans on day 6 of the creation account in chapter 1, then God rested on day 7 at the beginning of chapter 2, then comes the story of Adam's creation. It's nothing more than an assumption that these are two tellings of the same event.

For most of recorded human history, it really didn't matter. The events listed in the creation account were of little consequence. Whether God created all the earth in six days or in 4.54 billion years was irrelevant as there was no way of knowing one way or the other. There wasn't any reason to even suspect it was any different than how it read, and the overall message of the Bible didn't hinge on it.

Today, it does matter. In these modern times, we now understand more about the history of the earth and humanity than ever before. Modern understanding has proven to be in direct conflict with traditional interpretations of Genesis. This has resulted in many rejecting the Bible as nothing more than mythology, and many others rejecting modern wisdom and scientific progress as false.

The creation versus evolution debate has come to be one of the most divisive topics we face. Many people of faith fight tooth and nail to keep topics like evolution out of the school curriculum, and many others don't see why their children must remain in the dark because some people can't let go of their old religious beliefs.

The interpretation that says Adam was the first man in existence is the primary misconception that makes the Bible and modern science seemingly incompatible. Correcting this one small error takes pre-flood Genesis out of the realm of mythology and plants it firmly into known history.

Sumerian writing tablet recording the allocation of beer.
Sumerian writing tablet recording the allocation of beer. | Source

The Mythology of the First Civilization

Civilization first began in Mesopotamia over five thousand years ago, and the Sumerians are credited as the inventors. They built the first cities that ever existed, with populations in the tens of thousands made possible through their development of large-scale year-round agriculture.

Throughout the rise of civilization the Sumerians became talented builders. They also created the first government, the first laws, arithmetic, astronomy/astrology, the wheel, sailboats, frying pans, razors, harps, kilns for firing bricks and pottery, bronze hand tools, and plows, to name just a few.

Not long after large-scale agriculture first began, a crude form of writing was developed out of the need to keep records of labor and materials. Another first accredited to the Sumerians. Over the centuries that followed, writing became more advanced and they began to record stories passed down through generations that explained how their people came up with all of these ideas that would forever change the human race. The funny thing is, these stories didn't give credit to their ancestors. They claim they were taught by immortal human-like gods.

The Sumerian and Akkadian tablets where these Sumerian stories are found predate the oldest books of the bible by over a thousand years by our best scholarly estimations. Some of these tablets contain stories that share many very similar components to stories found in early Genesis, including the story of Adam and Eve, the biblical flood, and the confusing of a once universal language. Numerous tablets from throughout the latter part of the 3rd millennium BC containing these stories have been found all around Mesopotamia, suggesting they were very well known in the region during that time. Because of this, it has become a more and more common assumption that some of the stories found in early Genesis were actually inspired by these ancient tales.

There’s no doubt Sumerian mythology had an impact on subsequent civilizations. The Akkadians were definitely inspired by this first civilization, considering they basically adopted much of the Sumerian lifestyle, including their mythology. Greek and Roman mythology also contains echoed themes that suggest the roots of their beliefs may have come from the well-known Sumerian beliefs as well. They all speak of multiple immortal gods, human in form, both male and female, who were fallible, moody, and often at odds with each other, and they all speak of the intermingling between these immortal beings and mortal humans, producing demigods and titans.

Were There People Before Adam and Eve?

If the creation of Adam in Genesis happened in an already populated world, given the time frame and location specified, then the humans who eventually became the Sumerians would have been the people that populated the landscape.

The Books of Moses

Other than the obvious correlation between a handful of stories in early Genesis with Sumerian mythology, the Books of Moses are very much unique.

The most obvious quality that differentiates them from the others is that in this story there is only one God. The Greeks were fascinated by these books, which is why some of the oldest manuscripts of the Torah that still exist today are written in Greek. They also had a strong impact on the Romans, who after over a century of Christian persecution legalized Christianity, then a few decades later made it the only legal religion. What's more, the books have continuously been an ever-present influence on the western world in every age since. Today, the Books of Moses serve as the foundation for the world’s two largest religions, making up half the world’s population, three thousand years later. No other writings from these ancient civilizations can make that claim.

At the same time, in today’s scientifically enlightened age many dismiss Genesis as nothing more than mythology. There are nearly as many in the non-religious, secular, agnostic, or atheist category as there are Muslims, making them the third largest group behind Christians and Muslims.

One reason for this is because it has been confirmed that those events in early Genesis did not happen. For instance, we’ve confirmed geologically that there has never been a global flood. The last time the entire planet was covered with water was over three billion years ago when land did not yet exist, let alone humans. And we have confirmed genetically that, while every human alive today does actually share a common ancestor, this ancestor existed in Africa tens of thousands of years before the events of Genesis.

Those interpretations of Genesis that say the flood was global and that Adam was the first human to exist were formed centuries ago by people who couldn’t have known any better. Now, we do. Rereading the first five and one-quarter chapters of Genesis for what it actually says, and not for what we’ve always been told it says, tells a very different story that's much more in sync with our modern scientifically-based understanding.

A map of DNA migration.
A map of DNA migration.

What Was the State of the Earth During Genesis?

The first order of business is to establish the proper context. What was the state of the Earth during the time frame in which early Genesis is set?

Pre-Flood Genesis in an Already Populated World Context

We now know that by 10,000 BC homo sapiens had already populated the planet and had over the course of many generations established themselves as the dominant species in the animal kingdom, which is exactly what the humans created in Genesis 1 were commanded to do:

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." (Genesis 1:28)

We also know that humans in this same region were the first to use the seeds in seed baring vegetation to grow food starting around 9,000 BC, which matches up with the illustration in Genesis 1 of God teaching humans. Where these same verses also state that the animals will use these plants for food as well, only with the humans does it specifically talk about the seeds that then bare other seed-bearing plants:

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food. ” And it was so. (Genesis 1:29-30)

And we also know through climatological evidence that this same region matched the description given at the beginning of Genesis 2 from around 6,200 BC due to the dramatic shift in climate that transformed much of the region from lush green lands to desert. An aridification event often referred to as the 8.2 kiloyear event:

No no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground. (Genesis 2:5)

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Adam, Eve, and the Garden of Eden

But where the humans (and everything else) in Genesis 1 were specifically told what to do, in Genesis 2 Adam was only told what not to do: He was to eat from any tree but the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat;

but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it. For in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2:16-17)

In fact, the whole theme of the Adam and Eve story has to do with them exhibiting their own individual free will. For instance, one of the very first things it says God did after placing Adam in the garden was to bring the animals to Adam to see what he would call them.

And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air, and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them; and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. (Genesis 2:19)

The humans created in Genesis 1 were given very specific commands that would take generations to realize. They were told to:

  • Populate and subdue the Earth
  • Establish dominance in the animal kingdom

So how could Adam, Eve, and their descendants be expected to accomplish these things considering how capable and willing they were to disobey?

Reconsidering things with the idea that Adam was not the first human, but rather was the first human capable of behaving contrary to God's will in an already populated world of humans yields many interesting possibilities both throughout the remainder of the bible itself, as well as far outside of it.

Cain leads able to death.
Cain leads able to death. | Source

Who Were the "Others" That Cain Feared?

Within the Bible, some of the more cryptic and confusing verses in the chapters to follow begin to make much more sense if the region was already populated when Adam was created. Like the unnamed "others" that Cain expressed concern about in chapter 4. The concern God is validated by somehow "marking" him to protect him from harm.

Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear.

Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”

But the Lord said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over. ” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. (Genesis 4:13-15)

It also puts a whole new spin on the first few verses of chapter 6, those which talk about the "sons of God" finding the "daughters of humans" beautiful and having children by them. This comes right in the middle of its explanation for why the flood was necessary. It even goes on to explain that humans are mortal and live less than a hundred and twenty years, contrary to the hundreds of years it says Adam and his descendants lived in chapter 5.

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born unto them,

that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were fair; and they took for themselves wives of all whom they chose.

And the Lord said, "My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for he also is flesh; yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years." (Genesis 6:1-3)

Noah's ark.
Noah's ark. | Source

Was the Flood Really Global?

This should be obvious, but many still hold onto the belief that the flood completely covered the entire Earth. Even in the traditional context this would not make sense as the flood occurred just 10 generations after Adam. So Adam's descendants could not have populated more than a small portion of the Earth. There would be no need in that sense to flood the entire planet. Not to mention the fact that the authors of the bible would have no sense of what global really means as the entirety of the Earth from their perspective was the land they lived in.

But even beyond that reasoning, there are a couple of subtle clues that tell us the flood wasn't a global phenomenon that wiped out everything that lived. The first comes at the end of chapter four when the author explains that three of Cain's descendants were the "fathers of all those who: lived in tents and herded cattle, played stringed instruments, made metal tools."

And Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents, and of those who have cattle.

And his brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who handle the harp and organ.

And Zillah, she also bore Tubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron; and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah. (Genesis 4:20-22)

These descendants come seven generations after Cain, which is the same number of generations Methuselah was from Seth. Methuselah died the same year as the flood, probably in it. Specifically stating that these descendants "fathered' or "instructed" anyone would be totally pointless if Cain's descendants and everyone else were wiped out in the flood. Plus, it's clear these verses are referring to individuals the intended reader is familiar with, so they couldn't be people who hadn't existed since the flood.

The other clue can be seen in the only two biblical mentions of the 'Nephilim'. One before the flood:

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. (Genesis 6:4)

And one after:

So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height.

And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.” (Numbers 13:32-33)

Of course, simply proving the flood wasn't actually global doesn't do much considering the whole purpose of the flood was to wipe out the "wicked" element that had risen in humanity. A localized flood would hardly accomplish that in this already populated world scenario. But, if Adam was the introduction of free will, and wickedness was only possible through free will, then a local flood of the Mesopotamian valley would be all it would take. In fact, that valley, which is a geological equivalent of a storm drain, would be the perfect location to place an element as potentially dangerous as free will.

Adam Was Not the First Man

In this modern age, many will surely find this a bit much to swallow. But in the context of the evolution of life as we understand it, the appearance of a new species of humans with free will and extended lifespans would be no more of a leap than the change from single-celled to multi-celled organisms or the adaptations that made crawling up onto land from the sea possible.

Even in the progression of the Homo genus, there were large leaps forward from one species to the next. However, if an even more advanced species did actually appear just a few thousand years ago, they're certainly not here anymore. Of course, according to the story, they were all washed away by a large flood. Mass extinctions play a crucial role throughout the evolutionary history of life. In that context, the flood was merely the last of many edits that shaped life as we know it today.

Is this possible?

Even if any physical remains that could potentially confirm this theory had been washed out to sea by a large flood, certainly the existence of beings like this would have left some sort of lasting impression, especially if they existed for over sixteen hundred years in a region populated by humans. You might expect to see rapid advancements in intellectual and technological capabilities, like what appears to have happened with the Sumerians and the Egyptians. Or you might expect to see their influence reflected in the mythology written by these ancient civilizations, like what can be seen in the Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, Greek, and Roman stories: Immortal beings who lived the equivalent of ten mortal lifespans who were exceptionally wise and knowledgeable in agricultural practices, who were prone to human emotion, who bred with mortal humans and created beings of both bloodlines, then disappeared.

Chapter 1 of the Book of Genesis (Video)

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      speakorbspokenfor 

      19 hours ago

      Hi, TheNewViewbyMario

      The contradiction is:

      In G1 Vegetation was made before man and woman (v11)

      In G1 Vegetation made day 3, Man made day 6

      In G1 In the image of God he created them, male and female he created them. (AFTER vegetation)

      In G2 Man was made (v7) BEFORE vegetation (v8), vegetation was made before the woman (v22)

      In G2 No Shrub, No plant had sprung there was no one to work the ground (because man had not been made) (v5)

      In G2 Man was made first (v7) suddenly a garden had been planted(v8), the man was given the garden (v15) and commanded not to eat (v17)

      Total contradiction, It think. These events sound different enough to call into question the zoom theory. Any thoughts?

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      Jay C OBrien 

      34 hours ago from Houston, TX USA

      James A. Watkins: how many versions of the Bible are there? Is the Book of Mormon part of the Bible? Why did the Protestants remove several books from the Bible? How long had the Bible been canonized before the Protestants removed books?

      More importantly, should God be depicted as Good or Evil?

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      James A Watkins 

      2 days ago from Chicago

      Ken Burgess ~ This is not my Hub but you asked, "When it comes to the Bible, how many chapters have been revised, books removed, expanded or rewritten over the centuries?" The answer is none, none, none and none. The Bible has been TRANSLATED into 5500 languages, far more than any book ever, but it has never been revised, expanded, rewritten, or books removed.

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      Ken Burgess 

      2 days ago from Florida

      It is hard to discern actual history, the causes for events, how they actually unfolded, etc.

      Much of the reason for this is the people who report events, history, etc. may have an agenda, may have misguided beliefs, may want to deliberately deceive.

      For myself, I try to discern what is, based on the widest cast of information I can gather.

      When they are reporting information about Ice drillings done in Antarctica, what are we learning about 10,000 years ago, 100,000 years ago, and how does that fit into other information available?

      When you see pictures of monolithic structures found in Egypt, and compare them to the ones found in Jordan, in Peru, in Japan, what similarities of construction and rock surface do you notice?

      When they do searches just offshore, in places like India, Israel, Egypt, etc. what are they finding, does it seem that across the globe, you can find ruins of city after city just underwater, 50 feet, 100 feet, 300 feet below the surface?

      When it comes to the Bible, how many chapters have been revised, books removed, expanded or rewritten over the centuries? And what do the ancient texts tell us?

      The Sumerians themselves, talk about ancient civilizations and other people that came before them, so how far back does humanity really reach, and how many global disasters have we survived?

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      James A Watkins 

      3 days ago from Chicago

      Thank you for your gracious response. As you said so well, "the Sumerians never mentioned Adam and Eve by name, but they cover a lot of the same stuff including a catastrophic flood, the confusing of a once universal language." That, of course, makes perfect sense if the Great Flood and the Tower are Babel are true. People outside the Bible would also remember such incredible events and pass along stories about them to their descendants.

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      speakorbspokenfor 

      4 days ago

      Hi! I am not even done reading, but I can guess where it is going and I am just so excited to find some intellectual theism, which so many claim cannot exist. I absolutely applaud your efforts to reconcile the Bible with Science. This is something I have always wanted to do. But I am neither a theologian nor scientist. I grew up without any spirituality, then became a God-despising atheist, followed by a biology is God-ist. Then life took me down and I started seeking. I continue to seek because my life changed for the better when I began to consider there was more to this than random chance and met a woman who personified what it would mean to be like Jesus on this earth. People with true grace, who emanate love even when they don't like what they are seeing. I admire all people who are gentle like that. It is so counter-intuitive, there must be something to it! I have a had a hard time settling into the idea that all the hate and judgement I see in the world is somehow what Jesus had in mind. Recently, I am settling into something that reconciles the many experiences I have collected over the years with my sense of something more, with what the bible says and with science, which I love. I use what Jesus said as the cornerstone by which I measure all scripture. If it conflicts with what he says, I consider it carefully. I was baptised at 42. I read the bible, I attempt to apply the ideas Jesus taught to my life and thought processes, but I don't call myself a Christian because Christians and I cannot agree on much but the core and not often how the core should be practiced. This relates to the fact that I think, for much of the old testament, they are listening to a fallible, "fallen", demi-gogue, who just wanted to be appreciated for his intelligence (ego). I believe something, outside our comprehension created the universe. I hesitantly uncover my heretical badge to those Christians I sense are open to being challenged, so steadfast are they in their beliefs, as to be incredibly graceful in their approach. I have been led to a few. But never to a

      more evidence based mind who will consider religion, then finally, after googling for 2 years, I found something even minutely congruent to my own thoughts. I am very interested in reading more of your ideas. In my view of things one very important truth remains: that we view this mystery and how we are to approach it with radical humility and reverence for the unimaginable power that is and always was. I have even considered the truth of this idea means I could forgive Satan if I chose, hence the radical part (I would first have to truly grasp his crimes against me, which I doubt I have and also get better at forgiving!). I am literally just beginning this journey, so I am a learner with many questions and ideas I hope to read about and bounce off people with open minds and knowledge of religion AND science. Thanks for being a brave soul and trying to bring light to difficult subjects.

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      Jay C OBrien 

      6 days ago from Houston, TX USA

      I propose there was an ancient civilization with the power of flight. The Hi-tech people came in contact with the low tech people and the low tech people thought they were gods. See Ezekiel and Hindu texts.

      EZEKIEL IS AT THE RIVER CHEBAR (PERSIA). Ezekiel 1:1

      In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

      EZEKIEL SEES A MACHINE FLY OUT OF A CLOUD. Ezekiel 1:4-28

      As I looked, a stormy wind came out of the north: a great cloud with brightness around it and fire flashing forth continually, and in the middle of the fire, something like gleaming amber. In the middle of it was something like four living creatures.

      EZEKIEL DESCRIBES THE LANDING GEAR. Ezekiel 1:5-19

      As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the earth beside the living creatures, one for each of the four of them. As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction: their appearance was like the gleaming of beryl; and the four had the same form, their construction being something like a wheel within a wheel.

      EZEKIEL DESCRIBES THE COCKPIT. Ezekiel 1:22-25

      Over the heads of the living creatures there was something like a dome, shining like crystal, spread out above their heads.

      EZEKIEL SEES AND HEARS THE PILOT. Ezekiel 1:26-28

      And above the dome over their heads there was something like a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was something that seemed like a human form..... When I saw it, I fell on my face and I heard the voice of someone speaking.

      EZEKIEL SEES THE SAME MACHINE IN A VALLEY. Ezekiel 3:22-23

      Then the hand of the Lord was upon me there; and he said to me, Rise up, goes out into the valley, and there I will speak with you. So I rose up and went out into the valley; and the glory of the Lord stood there, like the glory that I had seen by the river Chebar; and I fell on my face.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      7 days ago from Texas

      Good to hear from you Jay,

      There's a lot to process here. But the initial thought I want to throw out there is the use of "appear". I cannot think of any other character in the bible who is described this way when they encounter someone else.

      It seems a strange way to describe the meeting of men.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      7 days ago from Texas

      James,

      No, the Sumerians never mentioned Adam and Eve by name, but they cover a lot of the same stuff including a catastrophic flood, the confusing of a once universal language, and this ....

      "This first man was created in Eden, a Sumerian word which means ‘flat terrain’. In the Epic of Gilgamesh , Eden is mentioned as the garden of the gods and is located somewhere in Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. "

      Which makes sense if the Sumerians are the humans who populate the background of the stories of Genesis as they both share the same location and history.

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      Jay C OBrien 

      7 days ago from Houston, TX USA

      I would like to offer another view for your review. What do you think: https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/The-Lord-...

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      James A Watkins 

      7 days ago from Chicago

      You've got some interesting ideas. I always appreciate a 'seeker' of the Truth like yourself. However, you give Sumerian myths too much credit. They do not mention 'Adam and Eve' or show them being created as they are in the Holy Bible. And you say whomever wrote the Bible "just didn't know any better" than to write what they wrote. But you do know better. The Author of the Bible is God Himself, the Creator of all that is. Therefore, He does know better.

      You say the Great Flood has been disproved by Science but that is not so. Unless you can travel in time, it cannot be disproved. Ever. The Bible clearly says Adam and Eve were the first human beings. If you doubt that you do not believe in revelation, which is the foundational principle of the Bible.

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      Angie 

      7 days ago

      You make a good argument. I never could figure out who Cain was afraid of either. I am going to discuss this idea with my family. At the most basic level, we place Adam near the dawn of Bronze Age, so how do we explain evidence of the Stone Age and evidence that there were people all over the world? The Hebrew calendar has year 1 at 3761 BCE and is dated from the Creation of Adam. But we have too much evidence of time before that - we don’t even have to go wild with millions and billions, we just have evidence of things older than that. I feel like your basic premise is very reasonable.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      11 days ago from Texas

      Hi Ethan,

      "adam was the first to walk on earth"

      The problem with that is that it doesn't line up historically.

      Abraham was born 20 generations after Adam, roughly 2000 years later. His father was from Sumer and he dealt with an Egyptian pharaoh. Neither of those places existed prior to about 5000 BC, making the earliest Adam could have existed to be about 7000 BC.

      As we know historically, there have been humans walking the Earth for hundreds of thousands of years.

      So, that can't be true.

      It's made clear in the text that others existed outside the garden. Like the others Cain feared would harm him when he was kicked out.

      So both science and the bible contradict your statement.

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      ethan 

      12 days ago

      adam was the first to walk on earth

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      Jeremy Christian 

      2 weeks ago from Texas

      Jason,

      That's why I use science. Scientifically gained knowledge lays out a framework we can work with. We can see, once these events are pinpointed in time and place, what's being described. Put some context to those words.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      3 weeks ago from Texas

      TripleJay,

      There are deeply ingrained beliefs surrounding the more traditional interpretations of the bible. A lot of the knowledge that makes it so apparent to you and I has only been learned in the past few decades.

      People are coming around. It's just going to take some time.

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      Jason McLaughlin 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi Jeremy,having read through your theory id like to say its pretty decent and definitely caught my attention, so well done mate it has clarified a few things for me and made me ask questions whilst also providing me answers to questions iv have been asked by others but not been able to provide an adequate response so yeah excellent work. The problem i have with much of the bible is the simple fact that when it was written, the language that would have been used is so far removed from what we understand as English today that it simply would not make much sense, The English language a few hundred years ago does not make much sense in our version of it today. As we both know there have been hundreds of versions of the bible available in many different languages throughout history so how we decipher this is beyond me, also as far as I am led to believe the New Age Translation version is the closest translation we have from the ancient Hebrew scriptures and even that translated into English is a tough read, believe me iv read it. So i guess all I am saying is how can we even begin to interpret the bible correctly when the versions we have are that far removed from the original scriptures?

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      TripleJay 

      4 weeks ago

      My apologies in my last comment. I mentioned 2018. I meant 2019...

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      TripleJay 

      4 weeks ago

      Thanks for the read & insight. I was converted to Christianity in 1995. The whole Adam was the first man theory bugged me my whole life. After living a very ungodly lifestyle I was saved ( converted ) through full immersion baptism & the receiving of the Spirit with the biblical evidence of speaking in tongues ( an unknown language to me ) Not long after my conversion the nagging of Adam being first man creation began. I prayed. Told God I was willing to believe in faith but the nagging persisted. This was the one question I had from being a child to adult. I felt bad for doubting God. I prayed harder. The question literally burned in my brain so I said to God. I need an answer. The next church meeting I attended a person came up to me & introduced himself. 'Hi. My name is Richard. Did u know that Adam wasn't the first man God created?' He then explained the whole account of Genesis & creation. I was literally blown away. I had never read the actual bible description of Genesis. Only my child bible & what I was taught by religion at the time growing up. It is wonderful to be enlightened to bible truths. And yes also same belief with flood. As it was Adams generation God was dealing with not the generation before it makes perfect sense God flooded that part of the earth. There are scriptures in other parts of the bible that point to the whole earth but are in fact pointing only to the area populated by Adams/Noah generation at the time. What I find rather incredible is this is knowledge I learned in 1995. Seeing something like this posted in 2018 is refreshing but also confusing...

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      TheNewViewbyMario 

      4 weeks ago

      Greetings to all,

      I've read most of your responces to this aricle, and notices that you may need a reconcilational way regarding Genesis 1 and Genesis 2.

      I during most my adult life have had the same conflict with the accounts in Genesis. Just like Jeremy I think there is somethings in G1 that simply didn't add up in harmony with G2.

      To make it short here my take on this matter hoping in God that it will be a blessing to all.

      You all have read G1; v1-31 and you have read G2; v1-8 ?

      Now I want you to notice in G2 where God makes man...(ADAM)G2 v7. Now right before that the scriptures state; G2 v5,

      No bush of the field was yet on the earth and no vegetation of the field had begun SPROUTING, because Jehovah God had not made it rain on the earth and there was NO MAN to cultivate the ground.

      Now I would like recommend that you all go back to G1 and find where you could harmonies G2 v5...

      Once you find that you will have found a new view on these old controversy.

      If you find it please get me know. And thanks.

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      Rejoice 

      5 weeks ago

      Thanks for the insight my brother's and sisters in Christ. Bt Jeremy in my research I had the same findings and no I'm not some theology prof. bt a woman that loves God beyond all bt only the creation story but as for the regional flood , my Jesus once said " let a blind fool rejoice in his blindness", and seeing is not always believing cause my God always imphesizes on blind faith, yes play around and figure out what his word means bt be clueless at all times like a child. Everyone is right but thing is everyone shines their light in different angles while we all looking at the same doctrine and like man of the flash everything has to b a competition, imagine if everyone took everyone's view like I did and grew in Christ from it.and to all those that lost it after a while don't u know it's a sin to even feel anger. Love you all guys. God is love

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      Paul 

      5 weeks ago

      If there lived people on earth before Adam and Eve were created, then why in Gen 3:20 is written: 'And Adam called his wife's name Eve; BECAUSE SHE WAS THE MOTHER OF ALL LIVING.'?

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      Jeremy Christian 

      5 weeks ago from Texas

      Hi Cario,

      That is how I read it. This is one of the clues that indicates these are two separate events. Humans created male and female, then Adam and Eve.

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      Cario 

      5 weeks ago

      Hey Jeremy

      I think you have not read and understood the Bible in the sequence that has been written.

      Gen 1:27 says He created humankind- he created male and female. Then cross reference to Gen 2: 18-23 where the specific mention of female is created out of one of the ribs of Adam. The rest is period!

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      peter Thuo 

      5 weeks ago

      I'm not understand the first man in earth

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      Chester Mbangchia 

      6 weeks ago from Cameroon

      Jumbled Insights

      The man with the ark

      Was stricken with lightening,

      Said 2Sam 6:1-7 & 1Chr 13:9-12.

      And predestination, it is said,

      The world was subjected to:

      Thus, the man Iscariot betrayed,

      Predestination was at play.

      And tens of thousands were smashed

      Down all for looking at the ark.

      What a piteous death for looking

      With eyes meant to see.

      And 1 Peter First 2:18 said thus:

      Slaves are good slaves,

      Who question not the master.

      And the Exiting Book 21:7-8 said thus:

      Father, when your daughter is sold,

      The buyer, dissatisfied with the product,

      Thus, can resell it.

      Oh! What a piety to she that had genitals cut,

      No entering into a holy ground.

      Said it not Deut 23:1?

      And did not the cannon say

      It had good news?

      Good news entails not falsity,

      Falsity entails not the truth

      Like “I am coming soon.”

      Chester MBANGCHIA

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      Chester Mbangchia 

      6 weeks ago from Cameroon

      Hello Jeremy,

      I've read your post and the comments that have been coming in for over five years. I appreciate your stance and arguments to support your hypotheses. The thoughts therein corroborate with the ones I've had over the last few years. Last year, while I was contemplating on similar things to your post that were disturbing me, I wrote the what I'll post hereafter

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      Jeremy Christian 

      6 weeks ago from Texas

      Hi Chester

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      Chester Mbangchia 

      6 weeks ago from Cameroon

      Hello

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      Omega 

      6 weeks ago

      Any way the work of God is not sometimes understood perfectly by human nature lets notice that.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      7 weeks ago from Texas

      Rebeka,

      It's not the fruit itself that was the issue. It's that God commanded they don't eat it. When they ate it the effect it had was because they had acted contrary to God's will.

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      Rebeka 

      7 weeks ago

      The forbidden fruit was a custard apple . The seeds apparently can kill you ,but the fruit is good for your health .

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      Jeremy Christian 

      8 weeks ago from Texas

      Rhonda,

      Yes, what the bible says is true, but there's a difference between the actual text and the way that text is interpreted/translated. Human interpretation is the fallible element that is in question here. Not the text.

      For example ...

      Gen 1:26-27 - God spoke: “Let us make HUMAN BEINGS in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” God created HUMAN BEINGS; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

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      Rhonda 

      8 weeks ago

      Genesis chapter 1:26

      Then God said, let us make man in our image according to our likeness let them have domain in over the fish of the sea over the birds of the air and over the cattle over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth so God created man (not humans) in his own image in the image of God he created HIM male and female he created them then God blessed them and God said to them be fruitful and multiply fill the earth and subdue it have dominion over the fish of the sea over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves on the earth.

      It does not say God created humans. What the Bible says is true it is not a theory as like science. Good luck with your theories .

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      Jeremy Christian 

      2 months ago from Texas

      Hi Scorch,

      Yes, when land first formed it formed as one single "supercontinent" called Pangea, then broke apart and drifted into the form it is now. But this happened during "day 3" of creation, long before the biblical flood.

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      Scorch 

      2 months ago

      Were not the continents attached at one point in earths history? They fit together like a puzzle. Could not this be the reason for a global flood? The word says Gen 8:2-3

      (2)  The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained,

      (3)  and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated,

      Could not God have caused the continental shift to occur opening the fountains of the deep covering the whole land as it was much closer together? This has been my understanding.

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      anastasianastasi 

      2 months ago

      I really respect your outlook.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      2 months ago from Texas

      Bottom line ....

      "Interpretation of biblical passages must be informed by the current state of demonstrable knowledge." - St. Augustine

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      Gustas banderas bandelious. 

      2 months ago

      Thank you jeremy for the conversation.

      Though i don't agree with your views, i do respect everybody's right to believe or not believe as they choose.

      For me, i could never compromise whats written in the text, the biblical text that is, if i did, i would just discard all of it, but that don't mean not being able to read between the lines, or from being able to distinguish what parts of the sumerian accounts are true or false.

      If you feel the flood story is false, then that's just your opinion, others are just as convinced that a worldwide deluge did happen via other evidences, It's not for you to imply otherwise.

      For me, i know all the accounts mentioned in the bible happened for real, in fact, the bible is so accurate and reliable that you can use it as a map to discover places mentioned in it.

      David Rohl. Egyptologist ( a non believer ) went out to reset dates of biblical events that happened in the bible, while doing that, all the major events that happened recorded in the bible all fell into that time frame, including the Israelites being slaves in egypt, evidences for the plagues, especially mass burials of first borns which was out of custom of mummifications during that time period.

      If you want to reinterpret all the evidence discovered supporting the biblical accounts, names, places, peoples, events that happened, then that's your choice. But I'm convinced the bible is the most reliable book in history, and the only book in history that's truly recorded past world events with honesty.

      I will mention one particular example, the "Taylor Prism" acquired in 1830 by Robert Taylor. It mentions sennacherib's 185,000 army surround Judah ready to overthrow it the following morning. King sennacherib wasn't able to record on the prism that he did conquer Judah like he recorded other nations he conquered, but ( 2 kings 19:35 ) tells why, an angel of God was sent to destroy his army by night. When sennacherib woke up he saw dead bodies everywhere.

      2 versions of one account, but the bible filled in the missing details sennacherib omitted.

      If God was able to deliver Judah from the hands of Assyria in that way, i don't think a worldwide deluge would be out the question either.

      As i said, thanks for the conversation, won't be commenting any further now.

      Peace.

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      Gustas banderas bandelious. 

      2 months ago

      Disbelief in how the text is interpreted is disbelief in the text itself if you have to reinterpret it.

      Belief and faith have everything to do with it.

      Peace.

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      Gustas banderas bandelious. 

      2 months ago

      There's no point even mentioning discoveries if Its going to be dismissed as evidence, by belittling the intelligence of the sumerians.

      The sumerians were just as capable of recording an event that took place as we are today. In fact, the sumerians were just like us in every way, same brain capacity, but without modern technology. They recorded the actual flood itself, but included myths and exagerations, things even people in todays world do.

      Even a small child can report or make a "statement" about an event that happened, plus you cannot compare a worldwide deluge to local floods, and how solid silts would have deposited.

      Them are just preconceptions of how we think things should have happened ( "not" solid evidence )

      As i said, even geologist have different views and opinions.

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      Gustas banderas bandelious. 

      2 months ago

      The physical evidence you talk about, is also open to interpretation.

      Even geologist have different views and opinions of how certain things came about. You also have open minded geologist "with beliefs" who could show evidence to the contrary.

      Regarding the Nephilim. That's not a contradiction, they just reported what they thought they seen, the people in the land "were" large people.

      Also anyone who understands the history of the land of the canaanites, and what they used to do to people, including children ( via discoveries ) you may wonder why God allowed things to go on for so long in the first place.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      2 months ago from Texas

      Gustas,

      This has nothing to do with belief or faith. There's physical evidence that shows this interpretation of the flood is false. Hard physical evidence.

      This isn't disbelief of the text. It's disbelief in how that text has been interpreted.

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      Gustas banderas bandelious. 

      2 months ago

      Jeremy.

      Just for now, i would like to say, if we approach this subject with disbelief, we will notice "apparent" contradictions.

      But when you approach it based on faith, the answers come up at a later date. ( Good answers as well ) is that coincidence ? Or Self-deception ?

      With Personal experiences you know the difference. That's "faith and trust"

      Will reply to the last comment as well.

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      Gustas banderas bandelious. 

      2 months ago

      Jeremy.

      Noticed some contradictions in your last comments. ( Will explain )

      Also the "understanding" of the word "Nephilim" ( Numbers 13 ) is misread.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      2 months ago from Texas

      The Sumerians had the same limitations in both language and ability to report on the entirety of the Earth.

      It simply isn't logical to think the people of this age could report a flood as being global. They'd have no way of knowing.

      And the evidence clearly shows no global flood. If there had been a time when the entire planet was covered in water then there'd be a solid silt deposit found in every archaeological dig that could be used as a marker. There isn't.

      Not to mention the contradictions a global flood would cause in the text. Like in Numbers 13 where it says the spies of Israel saw descendants of the Nephilim. If the flood were global then there'd be no survivors outside of those on the ark.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      2 months ago from Texas

      Because Genesis starts with God creating all the world. So when one reads the flood they think He's destroying "all" He created.

      I get it. It just doesn't make logical sense considering all the details.

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      Gustas banderas bandelious. 

      2 months ago

      If they share the same history, then a worlwide deluge actually did happen, because the sumerians recorded that on a discovery found over a centuary ago, at the site of ancient Nippur.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      2 months ago from Texas

      "But then, you will just say the authors of the bible borrowed stories from the sumerians. "Cannot Win""

      No, not borrowed. The Sumerians lived in the same valley as where the biblical flood happened. These stories aren't borrowed. They share the same history. So they tell many similar stories.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      2 months ago from Texas

      Gustas,

      "but there's discoveries made which makes reference to that flood, some of them discoveris actually ( PREDATE ) the earliest O/T writings, and make reference to that flood."

      How do we know these other references are speaking of the same flood and not just A flood? Any place inhabited by humans will most likely have a water source and at least semi-regular rain. Floods are very common throughout human history as they go hand in hand with the types of environments humans tend to live in.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      2 months ago from Texas

      Gustas,

      "they wouldn't have had any reason to report on the entirety of the planet, not sure the relevance to that ?"

      It's from the biblical description that the concept of a global flood comes from. This is relevant because that can't be what the authors were saying.

      The marine fossil evidence in the mountains is because that land used to be on the sea floor before plate tectonics caused collisions between continental land masses causes land between to buckle up into mountain ranges.

      Land and mountain ranges formed long before the flood.

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      Gustas banderas bandelious. 

      2 months ago

      About having "evidence in the soil consistent across the globe" ?

      I actually think we do have that evidence. Marine fossils for example have been discovered in there thousands on top of mountains.

      It was argued at one time, the reason for that is because of mountains rising out of the sea, but if that's the case, that could also support waters receding after the flood, as mentioned in genesis. If these marine fossils exist the world over, including mountains, the soil would be the same as well.

      Plus in Australia you have acres of land with fossilised tree stumps, all snapped at the roots, that also seems consistent with a biblical flood.

      Regarding the authors of that biblical depiction, they wouldn't have had any reason to report on the entirety of the planet, not sure the relevance to that ?

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      Jeremy Christian 

      2 months ago from Texas

      If there had actually been a world wide flood at one point in history then we would evidence in the soil consistent across the globe. We don't. It would be very obvious if that were the case.

      The most compelling argument, I think, is the fact that the authors of the biblical depiction had no way of reporting on the entirety of the planet. Hebrew in that age didn't even have words to describe a flood in that way.

      You have to separate the two; there's the text themselves, then there's the human interpretation of those texts. These are two different things.

      When you and I read the text we read it in the way we've learned it. It's sometimes difficult to see anything other than what we think we already know.

      The people who formed those interpretations that are traditionally taught didn't have the level of knowledge we do now. So it's inevitable that they would have gotten some things wrong.

      That's why reinterpretation is needed. We now know the history of the region these stories are based in. We now know more about the cultures that are mentioned. We can now, for the first time in history, place these stories in the correct historical context.

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      Gustas banderas bandelious. 

      2 months ago

      OK Jeremy.

      Not sure what scientifically gathered information could disprove a Global flood ?

      For that reason, i can't see any reason for reinterpreting the text either, since as you say, the text themselves aren't in question.

      Whatever information is discovered in those regions, or time frame, all came after the flood ( you cannot go before that )

      A number of "flood tablets" discovered, all make reference to a Global flood, and of a world before that flood. Basically, Sumeria is the begining of mankind again "but after the flood" ( Discoveries support that )

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      Jeremy Christian 

      2 months ago from Texas

      Gustas,

      The texts themselves aren't in question. They definitely speak of a flood and of Babel and Noah and Abraham. They definitely speak of a specific region and a specific time.

      It's how those words are interpreted that is in question. We now know much more about the history of that region of the world. We now know much more about the Sumerians and the Hittites and others that are spoken of that we knew nothing about back when the traditional interpretations were originally formed.

      Modern scientifically gathered information disproves a global flood. Now that we know that we can re-evaluate the text and figure out what's true and what's misinterpreted. Or, like I've done here, I've found the specific timeframe in which the stories described happened. Then, when you have the correct historical context of the stories, you can better understand what's being described.

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      Gustas banderas bandelious. 

      2 months ago

      Jeremy.

      I don't understand how the biblical perspective is open to reinterpretation while accepting that there was at least some kind of flood which is in agreement with the Genesis account, and by making references to Noah, Babel, Abraham which all comes from the bible and bible writers.

      What exactly is being reinterpreted if people of the past never had as much information as we do now ? And what information do we have now that disproves the biblical account ?

      All we're doing Jeremy is reasoning, that's before any discoveries are mentioned.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      2 months ago from Texas

      Gustas,

      The multiple legends, I believe, come from the fact that the sons of Noah when they were dispersed at Babel, each arrived at their destinations carrying with them tales of a flood. One local flood spoken about in multiple cultures.

      It has nothing to do with what I want to believe.

      The biblical perspective is open to reinterpretation because the interpretations that most of us were taught were formed centuries ago by people who didn't have as much information as we do now.

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      Gustas banderas bandelious. 

      2 months ago

      Jeremy.

      How do you explain all the flood legends around the globe ? Isn't that a description of a worlwide flood ?

      Then you have the biblical authors, that's why i mentioned "Psalms" for example, to show that the authors were capable of describing a worldwide flood.

      Just because something don't make sence, or why a God would do that doesn't mean it never happened.

      If it was something you wanted to believe in, you would see all the evidence, but instead, we keep dismissing the evidence. That's why it's a heart issue, but even then, i still respect everybody's views, though i may not agree.

      I also believe the truth about our past, from a biblical perspective is not open to re-interpretation. Though people will reinterpret it.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      2 months ago from Texas

      Gustas,

      "Any attempt to reinterpret the scriptures really is a lack of faith"

      I disagree. It's not the scripture itself you're doubting, but the human interpretation of it.

      It doesn't make any sense for the flood to be global. And if there had been a global flood in our ancient past we'd be able to determine that scientifically.

      The language of the bible and it's authors was not capable of describing a global flood. There were no words for that context.

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      Gustas banderas bandelious. 

      2 months ago

      To Jeremy.

      Without going into all the discoveries discovered over the years, these are just some inconsistencies.

      I know you say there's not enough water to cover the mountains. In one sense that's true, but also wrong at the same time. If we go by earths current geological state, then yes, you are right.

      In just the last few years, ancient cities and shorlines have been discovered under water, while at the same time mountains are being formed via volcanic activity. That also shows the geology of our planet does change to some degree.

      If all mountains and hills were flattened, we would have a deep ocean, to my understanding over 2Km.

      The bible & bible writers are consistent with these discoveries.

      ( Psalms 104:6-9 ) New Living Translation.

      Makes reference to that biblical flood, also stating that mountains rose and valleys sank to the levels you decreed, also setting firm boundaries for the sees, so they would ( never cover the earth again )

      Psalms was written around 3000 years ago. That's a lot of detail to know about the Flood, mountains, and boundaries. But then if we was to argue that anyone could work this out, then the question is why ? They're only supporting an account that actually took place.

      The knowledege of the flood was common knowledge to everyone in ancient times, Especially bible writers, and a number of archaeological discoveries have been discovered supporting this account.

      The real question, does a "Supreme God" exist who can make these things happen ?

      Stephen Hawkins could never work out why our universe even exist, nor was he able to explain what happened before the big bang & where all the matter and energy came from to create the universe.

      Even Carl Sagan & Charles Darwin knew the fossil record never supported the ( theory ) of evolution.

      The heart of the matter comes down to a heart issue.

      Personally, i don't have any difficulty believing the biblical accout of why we are here. Any attemp to reinterpret the scriptures really is a lack of faith, but then, evidence can sometimes lead to faith as well.

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      Marcelo Gaye 

      2 months ago

      I wanted to share some thoughts on Adam's nature and the question of his sin.

      Genesis 1:26 brings up that Adam was created in God's image. "In the image of God created he created them...Male and female. We tend to believe that this tells of the creation of men and women but I don't believe so.

      As Adam was created he was a perfect man, he had all his parts, he was ONE, he lacked nothing. But some time later, as God thought that it wasn't good for Adam to be alone, he extracts a rib out of him that He forms it into a "woman", the female. So now Adam is not whole anymore, he is not what he used to be. I believe Adam was male and female as he was created, both genders existed within him and that was a perfect being created in God's image who Himself also is: male and female, that's what perfection is. As this separation of Adam's gender occurred Adam became an imperfect individual, prone to error. Eve also suffered the same as she found herself lacking the male side of her being. Doesn't the Bible say when a man and a woman marry they become one, in perfect union?, well that principle comes from this act of separation. We tend to believe that Adam became an imperfect man as he fed from the forbidden tree but that's not so. Adam was already imperfect by this time. Scripture clearly brings out that a perfect tree can only produce perfect fruit and corruption can only bring corruption. Adam in his whole being would have never sinned, he was perfect. This implies God is responsible for Adam's sin and yes he was. Ge.1:26 is God's purpose to crate man as He himself is. The serpent told eve that if she ate of the forbidden tree she would become "like God". Then later on after the sin God says "look the man HAS BECOME AS ONE OF US, to know good AND evil". So what's the problem here?. Wasn't that God's purpose for man, that he be like Him?. As Adam was created Adam was in the image of God but the "software" still had to be implanted, he had to learn. If Adam was to be like God he had to know good AND evil and to this extent God arranged for this experience. God is omniscient, or all knowing, even time past, present and future are all exposed to Him. God was not outwitted by Satan in the garden, that's impossible, God knew and arranged this whole entire experience for Adam and for us. Adam had no idea about life and death, right and wrong, good and evil. Without these Adam lacks power to chose and can not become a free moral agent like his maker. We are all here learning this concepts: Life and death!

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      Marcelo Gaye 

      2 months ago

      I've come to same realization: Adam not first man on earth. I share with you what I've got. Genesis 1: creation of the Human race. Genesis 2: formation (not creation) of Adam. Genesis 1 all men created last. Genesis 2 Adam is the first leaving being in it. Two different accounts of consecutive events. Genesis 2:1 says the creation of humanity of chapter 1 was a done deal. 2:4 "these (what is at hand, what we already have, genesis 1, not 2) are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created... and every plant of the field BEFORE it was in the earth...". Earth doesn't necessarily mean whole earth but also country, region, territory, district. So, considering this definition lets read Genesis 2:1-5 like this: these are the generations of heaven, earth, man and plants BEFORE anything grew in a region of it. This region was a parched land, it did not rain there. That was the land from which Adam was formed, apart from the human family. Coincidently the word Zion found often in scripture means "a parched land". I believe this land of Adam was the "natural" Zion, a parched land where God planted a garden for Adam. This land of Zion was awaiting his arrival (2:5, no man there to till the ground). Adam is referred in scripture as a Son of God and forefather of Jesus (Luke 3). Jesus is said to be the "firstborn", has brothers of His own kind (Hebrews 1-3, the angels). Sons of God are from heaven, Sons of Man are earthly (God created all things according to their kind: oranges beget oranges, men beget men, Gods beget Gods). Adam like Jesus BECAME a son of man as he arrived on earth and was given an earthly body. Adam was a different looking man and was civilized, very smart, he knew the sciences and writing. This becomes so as Cain is afraid of being killed by the "humans" outside the garden, who would know there of his murder?, Cain was a different looking man, good looking, large, smart. Also notice that he was driven away from God's presence, obviously this presence was in the Garden exclusively. Adam and his descendants were the teachers of mankind but, they loved the flesh, they took a liking of it and they messed up. Therefore God called them back except Noah. This was a flood of the land of Zion, not earth. Notice that Noah migrated into Shinar, Sumerian land, were civilization first sprung up as if in a day, out of nowhere according to history. This is the story of a divine seed planted on earthly soil (humans) that would overtake the whole world of Gentiles (the humans of Ge.1). I'd have more to share here but it would be long. Thanks for your article!!

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      Jeremy Christian 

      2 months ago from Texas

      Chauncey,

      In regards to the Sumerians it's mainly an attempt to show the rapid progression they made in a very short time. It's to illustrate the impact these biblical events had on the population that existed in that place and time.

      Biblical authors I just try to keep in perspective the knowledge level at the time. Which would have been comparable to the Sumerians in their measuring time and years and such.

      I don't mean to make it sound like the Sumerians were greater. In fact, some of the biblical characters ARE Sumerians. Abraham's father, for instance, was from the Sumerian city of Ur.

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      Chauncey Davis 

      2 months ago

      Jermy Christian why do you talk about how smart these people (Sumerians) were and the systems etc. that they built. But when it come to the people of the Bible you say they should not or could not have had the knowledge that they had.

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      She 

      2 months ago

      Yes.It does only temporary.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      2 months ago from Texas

      She,

      I think there is a point. Sticking a single man and his family on a boat in the middle of a large flood isolates that family from the rest of the population.

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      She 

      2 months ago

      If Noah could travel to dry land, there was no point of making the ark which took many years and much effort to do so. Just thinking about it!

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      Gustas banderas bandelious. 

      2 months ago

      Ok Jeremy. Will do.

      There's a lot of interesting discoveries being made over the years.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      2 months ago from Texas

      Thank you Gustas,

      Please do share any discoveries relevant to this, whether it supports what I'm saying or not.

      What I'm presenting here is consistent to all the elements involved to the best of my knowledge and understanding. It's entirely evidence based. That's the only thing I'm loyal to, so updates to that will always be greatly appreciated.

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      Gustas banderas bandelious. 

      2 months ago

      Thanks Jeremy.

      Noticed a number of inconsistencies in what you say, but despite that, i do appreciate your views.

      It's an interesting subject.

      May mention some of them inconsistencies at a later date, including discoveries found, but despite any evidence, which can always be interepreted in a different way, i think it's impotant to respect all peoples views, opinions, and beliefs, regardless of evidence.

      I believe people with a faith should respect those who choose not to have one, and the other way as well.

      It's no point having a faith if we don't want to believe. Any evidence really should assist or support what we say, but do appreciate your views.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      3 months ago from Texas

      Hi Gustas,

      Yes, you're right, most of the planet is covered in water. But the water that would come from rainstorms comes from the ocean, and there's still not enough to raise the ocean level above all land.

      We get the impression from the bible that the planet was covered, but that's mainly because the people doing the translations assumed a global flood. So where a word might mean 'hill' or 'mountain', they chose mountain.

      The authors during that age wouldn't have even had the language to describe a global flood. No concept of a whole planet. And could not report on the status of the whole planet if even they did know.

      The flood was only regional. If there had been a global flood we'd have evidence to support that. There's no evidence to support one flood at one time covering the Earth.

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      Gustas banderas bandelious. 

      3 months ago

      Mig, Jeremy, if you dont mind me saying, our globe is currently covered by over 70% of water. The other 30% would have receded over time. When Noah was in the ark, he sent out a dove to see if the waters receded enough, so the idea of water receding was already there.

      Plus one side of our planet is totally covered in water.

      The idea of our globe being totally covered in water is no more unbelievable than 70% currently covering our globe.

      The writers of the bible would not have known how much water covers our globe.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      3 months ago from Texas

      Mig,

      It can't. And the writers of Genesis wouldn't have had the language or the grasp of the layout of the Earth to be able to report the Earth's status globally.

      It only sounds global to us modern readers who know the Earth as such.

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      Mig 

      3 months ago

      To anyone,

      How can a globe be covered entirely by water?

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      Jeremy Christian 

      3 months ago from Texas

      I appreciate your concern, Troy. But isn't the "past" where you got these ideas about needing to worry about your soul and the "right path to heaven"?

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      Troy 

      3 months ago

      Why dont you let the past be the past and quit posting what you think cause they are not facts and worry about your soul and others you could help direct them on the right path to heaven

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      Gustas banderas bandelious. 

      3 months ago

      KeP. You can't just throw about information, then come up with your own biased conclusions, that's not fundamentalism, you cannot even call it science.

      The sumerians didn't just just come into existence out of nowhere either, they came out of that biblical flood, that's why in nearly every country and ancient tribe they all have some record of that flood. But lets just say they all borrowed ideas and stories from each other which really don't make any sense ? that would still show all mankind had the same origins, all connected to each other.

      What other way is there to interpret evidence ?

      If you want to believe in aliens, that's your choice, but it's not scientific, and don't believe people like "Jay C" should go about insulting a christian woman on her Hub Page asking her owkward questions intended to humiliate her. No religion has all the answers, but even the God of the bible don"t give all the answers either, you've got to have some faith.

      Everyone has faith in something, why is the God of the bible out of the Question ???

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      KeP 

      3 months ago

      Jeremy, I don't understand how you put up with these Christian fundamentalists telling you by admission that "they know better than you"????

      What if THEY were of an alien race threatening to wipe out mankind?

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      jimmy 

      3 months ago

      Jay C OBrien.

      I'd be ashamed of myself asking a female christian on her Hub Page, does your god kill children, as in the case of the canaanites.

      You wasn't looking for answers. You talk of peace, but like the woman said, "You just want to fight"

      One day, i may answer your questions myself, but right now, i don't think you even deserve to hear the answers because you wont appreciate them.

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      jimmy 

      3 months ago

      You got it the wrong way round, the people of the bible never borrowed ideas from the Sumerians, the bible just states facts and what happened regardless of whether the Sumerians agreed with it or not. The fact that the Sumerians predated the book of genesis doesnt prove the bible wrong either, the discoveries add to the accuracy of the bible despite the exaggerated claims of people living over 30,000 years and so on.

      The bible is accurate, the Sumerians recorded the same details but included myths & exaggerations mixed in with facts.

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      jimmy 

      3 months ago

      Adam was not the first human ? I can tell you that one is wrong just using mathematics alone. Jay C OBrian is also a confused person who obviously dont know the mind of God. God dont think like 'Jay C' or humans do. Thats why you will spend your whole life going round in circles and still never understand the bible or the mind of God, and why he orders certain things to be carried out.

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      Jay C OBrien 

      3 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      We agree on the first two paragraphs. We disagree on the third paragraph. Torture and killing are not of God. We are here to learn, not to be tormented. Where the Bible depicts God as torturing or killing (especially children) it is Blaspheme. See:

      https://infidels.org/library/modern/donald_morgan/...

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      Jeremy Christian 

      3 months ago from Texas

      Yes, anything evil is of humanity. We have the free will to behave outside of and contrary to God's will. Our minds are free to create, and our hands are free to follow.

      We are creators. We create things in this universe that are not "of God".

      God is not being evil in the bible. God is doing what's necessary. Evil acts aren't necessary.

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      Jay C OBrien 

      3 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Jeremy, sin is in the mind first and when we concentrate, it becomes physical. Mind is the builder, the physical the result. We build our house with our thoughts. Our emotions good or bad are part of those thoughts. The House rule is to Love one another. We cannot control the people around us, but we can always control ourselves.

      My theory is that God does not condemn because Jesus did not condemn. All Condemnation is a projection from Man and is Not of God. The enforcers in This world are the local Peace Officers who are taught to use the least amount of force to restore Peace. After 20 years as a Peace Officer I have learned that Deadly Force is Not needed. Peace Officers are not taught to torture or kill or make war.

      God is the Ideal, Perfect. We cannot have a God which is Evil, by definition. Negative human emotions such as Jealous, Vengeful or Wrathful are Not of God, but of Man. The Bible contains stories depicting God as Evil. Torturing and killing is evil and if applied to God is by definition Blaspheme. How much of the Bible is Blaspheme?

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      Jeremy Christian 

      3 months ago from Texas

      Jay,

      Good to see you. It's been a while.

      I'm not sure jealous, vengeful, or wrathful accurately applies. If you're living in someone's house, and that person's given you rules to follow, and you keep breaking those rules, should that person's response be considered vengeful or wrathful? What's the point of rules if not enforced?

      As for "jealous", I really don't think that applies either. All the universe is God's creation. He's the authority. The DNA, so to speak. So for beings to be following something else and allowing that to influence what they do, I don't know that jealousy is the right term in that light.

      Generally a complex system has a single code of conduct. Like the body's DNA which allows numerous individual components to behave together as a single system. Behavior outside of this code is a threat to the system. It's not jealousy to demand allegiance. It's simply necessary.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      3 months ago from Texas

      chris allen,

      Feel free to post your thoughts here. I'll be happy to tell you what I think.

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      Jay C OBrien 

      3 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Chris Allen, we do not need to be Bible scholars to read it. You have every right to state your thoughts in the matter. The Bible was written by Men with their own point of view. Surely God is Good and Not Evil (jealous, vengeful, wrathful). Bible stories are a Projection of the authors. Any story which depicts God as Evil, is Blaspheme. Now, read the Bible with this in mind. How much of the Bible is Blaspheme? 80%? 90%?

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      chris allen 

      3 months ago

      Jeremy Christian,

      I'M not a bible scholar, But was raised in a religious house where I was taught to believe in god and the bible. I do not practice any set religion, so perhaps I don't have any right to state my thoughts in this matter. But I feel you opinion has merit . I feel the bible that was the word of god, should not be taken in a completely literal sense. God did give the word to holy men, but I do also feel through the ages less holy men have changed and edited it, like king James for example. Lastly I feel if you have an open mind, there can most definitely be a coexistence between the bible and science. you can I feel, even take things like the big bang and have the bible coexist .I would love to some time pick your brain about my thoughts on these matters. if you would be so kind as to indulge me on my many different thaughts

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      Tea 

      4 months ago

      Christian,

      In God's love, I emplore you to re-read Genesis 1:29 :

      And God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruits yield seeds; to you it shall be for food. NKJV

      I beseech you to consider and reseach the following excerpt:

      The Journal of Biblical Accuracy

      'who is the author of the Bible and who wrote it' Anastasios Kioulchoglou

      Though first of all, I hope and pray that your eyes will be open and that you will be pleasantly surprise, what the Truth will reveal and offer to you, only if you truly seek and want to know the Truth.

      Here are quick references-- from NKJV

      2 Timothy 3:16

      "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for *instruction in righteousness" *training, discipline

      2 Peter 1:20-21

      "knowing the first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation. For prophecy never came by the will of man , but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. "

      Galations 1:11-12

      But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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      Peter 

      4 months ago

      Thank you for these discussions

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      Little Maroon 

      4 months ago

      If Noah is first mention then in my own explaination there are crowds already who's witnesses Noah's ritual. Thinking if only two persons a male and female are created and what will happen if their siblings got each other as a husband and wife. Do they populated the world flesh to own flesh, own blood to blood race? These are all ridiculous.

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      Little Maroon 

      4 months ago

      This Entire Globe already God created the first humans not a related blood to each other called male and female. From generation to generations and from offspring to offsprings all the entire globe already populated. Others speculations or made mentioned about their own flesh blood relationship inside the family.

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      Clark 

      4 months ago

      Deuteronomy 29:29 New International Version (NIV)

      29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law

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      Mark Moore 

      4 months ago

      I believe it is. I am book-marking your author page so I can come back when things are not so pressing. PS- I also get called a heretic from time to time. By folks who apparently don't evaluate that by the Apostle's Creed, the Nicene Creed, or the Athanasian Creed but rather by the Newsletters of Ken Ham.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      4 months ago from Texas

      Mark,

      I agree the first account is the "big story" and the second is "zoomed in". The second zooming in on Adam in particular and the specific region he was created in, Eden. To me, the beginning of Genesis 6 clears up everything when it speaks of two different groups (sons of God/daughters of humans) and when it says God "regretted" putting humans on the Earth.

      Adam was the "first Adam", Jesus was the second, as it says in the NT. So I think you're right on that count. The events of the OT, the specific interactions God had throughout the OT with humans, specifically the Israelites, was all in the interest of breeding/creating Jesus. This was made necessary by the actions/choices of Adam.

      So I guess you could say my model is Christ-centered as well.

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      Mark Moore 

      4 months ago

      You are teaching a version of the "two-population model" for early Genesis. When I was given "Early Genesis the Revealed Cosmology" I did not know that anyone else held views anything like that. Since then I have found a few, and today you. We differ on the details a bit, I agree with one of the posters here that Gen. 2:4-6 is more of a bridge between the two accounts which were meant to be together. The accounts are not strictly sequential but Chapter one is the big story and two is zooming in on the key part of that big story. One is like "the rise and fall of the Roman Empire" and the other is "The life and times of Julius Caesar". The model I proclaim is very Christ-centered. The point of Adam not being the first man is that he is actually meant to be a figure of Christ and this works better if he isn't the original human man. Conceptually though, I think we are in the same theological family.

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      Alan Modisette 

      4 months ago from Bali, Indonesia

      Excellent piece, Jeremy. Nowhere does the Bible say that Adam was the first human.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      4 months ago from Texas

      Larry,

      So how did you determine I'm a false teacher? Because what I'm saying doesn't agree with what you were taught? How do you know what you were taught was right?

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      Jeremy Christian 

      4 months ago from Texas

      Larry,

      First off, the bible is not written by God. It was written by humans, so don't take every word as coming directly from God or you're going to be led astray.

      Second, I wear the "heretic" badge with pride. Galileo was a "heretic" according to the church. He had witnessed with his own eyes that the Earth revolved around the sun and not the sun around the Earth. When he, a devout Christian, then began to reassess bible verses dealing with the sun and Earth with this new information, the church put him under house arrest for the remainder of his life as a heretic.

      That is very similar to what I'm doing here.

      Don't decide you know better so quickly. You're probably wrong.

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      Larry A Busick 

      4 months ago

      We are told to stay away from people like you. False Teachers who spread lies about the truth!

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