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This would seem to be a pretty cut and dried case, but there’s more to this doctrine than at first meets the eye.
Hopefully at the end of this you see just how important this doctrine is, especially as it relates to our salvation.
The Doctrine of death - we’re all going to die one day and we have no idea when that will be
Why do we die?
Why is there such a thing as “death” in the universe?
And why do we look at it as such a tragedy?
We read, maybe we know someone, who have experienced stillborn births, children dying as babies, or very young.
Did God make a world where babies are born dead?
What about natural disasters?
People die every year in earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods.
Did God create a world that seems to seek to kill us at every opportunity?
And it’s not just human death either
We see a record of death in the fossil record
All over the earth is layer after layer after layer of sedimentary deposits containing the fossils of billions and billions of death animals
We’re living on top of a massive graveyard.
Why? Did God make the world that way?
Also within the fossil record is evidence of other things:
Pain, creatures being buried alive, being swallowed up in tar pits
Killing, fossils of animal remains in the stomachs of other animals.
disease, thorns, struggle, suffering, extinction
There is a worldview that views death as a natural part of the universe.
In fact, death is the hero of the story
According to evolution we ascended to this lofty position, homo Sapien Sapien, through a process of millions and billions of years of death and struggle
You see, without death, there is no survival of the fittest.
No natural selection.
And therefore, no evolution.
Survival of the fittest - Who survives?
And who is killed off?
Natural Selection - Who gets selected?
Who gets killed off?
The Biblical view of death is quite a bit different.
In fact, diametrically opposed in every way.
The Bible declares that man was created in a perfect world WITHOUT death, disease, thorns, and suffering
Then we sinned, and because of our disobedience, we brought sin and death into the world
Death is an intruder.
An enemy!
In evolution we have death before man.
In the Bible we have man before death.
We can only believe one of them.
They are incompatible.
Water and Oil.
One of these views is right.
The other is wrong
I believe God.
Let’s look at scripture a bit more closely now
Mankind was originally vegetarian.
The animals were also vegetarian.
No one ate meat!
ALL animals!
The lion.
The alligator.
The eagle.
All of them were vegetarian, IF you believe God’s testimony.
God declared His creation at this point to be very good.
At this point death was not present in God’s creation
Ahh, but what about the plants?
Didn’t the plants die when they were eaten?
Biblically, plants don’t die.
Psalm 37:2 “2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.”
Isaiah 15:6 “6 For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: For the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.”
Jonah 4:7 “7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.”
Isaiah 1:30 “30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, And as a garden that hath no water.”
Isaiah 40:8 “8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: But the word of our God shall stand for ever.”
Remember this!
This comes into play a bit later in our lesson.
God’s commandment to Adam and Eve was this: Don’t eat the fruit of this one tree!
God also let them know the consequence for disobedience.
The price for sin.
Romans 6:23 “23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Sin comes first, then death.
We cannot have death before sin.
Not biblically.
That’s the problem with evolution: They put death before man and therefore, before man’s sin.
Put a bookmark on that, we’ll return to that later.
Well, they did exactly what they were told not to do.
Notice their initial reaction: They attempted to cover their sin themselves, and their own way.
They covered themselves in plants.
But plants would not be sufficient
Because of man’s sin, the entire earth was cursed, and mankind would now be subject to disease, suffering, struggle, death
Because of man’s sin, the animals would be subject to disease, suffering, struggle and death
Because of man’s sin, the entire creation was cursed
Romans 8:21-22 “21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”
God demonstrated to them a truth that would only be fulfilled in Jesus Christ: That it would take the shedding of blood to cover sin.
That the wages of sin is always death.
Plants cannot die.
Animals can.
So God killed animals and covered the sin of Adam and Eve
Later we find Cain and Abel offering sacrifice to God, Abel offered of the firstlings of his flock, and animal, and God had respect to Abel’s offering.
Cain offered to God the fruit of the ground, plants, and God did not respect his offering.
No blood.
No death.
No remission, no covering for sin.
Why the big deal about thorns?
According to evolutionists, the thorn fossils we find are supposedly 360-408 million years old.
Well before man ever shows up
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